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Published November 2nd 2018
Whether you're looking for a spot with an element of adventure, peace and quiet, or a simply sightseeing journey, Fraser Island is for you. This wonderland is bursting with unspoiled scenery, unique wildlife, and spectacular beauty. My travels to this incredible island were well worth the plane ticket. From colourful cliff tops, crystal clear waters, and golden coasts, here are the top absolutely awesome things you must do on your trip to Fraser Island.
The unoriginal name of the 75-mile beach is called, shockingly, after the 75 miles of coast that makes up this beach. It is by far the longest beach I have ever seen, stretching along the rough waters crashing on the shore. Sitting on the spine of the island, it is known as a gateway to some of the most popular attractions on the island and is the perfect starting point for your adventure. I started my morning on board a four-wheel drive, speeding down the beach which doubles as a highway. You can get up to 80km here, spraying sand and the sea water high above you as you swerve through the soaking sand. This is well worth the visit, as where else can you see cars driving, people swimming and walking, with planes landing and taking off all at once?
2. Eli Creek
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Trickling through Fraser Island is the famous Eli Creek. It was by far one of the most relaxing spots on the Island, with crystal clear fresh waters amongst the lush greenery. Head to the boardwalk in your bathers, walking along until you reach the refreshing waters. Jump in, and float, letting the gentle current carry you down the winding stream. Let your worries melt into the waters as you float down, stopping at one of the many picnic points that line the creek.
Fraser Island is full of energising waters, with Lake McKenzie being no different. It is known as the healing lake, notorious for soothing the aches and pains of everyday life. It is nestled in a picture-perfect setting, with pure white sands, sapphire waters, and greenery boarding the lake's edges. The lake itself spans 1,200 metres in length and more than 930 metres wide. I spent a shocking amount of time here, not realising how long I had been soaking until I saw my hands pruning. This magical lake's powers come from the surrounding trees. The plants are tea trees, and anyone who has stepped inside a skin and beauty shop knows tea tree oil is a magical cure for a range of things. Ache, swelling, redness, and even scarring, leaving you with the smooth baby skin at any age. The tree's leaves fall off the branches and land in the lake, the oil from these leaves seeping in, leaving an oily water substance. Step out of the water feeling better than ever before.
For history buffs, no trip to Fraser is complete without a visit to the iconic shipwrecks. I ventured to the Maheno Shipwreck, located on the shore of one of Fraser Island's beaches. Its rusty remains are sunk into the soft sand, contrasting with the natural beauty surrounding it. This particular ship was swept ashore in 1925 after a cyclone it. If you are interested in learning more about the Fraser Island shipwrecks, I definitely suggest going on a guided tour. Fraser Island Tours Australia gave me a better insight into these wrecks, retelling the tragic past of each crash.
5. The Pinnacles
Make sure to bring a camera for this attraction, as it is Fraser's most colour spot. With up to 72 different colours scattering the rocky cliffs. It is an ancient natural wonder, estimated that they were formed over 25,000 to 30,000 years ago. It is sacred within the local Aboriginal community, known to be lucky for people who visit it. While travelling there, I was told the beautiful Dreamtime story which illustrates how the Pinnacles were formed. Hear this story when you visit!
6. See the Wildlife
The island is a wonderland for Australian natives, so if you keep your eyes peeled you are sure to spot at least one cute critter. If you are a dog-lover like I am, you'll love seeing the wild dingos roaming the area, with some bound to come up pretty close to you at times. But be aware, these are wild creatures, so don't try to pat them, and if travelling with children, be extra careful. For marine life, visit Tin Can Bay to see the local dolphins. I went after sunset and was able to feed them their dinner for the night.
A stunning collection of large rock pools along the coast of Fraser Island, the champagne pools are the perfect place to visit for a beach day. The name comes from the waves that crash onto the pool's rocks, the water bubbles into white foam, much like a delicious French champagne. I spent the day cooling off from the Aussie heat in this tranquil swimming spot. Make sure to bring shoes you can wear underwater, as the pool's rocky floors can get pretty sharp.
8. Sand Dunes
As Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, it's guaranteed you can see some sandy attractions! The sand dunes are an incredible sight, located behind the eastern beaches, which are protected from the winds. Sadly, you cannot board down these dunes but regardless of this fact, you can still enjoy this spot. Wildlife is sprinkling the area, with jaw-dropping views of the area once you reach the top.
9. Camp out for the Weekend
If one day isn't enough, set up camp for the night! Fraser is full of camping spots, which you can easily narrow down depending on what style you are looking for. Prefer the natural outback? Head to Govi Creek where you can camp right alongside the beach. Need camping facilities? Try out the many formal camping grounds including Dundubara or Waddy Point that has working toilets and hot water showers.
10. Lake Wabby
Another swimming stop! You've got to love water if you visit Fraser, as I admit to wearing out my bathers on this trip by continually plunging beneath the picturesque waters. Lake Wabby is no different, with sand dunes and lush bushland surrounding the deep green lake. Plunge into the fresh waters and keep your eyes peeled for the roaming fish. Relax on the soft white sand and soak up those sun rays. Or a trek around the water's edge to discover the native plants scattering the area.