As mentioned in Australia East Coast Travel, I booked a Hummer-Tour on Fraser Island. At 7.45am I got picked up and returned back at my accomodation at about 7pm. So how was my day at Fraser Island?
Hummer-Tour by Fraserexperience
I got picked up by the driver at 7.45am. The other 3 people (a family) were already sitting in the back, so I could take the front-seat. We caught the barge at about 8.15 and arrived on Fraser Island half an hour later. As we didn’t want to get stuck behind the slower buses, we got off the barge first and started our tour together with the other Hummer of Fraser Experience. We noticed quite soon that this was going to be a fun 4-wheel-drive as all the roads on Fraser Island were just pure sand. No normal roads, not even a gravel-road, just soft deep sand (including the main-highway where the Fraser Island Police even does speed controls on the beach). Of course the ride was really bumpy sometimes, so we weren’t allowed to drink or eat anything during the drive. But I actually didn’t even feel like drinking or eating anything as we were served with Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.
Meals during the tour
After driving about 2hours on sand-roads through the rainforest or along the 75miles beach on Fraser Island, our driver set up a really nice table for Morning Tea! Everyone got a delicious piece of chocolate cake, some cookie and coffee, tea or orange juice.
We had lunch at Lake McKenzie. As usual for Australia, you eat a sandwich for lunch! We got a nice big sandwich with ham, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions and cucumber. We also got some fruit salad, some fresh fruits and lots of cookies. We could choose if we want to drink water, juice, beer, white-wine or red-wine. The food and drinks were really good and compared to other tours I’ve already done, a much better quality of everything!
It was planned to have some Afternoon Tea with strawberries, chocolate and champagne, before we would start our walk through the rainforest. Unfortunately another car got bogged in front of us during our ride. This led to having a delay on our tour and not enough time for having Afternoon Tea on Fraser Island. Our kind tour-guide then served us the strawberries and chocolate on the barge on our way back. We weren’t allowed to have any alcohol on the barge, so he offered us to take some champagne, wine or beer with us to our accommodation.
Our driver and tour-guide
Our tour-guide was a really good driver! I felt safe all the time – even on really bumpy and steep parts of the soft, deep sand roads. He wasn’t too talkative during the ride because he had to concentrate on driving. I actually welcomed that – was more enjoyable for us watching the beautiful nature of Fraser Island and enjoying a really fun 4-wheel-drive on fraser island!
On our short walks through the rainforest or along other sites, he explained us a little bit about interesting trees, sands or whatever. He was really friendly all the time and wanted to make our tour as pleasant as possible!
The tour itself
We spent a lot of time driving through the rainforest or along the beach. We saw millions(!) of whales along the Fraser Island Coast. There were indeed plenty of them! Of course they were a little bit too far away from the beach to take any good pictures but it was really fascinating to see that many!
As usual for one-day-trips, we didn’t have too much time to spend at the different sights. The distances take quite a while driving through the sand and therefore I was really glad I chose to go on this Hummer-Tour instead of any big buses. We drove along the 75miles-beach, visited Eli Creek, the famous Old Shipwreck, the Colored Sands, Lake McKenzie and went for a walk through the rainforest.
Fraser Island Sights
The biggest Creek in Australia! We all went for a short walk together to a nice viewing point along Eli Creek. It looked so beautiful that I decided to walk back down through the water which was actually a bit freezing and at some point deeper than it looked. Though it was really fun! And to walk on such soft sand through the Creek was a great feeling!
There’s a nice old shipwreck laying on the beach. Pretty much corroded but looks really nice! As there were so many tourists visiting it, it was quite a challenge to take a picture where you can actually see the wreck itself. I decided to walk around it and look at it from the sea-site. Nobody else in the water but me and all other tourists were covered by the wreck. – Now that is how seeing a wreck is fun :D.
To be honest, I didn’t really like the colored sands. Was just kinda lame…
Maybe it’s just because I’ve seen some more amazing sand-/rock-things on my Outback-Tour, but yeah in my opinion not a must-see.
A nice big freshwater-lake! The water in this lake is just rain-water which doesn’t flow of due to the type of ground underneath it. The water is actually so pure, that there is hardly even living any fish in there. Just some tiny ones and a few turtles.
After having lunch we had about 1hour to go swimming in there or to just enjoy the nature. At first I only took some pictures but then decided to actually go swimming. The water was really freezing, even colder than Eli-Creek. I enjoyed the swim but then decided to quickly get out of there and get dry until we continue our trip. By the way, this time my camera wasn’t as waterproof as it was supposed to be :D.
Our guide showed us a couple really huge trees and the worlds-biggest fern. Unfortunately my camera didn’t work properly anymore after Lake McKenzie, so I’m sorry about not having any photos of it! But anyway, I liked the rainforest at Mount Tamborine even better.
Summary Fraser Island & Tour
After seeing about 5 cars being bogged in the sand, I was really happy about having such a good car and an experienced driver! If you can afford this little extra and like to have a more comfort, good meal and drinks and just a small group on your tour, I’d definitely recommend this tour to you. I had a lot of fun on this ride and saw a lot of great places. A whole-day 4WD-trip on pure sand-roads on Fraser Island is definitely a must-do experience when visiting the Australia East Coast.
If you’d rather drive yourself, make sure you have a suitable car – not any 4WD is able to go on those roads! Oh and take care of not hitting one of the rocks at the beach, we passed a car with flat tires.
>>> See more pictures of this tour within the next days on my Fraser Island Gallery.
If anybody of you has made different experiences on this tour, I’d be more than glad to hear about it. And of course if you have any questions, just leave a comment.