Wednesday May 1st 2019 saw many folks from the BOCA Rally travel to Fraser Island.  The buses left at 06:15, and stopped after an hour and a half to let air out of their tyres so that they could travel safely over the fine sand that Fraser Island is made from.

We did a quick ten minute ferry ride from the mainland to reach the island, and then travelled down the main highway, one of only two in the world that both planes and vehicles can use.  The main highway was of course the beach!

Before long, we came across a dingo, the only one that we spotted all day.  Dingoes on Fraser Island are wild, and there are very high fines for feeding them because they are very dangerous.  Photos were taken through the bus window so could be better (:-(

We travelled on into the interior along deeply rutted sand tracks (the photo makes them look tame, see Manuel’s photos when they get published). Despite wearing a seat belt I flew off my seat and completely lost contact with it a couple of times.

We stopped to do a walk through the rain forest, which grows on the sand but is helped by microbes to get the nutrients needed.  The growth was very dense and the trees incredibly straight.  Too many photos to add but here are a selection:

We were taken to a significant creek, that we were told on the bus was used by female aborigines.  You walk to it from round a corner and down a slope.  As I came around the corner I saw what I thought was algae filled still water, not attractive.  A guide came towards me with her lone client and said to me “G’day, awesome isn’t it?”. I couldn’t understand what she meant, and why it was so important to the aboriginals.  However, as I walked down the slope I realised that the water was moving quite fast and was crystal clear, and I began to understand its significance.  It was extremely hard to photograph, but I hope that you might get an impression of what we saw

And finally a photo Ozzie, of one our our Aussie tour group, at the creek

See Fraser Island Pert II for the rest of the adventures from today