Australia’s Fraser Island is one of the most diverse, interesting places we’ve ever visited. In our three days on Fraser Island, we packed in enough sights to last a month. And we almost missed it…
So what’s so great about Fraser Island? In a sentence? Shipwrecks, airplanes landing on the beach, towering sand cliffs, champagne tidal pools, wild dingoes, migrating humpback wales, a freshwater aquifer, camping on the beach, 4×4 sand tracks, beautiful sandy beaches, and a fascinating Aboriginal history.
Here’s a overview of all the great things we found to do on Fraser Island…
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Cinnamon-red mud splatters the windshield, and our van slides precariously sideways toward the ditch, righting just in time to keep us on the road. We don’t dare stop; the thick mud is as slick as ice, and deep enough that we would be stuck in seconds. Charles and I are driving the infamous Oodnadatta Track, which cuts through the heart of Australia’s Outback and traces the route of the old Ghan railway.
We decided to brave the track, sometimes notoriously rough and difficult, in our 14-year-old, 2-wheel-drive, Toyota HiAce van. We are prepared for the trip: the van carries enough water to float a small navy, food for a few weeks, spare tires and a jack. Still, I’m worried that our van, which we’ve owned for barely two weeks, won’t be up to the trip…
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It was a calm day on the river when, suddenly and with virtually no warning, the crocodile burst out of the muddy water and snapped voraciously at it’s prey barely five feet from my nose.
Nicknamed Hannibal, the croc was over 15 feet long and was a predator from nose to tail. Hannibal was also our spectacular introduction to a jumping crocodile cruise on the Adelaide River just outside of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Within moments of his previous lunge, our petite female guide casually dangled…
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Ayers Rock, or Uluru to the local Anangu Aborginal people, is a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory in central Australia. It’s about 3 and a half hours south west of the nearest large town, Alice Springs. The area around the rock outcropping includes a few water springs, waterholes and rock caves with some ancient paintings. Their are numerous guided tours and it’s a great way to learn about it’s Aboriginal history.
Truth be told it’s a long way to travel just to see a giant rock but the entire experience can be quite memorable. Whether you’re enjoying the sunrise or sunset views (the only time the rock truly looks red) with the traditional glass of champagne or hiking around the 9.4 km trail at it’s base, Uluru needs to be seen from different angles throughout the day to be fully appreciated. The color and texture change so much depending on the time of day you would almost believe it was alive. The nearby domed rocks of Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) is equally captivating, has a few walks of it’s own and will leave you with a feeling of wonder.
The drive there can get a little boring however the occasional kangaroo and emu sightings, the red dirt and scrub bush, the camel ranches and the beautiful Australian outback sky are all..
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