Day 1. Another early morning to check-out of the hostel, have breakfast and pack our cars to start our Fraser Island tour! It took a little bit before the ball started rolling but eventually we were off and on the road. We boarded the ferry to cross over onto the island. The weather has not quite been cooperating with us, as we have been getting lots of rain the past few days. Once on the island, we drove our 4x4s on the beach. Fraser Island is famous for the longest stretch of sandy beach in the world, approximately 75 miles. It poured rain as we drove, occasionally crossing over shallow water and piles of sand.
We reached our campsite for the next 2 nights and had our lunch. The tour includes all our meals for the trip. Lunch was make-your-own wraps with slices of roast beef, lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, cheese and a delicious sweet chili sauce. We had heaps of food to share amongst the eight people in our car and still managed to finish most of it.
After lunch, we drove inward towards Lake Allom where we saw some turtles swimming in the water. Those that were brave enough to get into the cold water had a swim in the lake. Then we drove back to the beach and visited the Maheno Shipwreck. The SS Maheno was a luxury ocean liner from the 1930s. It was eventually sold to Japan and while attempting to transport the ship from Australia, the ship broke off and drifted into Fraser Island, where it was stripped and auctioned off.
We are optimistic that the weather will be better over the next two days. For now, I am enjoying the life of camping. It’s quite relaxing and peaceful. Since there is no signal, we are all unplugged and actually have to interact with each other.