Fraser Island | Sand paradise but watch out for Dingo

Posted by on January 6, 2013

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About 4 hours north from Brisbane is one of the most beautiful islands on the eastern side of Australia: Fraser Island, the island of sand. Extended 175 km north to south and no more than 25 km large, Fraser Island becomes a stage for unique sensations. It continues to grow thanks to a constant supply of sand from the sea and is one of the few islands where you can drive for miles on the shore. Population characteristics are the Dingo and despite the strong similarity with dogs they are wild animals who obtain food hunting away from human presence. Never feed them, never get close and never challenge them.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island

Fraser Island Beach

Fraser Island Beach

Dingo

Dingo

There is plenty of choice for tour excursions on the island. They range from daily visits to those lasting several days, camping or in one of the few resorts on the soil of Fraser. Some hostels also organize the Tag-Along or trips where you can ride a jeep in the first person on the beach. Another particularly attractive option is to rent a car.

Beach Tireprints

Beach Tireprints

Jeep on the Beach

Jeep on the Beach

You have to take into account, however, that the permits are used daily so you will still need to contact an agency and driving on the sand can be a challenge even for experienced drivers. Do not miss the Lake McKenzie (if you have a little time to board away from the beach on which they all stop and take a ride around the lake. It takes about half a day to goo all the way around), Eli Creek, a course of fresh water that you can go to on foot and Indian Head from which you can admire a beautiful landscape.

Maheno

Maheno

Lake Mckenzie

Lake Mckenzie

Fraser Island photos: Jonas Schroeter, Mike Hince, Garry Schlatter, Tracie Louise, Regis Matthey, nomadshostels.

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