One place that has been on our Australia bucket list since we moved here is Fraser Island. It’s the largest of the four sand islands in our state and actually the largest sand island in the world.
We finally booked in a trip the weekend after Easter. You have to have a 4 wheel drive on the island because there are no proper roads just muddy off roading and beach driving. Luckily Trav’s co-worker offered to let us borrow his for the weekend because they are not too cheap to rent.
Our ferry left at 10am so we had to wake up at the crack of dawn and head out the door. Luckily Leighton went straight back to sleep in the car until we stopped for a quick breakfast. From there we drove on the ferry and then hung out upstairs.
Our ferry docked at the Kingfisher Resort which is on the other side of the island, so we had to do some inland off roading to get to our hotel, The Eurong Beach Resort. It was only 16km but it took over an hour to get there.
Once we got to the resort it was too early to check in so we stopped and ate our lunch before going on a drive across the beach. The beaches are not safe for swimming because of sharks and their rough waves, so they are treated more like roads. The island is also the home of lots of native dingos. We saw our first one when he walked up to our car.
After our drive we took a dip in the pool before Trav went to check us in. They told him that high tide was at 3:30 and to avoid driving on the beach an hour before (and after) to avoid being stranded. We took the advice and headed up to the room to get sorted and enjoy a beverage on the patio. The weather was looking a bit gloomy at this point so at least we didn’t feel like we were missing anything.
We decided to head down to the beach around 4 to check out the high tide. We also noticed that trucks seemed to be pretty freely coming and going from the beach even though we were advised against it. We asked one of the staff at the general store she confirmed our suspicions that the recommendation is more of a suggestion so they aren’t liable. It also depends on the length of the tide, which wasn’t too long when were there.
That night we cooked dinner in our little kitchen (we brough plenty of groceries since we knew options were limited on the island) and put Leighton to bed before sneaking out to the patio to eat dinner and drink some wine. That’s the downside of staying in a hotel rather than an airbnb.
The next morning we woke up to a beautiful sunny day and we decided to check out a few places along 75 Mile Beach, which our hotel was conveniently located on. It was so fun speeding across the beach at 80km an hour, you almost felt like you were doing something illegal.
Our first stop was the Maheno Shipwreck where we stopped to check out the remains of the wreckage.
After a quick stop we got back on the
road beach. Next pitstop was the Pinnacle Colored Sands.
The pinnacle was pretty much just a giant mound of colored sand (like the name suggests) but it was pretty to look at and worthy of a 5 minute pit stop.
Our main destination was the champagne pools though. We had seen pictures of them on every blog and tourist brochure and were anxious to see the foamy natural swimming holes for ourself. The walk down to the beach wasn’t long but there were quite a bit of stairs.
We got there around 9 in the morning which was nice because the place was not crowded at all. About thirty minutes into our visit the tour groups started arriving and it was pretty busy.
Leighton preferred to sit and splash in the shallow water. As you can see she absolutely hated it ;).
The water was a bit chilly since it is Autumn here, but I can only imagine how refreshing it would be on a steamy summer day. It was also so clear you could see little fish swimming all around you.
After spending the morning at the pools we decided to find a spot to post up and enjoy our lunch. We drove back toward our hotel on 75 Mile Beach and found a spot to pull over and tailgate.
Next stop on the way back was Eli Creek. We weren’t really sure what to expect but it was a shallow creek with a walkway over it.
People were floating down the short creek on inner tubes and pool floats.
It was so shallow though that we were able to walk down it, and even Leighton could stand up at parts. The water was pretty chilly, but she didn’t mind at all. After walking the creek we took a stroll along the walkway before heading back to the hotel just in time for the rain to roll in.
We ended the night similarly to the previous one watching the sunset on the beach, putting the baby to sleep and dinner on the patio. Good thing we got to bed early because the next day proved to be a doozy, but more on that next week!