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The week 4 blog with photos is at

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=4779885


Day 1
Lake Garawongera–Bogimbah historical walk—15.6 km return (5–7 hrs)
An example of the tracks on Fraser Island
rainton.com/fun/diary/php/showimage.php?di
r=all&image=fraser_track_by_lake_garaw
ongera.jpg&fno=1&f0=Fraser+Island


Day 2
Lake Garawongera to Happy Valley—6.6 km (2.5–3.5 hours)
After skirting Lake Garawongera's north-western shore, follow a steep ridge before arriving at the open forests of the east coast dunes. Continue along the track and complete your Great Walk adventure at the seaside village of Happy Valley.

Day 3
Day at Happy Valley
For your interest – picture of The centre of Happy Valley
www.derm.qld.gov.au/register/p01298aa.pdf

Day 4
Transport up the Eastern Beach to Indian Heads – swim in Champagne pools
For your interest – picture from Indian Heads
www.planetware.com/picture/fraser-island-a
us-aus181.htm


And picture of the Champagne Pools
The Champagne Pools are below Indian Head which is one of only a very few rocks on the island, its jutting forehead is large and below are quiet bays with calm green seas.
The Champagne Pools are natural fish traps used by the Butchulla people but these days visitors love to watch or swim in the ‘champagne ‘ bubbles as the foamy waters crash over the rock wall.
www.fraserislanddiscovery.com.au/fraserisl
and/fraser-island-destinations/plunge-
remember-champagne-pools/


Then back by Red Canyon, and the coloured sands and the Pinnacles to Cathederal beach for the night
The Pinnacles are often regarded as the most spectacular coloured sand formations in Australia. They are best seen in the morning when the vibrant gold sands look fantastic against a blue sky. The coloured sand formations continue along a long section of beach.

Beach sand appears yellow when nutrients are attached to te grains. As plant roots strip the grains of their nutrient coating the grains appear white. Yellow brown sand contains nutrients not yet leached by vegetation and water. Coloured sand formations occur when wind and rain erodes the more recent windblown mass exposing the underlying sands, then moulds these older harder sands into spectacular sculptures, highly coloured by iron oxides.
For your interest – a small section of the coloured sands
www.couriermail.com.au/news/sunday-mail/fr
aser-island-guardians-are-protecting-p
aradise/story-e6frep2o-1225902422989


and of Cathedral beach
members.virtualtourist.com/m/72173/1ca112/


Day 5
Transport by the Mahino and Eli Creek to Kingfisher Bay for the night
The Mahino Wreck – is the wreck of this trans-Tasman passenger liner which served as a hospital ship in WW1 – it was sold for scrap metal to Japan and was being towed North on July 9th 1935 when it lost rudder control and came ashore in cyclonic conditions. It gained a new job in WW2 – as a practice bombing target. After many decades of pounding winds and corroding salt it is now a crumbling sinking relic.
For your interest – photo of The Mahino
www.panoramio.com/photo/3937492
and the popular but beautiful Eli Creak – where vehicles are for ever getting stuck and lost!!
www.trekearth.com/gallery/Oceania/Australi
a/East/Queensland/fraser_island/photo1
04339.htm

Ooops!!
www.piggosbiglapofoz.net/2012/01/hervey-ba
y-to-fraser-island.html


Eli Creek – the largest creek on the eastern side of the island pouring millions of gallons of fresh water into the sea each hour. A popular swimming area and the boardwalk which follows the creek inland passes through banksia, and pandanus.
On the way to Kingfisher Bay Resort we will stop off at McKenzies Jetty – which was built in 1919 and from where logs and sawn timber from the Islands only sawmill (established in 1918) were shipped to the mainland.

And at the former Z Force Commandos training base – below North White Cliffs. The tunnels and fortresses are still there today.

And then on to Kingfisher Bay Resort – a world renown resort – the only one on the Western side of the Island – with everything, including a 5 star dining area.
It will be here as the sun sinks and the lights of the huge resort pool and landscaped gardens come on that we will have our farewell dinner..
Kingfisher Bay Resort
en.academic.ru/dic.nsf/hotels/700056943

There will be Prawns (shrimp), Bugs and spanner crab on the barbeque, and a team of Aboriginal Dancers Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal dancers will perform and a didgidoo will be played – you might even get the chance to try it!!
www.nunukulyuggera-aboriginaldancers.com/

Then there will be dancing round the pool and our special guest – Hugh Jackman will be there too and you never know – he might even dance with one or two of you!!
He has also bought a couple of good friends – Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban – who enjoyed the singing and dancing.
The evening will finish with Hugh Jackman singing – “I Still Call Australia Home” – by request!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7VX2rPrKXs
And – Oprah’s finale at The Sydney Opera House – with great background pictures of Australia and many celebrities!! (and the “Me” in the heading isn’t me!!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUIYN-6tO1Q&featur
e=related



Day 6
Ferry to Hervey Bay – rest of day free in Hervey Bay
For your interest Picture of The ferry
rkannesley.blogspot.com.au/2009/11/heritag
e-listed-fraser-island-is-just.html

and of Hervey Bay – the Whale watching capital of Australia!!
shortgetaways.com.au/hervey_bay_23.html

You are invited to an Aussie flavour BBQ at my place – at 5.00pm, to watch the sun sink on your final evening in Oz!! (for the Americans!!)

Paperbark Smoked oil with Wattleseed and Fresh Bread
Lemon aspen and ginger sauce with Atlantic salmon
Gumleaf salmon sushi
Cheesefruit cream on game wrapped figs
Creped Crustaceans
Fillet of Beef with Pepperberries
Crepes
Bunya nut vegetarian pie
Beef with garlic and gumleaf
Balmain bugs and whiting
Whole Baby Barramundi and Munthari Butter Sauce
Austro-Asian style roast pork, chicken or beef
Wattleseed cream
Sugarbag drizzle
Gumleaf bavarois
Lemon myrtle rum baba
Fruit spice ice cream
Recipes from
www.cherikoff.net/cherikoff/index.php?s=re
cipe_list


Day 7
Depart for Brisbane early diverting by Australia Zoo – to see some Aussie Wildlife , see the crocodiles being fed – and maybe get to cuddle a koala
Australia Zoo
www.australiazoo.com.au/
I hope you enjoyed joining me in this little corner of Paradise!!




 
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Week 3
Fraser Island – week 3 blog (with some photos)– can be found at
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal.
asp?id=EMMABE1


Fraser Island may be a sand Island but it has many plants and animals – many of which are particular to Fraser and very rare!!
Fraser Flora and Fauna
www.fraserislanddiscovery.com.au/Fraser-Is
land/flora-a-fauna.html

Fauna
www.fido.org.au/moonbi/backgrounders/49%20
Fraser%20Fauna%20Backgrounder.pdf

Bush Tucker
www.fraserisland.net/bush-tucker.html
Plants and trees of Fraser
www.fraserisland.info/plants-and-trees-of-
fraser-island/the-plants-and-trees-of-
fraser-i.html

Flora
www.fido.org.au/moonbi/backgrounders/FI%20
Flora%20Backgrounder.pdf


Day 1
Lake Wabby carpark to Eastern Beach 6.5km return (3–4 hrs)

Day 2
Eastern Beach spend the day – then bus back to Lake Wabby
Eastern Beach is the beach on the eastern side of the island – its true name being 75mile Beach!! It is also the “freeway “ of the island – being the quickest way to travel from one part to another on the island – however its rarely “quick” as there are many washouts where the gallons of freshwater flow into the sea – and these washouts move – and vary greatly in depth so great care is needed. 75mile beach is n fact only 58 miles (92km ) long!!

For your interest – picture of Eastern Beach
www.fraserisland.info/fraser-islands-easte
rn-beach/fraser-island-eastern-beach.h
tml



Day 3
From Lake Wabby, re-enter the closed forest of the central high dunes. Walk along a ridge and visit a lookout for views over the vast, desert-like sands of the Badjala Sandblow. It is here that we will spend the night

Day 4
Badjala Sandblow to Valley of the Giants—16.2 km
Descend into the Valley of the Giants which contains some of the largest living trees on Fraser Island. The walkers' camp is located in the heart of this valley and is an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
For your interest – picture of Valley of the Giants
www.panoramio.com/photo/14988919

Day 5
Rest Day
Valley of the Giants is a real highlight of the trek. This magnificent rainforest valley contains some of the Island’s oldest trees.

Day 6
Valley of the Giants to Bogimbah Creek
From the Valley of the Giants, pass through some impressive stands of brush box and satinay trees and rainforest, as well as areas of open forest and heathland. Follow Bogimbah Creek to an historic area that contains the remains of the earliest logging camps and forestry trial sites on the island. The night will be spent here.

Day 7
Bogimbah Creek to Lake Garawongera—13.1 km
Continue along the track and enjoy scenic views before arriving at Lake Garawongera
. For your interest – picture of Lake Garawongera rainton.com/fun/diary/php/showimage.php?di
r=all&image=lake_garawongera.jpg&fno=1
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Day 1
Central Station to Basin Lake—5.6 km return (2–2.5 hrs)
For your interest picture of Basin lake
Basin Lake is reed fringed and the home of many turtles and “acid frogs”
www.flickr.com/photos/87791108@N00/4243329
839/


Day 2
Central Station to Eurong—21.2 km return (7–9 hrs)
Eurong Beach Resort sits among acres of lawns and gardens on the edge of the ocean beach. There is a wide range of accommodation available as well as shops .

For your interest picture of the beach resort of Eurong
www.sunloverholidays.com.au/accommodation/
Fraser-Island/Eurong-Beach-Resort-2EUR
FRI.html

Ending with transport back to Central station

Day 3 – at Eurong –

Day 4
Central Station to Lake McKenzie (via Pile Valley)—11.3 km (3.5–4.5 hours)
Follow the boardwalk along Wanggoolba Creek, then continue through Pile Valley. Follow an old forestry tramline through cool, shady rainforest before continuing on through blackbutt forests to Lake McKenzie.

Pile Valley is the home of some awesome forest giants. More them 60m tall these satinay trees dwarf the palms and rainforest plants which share this valley. Pile Valley got its name from the satinay trees that were once harvested for wharf piles to build part of the Suez Canal and London Docks.

Lake McKenzie – the first sight of this lake is dazzling with pure white sand ringing the exotic light blue lake, which changes as the sand shelf drops away to a dark bottomless blue. The lake is 130 hectares in area sitting 80m above sea level and is possibly the most picturesque example of a perched lake to be found anywhere

Day 5 – Rest day
Day at Lake McKenzie – I hope you have your togs – today we can go swimming!!
Lake McKenzie – the first sight of this lake is dazzling with pure white sand ringing the exotic light blue lake, which changes as the sand shelf drops away to a dark bottomless blue. The lake is 130 hectares in area sitting 80m above sea level and is possibly the most picturesque example of a perched lake to be found anywhere.
For your interest picture of Lake McKenzie
www.travelblog.org/Photos/15967

Day 6
Lake McKenzie to Lake Wabby—11.9 km (4–5 hours)
Pass through some of the island's most spectacular tall, open forests and rainforests before entering the open forests of the east coast dunes. Stroll to the Lake Wabby lookout for incredible views of the lake and Hammerstone Sandblow. From here, walk to the shore of Lake Wabby, the second deepest lake on Fraser Island.

Day 7
Lake Wabby – enjoy while you can – Lake Wabby and the Hammerstone Sandblow – the lake is a shrinking dark blue dot next to an immense yellow sandblow. Hammerstone Sandblow dammed the creek to form the lake and the steep sides of the sandblow have helped make the lake the second deepest on Fraser Island- 11m - but the force that created it is destroying it. The sandblow is creeping west gradually swallowing the lake and the surrounding forests.
Sandblows form when gaps are carved in the stabilising vegetation or foredunes by the strong onshore winds. The sand is swept inland by the winds slowly overtaking and smothering the land and vegetation in its path.

For your interest picture of Lake Wabby and the Sandblow
www.australianexplorer.com/photographs/que
ensland/photograph_fraser_island_lake_
wabby_2.htm





 
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WEEK 1

As well as the links and information here is a blog with pictures at
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
individual.asp?blog_id=4744298


Day 1
Mainland to Dilly Village by ferry from River heads to Wanggoolba Creek (we can only land here when the tide is right.) and 6WD bus to Dilly Village - free exploration and our first look at the white sands of 5 mile beach.
The Aboriginal name for Fraser Island is K’gari, pronounced “gurrie”. Midden Heaps, ceremonial bora rings, stone implements, and canoe trees can still be seen around the island.
For your interest – map of Fraser Island
www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/pdf/frase
r-island-map.pdf

Tourist information on Fraser Island
www.fraserisland.net/
and
www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/index.htm
l

Fraser Island Great Walk information
www.derm.qld.gov.au/register/p01298aa.pdf
Information on the beautiful and much maligned Fraser Island Dingos
www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/pdf/dingo
es-of-fraser-island.pdf

History of Fraser Island
www.fraserisland.info/history-of-fraser-is
land/index.php


Day 2
Dilli Village to Lake Boomanjin—6.3 km (2–3 hours)
Cross a boardwalk over a sedge-filled creek where melaleucas, swamp banksia, sedges and coral ferns thrive along the swampy verges. Walk through open forests and scribbly gum woodlands and see the spectacular views of the beach from Wongi Sandblow. Continue through eucalypt forest to the highly patterned sands that lie below the tannin waters of Lake Boomanjin, the largest perched lake in the world. A perched lake is a perennial lake whose surface level lies at a considerably higher elevation than those of other bodies of water, including aquifers, directly or closely associated with the lake.
There are over 40 lakes on Fraser Island, some of which account for over half of the world’s perched lakes. A perched lake is one cut off from the groundwater table by a layer of rock and it is mainly fed by rainfall. Lake Boomajin is the largest perched dune lake in the world with an area of 190 hectares (469.5 acres), Boomerang Lake is the highest dune lake in the world at 130m(426.5ft) above sea level.
We will stay the night in the fenced hikers camp.
For your interest Picture of Lake Boomanjin
www.travelblog.org/Photos/3730334
and of Wongi Sandblow
www.flickr.com/photos/nsaunders/607759221/


Day 3
Lake Boomanjin to Markwell’s Break—21.6 km return (7–9 hrs)
This walk takes us along a track on the ridge of sand dunes – occasionally we see glimpses of the sea and the beach!!

Day 4
Lake Boomanjin to Lake Benaroon—7.2 km (2.5–3.5 hours)
Stroll around Lake Boomanjin's north-western beach. Follow the track up to a ridge and continue through open woodland and regenerating forests of blackbutt and brush box. Here, the vegetation changes and rainforest plants such as kauri pines, vines, staghorns, palm lilies and mosses dominate. Descend to follow the track along the shoreline to the walkers' camp at Lake Benaroon. The waters of this lake are often choppy
For your interest picture of Lake Birrabeen, Lake Benaroon and Lake Boomanjin,
queenslandplaces.com.au/exhibit/postcard-f
older/pc0243


Day 5 Rest Day

Day 6
Lake Benaroon to Central Station—7.5 km (2.5–3.5 hours)
Follow Lake Benaroon's shore, through dense carol thicket and along ridges flourishing with scribbly gum and blackbutt woodlands before reaching tall eucalypt forest and rainforest. Pass by Lake Birrabeen and Lake Jennings. Continue along an old logging road and through the tall eucalypt forests, many decorated with vines and epiphytes of the central high dunes. Descend into historic Central Station, which is set among vine forest, kauri pines and palms. Central Station is one of my favourite places, cool and green and clear streams running through – beautiful on a hot day. There are many old trees and hundreds of very old staghorns, and huge ancient tree ferns. Fraser Island is a protected area and nothing may be removed from the Island – no plants nor coloured sand!!
An epiphyte is a plant that grows upon another plant (such as a tree) non-parasitically or sometimes upon some other object (such as a building or a telegraph wire), derives its moisture and nutrients from the air and rain and sometimes from debris accumulating around it, and is found in the temperate zone (as many mosses, liverworts, lichens and algae) and in the tropics (as many ferns, cacti, orchids, and bromeliads).
For your interest picture and details of Central Station
www.queenslandholidays.com.au/things-to-se
e-and-do/central-station/index.cfm

Beautiful Series of photos of Fraser Island – if you click on the picture of Central Station it will take you to the slide show
blog.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/rho
namcd/rm-rtw-2007/1191888780/tpod.html#_


Day 7
Central Station to Wanggoolba Creek—0.9 km return (0.5–1 hr) (Wheelchair accessible) and free time at Central station
Central Station is one of the top destinations on the island. Once a forest station the area was cleared and replanted, making the separation between the vegetation here and the surrounding rainforests even more distinct. It is a very popular picnic and camping area.
Wanggoolba Creek – is without a doubt one of the most photographed places on the Island. Within a few steps you walk from an open sunny area into dark lush rainforest wilderness seemingly miles from anywhere. The tall straight trees give way to moss and lychen-covered logs, rainforest trees vainly trying to shrug off strangler figs, piccabeen palms, and giant prehistoric Angiopteris ferns which have the largest fern fronds in the world.
Seeping up from the sand the water is often so clear and calm its hard to see and its sandy base makes it almost silent. If you stand quietly on the wheelchair friendly boardwalk you will hear the sounds of the rainforest. Lizards rummaging through leaf litter, birds calling, wind rustling through the trees and the rippling of this wonderful creek.
For your interest Picture of the Central Station Rain Forest walk
www.tourfraser.com.au/Fraser_Island_Photos
/main.php?g2_itemId=111&g2_imageViewsI
ndex=1

And Picture of Wanggoolba Creek
www.trekearth.com/gallery/Oceania/Australi
a/East/Queensland/fraser_island/photo1
66020.htm

And
www.piggosbiglapofoz.net/2012/01/hervey-ba
y-to-fraser-island.html





 
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