Fraser Island: the paradise of sand but watch out for the Dingoes

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Judit Llordés
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4 hours in northbound from Brisbane, is one of the most beautiful islands on the eastern side of Australia: Fraser Island, the island of sand. Extended 175 km in a north-south direction and no more than 25 kilometers wide, Fraser Island obliges a stop for the unique sensations it offers. Constantly growing, thanks to a constant supply of sand from the sea, it is one of the few islands where it is possible to drive for kilometers on the shore. Characteristic inhabitants are the Dingo and despite the strong resemblance to dogs, they are wild animals, who get their food by hunting away from the human presence. Never feed them, never get close, never challenge them.

There is plenty of choice for the tours they organize excursions on the island. They range from daily to multi-day visits, camping or one of the few resorts on Fraser's soil. Some hostels also organize Tag-Along, or trips in which it is possible to personally drive a jeep on the beach. Another particularly attractive option is renting a car.

However, it should be noted that you need daily permits, therefore it will still be necessary to contact an agency, and that driving on the sand can put even experienced drivers in difficulty. Don't miss the McKenzie Lake (if you have a little time, I recommend getting away from the beach where everyone stops and taking a walk around the lake, it takes about half a day to do the whole tour), Eli Creek, a freshwater course that can be covered on foot (the water reaches waist height) and Indian Head, from which you can admire a wonderful view.



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