After our short stint in Hervey Bay, we headed to the the marina to catch our boat to Fraser Island for two adventure-packed days of exploring.
We booked the Cool Dingo tour with STA Travel, which included one-night at the island’s Wilderness Lodge, selected meals and transportation.
Once we boarded the boat early in the morning, it took around an hour or so to arrive at Fraser Island. It was an exciting journey as we were constantly look out for whales. We didn’t see any, but knowing there might be some made it a fun trip!
When we arrived, we set off for our accommodation and found we’d bagged a private room for just Darryl and I. The room was basic but more than suitable. The hostel also had a great communal area where we could meet for meals, drinks and games!
On the first day of our adventure, we set off in the bus for the beach. The buses are jeep-style and are designed to be able to drive across the everchanging sands, which can be quite bumpy!
Fraser Island’s beach is 75 miles long, and is home to the famous Maheno Shipwreck which washed ashore in 1935. You can explore here freely for about an hour.
Right next to it, you’ve also got The Pinnacles Coloured Sands, which are cliffs made up of 72 shades of sand.
Here you can also choose to take a short flight over the island for an extra cost. We didn’t have the funds for that though!
The next stop is at the Champagne Pools, which are incredible but can be dangerous when the water is choppy, and Indian Head which is a small hike with great views of the island. You’ll see various sealife between July and October from up here!
Before heading back to our accomodation for dinner and drinks, we stopped at Eli Creek which is the most amazing, warm freshwater creek that you can swim in.
On our second day, we headed straight out to Lake McKenzie, which is unreal. The sand is pure white, and the water goes from bright turquoise to deep blue as the lake gets very suddenly deeper. We didn’t have good weather here though unfortunately!
The rest of the day was spent driving and hiking through the rainforest, including a stop at Lake Wabby for a chilled swim. And then it was time to head back to Hervey Bay.
During this trip we were constantly on the lookout for Dingoes but never saw one! We saw plenty of other wildlife though, a highlight being a possum at our hostel. I also saw some of the most terrifying spiders of my life in the toilets which is an image I’ll never forget.
This trip went by in a flash, but wow, what an experience. Fraser Island is such a surreal place, you can’t miss is!
Find out more about the Cool Dingo Tour.