Fraser Island was the long awaited Trip. Great Barrier Reef, Whitehaven Beach, and now Maheno Ship Wreck in Fraser Island. It was one of the attractions I was longing to experience.
About Fraser Island
Fraser island is the largest Sand Island in the world. That means we literally step on the sand soil whenever we’re on the island! Its length is 123 kilometer and 22 kilometers wide. It’s listed among another Australia heritage site such as Uluru and Great Barrier Reef. The island is named after Eliza Frazer, a survivor from a shipwreck that landed on the island. Fraser island is home of about 50 species, it has over 100 lakes (and that makes Fraser island a places with largest number of lakes in Australia after Tazmania). If you want to visit Fraser Island, you can choose between Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Bundaberg. My departure point was Hervey Bay.
When choosing the tour, my option was narrowed down to the two providers below:
- Fraser Explorer tour (link here: http://www.fraserexplorertours.com.au/fraser-island-tours/fraser-island-day-tours/hervey-bay-day-tour.html) and
- Fraser Free (link here: https://www.fraserfree.com.au/fraser-island-tour/1-day-fraser-explorer-tour-from-hervey-bay?/fraser-island-tour/1-day-explorer-tour-from-hervey-bay)
And I choose the first merely on price comparison. But both are recognized Travel agent and has a good review. From Hervey Bay, we were picked up to the River Heads for the 8.30am barge crossing to the Wanggoolba Creek landing on Fraser Island. The itinerary of the tour is seen in Google Map below.
Maheno Ship Wreck
Maheno Ship wreck was once a SS Maheno that operated in 1900 until 1935 and under the ownership of New Zealand company for commercial services as well as Hospital services during World War I in 1905. on 1935 the ship towline was broken during severe cyclone, the ship got carried away and disappeared. 3 days after the event, the ship was found in the coast of Fraser Island but the ship parts were broken and missing. Since then the ship was left as a wreckage and now becoming tourist attraction.
The journey towards Maheno Ship Wreck was exciting, we passed the the Seventy-five Miles beach along the coast before stopping to the wreck. The ship was just stood there, like a set from “Ghost Ship” movie. It’s beautiful, it’s eery, and it’s picturesque. We stopped by just to take the picture and enjoy the scenery before moving to the next stop.
Pinnacle Colored Sand
Along the way, the tour guide often reminded us of Dingo. Dingo looks like a dog, but it’s also somewhat like a wolf. Sadly, I didn’t encounter any Dingo that day, despite rigorous and continuously warning and explanation about Dingo.