365 days in one of the craziest countries in the world generated many stories. Australian tales focus on moments, places or people that left me speechless.
An Australian, that lived on Fraser Island as a child, once told me he has seen dingos chasing a kangaroo who, trying to drown its attackers, threw itself into the sea and ended up eaten by a shark. Welcome to Australia…
« Fraser » is the home to an impressive fauna and flora and to a lot of dingos.
These wild dogs became less and less afraid of human and started to visit tents at night looking for food. Even if there are signs everywhere, forbidding you to carry food, we’ve finally seen only one dingo on the island.
If you want to visit “Fraser” know that you cannot go with a regular car. The island, with its 1480 km2, is the world’s biggest sandbox and doesn’t have roads. You’ll need your biggest 4WD.
On « Fraser », the highway is the beach itself, with its traffic and speed limits. And if you’re not afraid of being crushed by an SUV and you still want to take a dip in the clear water, beware: sharks and jellyfishes are ruling this beach.
But even with a monster truck, driving on Fraser is hard and accidents are not uncommon. We’ve never been that shaken in our life, rollercoasters are a joke next to that.
To not pay possible repair fees, we’ve opted for a tour with a guide and three 4WD, where everyone was driving one after the other. Everyone was german, even our guide, Fritz. It felt like we were participating in a Bavarian adventure, but a very sandy Bavaria.
But this island really reminded me of Jurassic Park. Our 4WD were green too, we had a little hurricane and the whole island is surrounded by huge fences to forbid, they say, dingos to enter villages. Dingos ? Yeah right, I’m thinking T-Rex.
But the most amazing thing on Fraser is its lake composed only of rain water, crystal clear: Lake McKenzie.
Only safe places to have a swim (remember the beaches), the other lakes are nothing compared to the splendor that is Lake McKenzie.
No filters needed on your pictures: the white sand and the turquoise water are enough. With only one hour to explore the Lake (thanks to organized tours), we needed 10 minutes to stop pinching ourselves, to make sure we were not dreaming.
I was ok to spend the rest of my existence here, build my own house, even grow a beard like in Castaway if I had to.
I was to do everything it took to stay five more minutes in this water, that also has the perfect temperature (obviously). Quite big and almost totally empty of civilization, it’s easy to lose few hours just looking at the shore.
IIf you wish to visit Fraser, know that the car shaking, the dingos battling, the tent praying, hoping the canids won’t come, are totally worth it because nothing will prepare you for the shock that is Lake McKenzie.
By the way, for this beauty, I’m ok to be chased by all the dinosaurs this earth still has.