Posted by: travelrat | December 17, 2010

Fraser Island


Fraser Island, 28th July 2010

At about 75 miles long, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. In spite of substantial logging operations in the past, remains pretty well as it was when James Cook passed by it, except that the Butchulla people no longer live here.

He called it the Great Sandy Peninsula, thinking it was part of the mainland. It isn’t, of course; subsequent explores named it the Great Sandy Island You need to take a ferry, known locally as a ‘barge’, to cross … guess what? … the Great Sandy Strait. Because Fraser Island is composed of nothing but sand, originally brought down the Hunter, Hawkesbury and Clarence Rivers, in faraway New South Wales, and deposited here thousands of years ago by ocean currents

Only 4-wheel-drive vehicles are allowed on the island, and even then, you need to obtain permits, so it’s easier to sign up for an organised tour.

The bus, an MAN diesel, which looked more like a truck with a bus body, a modern version of the ones they used to have on some Mediterranean islands, picked us up at our accommodation. The driver/guide, an experienced hand called Woody, drove us straight to Inskip Point to the barge, where we had priority, because the company that owns the bus also owns the barge.

The island’s main highway is the magnificent beach which runs the length of the eastern coast. We were lucky, said Woody; the tide was such that we could drive all the way along the beach, instead of taking a rather bumpy track inland.

All the way, we were watching the beach and the ocean. Ellie said she thought she saw a whale; nobody else saw it, except Woody, who said he’d seen something out of the corner of his eye, which could have been a whale. I don’t blame him; he was concentrating on the sand and the incoming waves.

But, it’s not all beach. At Eurong, we turned inland, and into the forest …



  1. Hi Keith,
    From what I can make out, a really nice looking bus, looks fairly new. What great scenery driving up the beach and watching the water all the way, no doubt you would of seen some people fishing along the way, a great place to fish, and of course a great place for family’s to camp as well.

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