It was obvious from the moment we approached 1770 that we were going to love it. The sun was setting and people were gathered on the beach with drink in hand watching nature bring the day to a most spectacular close! The 1770 Campground has an awesome chilled vibe that's hard not to love. It's tropical island feel makes it hard not to relax!
So many great things to do here including bushwalking, fishing, boating, swimming. SUPing, the list goes on! The flora and fauna are diverse and captivating. We had a chance encounter with a friendly echidna that Noah named Betty. She was happy to let us get up very close and observe her intricate beauty. Never before have we seen so many butterflies in the wild of all colours and sizes. It was a bushwalk like no other!
Two nights was nowhere near enough, we will definitely be back for a much longer stay sometime in the future.
Enjoy the video, it speaks for itself! Today was undoubtedly Fantastic Friday!
Fraser Island or K'gari as named by its traditional owners is truly one of the most unique and beautiful places we have ever been. More than anything, it reminded us of the snow. The windswept sand dunes and sand roads carved between the trees just looked like snow capped mountains and freshly groomed ski runs, except with sand instead of snow.
Not being particularly experienced 4WDers and not having seen the conditions on the island for ourselves, we decided not to take the Landcruiser across and instead opted to join a 2-day tour of the island including an overnight stay.... in a motel! The local knowledge of our tour guide was exceptional and it allowed us to sit back and enjoy the trip as well as meet some lovely local and overseas travellers.
Here are our top five fav things from our two days on Fraser...
1. Floating down Eli Creek. With four million litres of the clearest and freshest water you've ever seen pumping into the ocean every hour, it creates a magical stream that's hard to resist not getting in... even when it's freezing!
2. Seeing the blue water of Lake McKenzie. The white silica sand is bathed in the most amazing blue water of the acid lake that is Lake McKenzie.
3. Exploring the rainforest. The ancient trees in the rainforest rival the beauty of the Daintree. A surprise was also the variation in the types of vegetation on the island as you move from place to place. It seemed as though every couple of minutes we would come to a new kind of forest.
4. 4WDing around the island. Driving the many narrow bush tracks, many of which are quite steep at times which was surprising to us, was a real thrill! We had pictured the island to be much flatter than it is. Driving along 75 mile beach, which is a recognised national highway, at 80klms/hr was nothing short of bizarre. It was even more bizarre when 'traffic' is stopped for the planes to land on the beach. When we said that it is one of the most unique places we've ever been we weren't kidding!
5. Seeing the Champagne Pools. We had really hoped that it would be warm enough to swim here but unfortunately it wasn't. This didn't take away from the beauty of this part of the island. The pools are majestic and the views from the cliffs above the pools are amazing.
Our time on Fraser made us feel like real life castaways. It is really quite a remote and unforgiving landscape but it is beautiful, unique and so diverse in itself. It has a rich history and the story of the Dreaming and lore of the land is truly captivating (Google Princess K'gari to read more about this). We'll definitely be back... and we might even brave bringing our own car across next time.
Tonight marks 4 weeks since we made our caravan our home. In that time we packed up and moved from our home of 16 and a half years, helped pack up my Dad's house of 30 years (my childhood home), said goodbye to family, lifelong friends, long term neighbours, the girls' much loved school community, Noah's family day carer of 2 and a half years and preschool. Last week we started our new life on the Coffs Coast by moving Dad into his new home whilst we are parked at a local caravan park, put our possessions into storage and orientated ourselves with our new surrounds which are so familiar after 12 years of family holidays here but yet so new.
The last 4 weeks have been an emotional roller coaster, fuelled with tears, laughter, grief, wonder and joy but thankfully not an ounce of regret. There was no time to blog or mental capacity that enabled me to string a coherent sentence together other than a few Facebook posts (which may or may not be coherent?!), it's only now that we have had a chance to catch our breath and since our TV isn't working (there's always something, gotta love caravans!) that we've had a chance to reflect on the last 4 weeks in the van.
For a bit of fun, here are the top 5 things we've learnt over the past 4 weeks...
We could have added a number 6 being that we learnt how lucky we are to have so many wonderful people in our lives but we already knew this. We are going to miss so many people but were reminded countless times that it's not goodbye it's "see you later". We are so grateful for the love and best wishes we have received, it has been truly humbling. Xx