Did you know Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world?! At 122km length, this place is just heaven on earth. With its pristine white sand, crystal clear waters and numerous freshwater lakes, Fraser is a must-see, at least once in a lifetime. As only 4 wheel drives are permitted to enter the island (fees apply), I decided to join a tour. I had no regrets at all joining Sunset Safaris so I highly recommend them! My tour leader, Matt was just amazing. Sunset Safaris does pick-ups from Gold Coast and Brisbane as well so it’s quite convenient.
I was picked up from Noosa Transit Centre, Sunshine Coast at 9am and we drove right up to Rainbow Beach in time for lunch. After a quick lunch, it was straight to Fraser.
Fun fact about Rainbow Beach: It was originally known as Black Beach and was renamed to Rainbow Beach after the presence of coloured sand located nearby.
Heading to Fraser via a barge from Inskip Point.
Cruising along the 75 mile beach, stopping by to see dingos, the sound of waves crashing, coloured sand cliffs to marvel at – the feeling is just exhilarating. We stopped at Lake Wallaby for a couple of hours to enjoy a swim in the freshwater lake before checking in to Eurong Beach Resort and calling it a night.
Tranquillity at Lake Wallaby
For accommodation, there are 2 popular resorts for you to choose from – Eurong Beach Resort and Kingfisher Bay Resort. For a cheaper alternative, you can opt for Eurong Beach Resort. I stayed in a 4-bedder dorm room, which to my surprise, was pretty comfortable. My expectations weren’t high to begin with, so I guess I was pleasant surprised with the decent lodging.
After dinner, Matt brought us out for some star gazing which was pretty amazing.
Panaromic view of Rainbow Gorge
After a pretty chill and relaxing first day at Fraser, we were in for pretty packed day ahead on day 2. We started of with a visit to Rainbow Gorge (Kirrar Sandblow) for coloured sand formations.
With sand dunes greeting me at every direction, it suddenly felt like I thrown in a dessert. After all that heat and sand, it was perfect to head to Elli Creek next for a swim and a picnic lunch.
But before that, I decided to jump on to a helicopter for a aerial view of Fraser Island. 15 min ride costed me AUD 75. Was well worth it!
Butterfly shaped lake
Elli Creek is definitely one of main attractions in Fraser being the largest creek in the Eastern side of the island. Pouring up to 4 million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour there is a slight current which makes it perfect to float down from the far end of the creek (where the boardwalk extends to).
After a relaxing picnic style lunch, we headed to Champagne Pools. Personally, that was the highlight of my trip.
Champagne Pools is the only safe spot in the island for saltwater swimming as the volcanic rocks that surround form a protection for swimmers. The nature of the crashing waves against the rocks creates tiny bubbles similar to that when drinking champagne. Hence the name, no surprises there!
Be wary of the sharp edges when climbing the rocks.
The final pit stop for the day was Indian Head, an eastern most lookout point on the island.
On our way back to the resort, we stopped at the Maheno Shipwreck. Was a perfect timing to catch some shots while watching sunset. I’ll let the photos speak for itself.
And that was a wrap for day 2!
We checked out and begun the day with a morning walk through the rainforest. And then our final pit spot for the trip was Lake Birrabeen before we headed back to Rainbow Beach for lunch.
I thoroughly enjoyed the 3D2N I had in Fraser Island. I’m glad I didn’t opt for the 2D1N tour as it might have been too rushed to properly wind down and relax at each pit spot.
These are my highlights of my Fraser trip. Be sure to visit this world heritage site!
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