Up and out by 8am after packing up the cars and watching the safety briefing on how to drive the cars on sand, which looks like it can be tough especially if the tide is high or on the narrow roads in the forest. With the girls from my room in the car we pair up with a couple called Chloe and Philip who are also from England. We have 3 drivers for the car including me, so can rotate between us. A lot of the group are under 21, so can’t drive which is good for us as means more driving time as it is so much fun despite at first being very nervous about it. Chloe does the first drive to the ferry, which doesn’t take too long to get to Fraser’s in total as arrive by 11. The roads are so bumpy and its great as anything goes with the car, even getting hit by big branches going past in the forest part. We always follow the lead car, Chris is the tour guide and he does like to put his foot down a bit making the bumps all pretty fun.
The first stop is a picnic area and national park where we eat lunch and just have a short walk about. We also get our safety briefing telling us about the Dingoes, Spiders, Snakes and Scorpians and about our Fraser island route for the next 3 days.
Lake McKenzie is the main thing for the day and is so beautiful with amazing white sands and the clearest water. The sun even manages to come out for a bit, as it’s been mostly a rainy day, but even with the clouds it’s still gorgeous. Chris our guide does say it’s the first time he has seen it with waves as usually totally still. Water super warm it’s best to stay in the water as too cold outside otherwise. The lake is famous for its sand and apparently you can wash your hair with it and brush your teeth, which a few in the group try. We stay there for couple hours and the first chance to meet and mingle with the rest of the group, although everyone still keeping to their cars more at this stage.
Leaving Lake McKenzie we head to a little town called Eurong a beach resort to get supplies and all a bit surprised to have something like this on Frasers as looks out of place amongst all the national park. It does nice food here and buy a brownie and a coffee as the food we have brought is far more basic at cheese sandwiches and sausages so need a treat before we head to our camp where there will be nothing.
We rotate again and I take on the final leg of the ride to camp and it’s our first experience on the beach. Again Chris is going fast and as we are at the back we lag behind a bit, so have to really floor it going 120 to catch up as all we keep getting on the walkie talkie in the car is
Car 4 can you please hurry up as otherwise we won’t make it to camp with the high tides
. Going so fast is really fun and the beach is just like a motorway as goes totally straight for 75miles. It’s amazing how big the island is.
We manage to get to camp, but have to go to a different one due to the tides which isn’t dingo ringfenced and the girls in the car aren’t too impressed with that. Especially after them coming onto camp at the end of the night because the food was not put away properly and the washing up by some was just left as most people too distracted with playing drinking games and getting to know each other. There are some fun and nice people in the group, with about 32 in total and quite a few end up slightly too wasted spending the night on the beach or in the bushes which is quite amusing. It’s cool to be camping and all together out in the middle of nowhere right next to the beach having to use a flashlight and dingo stick evertime go to the toilet or tent. Much needed as have to check for spiders and Chris has to remove a huntsman from the loo after getting a few screams from the girls, however they are good to have around as eat the deadly spiders. The stars look amazing and the brightest I’ve seen them other than in Flores. Overall a good first night!
11th February 2016