The Backpacker Special – Fraser Island Self Drive 4×4 tour. Three days and two nights of 4×4 fun with eight of your favorite (and entirely random) friends on an island made only of sand – spectacular fresh water lakes, jungle, and highway beaches included. It was certainly a random collection of folks – me, a British couple, a Finnish fellow, a tall guy from Holland, three drunk 19-year old British boys, and a nutty German. Fraser Island 4×4 trips should be on the top of those lists for corporate team building exercises…. it was definitely an experiment in group dynamics if nothing else! HA! Maybe I’m exaggerating. It wasn’t that bad! Our drivers were safe, we got to see a lot of the island, and no one was killed by rouge dingos.
As for wildlife, we did spot a few dingos on the beach. The official protocol for dealing with Dingos is to:
2) Cross your arms over your chest (like a mummy)
3) Look at the ground (not in the eyes of the Dingo)
4) Back away slowly shuffling your feet (like a duck)
5) Make noise
I’ll leave it to your imagination to see a group of backpackers wandering the beaches, suddenly stop at the sight of a Dingo, and immediately enact the “official protocol”. It’s a sight, and Step 5 is usually uncontrollable giggles at how ridiculous you look doing it as a big group.
Fraser Island has more sand than the Sahara desert, and it gets into EVERYTHING! Despite how annoying sand can become when you eat, sleep, and drink it, the island is really beautiful. I’ve never seen jungle growing out of sand dunes! The lakes on the island are amazing – Lake Waddy was my favourite. We walking through the forest for a while and then came up to this sand dune, climbed to the top of it and could see sand dunes in every direction surrounded by rain forest, and an emerald lake settled off to the side. Very pretty. Lake Mackenzie is a classic – white fine sand and turquoise water.
One of the best parts about Fraser Island are the stars! The island is so far away from any big cities that you can actually see the glow of light pollution on the horizon around Brisbane. We were lucky to be moon-less, which made the stars that much more spectacular. I even learnt a new constellation – the Southern Cross!