The trip included a 3 day/ 2 night self-drive safari + 2 nights hostel accommodation at Palace Backpackers Hervey bay.
We started off with a 3.5hr drive from Brisbane to Hervey bay.
Arriving at Palace Backpackers they gave us a grocery list with all the needed supplies that we would need on Fraser, and so we went to the local supermarket to get organized.
After grocery shopping, we got settled at Palace Backpackers in Hervey bay where we had our fist night stay before going to the actual island.
In the evening we went on a Dolphin cruise which was beautiful. We got as many of tasty snacks and drinks as we wanted (they even had champagne!). There were lots of sea turtles and groups of dolphins, and as if this wasn’t enough there also was a breathtaking sunset which gave the evening a magical vibe.
The Dolphin cruise by company Blue Dolphin wasn’t included in the Fraser Island trip, but is was well worth it to go on while being in Hervey Bay.
The next morning we got picked up by the tour guide and off to Fraser we went.
We had the opportunity to drive ourselves on Fraser, but even though this looked liked good fun, we decided to chill out in the back seats and enjoyed the drive across the biggest sand island of the world.
Our camp-side was cosy and already set up (very nice!) and had a big caravan with build in kitchen so that everyone could prepare their own food.
We learned a little something about the history of the island, a World Heritage site in 1992 and considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km², it is also Queensland's largest island and Australia's sixth largest island.
The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths, it is made up of sand that has been accumulating for more than 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock. It is home to a small number of mammal species, as well as a diverse range of birds, reptiles and amphibians, including the occasional saltwater crocodile.
Explorer James Cook sailed by the island in May 1770. Matthew Flinders landed near the most northern point of the island in 1802. For a short period the island was known as Great Sandy Island. The island became known as Fraser due to the stories of a shipwreck survivor named Eliza Fraser. Today its resident human population is about 360.
We saw the most beautiful lakes that I have ever seen in my life such as Lake Wabby, Lake McKenzie and the Champagne Pools. We chilled out on the beaches and got the kind of sun tan which you could only get on an Island like this.
We also bought some little snacks and souvenirs at the local shops and of course saw loads of dingos!
The trip ended with a last night at Palace Backpackers where they happily welcomed us back.
We went back to Brisbane with nothing more than a satisfied feeling. All and all a great experience which you can’t miss out on while being in Australia!
Rob - Base Brisbane Central
Great Sandy Island
Base Brisbane Central