I’ve just come back from K’gari (Fraser Island) and I am still buzzing! What an amazing weekend of camping, drinking, driving 4x4s and swimming in beautiful lakes. This blog or the pictures and videos below will not do this trip any justice and all I can say is that you have to do it yourself to fully appreciate and experience every moment.
We arranged our tour through Happy Travels who placed us with the tour group Dingos. When we first arrived at the hostel in Rainbow Beach, it was as if we were walking into a rave. The music was blaring and everyone was getting drunk. I half expected there to be a line of young kids vomiting and fights breaking out after another hour or two. I took one look at Sam and immediately thought – what the hell! We were surrounded by teeny boppers and loud voices and for the first time, I felt a little bit out of place.
After checking in and heading for some food, we bumped into two other girls who looked like they were born in the same decade as us and started talking about how out of place we felt.
We decided that if you can’t beat em, then you need to join em. So we opted to go back to the bar but this time, unsurprisingly, it seemed a little more chilled. There was live music being played instead of grime and the bar didn’t seem as crowded – result!
Not after too long, we soon got through four bottles of wine and had a great time speaking to lots of different people and enjoying the music playing within the bar. In fact, we were the last ones left and had outdone the younger party lot. Funny how we were the last ones standing. In fact, we were probably worse than the younger lot we walked in on initially!
The day soon came and it was time for our big tour. We were split into groups and we all helped set up the cars and then it was time for our big camping adventure.
We boarded the barge and crossed the water to K’Gari and then it was miles of driving across the beach. It was quite hard to drive at first and I was a bit apprehensive but after a while, I soon got the hang of it. With the music playing in the background and the wind blowing through my hair, I felt completely free.
We took it in turn to drive through various terrain to get to our camp, however Barry (one of our group members) did the most of it and for that I was grateful, especially as I was very hungover most of the weekend from what the backpackers drink and call goon. Its cheap white wine but gets you drunk quite quick. We thought one box would be enough for us but that was gone on the first night!
Once at camp, we had dinner then watched a traditional dance by one of the Butchella people – the original natives of the land. Gemma who kindly welcomed us into her home sung and told the story behind each song whilst her daughter and niece acted out the dance. It was absolutely beautiful to watch and I for one felt extremely grateful for being accepted into their community and learning a bit about their way of life and beliefs. Just watching and listening got me teary eyed as I gazed on over the barely smouldering fire.
After the introduction to some of the Butchella legends, we made our way to Winkies where the Dingos’ own resident DJ – Anthony played a good set and kept us back packers entertained. It was camping but with those extra touches that made all the difference to our trip.
After hours of dancing and when the make shift club was turning us out – it was down to the beach for a little stroll.
We had to go to the beach in groups as it was not safe to go alone as dingo attacks had previously occurred when drunk and stupid people ventured off on their own. No one wanted another casualty or to ruin their night so this was a rule everyone seemed to adhere to. It was lovely to be on the beach at night. The waves crashed in the distance and the stars shone brightly above us. I have never seen stars as big or bright in my life. It was magical to see.
This weekend in Fraser Island has been one of the best weekends of my life – I have had a taste of culture, driven a 4×4 on the beach, been on a plane ride around the island, played drinking games, met amazing people, laughed, swam in crystal clear lakes, tea tree lakes and natural creeks. I have been at one with nature, camping, star gazing and in complete awe of my experience.
Our lead driver Jonesy (who led our convoy) was great, the food was great including a fantastic steak cooked by Marco (cheers mate), our group was fantastic fun and the landscape was incredible.
We’ve got Whitsundays tomorrow so I’m really looking forward to what’s ahead. However, I am also savouring every moment of what I have experienced so far and feel incredibly lucky. This decision has been one of the best decisions I have made and I recommend that if you ever have that itch to travel – do it! It probably will be one of the best experiences of your life too.