Similar to the Whitsundays Islands, heading to Fraser Island is considered one of those "must-do" activities for any tourist on the east coast of Australia. While there are options to do a day trip on the island, a more fun (albeit, more expensive) way is to do a multi-day camping and "Tag-along-tour.".
Now to understand why Fraser Island is such a popular place to visit, it's important to have a little background on what makes the area unique:
- It is the largest sand island in the world
- There are basically no roads in the traditional sense. To get around the island, you drive through the sand, so having a 4wd vehicle that can handle it is crucial
- You've heard the term "The Dingo ate my baby," I'm sure. Well, there are lots of 'em out there. Dingos, that is...not babies
- While you can't swim in the coastal waters (jellyfish, strong ripcurrents, sharks - basically lots of bad ways to die), the island has multiple unique freshwater pools to hang out in.
So I decided to do a three day, two night tag-along camping tour, which is pretty much the best way to go in order to see everything. Here are some highlights:
Driving on the beach & in rainforests: Through a tour like this, you get the opportunity to drive a 4wd vehicle in the sand and spend your nights camping by the beach with a group of 24 travelers. It was surreal to be driving along the coast, through little bodies of water and in soft sand - where you could see how easy it'd be to lose control of the car if going at a high speed. The driving itself was cool and we had the opportunity to stop and get some great pictures, as well as stop at a famous shipwreck that sits on the island.
The Places to Swim: Each day you'd hit up a couple spots to relax in the water. There is Lake McKenzie, the largest freshwater lake on the island and probably the most recognized body of water in the area. There's the Champagne Pools, which are these rock pools that sit adjacent to the sea and as such have waves splash into it, creating a bubbly-champagne-like effect. A naturally formed "lazy river" where you lay down and let the current take you around (reminded me of the pools in Vegas) and lastly, Lake Wabby, which is a really cool lake tucked between sand dunes, giving it just a unique atmosphere.