The last day of our Cool Dingo 3-day tour on Fraser Island started early again. For the last time we filled our stomaches with loads of food – as a backpacker on a budget you have to take advantage of every „All you can eat“-buffet!
The weather on day 3 was quite cloudy and slightly cooler than the first two days. This turned out to be helpful during the „Walk of Death“ we hiked later.
Our first destination was Lake Birrabeen. Lake Birrabeen reminded us of Lake McKenzie, however the water was not as clear and blue. Maybe this was also because of the clouds. Regardless, the water was still nice and warm!
After Flo pumped a stand up paddle board, it was time to use it. Stand up paddling is not that easy when you try it for the first time. But we did our best and it worked out pretty well. We even made it to the center of the lake. We also tried to use one board together, which was very shaky and unstable.
Unfortunately we found a dead turtle on the beach. Davy buried the turtle and we held a ceremony. Too bad we couldn’t find a living turtle as well!
After relaxing at Lake Birrabeen for two hours, we went to have lunch at the Eurong Beach Resort. This time we had an „All you can eat“-buffet at a restaurant. We have to say that lunch on the first two days, which was prepared by our guide, was better.
Strengthened by the food we drove to the Walk of Death. The name was pretty exciting already. Davy said that he is the only guide who walks with his group. All the other guides simply let their groups walk theirselves while they stay behind.
We can’t remember how long exactly it took us to hike the walk, but it was around an hour. Just like everywhere else on Fraser Island the path was sand only, what makes hiking even more exhausting. Luckily it was not too hot that day, thanks clouds!, so we could walk barefoot on the sand. With flip flops it would have taken us even longer.
We were rewarded with a beautiful view of the desert with trees and the ocean in the background. What stunning scenery!
We walked through the sand dunes for another 10 minutes until we reached Lake Wabby. The nature on Fraser Island is simply amazing. Steep sand dunes, which form the shore of the lake, and the rainforest just behind the water. Truly unique!
With a depth of 14.5 meters, Lake Wabby is the deepest lake on Fraser Island. It’s not as clear as the other lakes, but more green. You can still swim in it, what we did. There are small fish in the lake, which nibble on your feet and eat your dead skin. That is something you pay for in some stores, but we had it for free.
Flo loved Lake Wabby and swam the whole time. Isabelle only went for a short dip. The lake smells a bit. This is due to the organic material from the jungle, that is decomposing in it.
To get more impressions of the third day, you can find our (German) vlog here!
After leaving Lake Wabby we were brought back to the starting point of our tour, where we caught the ferry across the water to Hervey Bay.
We were totally exhausted and tired, but still we would have loved to spend even more time on the beautiful Fraser Island. All in all the tour was simply amazing. Fraser Island is probably one of the most stunning and exceptional places we have ever visited. It’s unbelievable how much nature one can explore on an sand island.
We can highly recommend Cool Dingo as a company. The organization is great, the size of the groups is ok, driving in a 4WD bus is so much fun and the accommodation and the food were really good. Our tour guide Davy was the icing on the top. He made the tour even more special.
To everybody planning to go to Australia: Do not miss out on Fraser Island!
The end of the tour was the end of our two weeks in Hervey Bay as well. We took the bus to Airlie Beach on the same day. More about our stay in Airlie Beach can be found here!