If you are looking for heaps of adventure, beautiful beaches, freshwater lakes, and a good laugh – Dingo’s 4WD Fraser Island Safari is for you! Departing Rainbow Beach, Dingo’s 4WD Fraser Island Safari offers travellers the best possible Fraser Experience, at an affordable price.
The first time I visited Fraser Island was just over 2 years ago, and it was when I was studying in Australia for a semester of University. I planned a 2 week East Coast trip from Cairns to Brisbane, where the highlight of my trip was the World Heritage listed site, Fraser Island. It has left such a long-lasting impact on me; I wanted the chance to share my experience with you again, and all the highlights if you were to visit yourself!
An early morning began our journey to Fraser Island. We packed up our 4WD trucks with our belongings, camping equipment and food for the next few days and we were off! In our vehicle we had the Tag (lead) driver, my 3 mates from back in Canada, and 2 lovely Swedish girls who were also travelling the East Coast of Australia. Since Fraser Island is… an island – we had a short scenic ferry ride to arrive onto the world’s largest sand island!
The only way to get around on Fraser Island is by 4WD – that’s driving on the beach and off-roading through the forest! I have never had so much fun in a car in my life. Speeding along the beach with the windows open, blaring music is my idea of a good time. Maneuvering trails, curvy roads, up and down hill paths. Luckily we never got stuck anywhere!
The first stop after the bush walk on Fraser Island was Lake Mackenzie. Lake McKenzie is famous for its white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters – picture perfect and even prettier than the postcards! Lake McKenzie is the perfect place to sit back, relax and take a dip in the water. While lying on the beach, pick up some of the sand and give your body a scrub. The sand is so pure and fine that your could use it as a face or body exfoliate.
We headed to out purpose built camp site later in the afternoon to unwind before dinner time. Dinner for the evening was steak and veggies – yum! Following dinner, a group of us headed down to the beach just before bed. While strolling the beach we noticed the bioluminescent found in the water! You would look down at your feet in the ocean and see bright little “bug like” creatures lighting up all around you. We made our way back to the campsite to enjoy some drinks with the rest of our group before heading to bed. Enjoy some shut-eye after a bit of stargazing.
Day 2 was another early morning wake up to take advantage of a full day of exploring! The first stop of the day were the Champagne Pools. The Champagne Pools are natural Jacuzzis found on the island – the crashing water from the ocean cause the foaming nature of the water.
After spending a few hours at the Champagne Pools, the next stop on the tour was Indian Heads. We climbed to the top of this rocky headland for awesome island and ocean views… you can see for miles, and you can also spot sharks, turtles, sting rays and migrating humpback whales!
The history behind Indian Heads was really interesting. Back a long time ago, when Fraser Island was completely taken over by Aboriginals – they would use Indian Head for ceremonial purposes. If someone did something “sinful” they would be marched up to the top of Indian Heads and sent off the edge. If they survived, they could be cleared of all their sins, and if they did not survive… well they didn’t survive and death was the punishment.
The next stop on our tour was to the Pinnacles Coloured Sands. Reds, oranges and yellows can all be found within the sand cliffs which make it a popular photo stop. Following the pinnacles, we made our way to the Maheno Shipwreck.
The Maheno Shipwreck was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935; this rusting wreck is one of Fraser Island’s iconic photo stops. We spent some time viewing the shipwreck and snapping some photos!
Eli Creek was next on the itinerary. It is the perfect spot for a refreshing dip! Float down this fast-flowing freshwater creek – which pours out 80 megalitres of water daily – to the seaside. To many of our surprise, the current in this creek was so strong! You were able to float without any effort down the creek in an extremely enjoyable pace.
Day 2 on the Dingo tour was JAM-PACKED and we all couldn’t wait for some down time back at camp. We spent a couple hours before dinner on the beach enjoying the last bit of sunlight that day. Dinner was prepared and we all sat around with the various other campers from the other tour groups. We enjoyed a couple drinks following dinner before heading to bed for the night.
It was sadly our last day on Fraser Island and we had a few special stops left before making our way back to Rainbow Beach in the afternoon.
Lake Wabby and the Hammerstone Sandblow were the remaining two sites on our Fraser Island Itinerary. Lake Wabby is very different from Lake McKenzie as it is beautiful emerald-green coloured lake. It is Fraser’s deepest lake and a popular swimming hole. We were given time to go for a swim, tan, or slide down the Hammerstone sandblow.
We began our journey back home to Rainbow Beach. After a bit of truck cleaning, and unpacking we arrived back at Dingo’s hostel for the evening. We spent the night unwinding at the bar, and enjoying an early nights sleep to rest up for the rest of our East Coast adventure!
Fraser Island was so much fun. Spending 3 days, and 2 nights exploring the island by 4WD, swimming in freshwater lakes, and camping in the evenings was incredible. Fraser Island is packed with cool historic landmarks and natural attractions all throughout the island. It’s a must see while travelling in Australia.
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