Fraser Island discovery

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 It has been a while since I haven’t posted an article on the blog. I have been staffed for a project in Brisbane for 12 weeks so I took  this opportunity to stay for a few weekends and travel around.

A couple of friends drove my car up from Sydney over Easter while I was in Philippines which avoided me a 10 hours long drive. I  then flew back up to Brizzie for work.

Since I arrived in Australia, I heard lots of things about the famous Fraser Island, good and bad as usual…so I planned two weekends to discover this island located 200 km North from Brisbane and only accessible via ferry with a 4wd.

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On the ferry we deflated tyres to improve traction on the sand. I was not sure how I would handle it, knowing that my last experience on a beach in Oman ended up by 5 hours digging under the car just before high tide with Stephan… But this time I have a shovel 🙂

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The ferry is packed with 4wd heading over the island to camp during the weekend.

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Fraser Island is the biggest sand dune in the world, however while inland the forest doesn’t make you feel like you are actually on sand.

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Lake Mc Kenzie is probably the most famous place on the island, its freshwater is cristal clear and the sand is the thinnest I’ve seen in Australia.

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Margot didn’t resist long to jump into the warm water of the lake.

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Boomerang lake is the highest dune lake in the world culminating at 130m above sea level.

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Margot, Do and Arianne joined me for the first trip…

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Dingos can show up sometimes, they have a pretty bad reputation for attacking people for food…but we havent crossed many of them.

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As it is winter now, the sun sets early, around 17h30 so it’s time to set the camp and light a fire.DSC_4186

In Australia, it is always worth waking up early to see the sun rise…

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And right after, best meal of the day…breakfast!

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This is my favorite on the move breaky, toast with avocado, tomato, cheddar cheese and eggs…

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Just find a nice spot….and it’s the best breakfast ever!

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As one weekend wasn’t enough to take a complete tour of the island, I went back the weekend after with Laure and Vincent.

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We woke-up at 5h30 on Saturday morning to drive-up on the beach from Noosa to Inskip point, the most southern point of the Island, where the Manta Ray ferry makes trips every 10 min.

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We discovered more lakes on the southern part of the Island…Lake Boomanjin

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Lake Birrabeen…probably our favorite, almost as beautiful as Lake Mc Kenzie but not as busy.

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Vincent used his drone to make very nice footage that you will soon enjoy in a film…you will see us towing a car out of the water…

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We then drove up to Indian Head…the place is famous to watch marine life…we saw many rays and what really looked like sharks but we are not sure.

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Of course it wouldn’t be fun if I didn’t get bogged in the very soft sand of Ngala Rocks on the way to Sandy Cape, the Northest Point of the Island.

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Vincent was the perfect co-pilot, and he placed recovery tracks at the right place to help me go through this tough section.

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We well deserved our breakfast, this time Laure made us crepes 😛

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Waves were awesome, the only issue is that with the number of sharks cruising in the area, it would be crazy to go surfing…

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We stopped one last time at Indian head to watch Tunas and drove down to the ferry…

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