Fraser Island Tag Along Tour
Three Days filled with 4×4’s roaring across beaches and winding sand roads, relaxing on picturesque beaches, swimming in crystal clear, icy cold waters, spending the nights at the campsite eating BBQ food and drinking goon, followed by heading off to sleep in our two man tent. That’s exactly how our Fraser Island tag along tour went…
Sounds like a great few days, doesn’t it?
Rainbow Beach and Pippies Hostel
We did our 3 day, 2 night Fraser Island tag along tour through Pippies, based in Rainbow Beach. The majority of backpackers who we spoke to on our way down the east coast, mentioned they were doing or had done their tour with Dingo’s (the largest and well known Fraser Island tag along tour company in Rainbow Beach). It’s fair to say I was slightly apprehensive prior to the moment of the wheels of our 4×4 crashing onto the sand on Fraser Island. No one we met on the east coast did the tour with Pippies. Did we make the right choice or not?
Well, yes, yes we did. Our tour with Pippies was near faultless. My only criticism would be the repetitive lunches of ham and salad wraps. In my book, if that is the only condemnation for a 2 night, 3 day tour, then it can’t have been too bad.
The cost of the 3 day, 2 night Fraser Island tag along tour with Pippies is $417 (317 USD). This may sound like a lot of money, but when you take everything into account, the price is worth it. The only thing you will have to buy for your time on Fraser Island is your alcohol, everything else is included.
What To Pack For The Fraser Island Tag Along Tour
What exactly do you pack into a small bag for camping on Fraser Island for 2 nights? I found myself questioning while staring at my empty backpack.
After constant questions to my friend, asking him what he was taking, I finally stuffed a few things into my bag and headed off back to the hostel for a few beers.
My bag contents –
- T Shirts x 3
- Jumper x 1
- Swimming Shorts x 1
- Shorts x 1
- Flip Flops
- A Towel
- Shampoo, Shower Gel
The 3 Day 2 Night Fraser Island Tag Along Tour
I had literally no idea what to expect from our campsite. It’s fair to say, it was a lot better than my initial thoughts of what we could be in for. It wasn’t a huge campsite, by any stretch of the imagination, but it was a well-executed setup. Perfect for a couple of nights.
There was a gated entrance and dingo fence around the whole area to keep those pesky dingos out. The kitchen had two large stoves, a sink, a bit of worktop space, two rows of benches and tables for everyone to sit. The sleeping arrangements consisted of two rows of two man tents, which were surprisingly cosy!
From what I’ve heard with Dingo’s tours, because of a large number of people on each tour, they have a cool box filled with food that they share between around eight of them for the time of the tour. The great thing about the tour with Pippies is that there were around 32 people on the tour, so it was a small enough group to get to know everyone. In terms of the food situation, the meals were cooked for everyone, by 6 volunteers each night. There was enough food to go around everyone and there was even enough for seconds.
Taking the Wheel
Let’s just say, I’m not the greatest or most confident driver in the world. Having passed my test a few years ago, I didn’t buy myself a car, as I preferred to save that money for my travels. Basically, I hadn’t driven since my driving test, before Fraser Island.
After the safety talk and scare stories of cars getting stuck in the sand or tipping over if you turn too hard, I think you can guess what visions I had in my head as I was sat at the wheel waiting to set off.
Luckily for me (and the 7 others in the car), the Pippies 4x4s were automatic, which was welcomed by a huge sigh of relief from myself when we found out. I had no reason to be worried, the driving was a breeze. I drove on the bendy sand roads which had the deeper and drier sand than the beach so I couldn’t whizz along, but it was a unique, enjoyable experience.
My top tip for driving on the sand would be not to be shy with the acceleration. Chances are, if you don’t accelerate enough, you’ll get stuck in the sand.
Places We Visited on our Fraser Island Tag Along Tour
Beautiful white sands surrounding a crystal clear freshwater lake. That’s exactly what you’ll be getting at Lake Mckenzie. The perfect spot to get your towel out, throw it onto the sand and lie in the sun for a few hours. The freshwater lake makes for the perfect swimming spot, no salt water and fear of the unknown that you get with the sea. My Fraser Island tag along tour was in August, so although the sun was beaming and it was quite warm, the water was freezing cold and was a take your breath away kind of shock to the system when jumping in.
The chances are, if you’re looking at someone’s pictures from their Fraser Island tag along tour, you will see countless from Lake McKenzie. Arguably it’s the beautiful, scenic spot on the island.
Nowhere near as picturesque and easy on the eye as Lake McKenzie, but Lake Boomanjin offers its own unique experience. You might take one look at this lake and think, there’s absolutely no chance you’d be swimming in that. It doesn’t look like the cleanest water in the world. Not to worry though, you’re not going to contract cholera from taking a dip in the waters at this lake. The red, rusty colour of the lake is due to the tea trees which surround the waters.
Some decided against a swim, even knowing the colour is from the tea trees. I would urge you to throw yourself in and spend a good half an hour in there. Your skin will never feel better. The oils from the tea tree make your skin as smooth as a baby’s bum.
These saltwater pools get their name from the bubbles which appear around the rocks when the waves from the sea crash against them. The pools give the effect of a natural jacuzzi, although the mid-August temperature of the water was far from a jacuzzi. Swimming is not recommended in the sea surrounding Fraser Island, mainly due to sharks, stingers and strong currents. However, feel free to take a dip and relax in champagne pools, safe from dangers with the protection from the surrounding rocks.
Indian Head Lookout
An uphill hike in the blaring sun can be tough. However, the climb to Indian Head Lookout is more than worth the sweat and breathlessness. The lookout offers extensive views of the beautiful east coast of Fraser Island. The rolling sand-blows stretch back as far as the eye can see in one direction. In the other direction, the glistening blue sea makes up the view to the horizon. Indian Head Lookout gained its name from no one other than the infamous Captain James Cook when he spotted three aboriginals standing on the cliff.
A huge ship sinking in the sand in front of your eyes. Our guide told us that the ship will be fully sunk into the sand in the next few years. This is understandable, as the majority of the now rusty ship isn’t visible due to being sunk into the beach.
SS Maheno was bound for its end with the metal due to be scrapped in Japan. However, the ships final journey ended in a different way than anticipated. A cyclone forced the ship ashore onto Fraser Island. After the cyclone was over, the ship was unrecoverable and destined to spend the rest of its days sinking into the sand and being a tourist attraction.
The largest creek on Fraser Island. Eli Creek pours up to four million litres of water into the sea each day. Four million litres?! That’s a hell of a lot of water. I’m guessing people don’t visit Eli Creek to watch water being poured into the sea though. The main attraction with the creek is the swiftly flowing water which is perfect for floating down and relaxing after a night of drinking goon. What could be better than floating down a creek, without a care in the world, in the beaming sun, on one of the most beautiful islands in Australia? The perfect end to our Fraser Island tag along tour.
The east coast of Australia was out of this world. My expectations weren’t too high in all honesty. Would it all be worth the money I’d be spending there? Well, trips like this one to Fraser Island were well worth the money. It’s a bold statement, but these three days on the Fraser Island tag along tour were my most enjoyable three days in the whole of my eight-week trip on the east coast.
What’s better than driving a 4×4 across a never-ending beach, blaring music out of the car, stopping off at some picturesque and unique locations, then heading back to camp and drinking the night away with a group of great people. Sounds slightly cliché and cheesy, but I suppose that’s exactly what we did.
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