Geoffs Life After Work !

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Fraser Island

We rose at 6.30 am and caught our connecting bus to the Ferry enduring a 25 min drive,,The ferry took around 35 minutes to land us on Fraser (not bad ONE hour away from home !) After being introduced to our 4 wheel bus driver we set off on our travels via a very sandy,bumpy drive. Ian didnt spare the horses and the drive was exhilarating similar to Blackpools Big Dipper !! Within minutes we were “thrown” into a deep shady tropical forest and the scenery out of this world ( actually featured on BBCs Walking with Dinosaurs) The trees were incredibly high and some young ones we viewed are approx 8500 yrs old !The island is made up entirely by sand being the largest of its kind in the world and its existence apparently helped evolve the Great Barrier Reef (in Australian terms,just around the corner from us!) Fresh water streams over sand is SO clear the water is hard to notice on film .The “jungle” is reminiscent of a Tarzan movie with so many vines hanging from the ancient trees Altho I have visited this Island before it was a short stop for a couple of hours at the hotel,this time the Ferry took us to a small almost desolate landing. After a drive thru a lot of magnificent scenery and after a great all you can eat lunch we drove onto the beach and were amazed at the amount of cars on the 75 mile stretch of sand we drove on (4 wheel drives ONLY are allowed on the Island as all interior roads are very spongy sand) We drove lots of fresh water streams that drained into the ocean,spotted a couple of dingos,various bird species and a Whale that was frolicking off shore. The highlight (for me) was the wreck of the once magnificent Maheno Liner as it lay in the sands rusting away (info soon a long with some Island background) it was a very full on day going ever so quickly over a 12 hour period .Driver Ian was magnificent in his historical and interesting narration

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from Wikipedia..
Fraser Island is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, Australia, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Brisbane.Its length is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) and its width is approximately 24 kilometres (15 mi).It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992.The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km².It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Unlike many sand dunes, plant life is abundant due to the naturally occurring mycorrhizal fungi present in the sand, which release nutrients in a form that can be absorbed by the plants.Fraser Island is home to a small number of mammal species,as well as a diverse range of birds, reptiles and amphibians, including the occasional saltwater crocodile. The island is part of the Fraser Coast Region and protected in the Great Sandy National Park.Fraser Island has been inhabited by humans for as much as 5,000 years.
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Fraser Island has over 100 freshwater lakes,as well as the second highest concentration of lakes in Australia after Tasmania.The freshwater lakes on Fraser Island are some of the cleanest lakes in the world.A popular tourist area is Lake McKenzie which is located inland from the small town of Eurong. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level. Lake McKenzie has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica.

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July 9, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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Geoffs Life After Work !

Life is just beginning

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