**Secret Road Trips**
I've lived on the Sunshine Coast all my life and I will reveal hidden gems worth visiting for day trips, picnics, places to see and things to do on our wonderful Coast, Australia and the world!
Published April 17th 2014
The secret tip to make the most of Fraser Island
Visiting the Sunshine Coast? Fraser Island should be on your bucket list, but I'm going to reveal a secret to make the experience even more incredible.
Destination: Fraser Island
Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island
Most people, when they visit Fraser Island, go on an organised tour, and there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, going on a tour will ensure you learn much about this wonderful island.
However. If you do get a chance to do your own self-drive road trip in your own 4WD or by hiring one, you will be able to take advantage of this little known secret tip (which I will reveal in a moment).
There is no doubt that Lake McKenzie is Fraser Island's largest and most famous freshwater lake.
Boorangoora. The traditional name of Lake McKenzie means 'waters of wisdom' and it is crystal clear why. Rain and wild weather can turn the water tea-tree colour rather than sky blue, depending on the time of year you visit. We were lucky. And I'll tell you why.
The still waters of Lake McKenzie
The secret? You see, in order to capture Lake McKenzie at her most still and serene, you have to visit first thing. So wake up early and catch the first ferry of the day. Head straight to the lake, before the wind or the crowds arrive, and you will experience the beauty of this lake like at no other time of the day.
First ferry at dawn to Fraser Island
We arrived off the first ferry and we were the first visitors to the lake that day. I cannot describe the serenity. For 20 precious minutes it was all ours.
Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island
Boorangoora covers an area of 130 hectares and is perched about 100 metres above sea level. It is many metres above the regional water table. It averages 6.6 metres in depth with the deepest point being 8.5 metres.
Like other Fraser Island lakes, it contains some of the world's freshest water occurring in the natural environment. It's crystal clear.
The wind will pick up and ripple the water. Time for a swim. Be sure not to wear sunscreen before swimming in the lake - it upsets the pH balance of the fresh water.
Don't wear sunscreen when swimming in the lake
Fraser Island is called K'gari in Aboriginal, meaning 'paradise'. If you've been there, you understand why.
The rainforest is truly ancient. Look out for the bird's nest ferns said to be over a thousand years old. It is one of the few places in the world where rain forests grow in sand.
Ancient Fraser Island Rainforest
What's left of the wrecked SS Meheno, which broke it's tow lines on 3rd July 1935, is still a good photo stop. Due to it's derelict state, you cannot board the wreck.
The wrecked SS Maheno
If you get time, check out the lesser known lakes of Fraser Island. There will be fewer crowds and many opportunities to see fresh water turtles.
Explore the lesser-known lakes of Fraser Island
If you do self-drive this road trip, be sure the driver is experienced in driving on soft sand.