Exploring the lakes 

Day started off with two dingo sightings. It doesn’t matter how many times we see dingoes during our travels, it’s still exciting to see one, they are such beautiful animals.

Again on the inland tracks we made our way first to Lake Boomanjin.  This is a pretty special lake ….. at 200 hectares it’s the largest perched lake in the world, AND it sits on the largest sand island in the world! How cool is that!

Perched lakes form when a build up of organic matter raises the lake floor to above sea level.  Lake Boomanjin’s water is stained a tea colour and at times appears in shades of red, purple, blue and brown.  This staining is due to the tannin from surrounding trees.

Next lake to visit was Lake Birrabeen.  This is another of Fraser Island’s perched lakes and its crystal clear water and pure white sand makes for another spectacular view.

This would have to be the little brother of  Lake McKenzie and we love it for that reason.  The view is very similar, but hardly anyone goes here so quite often you will have the beach to yourself.

While at the lake we found this adorable little turtle.  He was struggling in the small waves and floating on his back, every time he managed to flip over a wave came and pushed him on his back again.

So we picked him up and moved him in to the shallow water and reeds. He had a little rest on the sand and then took off through the reeds.

Next stop for us was Central Station.  This now beautiful rainforest area was originally established as a forestry camp when tree logging was allowed on the island.  Back in the day this logging village was home to about 30 houses and a school.

Central Station now houses displays explaining the history of the area.   There is also a large array of staghorns and some of these are huge.

Central Station is a great picnic area and also the point for many walks. One small walk is along the boardwalk around Wanggoolba Creek and through the beautiful rainforest.

The water in this creek is crystal clear, at a quick glance you will think it’s sand only, but there is actually clear water flowing through.  This creek was a sacred area for the traditional owners of the land, the Butchulla people.

Arrived back at camp in time for a beautiful rainbow over the ocean!

Exploring the lakes

On Monday we had an early start and headed south to have a look at some of the inland lakes that we hadn’t been to for years.  The first was Lake Boomanjin, pictured below.  The colours of this lake were amazing, the red was a blood-red colour so it was a little freaky, but awesome at the same time!  This photo really does not show the true colours, but it gives you an idea.

Lake Boomanjin is the largest perched lake in the world.  Fraser Island also claims the worlds highest perched dune lake, Boomerang Lake.  Perched lakes are the most frequently occurring type on the island.  Perched lakes are separate from the influence of groundwater.  Their water levels can reduce due to evaporation during long dry periods, but then fill again during the wetter periods.

We drove over to the western side of the island to Ungowa to see the old jetty.  There is a nice little campground there with toilets, but nothing else except this amazing view!  The old wooden jetty and the boat ramp are both closed off due to deterioration, but you can still clearly see both.
 
Next on our list was Tobys Gap Airstrip, surprisingly this was fairly flat, although it didn’t look it at all, very overgrown with grass, rocky and sandy!  And yes, we may have drove down the runway, pretending to be a plane!!


We went to Lake Birrabeen for a swim, beautiful spot and no-one there.  To be honest, this lake is just a nice as Lake McKenzie, but without the millions of people there.  The sand is so white and the water crystal clear and warm, such a nice lake.

After lunch on the beach we took a drive down to Eli Creek for a while.  As usual, the water was freezing so there was no swimming there!
 
We then took the car for a photoshoot on the rocks!  Just a bit of fun for the arvo!