Sand Drive Tour of Fraser Island

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.

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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.

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Whale Watching from Fraser Island

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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/

Fraser Island and Kingfisher Lodge

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

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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

Sunset Fraser Island August 4

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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.

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Fraser Island Day Tour

 

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Fraser Island, located offshore from the tourist town of Hervey Bay, is the world’s largest sand island. The 123km long island has become popular as an eco-tourism venue, and it’s World Heritage listing ensures that it will stay that way.

Day tour from Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island to Ellis Beach and the Pinnacles.

Ellis Beach is located on the northern side of a rocky outcrop that separates it from the bustling Palm Cove. … of the rocky outcrop at the southern end and the large Double Island that blocks the sea. Ellis Beach is long and thin, stretching for just over 1 kilometre. There is very little swell or surf here because of the rocky outcrop at the southern end and the large Double Island that blocks the sea. At the southern end of the beach the fishing is excellent

SS Maheno Wreck still stands quietly rusting on the sand. On the afternoon of 7 July,  while about 50 miles from the coast, the towline parted during a severe cyclone. Attempts to reattach the towline failed in the heavy seas, and the Maheno, with eight men aboard, drifted off and disappeared.

The ship was finally found on 10 July 1935, by an aircraft piloted by Keith Virtue, beached off the coast of Fraser IslandThe crew of the Mahenoset up camp onshore, waiting for the Oonah to arrive, which it eventually did on 12 July.  The ship was subsequently stripped of her fittings,  but attempts to refloat her failed, and eventually the wreck was offered for sale, but found no buyers.[13]

Since then, much of the ship has either been destroyed or disintegrated, and the visible remainder has become severely rusted. Because of the dangerous condition of the wreck, access is prohibited. The Australian Department of Defence lists the wreck as a site of unexploded ordnance (UXO) contamination, even though there are no records of it being used as a live firing target during World War II, nor of any UXO recovered from the site

Central Station. Wanggoolba Creek was a Butchulla woman’s area and birthing place where men were  excluded. This large clearing was later the headquarters of Fraser Island’s forestry operations from 1920 until the late 1950s.  An old logging village was also located here from days when tree felling was permitted on Fraser.  Central Station, Fraser Island was once home to around 30 houses and a school was also built for the children of the loggers.  Today the picnic area reflects the island’s forestry past

Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora) is a perched lake on Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia.[1] The lake is located in the Great Sandy National Park.

The lake is located 6.2 km southeast of Kingfisher Resort. It is 1,200 metres long and up to 930 metres wide. It is approximately 150 hectares in area.

The sands around the lake are composed of pure, white silica and the water in the lake is also so pure it is unsuitable for many species

Trees on Fraser Island…Bush walk to the Summit

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I did not walk all the way…but almost to the top…The Kingfisher Bay Resort is edged with a dingo proof fence for security.  The island was originally a timber industry with timber exported all around the world. It is now a conservation island protected and cared for.

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