What a treat we had visiting Fraser Island last weekend. On previous day trips we had travelled the well worn paths to Central Station, Eli Creek and Lake MacKenzie (the previous two having recent upgrades to their facilities). This time we took in Lake Wabby and Lake Birrabeen – and practically had them to ourselves (if you don’t count the wildlife).
We drove into Lake Birrabeen from Eurong (do stop at the bakery), passing Central Station, typical wallum scrub and the amazing rainforest – with trees that had the kids gasping because of their size.
Lake Birrabeen is spectacular. The car park takes you only a few minutes from the lake itself, near the look out where this photo was taken. We did pass a carpet snake, basking in the sun, waded through a little bit of water and made it to a nicely shaded, white sanded, slightly inclined beach. Even in May the day was perfect and water temperature very comfortable. No mud or weed, the kids enjoyed exploring and the older ones took on the menfolk in keeping the football in their possession. Others lazed on the beach…such a relaxing spot. A definite to return to.
The Lake Wabby walk starts a few minutes drive north from Eurong, off the beach. We were astounded one of the kids spotted an echidna – and it stayed put while we all had a chance to look. We ditched our thongs (or flip flops) it was sand all the way. There were lots of steps but the walk only took us about half an hour each way.
Lake Wabby was so totally different, we approached from the sandblow track- with magnificent views over the Pacific, just as amazing as Carlo Sandblow in Rainbow Beach…with a lake attached! The steep descent requires caution, the families had just as much fun in the shallows of this ethereal place.
The view as we left, or from the other approach – it was good to have a circuit on offer. We didn’t need towels, everyone dried off on the return walk.
As we completed our walk out of the track, we were treated with sunset vistas…and sadly, but not suprisingly, the little echidna had moved on…