D185. March 3. Adventurous Frazer Island

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13 hours of bus of bus between Airlie Beach and Hervey Bay. And what do I want to see in Hevey Bay ? Nothing ! What I want is take a boat to Frazer Island. An appealing name, isn’t it ?

Capture d’écran 2014-03-03 à 13.36.27Discovered by Cook in 1770, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world: 120 km (75 mi) long, 24 km large (15 mi), 1840 km². The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-03 à 13.33.23 It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast.
Unlike on many sand dunes, plant life is abundant due to the naturally occurring fungi present in the sand, which release nutrients in a form that can be absorbed by the plants.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-03 à 13.33.54 After a swim at lake Mckenzie, I have a cup of tea next to my new friend : a Sand Monitor. The second biggest lizard on earth after the Komodo.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-03 à 13.38.20And then, on the beach, I finally get to meet a Dingo, an Australian icon. He is a free-ranging dog, sub-specie of the grey wolf… Even though he is the largest terrestrial predator in Australia, this one seems harmless: according to my guide and 4×4 driver, he doesn’t belong to a group.

Capture d’écran 2014-03-03 à 13.43.01The beach runs along most of the east coast of Fraser Island. It is used as a landing strip for planes and an informal highway for vehicles… Highway rules state that vehicles must give way to aircraft if they are oncoming!

Capture d’écran 2014-03-03 à 13.43.44We spend a couple of hours driving on this highway, from North to South and vice-versa, a total nirvana…

Capture d’écran 2014-03-03 à 13.40.50The name Fraser Island comes from Eliza Frazer and her story of survival from a shipwreck on the island in 1836. The survivors died due to disease, hunger, exhaustion or battles with the native population. All of them but Eliza. She was rescued 6 weeks after being shipwrecked by a convict who had lived in the bush as an escapee, and who spoke the Aboriginal language…

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