The Irony of Rainbow Beach and the Overhyped Fraser Island

The Travelling Series

Anyone who’s travelled along the east coast of Australia knows that there’s a specific touristic route which everybody takes. This includes either Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay in order to take the ferry trip across to Fraser Island. 

When faced with the decision of where to stay in order to go to Fraser Island, we chose the place which sounded the nicest: Rainbow Beach. This turned out to be a bit of a mistake as Rainbow Beach is so small; there’s a couple of shops/caf├ęs and a few crappy hostels but that’s about it. The beach is the main attraction but we didn’t get to make the most of it as it rained the whole time we were there. 

I didn’t think Fraser Island was as amazing as everybody makes out either, but it’s still worth a visit!

It’s the largest sand island in the world and the only way to get around is by a four wheel drive. We took a day trip out there in a Fraser Island Explorer Tours bus and driving around was actually really fun. It’s so bumpy driving on the sand – it feels like you’re on a ride at a theme park!

I loved getting to paddle in Lake MacKenzie as it’s made up of super clear fresh water which makes it very pretty. We also got to see the famous Pinnacle coloured sands and Maheno shipwreck, as well as wade through Eli Creek.

The best bit about the tour was getting to see some wild dingoes in their natural environment. We were driving along the beach when we spotted two and it was really exciting! 

There’s a couple of other attractions that we didn’t get to see as we only did the day trip. I’m glad I got to experience the island but I wouldn’t feel the need to go again. 

Until next time!

(Katie-xo)


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