Fraser Island: Day 2

Indian Head
Indian Head

Its day 2 and the alarm goes off at 6:15 again.  We have to get on the road early to get to our next destination before the tide gets too high and we are stuck at the campsite for the day. Back on the road by 7am we head up to Indian Heads. Here you take a short hike up to the top for magnificent views of the ocean.  Usually you can see sharks from up here, but the water is too rough today to see much of anything.  With the wind whipping past your head and your feet dangling over the cliff edge, it’s a great place to clear your head and really take in the experience.

Champagne Pools
Champagne Pools

Back in the truck again, we head up to the northern most point accessible in our 4×4’s, the Champagne Pools, large rock pools carved out by the ocean that makes for a nice dip. Do be careful walking out over the rocks. A few members of our group got knocked right off their feet when a giant wave came crashing over the edge and ended up with some pretty nasty cuts and bruises.  We have a few hours to kill here while we wait for the tide to go back out. So we have an early lunch and take a nap on the beach to pass the time. Finally the tides have started to pull back and we start driving back down the beach again looking for some more action.

We come across a sign for the Kirra Sandunes and decide to check it out.  It is about a 45 minute walk that takes you across a vast sand dune of all different colours and textures of sand, definitely worth a stop.  There is a small creek here that flows down the dunes, and the abruptly stops and is absorbed by the sand, very weird. Walking through here you really get a sense for how much sand there really is on the island, it feels as if we are walking through the Sahara desert, except that there are trees and plant life around the edges. It’s amazing that anything can even grow out here.

Lake Wabby
Lake Wabby

A bit further down the beach, we see a number of other trucks pulled over  and we decide to stop and see what is going on.  It looks like there is a trail to a lake about 1.5 km in, so off we go through the bushes to see what it is all about. After about 20 minutes of walking through the forest we come across another large sand dune, and about halfway across we see a lake coming out of nowhere. Surrounded by sand on one side and forest on the other is Lake Wabby. I don’t have my bathing suit on unfortunately anymore, but wade in the water for a bit. There are catfish in the lake here in large numbers, and you have to ask yourself, how did they get here? The lake is completely isolated with no other rivers or streams that feed into it. Perhaps evolution at work? Or maybe someone just dropped them off here, hard to say.  Back in the truck again we head back to our camp for another night of sharing dinner, stories and drinks.

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