Sunday, July 18, 2010

Australia photos - Fraser Island, Days 15 and 16

Rainbow Beach, near the ferry to Fraser Island (about 4 hours north of Brisbane)

Rainbow Beach

Family at play, Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach po-po

Our tour mobile, a very comfortable but very large monstrosity

Five minute ferry to Fraser Island (in the background)

Dolphins! (apologies for the blur)

Dingos are everywhere on Fraser Island (note the tag)

You have to have a 4WD to enter Fraser Island, as the only roads are sand

My attempt at abstract photo art, while at lunch at Eurong (tourist facility on the island)


Time for a walk - up a noiseless creek! Well, noiseless until we got there.


Where the creek meets the ocean

The Maheno shipwreck

Post-shipwreck, we headed to The Pinnacles

Which were ok...

...but after a shipwreck, nothing seems as cool.

However, to revive our interest, our guide took us clamming

Clam race! If your clam burrows into the sand first, you get to eat it.

Indian Head, overlooking a tiger shark breeding ground

Going up...

We were hardly alone.

Yann, my French buddy, notes the irony.

Though you can't make any of it out, we saw sharks, dolphins, sea turtles...

...and whales!

Ain't no party like an eclipse party...

Ok, so it was only a partial eclipse.

Billiards ends day one.

The rainforest on Fraser Island is the only "dry" rainforest in the world, in that it grows out of the sand

This simple looking fern is called a king fern - this particular one is estimated to be around 2,000 years old.

Lake Birrabeen, one of many gorgeous lakes on the island


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