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From Sand to Suzuki | Fraser Island, Australia

Considered a pilgrimage to every avid Australian 4WDer, the scenery of Fraser Island is a sight to behold.

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As I write this, almost half of Fraser Island - a World Heritage listed site and the world's largest sand island - has succumbed to horrific bush fire as a result of an irresponsible campers, so it seemed an especially poignant time to reflect on my travels there.

Any Fraser trip entails a list of 'must see' places including 75 Mile Beach, Eli Creek, Champagne Pools, the TSS Maheno shipwreck, Central Station and various freshwater inland lakes - most notable of which is Lake McKenzie.

TSS Maheno

TSS Maheno

The TSS Maheno came to rest on 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island in a cyclone in 1935. Had she not broken free of her tow rope in a storm this majestic ship was destined to become scrap metal in Japan, instead she is now a major draw-card for tourism on the island - I rather like this ending better.

Valley of the Giants

Valley of the Giants

Towering fig, satinay and palm trees dominate the subtropical rainforests that make up the heart of Fraser Island. A personal favourite, Valley of the Giants, finds you engulfed by your surroundings in some of the island's most ancient forest - left untouched by the logging operations of years past.

Sandy Cape

Sandy Cape

Keen travellers will then venture further to the northernmost point of the island - Sandy Cape - and the tranquil west coast, to avoid the hustle and bustle of tour buses and tagalong 4WD groups.

West Coast

West Coast

Golden hour on the western side of Fraser Island was a treat for an east coaster like me, to be able to see a sunset over the water. Winds have sculpted this landscape over thousands of years - in fact, the sands of Fraser reach over 244m in height and move at a rate of 1-2m annually.

Lake McKenzie

Lake McKenzie

In a bid to avoid the crowds I woke at dawn, packed up camp for the day and headed to Lake McKenzie in time to see the sunrise on our last day... a truly magical experience to hear the song of the birds and see the aqua waters before it became a tourist hotspot again.

West Coast

West Coast

Fraser Island is a must-see if you haven't made the trip before, this breathtaking island island draws tourists from across the Great Sandy Strait and across the world alike. I just hope it recovers gracefully from the fires which are currently burning uncontrolled.

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  • How did the little Jimny go?

      3 months ago
    • It was tons of fun, being light made it just about unstoppable on sand and I always appreciated that it could get down tight tracks with ease - something there is plenty of on Fraser. In the end it was a mix of issues with the automatic gearbox and...

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