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Cooloola, Fraser Island

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Published May 14th 2012
Imagine yourself and your sweetie on an island retreat, serene sandy beaches, sun, surf and pleasant sea breezes. Imagine that scene, just a couple hours away from Brisbane, without spending heaps of money and suffering crowds. Hop in the car and head to Great Sandy National Park, part of the Fraser Island World Heritage and Recreation Area, for a relaxing weekend.

We only had access to the south end because we didn't want to risk driving on sand without a 4 wheel drive. It was still well worth the trip for us. We had most of the beach to ourselves, where we relaxed with books, umbrellas and a delectable array of treats we
picked up at Woolworths.

Getting to Fraser Island was a short drive from our rental apt in Noosaville, through Tewantin, on Morindil street. We stopped just before the ferry to pay a day use park fee online at the entrance, about $10 online, using one of their computers. Alternatively, you can pay about $15.50 with your debit card. The short ferry ride was another $6 on and $6 off the island.

Once we crossed the ferry, from Noosa North Shore, we drove along Maximillion and turned right on Beach Rd, which has
a couple dog leg turns. At the second left turn, go straight instead, to a carpark on the left. Of course, you can also
take a 4 wheel drive vehicle on down to the beach and turn right to hang out with all the other Four wheelers.

Honestly, our area was so peaceful and quiet considering it was a big holiday week. Only a few people walked down the beach where we were relaxing, away from the four wheel access areas. It is a nice alternative to the busy, noisy, touristy beaches. You might find you only have to share that island retreat with a few tiny crabs and besides, the air is free. Visit this website for more information.

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Why? For some peace and quiet
When: Anytime
Where: Great Sandy National Park
Cost: $10-15.50 for park entry, $12 for ferry return trip
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