As my semester in Sydney is over I finally have some time to travel around Australia a bit. My first stop was Fraser Island; an island on the southeastern coast of Queensland. The island is also known as the largest sand island in the world. There are no roads on the island, only sand. As you can imagine, as the beach lover I am, I was very excited about going. As it's kind of impossible to go there by yourself, my friends and I had booked a 3 day trip where we got to drive around the island by ourselves in a huge car.
Driving around the island was amazing! We played music as loud as we could and saw the most beautiful nature. It was a bumpy ride of course - driving on the sand and up and down the hills of the rainforest - but that just made it even more fun. On our drives we stopped to explore the area, the highlights being the beautiful Lake McKenzie and the Champagne Pools - natural pools formed by volcanic rocks. We also went to a lookout point where we spotted big turtles swimming in the ocean. For some reason, this was one of my favorite moments of our 3 day trip. I've never seen turtles swimming around like that and there were so many - it was beautiful to watch! We also got to see a few dingos running around the island. Dingos are wild dogs that live on Fraser Island. They are quite dangerous so we couldn't go near them but one of them followed our car as we were driving. It was extremely cute in my opinion but it was probably a good thing we were inside our car.
The beautiful Champagne Pools where we stopped to swim.
The lookout point we hiked to, where we spotted the turtles.
During the night we were camping in the forest, sleeping in tents and cooking our food outside. I'm not a camping person; i've actually never tried camping before and I don't really think i'm going to do it again. As much as I loved being on the island, I wasn't that fond of sleeping inside the forest where we were warned that some of the most deadliest snakes in Australia were hiding. I got so scared and I started to look for snakes and spiders everywhere! It didn't help either that our first night was filled with rain. And not your typical rain - the kind of rain that leaves you completely soaked and freezing. But then again "surviving" that night and the whole camping experience made me quite proud of myself - if you know me, you'll understand why - so I wouldn't have been without it. The island and everything we saw was too amazing to miss out on just because I was (and still am) scared of the wildlife.
If you're thinking about going to Fraser yourself, i've made a list with a few tips for you. I could have been better prepared for this trip, especially weather wise, so hopefully you'll be that after reading these tips!
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN GOING TO FRASER
1. Be prepared not to have internet or reception. It's an island! You have to live the island life for a couple of days. So say goodbye to friends and family before going offline - and enjoy it!
2. Bring warm clothes for the night. The weather is very unpredictable on Fraser Island. Even though it's summer it's still likely to rain throughout the day, so be prepared for anything. I'm not saying you should bring a huge suitcase but just a sweater and a pair of long pants should do it.
3. Bring a powerbank. Just like there's no internet, there isn't really that many plugs in the forest. If you want to take amazing photos, you should make sure you can charge your phone or your camera - therefore, a powerbank is quite handy to have!
4. Don't expect a beach holiday. Even though the island is the largest sand island in the world, you can't actually swim in the water as there are sharks, stingrays and dangerous currents. You can swim in the Champagne Pools and the lakes of course, so you still have plenty of opportunities - but Fraser Island is still more of an adventure trip than a beach holiday. You spend most of the time driving around and seeing the nature, so you're not chilling on the beach. But that doesn't make it any less amazing!
That's all for now. Stay tuned for my next blogpost about the Whitsundays coming in a couple of days.