2809 kms, 15 degrees C
Fraser Island was our first genuine 4WD adventure on our own. It is a world heritage listed sandbar that is over 120km long with amazing natural features and wildlife. First we had to get there, which involved a barge across to the island. Next was a schlep up the beach where we saw our first wild dingos (checking out some fisherman) and sea eagle. We set up camp by the home of a Lace monitor who was more interesting in basking in the sunshine than us.
June 16th was Nickys birthday – we celebrated in style with a bottle of 1997 Cullen Cab Sauv/Merlot. Thank you Sarah and Kareen.
Fraser has the largest number, and the largest freshwater sand lakes in the world. The lakes are all high above sea level and rainwater is retained by decaying matter forming an impervious layer on the sandy bed. Swimming was much safer than in the sea with huge rips another threats in the form of sharks and recently spotted salt water crocs.
We found our first Damsel in Distress near LakeBennaroon – Ulla was walking to Central to find help as their battery had died. It is amazing what some rusty German language and jump leads can do! Paul is an amazing wildlife photographer – check out http://www.pkornacker.de/
On our final day on Fraser we went up to the Maheno wreck. The weather was not so crash hot and we got to test the tent in two nights of serious rain. We Melburnians dream of such a downpour, but not in a tent in the middle of a rainforest!