Camping on Fraser Island

Since I left Sydney things have really started to get good.  I’ve noticed that I have been having an adverse reaction to cities on this trip.  When I arrive in a city every part of me wants to GET OUT.  I just haven’t felt right in the cities.  I don’t want to be in a city.  I came from a city.  I want to be in paradise!  When you think Australia, don’t you think paradise?  I’m not sure about your definition of paradise but to me it means roasting on the beach wearing my sunnies (that’s Australian for sunglasses) and listening to my favorite songs.   

Well, I don’t want to spoil anything for you but Australia isn’t simply paradise.  It’s winter here and I’ve been chasing the sun looking having to look for paradise.  Even in Surfer’s Paradise, which sounded like it had a good chance of filling my paradise prescription, it rained for days. In addition to escaping the cities, I want to be away from the hustle and the bustle, and I want to forget the daily grind.  I’m not a part of that right now so why should I have to feel that stress?  Lucky for me, I have the luxury of forgetting what day it is and I generally don’t have to pay attention to the time unless I’m traveling.  I like that.  Actually, I love it!  It seems like a more natural way to live.  I mean, I don’t think that our ancestors were concerned about time in the same way that we are today.  It seems unhealthy to me.  And my final reason for seeking paradise is to be closer to nature and be struck and inspired by its beauty.  Australia has some of the most amazing nature sights, even when your just on a bus trip you see a different, very impressive landscape.  Paradise exists here but you have to seek it out. 

Before I go into the Fraser Island story, I have to mention that people are an extremely important part of this as well.  I have spent a lot of time alone here.  Especially while I was in the cities.  For some reason it has been much easier to socialize at the hostels in small beach towns.  And thank God because I was finally able to connect with some humans and feel alive again.  I met a girl from Germany who was Persian so we had a lot to chat about, met a cool guy from England who was working at the one hostel and hungout with him and the other workers who work for accommodation and are doing the same type of thing as me.  Then in Byron Bay – my favorite place so far – I hung out with four Australian girls who I love and hope to keep in touch with – hello if you’re reading!  🐣

The point is people are the most important part. They can give you life when you’re down.  This isn’t really a novel point or an eye-opener for you, I’m sure, and I knew this already too but there’s nothing like feeling alone when you’re on the opposite side of the Earth away from everyone you know and love.  Fortunately, along the way I have been meeting people who have kept me from struggling too much (even in the cities).  If you’re lonely, reach out to your peeps! 

*end rant* 

Now, FRASER ISLAND!  Before or after you read this, you should Google Fraser Island.  It’s a gigantic sand island.  It’s actually the largest natural sand island on this beautiful Earth.  It has rainforests, tons of freshwater lakes, beaches where you can see whales and sharks, sand blows, and a 75 mile beach.  Oh, and Dingos.  And plenty of other things I didn’t see and don’t even know about.  It has been almost completely preserved and uneffected by humans.  Actually what I mean is modern humans who destroy nature.  Aboriginals always lived there with nature.  Unfortunately, I think they are no longer living there.  There are only a few places around the island that are man-made towns.  The one town looks like the town from LOST.  If you watched that show you know what I mean and if you don’t, do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix RIGHT NOW.  Talk to you next week. 

I discovered Fraser Island because I was looking for multi-day walks/treks.  When I researched the island I was in awe and I knew I had to see it.  After looking into what it would take to camp, I decided it was too expensive to buy the gear I would need and opted instead to take a 3 day, 2 night tour of the island which is organized by Pippies Beachhouse hostel in Rainbow Beach.  It was the best thing I have done so far on this trip. 

I got to see nature at its finest and do things I could have never done alone.  Actually, it was a blessing that I didn’t attempt to go on that island alone I probably would have had to be rescued.  Or I may have become dingo food.  During the tour I achieved all of the things I mentioned above: met great people and actually got to know them because we were stuck together for 3 days, saw some jaw-dropping nature, forgot time and days, and went camping.  I didn’t even have to wear shoes.  Think about that one!  No shoes?  Mind.  Blown.  We shouldn’t even have to wear shoes anyway.  And the stars.  I’ve never seen them so clearly.  They really made me think about my perspective.  I even saw a shooting star.  

Last but not least, I met some really awesome girls from England on this tour and you’ll meet them soon – I invited them to Thanksgiving.  Sorry mom and Marsha!  Lolz.  

The first bit of driving on the beach.  It’s a 75 mile beach.  Think about that!

   

Inland tracks leading to lake McKenzie. 

  

Lake McKenzie.  Paradise found!  It’s all freshwater and it is 100% clear which makes it the most beautiful blue color. 

  

Found this huge old tree and took a pic with it.  I wore flip flop sometime because I have “soft feet,” as the tour guide said. 

  

This is the main town on the island – I think it was called Happy Valley.  There’s a hotel and some shops.  Looks like LOST a little, right? 

  

Saw a Dingo right outside the town.  ✔️

  

That’s the tour guide holding a giant jelly fish. 

   

This ship wrecked on the island back in the 1930s. 

  

The ocean.  Too rough to swim in.  Plus there are sharks and jelly fish and sometimes whales. 

  

The Champagne Pools.  The water crashes over the rocks and bubbles wash into the lagoon like champagne. 

  

Our semi-permanent camping situation. 

  

Our kitchen and common area. 

  

This massive sand dune is a 40 minute walk inland and it is a natural dam which created another lake. However it is swallowing up the lake over time. 

  

This is the lake next to the sand drifts. That hill was really big and steep.  They tell us to roll down it like a sausage.  Didn’t feel like throwing up that day so I didn’t do it. 

 

Thumbs up!  It was a good trip!  A must if you come visit Australia. 

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