Visit Fraser Island - come for the pristine & peril
The natural wonder that is Fraser Island holds within it beauty yet treachery. Its dual nature was apparent to the likes of Captain Cook and Matthew Flinders, both sailors and explorers. They recognised the beauty of the azure water and glistening white sand, yet witnessed the unforgiving rocks that hid in the surf along the beaches - a hazard for the sailors of the day.
Twenty three shipwrecks were claimed by the island between 1856 to 1935. The rusting hulk of the SS Maheno still lies on the eastern shore, the waves taking her bit by bit every year. Technically speaking, she wasn't shipwrecked on the island as much as she escaped her towing chains and drifted to the beach where you can still see her. Check out "Fraser Island's SS Maheno - A Diverse Destiny" for more information.
Driving on the beaches and the inland roads is a thrill and can show you parts of the island you wouldn't see otherwise. But if you choose to drive, it is most beneficial to know how to 4WD since all but a few of the roads are sand roads. You need to know what the rules are and what to do if you get stuck. Follow the speed limits as the inland roads are mostly one lane and coming across another driver around a blind bend could be disastrous. It is imperative you pay attention to the tides. Information on theses can be accessed from the Bureau of Meteorology.
Not only ships have been taken by the island. More vehicles every year end up swimming in the water near one of the groupings of rocks, as inexperienced drivers try to outrun the waves or beat the tide by driving around them. Proof of the carnage is pinned to a board in the general store in Eurong.
Tour companies have all terrain buses and 4WD's that come with tour guides and experienced drivers. At King Fisher Resort, Eurong or Happy Valley there is an assortment of accommodation. If you choose to go yourself there are a number of camping spots as well. Click here for almost everything Fraser Island.
With so much to see you won't want to miss Eli Creek and Wanggoolba Creek with their crystal clear water and amazing foliage, the inland lakes, all clean and sandy bottomed, the sand blow and the champagne pools. Swimming in the ocean is not allowed in most locations. Testing the waters can be hazardous to your life.
Dingoes are found on Fraser Island. These dog like creatures seem friendly but unfortunately some are now considered threatening because people have been feeding them. Please don't ever feed the wildlife.
Dolphins, dugongs, turtles, rays and whales in season can be seen around Fraser Island, so keep a close eye.
There is so much to see and much to be aware of. Make it a pleasure trip and visit this pristine yet perilous world heritage site.