I've heard a lot about Rainbow beach so what the heck, why not jump off there en route south from Airlie Beach. To be honest, this place was a ghost town at this time of the year not to mention it is probably the smallest of all towns on the eastcoast I had been too. Besides the endlessly long beach and the impressive scenery at the Carlo Sandblow viewpoint, this place does not have much to offer. It is used as the main base set off to spectacular nearby Fraser Island. Having said that, the lookout point has amazing views overlooking the town itself while the other side has amazing views looking along the Rainbow coastline. But eh...lets keep moving....
My Fraser island trip began unusually from Noosa (south of Rainbow beach), which was booked through Nomads Backpacker hostel there. It would mean I had to travel back to Rainbow for departure before getting a bus back. It doesn't make much sense I know but I got a good deal on the 3 day/2night package. Noosa has a lot more to offer than Rainbow, plenty of cafes and restaurants and a dense accumulation of holiday apartments and houses wedged up against the beachfront looking onto the many surfers riding the waves.There had been a bit of hype and buzz in Noosa at the time as the Lions Rugby team had stayed and partied there a few days before hand when playing in Australia.
I managed to be the first person to climb into the drivers seat of a Pajero 4x4 jeep as we departed to the Ferry for Fraser Island from Rainbow. We arrived in Rainbow nice and early that morning with a mini-bus packed full of people, from England, Canada to Hong Kong. The ferry boat across was no distance at all, If I had any kind of aquatic skills, I swear I could nearly swim over to Fraser Island myself! The soft sand was quite difficult to drive in, the jeep fighting to keep a straight line all the time. We pushed the vehicles to around 70 kph on the straights. Instantly the scenery grabbed my attention here, endless miles upon miles of the cleanest flattest beaches you have every seen. The beach comfortably allowed two lanes of traffic to bypass each other however the sea does make it that more difficult later in the day as the tide draws in. I can't remember the exact itinerary of this trip, but I've seen some memorable lakes, historical sights and coastline scenery here. We stayed at a campsite which I have to say was certainly considered glamorous camping! Huge kitchens with all accessories, tents on concrete floors with proper single beds, not to mention the glorious showers they had. The big risk on Fraser Island were the Dingo's. Dingo's are free-roaming wild dogs and Fraser Island is renowned for having plenty of them. There is a strict code of not feeding the dogs here as they may become reliant on humans for food and as a result some attacks on the campsite may become more frequent. In fact one night, the Dingo's actually pulled the food box from the kitchen and ripped it apart outside one of the tents. I heard this while sleeping in the tent ( a few meters away) and didn't have the courage to go out with a big stick! We have been warned not to go anywhere alone especially at night and to always bring a Dingo Buddy when going to the toilet! There was a recent story of a German guy a few years back getting savaged by a group of Dingo's. He had wandered alone drunk at night near a Dingo Den.
We took a dip in a few lakes on the Island, Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby. It was chilly enough to be honest but we kept warm with some water volley ball. Lake McKenzie seemed to be very greeny-yellow in colour although were told it was fresh water, one of the instructors managed to grab a baby turtle here. Lake Wabby was located just down from a huge sand blow, there were plenty of catfish swimming around here. Apparently softly throwing sand on the lake edge attracts them over! The Maheno ship wreck was also another interesting visit. This world War 1 ship got caught in a cyclone on a trip from Sydney and was later found beached on the shore of Fraser Island. It has since been disassembled of many of its parts and disintegrated into the sand on the shore line. We visited the champagne pools (spotted some whales in the distance) and of course Indian Head (most easterly point) named by Captain Cook when he saw the aborigines there (thought they were Indians!). The 360 degree views here is spectacular. We also picked up some Pippies from the sand, a type of small muscle a few inches below the ground level and we cooked them later in the camp, delicious! Fraser Island was one of the highlights of Australia for sure for me and would recommend anyone to definitely check this out when you are here.
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