Located inland amongst the rainforest Central Station was the centre of the logging industry in the late 19th and 20th century.Tne rain forest contained giant brushbox and satinay, the kauri forests and other valuable timbers which were all valued by the loggers. Strict enviromental rules apply today and the rainforest ratains all its magnificence with many huge trees to be seen.
With all islands there are plenty of beaches which are good for a pleasant walk along the waters edge. You will always find something to attract your attention, whether it be unusual shells, rock pools, fish or other sea animals, birds, flotsam etc. We drove along the beach with several stops.
On the 4 wheel drive tour we drove along Teewah Beach north of Noosa on our way to Fraser Island and came across the ' Cherry Venture" wreck not far from Double Island Point Lighthouse. This cargo ship was caught in a cyclone in July 1973 , battered and washed ashore. All attempts to refloat it over a 4 year period failed, some of the iron has been salvaged for scrap and the hull is all that remains of this wreck.
Tourists can take their own or hire vehicle onto Fraser Island but it must be a 4 Wheel Drive and a permit is required to drive on the island. Contact the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service at Rainbow Beach, phone (07) 5486 3160 should you require details.
The ferry leaves the mainland at Inskip Point and in less than 15 minutes the crossing is completed with arrival on Fraser Island at Hook Point. The waters were very calm and you could see land at all times. I recommend you climb the stairs to the viewing platform and enjoy the view and fresh sea air.
This is Fraser Island's most spectacular fresh water lake, the crystal clear water having various shades of blue, complimented by the beautiful white sandy beach. It is the ideal secluded spot for sunbathing , paddling on the lake's edge, or swimming. We enjoyed a BBQ at the picnic facility provided in the rainforest adjacent to the beach.
For those with not much time Fraser Island has its own airstrip on the beach. You can easily charter a flight to the island, fly over it and get a "birds eye view" and then do a quick on ground tour to the main places of interest.
In the middle of the rainforest you will find this pristine creek where the water is so clear you think the sand you see on the bottom of the creek has no water above it. This area has rare King ferns that do not have any fibre, it is the constant water that enables the fronds to stand. Scientists have researched these ferns and state that the small number left have existed at this location for 2500 years. In recent years a boardwalk was constructed to prevent tourists walking along the creek bed and destroying the vegetation. Only 60 of the ferns remain.
Sometimes one is so overwhelmed by big impressions, that you forget to have a look at the small things.
Australia has lots of Eucalyptus trees, for instance. But there is more than just one species to it. There are hundreds.
One I like especially for its smell - not like Eucalyptus, more like citronella, but I don´t know the name of it.
Another one has a pure white bark, that is the "Ghost Gum",
Still another one has a bark that looks as if some talented writer put an (unreadable) text on it. This is the "Scribble Tree", one of these you can see in my picture.
There are many of these on Fraser Island, you can find them more in the middle of the island.
´Explore the inner parts of the island as well.
The vegetation is sometimes really thick, like in a rain forest.
There are special plants to be found here like the Scribble Gum, an Eucalyptus tree wich bark looks like someone has written on it...
Also driving around the inner parts of the island is fun. The roads (if you want to call them so) are all sand and with deep holes... Offroad driving on the road so to say. 4WD is essential!
A typical road you can see in the second picture.
Lake Birrabeen was just like Lake McKenzie except that there were far fewer tourists here.
In fact, for a while we were part of the only tour group there.
Swimming her was wonderful. The water and the weather were perfect that day.
Good points: It's nice and warm. Perfect for a swim.
There were no other tourists other than our group.
(Thanks to Steve who got us there early and thereby got us extra time, too).
This was the highlight of our day. It was wonderful.
There are absolutely no sharks to worry about.
Bad points: none really.
Except that it's hard to believe I'm Californian being that white.
(Most Californians tan... see Californian culture on that one).
Advice: Get a shady spot for your goods otherwise they'll get pretty hot.
Here they are. Sometimes a name may sound like it's something more than what it really is.
What do you think?
I felt that looking at the beach was better than looking at the pools. However, one nice feature about this area was that there were very few other tourists.
Indian Head is a rock that toweres from the landscape. You can climb it and look down to see dolphins, shark, manta rays and humpback whales if the season is right. You've als got a good view of the Great Sandy National Park and understand how it got the name.
These are sanddunes with beautiful colourings. It's a Aboriginal Dreaming place and there's a story about a girl that fell in love with the rainbow man associated with it. Her ex boyfriend didn't like her taking of with the rainbow man and decided t hunt her down. As he found her he threw his boomerang at her, but the rainbow man jumped in front of it out of love for her and got splattered on the Pinnacles.
This ship was being towed to a Japanese scrapyard when it got loose from the other ship during a tyfoon. It stranded on Fraser Islands beach and still lies there. Be carefull when you stand close to it as the water comes in, you'll get sucked into the sand.