Saturday, August 06, 2011
Check out the photos of Terry and the lucky 97.3fm listeners on their Fraser Island eco tour. Thanks to Tourism Queensland, Fraser Coast Tourism and Kingfisher Bay Resort.
At eight o'clock we all boarded the "Fraser Venture" barge to take us across to Fraser Island. It was on this barge we met "Buttercup" - the barge's ginger cat, kept on the barge to ensure pigeons didn't make a mess of things. But Buttercup was a favourite of all the passengers, and perhaps was a little bit spoilt.
When we arrived on the island we were met by a bus from Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Our tour guide and bus driver from Kingfisher Bay resort was Chris. Before his 7 1/2 years as a tour guide on Fraser Island Chris assures us he was a professional snake catcher and handler. One promise we were all glad wasn't kept was that if he found any snakes on the road he would be sure to bring it onto the bus.
From the jetty we were taken to Central Station - so called because of all the rail lines that passed through it during the time of logging on Fraser Island. In fact, it was only in 1991 that logging stopped on Fraser Island, and in 1992 that t was declared World Heritage.
The history and science of Fraser Island is simply fascinating. We all know that Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world - but it is also the largest island in Queensland, and the sixth largest in Australia.
One of the most beautiful parts of the island is Invisible Creek (or Whispering Creek) - so called because the water is so clear that it is impossible to see. At first your think you see some white, white sand. It is only be look and listening very, very hard that you can tell that the most pure water is flowing silently down the creek bed.
The water is so pure we all decided to have a drink - and unanimously agreed it was some of the tastiest water we had ever had. It is rainwater that was been purified by the sand over the last 150 years.
Lake McKenzie is one of the largest lakes on the island. There are over 120 lakes on Fraser Island, of which only about thirty are accessible. The water sits about 72 metres above sea level, and is purely the result of rainfall. It is this, and the fact that the water is slightly acidic, that makes it the cleanest, bluest water you will probably ever swim in.
The kids we brought along had a great time swimming in the water. Despite the fact it was August - the sun was out, and the water was beautiful.
We ended the day with a very tasty lunch at the Sand Bar, located at Kingfisher Bay Resort - just near the jetty. Terry had the Nachos while this intrepid reporter had the Chicken Parmigiana. We can both report that the meals at the Sand Bar are delicious - and well-priced.
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