Don’t give up on summer just yet – it’s waiting for you on the Fraser Coast, writes Elisabeth Knowles The journey begins…
Could it really be the same place? Could this place even be for real? It was beginning to sound a bit like the fantasy planet in Avatar.
This morning I head out on a ranger-guided 4WD eco tour of Fraser Island beauty spots. It turns out there are quite a few of them – each completely different from the last. Ranger Bec Whyte does the driving, which is good because the soft sand tracks seem difficult to negotiate. Our first stop is Lake Wabby Lookout, where we can see spectacular sand drifts and an idyllic little lake, perfect for a dip.
When you’re somewhere as special as Fraser, it pays to fork out on something that seems like a silly splurge at the time you book it, but actually turns out to be one of Life’s Great Adventures. Along with a similarly single 30-something local woman, Jodi, we book a jetski safari via Hervey Bay’s Aquavue Café Watersports. Sensibly, our jetski hire comes with a guide, who arrives at Kingfisher and tells us how to start, stop and keep moving. Turns out these things are much easier to handle than the car. And a lot more fun because the only person I can hurt is me.
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Fraser Island, QLD
Driving Fraser Island's 75 miles of beach is No. 9 on Australian Traveller's list of 100 Things To Do In Australia Before You Die.
Where // ACT, Australia
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This article appeared in Issue 37 of Australian Traveller.
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