Fraser Island, Australia
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On the last part of our Australia road trip, Ollie would take us to the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef and down to Fraser Island where we would stay with Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Before taking the ferry over to Fraser Island, we decided to head out into Hervey Bay and try swimming with the migrating humpback whales. Whales are in the area after giving birth to whale calves and fattening them up before the long swim South.
We went out with Hervey Bay Whale Watch and saw lots of whales! However, they were playing a bit of hide and seek with us. We would get close only to have them dive down and pop up somewhere else.
Our first attempt to swim with the whales wasn’t successful, but it was still a great experience to see the baby calves.
Fraser Island is only a quick ferry ride from Hervey Bay and has something for everyone.
A small island off the coast of Australia that only allows 4WD vehicles!? Danny's dream come true.
A small island with pristine fresh water lakes and miles of beach!? Hailey’s dream come true.
We partnered with Kingfisher Bay Resort for our time on the island and while short, it was truly an amazing time. Ollie got a little break from us and we got a real bed for the night!
You can camp or stay at one of two resorts on the island. Kingfisher is by far the nicer resort and provided a luxurious break from van life.
The only way to get around Fraser is by 4WD on sand tracks through the island’s diverse rainforest, as well as along its main highway, which happens to be the beach!
We only had a night on Fraser Island and feel like we only scratched the surface of what it had to offer - Eli Creek & 75 Mile Beach…
SS Maheno shipwreck…
A hike through the rainforest…
And some relaxing on the white sand beaches of Lake McKenzie…
We also made a spur of the moment decision to go back up in the air! The views from above were incredible, but our 20-year-old pilot thought he was flying a fighter jet...
The beach, which is the island’s “highway”, also becomes a makeshift airstrip for our flight!
Kingfisher Bay Resort was the perfect staycation on our vacation and made the trip to the island so easy. They provided a shuttle service and have their own ferry service - hassle free!
Oh and they have the perfect place to watch sunset with a drink in hand.
In the morning, we walked the beach in front of the resort to see if we could spot a dingo. No luck, but maybe next time.
While it was only a night, it felt good to get back to Ollie and continue with our trip out of the Apollo camper.
So before leaving, Ollie showed us a cute surf town just north of Brisbane in Noosa National Park.
When we arrived in Noosa, Hails finally got the Australian surfer vibes she's been searching for. Unfortunately it was our last day, but we still enjoyed watching surfers run down the path to catch a few good waves after work and before sunset.