Fraser Island’s biggest highway – 75 Mile Beach
Incorrectly guesstimated by Captain Cooke and actually 58 miles long, 75 mile beach is also the local small-plane runway.
This route is popular with tour buses, particularly day trip groups from Hervey Bay, which are keen to waste the punter’s morning in the easiest possible way.
Tourists shuffle morosely down a freshwater stream called Eli Creek, stand in less than awe before a rusting wreck and finally gaze blankly at a small cliff stained vaguely yellow/orange.
However, swimming in the spectacular freshwater lakes of McKenzie and Birabeen is incredible and the powder white sand is awesome. Local myths claim you come out of the water ten years younger but we’d like to know what happens to 9-year olds.
One of the beaches ‘sights’. You can look but not touch.
And to cap it all punters cannot swim for fear of Tiger sharks but are encouraged to take a short $60 flight over the island. Sharks all around it seems. Just say nay!
Fraser’s magic lies inland, with walks through the rainforest, over monster dunes and swimming from white powder beaches in spectacular azure freshwater lakes.
But to focus on these you will need to avoid most of the useless tours and choose one that delivers the real thing (i. e. inland), or better use your own 4WD, rented and brought over from the mainland or rented on the island.
The pathetic Pinnacles (all of 15 metres high), another dead loss on the package tourist trail.
If salt is an essential part of your exercise diet then Champagne Pools offer safe tidal seawater for bathing.
Popular activities – apart from sunbathing, lake fooling and digging the motor out of sand drifts, are whale watching (August-November) fishing and walks in search of flora (amazing trees and ferns) and fauna (dingoes, wallabies, possums, turtles and snakes).
This island is stunning in the right places, just don’t go there on time-wasting day-trip.
There is a reasonable selection of accommodation on the island so try to arrange at least two nights stay and three days driving.