A 4WD tour of Fraser Island took us along very rough bumpy sandy roads to Eli Beach, The Cathedrals, Maheno wreck and Euring Reserve. We also went to Central Station which was the heart of the timber industry here, and McKenzie lake. It was a long day and we saw quite a lot in the day tour.
The sandy Track was heavy going..I sat in the front seat so I could take photos and was bumped along. The driver said he puts people in the front seat who are likely to get motion sickness. This would have given them motion sickness. It was a torrid ride and very rough driving through some steep tracks that were created by the timber industry.
Finally we hit the beach on the other side and stopped for morning tea of cookies and coffee at Eli Beach. This was a small freshwater creek with toilets up the hill. It was situated in sand on a deserted sandy beach with sand in every direction.
The next stop was the Maheno Wreck. Some people got off here and took the joy flight from here to the Pinnacles. I stayed on the bus for the sand drive. The Maheno, the most famous of the Fraser Island wrecks, was driven ashore just north of Happy Valley during a cyclone in 1935. Once a well-known trans-Tasman liner, the Maheno was bound for a Japanese wrecking yard when she met her stormy end. Today the hull lies slowly deteriorating in the harsh salt environment, about 10 kilometres north of Happy Valley.
LITTLE more than a rustic skeleton remains at 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island, the final resting place of the once-mighty SS Maheno.
The Pinnacles, also known as Cathedral Rocks was our next stop. The coloured sand cliffs along Fraser Island‘s eastern beach is a key attraction for visitors to this beautiful sand island. They have formed over hundreds of thousands of years when minerals leached through the sand and on exposed high sand dunes. Up to 72 different colours, have been found present on Fraser Island with colours being mostly reds and yellows
The Pinnacles are significant to the local Aboriginal Butchulla Peoplewho believe it is a sacred women’s place with the Rainbow Serpent being responsible for the created sand formations.
Fraser Island offers a whale watching tour with Hervey Bay Whale Watch and this is what I take. We were lucky to see whales and get some great views of the whales from the boat.
Commercial whale watching in Australia began the day Brian and Jill Perry discovered whales in the calm pristine waters of Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast of Queensland. Since that fateful day 29 years ago over a million people have been whale watching in Hervey Bay.
Brian & Jill are celebrating 30 years of whale watching in Hervey Bay this year (2015) and are expecting a great whale watching season. Their vessel, Quick Cat II was designed in 2003 specifically with whale watching in mind for access for all. Wheelchairs and prams can easily maneuver around the main deck http://www.herveybaywhalewatch.com.au/
I travel to River Heads where Linda drives me to the ferry for Fraser Island. World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is a rare and beautiful holiday destination, at the start of the Great Barrier Reef, offering a refreshing change from the bustle of mainland Australia and the resort islands of Queensland’s north. The island’s untamed wilderness and rugged, natural charm entices from the first, providing 4WD adventure and excitement, but also a relaxing atmosphere from your base here at beautiful, eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort
Fraser Island is very beautiful. This time I do the Whale Watching tour, the 4WD Tour of the Island and walk around the Resort.
The trees and walks around the Island are very beautiful. Kingfisher Resort is not busy because it is the quieter season, and I am free to wander around the island and do the walks along the cliff top
I travel to Childers and overnight I camped in the street, and went to town the next day to see the Childers Festival. Colin is volunteering at the Art Gallery so I have a look there first and then walk the main Street which is full of stalls and people
It is very crowded everywhere, The roads were all closed and access was via the back road and a long walk to the city center. The festival is in full swing. I meet the volunteers and artists at the Art Gallery…Colin has broken his arm so is wearing a sling and a smile.
Outside is a hive of people activity. I wander down the street and then return to my car and leave for River Heads and Fraser Island..my next stay
I get to Gympie and stop for a petrol top up. The van stalls and will not start again. I call RACQ to learn the alternator has not been working and the van has to be towed to an Auto Electrician at Gympie to be looked at. The Auto Electrician discovers that though the Island Auto electrician supposedly fixed my alternator at a cost of $250, in reality all he had done was take out the dashboard bulb so the red light would not show. Not a good move as I now need a new alternator and the electrics fixed.
The job is done after 5pm and as I need a wheel replaced too, I head for Chatsworth Park to camp overnight. This is a free camping area by the lake and its very beautiful. I park the van and have an early night. Next day I put out my new Solar Panel to charge up the vehicle and leave for Maryborough where I get two new tyres and have a wheel alignment too.
The lake is rich with ducks that are diving for whatever is below the water.
I meet Alex here and we chat until its time for me to go after the solar panel has done its job charging up the van. It is a misty moisty morning
Am waiting for the 6.35 AM Vehicle ferry from Russell Island to the Mainland. I am going to Visit Fraser Island and will go via Childers to River Heads. It is a beautiful morning on the Island and the sun is rising.
The Ferry arrives and we leave the Island in the sunrise to arrive at Lamb Island, then Macleay and Karragarra before the Mainland.
The sky had a streak across like a feather and the clouds were blown across in trails like jet trails. As the sunset deepened in intensity the tendrils of wispy cloud intensified in color. It was intense, fiery and amazingly beautiful.
For some reason this sunset made me feel incredibly lonely and I kept trying to leave, but the sunset kept forcing me back to take another photo and admire the increasing intensity of the skies. I walked back to the enclosure to leave, but again I turned and took another photo.
The trails followed me back to my room where I took the last two photos from the verandah. The sunset just would not leave the sky. The trails swept the entire sky with brightening flames of color and it was so mesmerizing and so beautiful.
I waited for the sun to set before I left the sea, but still the colors pursued me as I walked back to Kingfisher Resort.