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Hannah Spriggs


The view from Fraser Island in Australia
Sunset at Fraser Island

Fraser Island

By globe trotter Hannah Spriggs
Hannah checks out Fraser Island, Wanggoolba Creek and more in the latest stop on her trip down under.


After a brief stop in Noosa to check out the Everglades - a beautiful lake system famous for the reflections made in the water - we arrived at Rainbow Beach.

Rainbow Beach is a very small place that probably wouldn't be on the backpacker map apart from the fact that trips to Fraser Island start here.

Fraser Island
Life in the bush

At Rainbow Beach the coloured cliffs, varying from white to red, make it obvious where the name came from. This coupled with green sea, white sand and black rocks makes it a really interesting sight.

People are fooled by this beauty though and many a 4x4 vehicle have been washed straight off the beach into the sea. The other area worth mentioning at Rainbow Beach is the Carlo Sandblow - a huge 120m high sand dune.

We left Rainbow Beach in a bumpy 4x4 with the group we were exploring Fraser island with. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and was known to the local Aboriginals as K'gari, which translates as Paradise.

"I think they hit the nail on the head, and it didn't hurt matters the rain we'd had for almost two weeks cleared to glorious sunshine and blue skies."
Hannah Springs

I think they hit the nail on the head, and it didn't hurt matters the rain we'd had for almost two weeks cleared to glorious sunshine and blue skies.

The first stop for us on Fraser Island was Lake Wabby, a lake naturally damned by a sand dune. Next up was Eli Creek with its fast moving, clear, freshwater - really refreshing on the hot day that it was. Driving up the highway (aka the beach!) we came across the Maheno shipwreck.

The last stop for the jam packed day was Indian Head, a peninsular from which we saw the silhouettes of manta rays, turtles and a tiger shark in the water below.

Fraser Island
Blue skies...

The next day, trying to make the most of being on the island we got up at 5.30am to watch the sunrise over the sea – stunning, although the only cloud in the sky happened to be over the sun... what are the chances?!

A bit bleary eyed we walked through the rainforest along Wanggoolba Creek. The last stop for us was Lake McKenzie, one of the most awesome sights I have ever seen.

The perfect white sand met clear water which turned into light blue, then aqua, then dark blue – this all surrounded by forest covered hills. The perfect end to our time in paradise.

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