Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. We had loved Moreton and Straddie so Fraser had to be next on our list. We decided that it would be best to take a tour to see the island at first as we could always return on our own if we enjoyed it.
It was a good choice as you must have some experience driving in treacherous sand roads as there are no are other roads types on the island.
On the first day, we started with a walk in the rainforest, which is quite impressive since all the plants grow on sand. Remember the plants from Jurassic Park?! They can be found here!
Then we stopped for a dip in Lake McKenzie. This lake is only composed of raindrops. The water is filtered by the sand and takes 100 years to come to surface. The water is pure and crystal clear 🙂
Driving through 75 Mile Beach is breathtaking. The beach is endless and for the most part you see no one else around. It is quite an experience in itself. The next morning, we were lucky to spot some dingoes though 🙂
The Pinnacles is one of the main attractions on the island as they have been formed naturally by sand. They might look like rock but they are nothing but sand!
Another attraction is the ship wreck which sunk in Fraser for over 60 years.
Further ahead, you can find Eli Creek where you can literally let yourself float down the creek. Again, the water is so pure that you can drink it! The water is cold but after the first round, you will be sure to come back for more.
Getting to Lake Wabby can be an adventure in itself, especially if it is sunny and hot. There is no way to hide and you have to go down a sand dune. My advice, take closed shoes because the sand will really burn your foot soles!!! But the lake itself is quite amazing!
The island is a pretty special place but there are too many tour operators in 4×4 or even buses around. It feels a bit commercial but we were very lucky with the group that we were in. Everyone was really nice and we had a some good laughs. We even had roasted marshmallows by the campfire at night so all the boxes were ticked.
If you are in the Brisbane area it is definitely a place to visit 🙂