Orchid Beach Island Village

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  • Day192

    2. Tag Fraser Island

    March 19 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 26 °C

    Früh aufstehen war heute angesagt, denn es gab viel zu sehen. Unser erster Stop war nach circa einer Stunde Strandfahrt der Eli Creek, an dem man sich in einem kleinen Bach von der Strömung bis ans Meer treiben lassen konnte. 😊
    Nach einer Stunde planschen durfte ich dann das Auto weiter fahren. 😍 Dieses Gefühl am Strand zu fahren und direkt neben sich die Wellen zu sehen ist einfach unbeschreiblich schön und fühlt sich an wie in einer Traumwelt. Die Fahrt ging bis zu den Champagne Pools, wo man bei Ebbe in dem zurückgebliebenen Wasser der Felsformationen schwimmen kann. Wenn die Wellen dann stark genug gegen die Felsen peitschen schäumt es in den Pools auf, als würde man Champagner in ein Glas gießen. 😁
    Auf dem Weg zurück lag dann der Aussichtspunkt Indian Head, wobei man hoch oben auf den Felsen steht und eine super Sicht über die links und rechts liegenden endlosen Strände hat. Tief unten im Wasser könnten wir neben Fischschwärmen auch ein paar Schildkröten entdecken. 😊
    Nach einem kurzen Aufenthalt ging es dann weiter zum Maheno Shipwreck. Das bekannte Wrack von einem Passagierschiff welches 1935 gesunken ist und seit dem an der Ostküste von Fraser Island liegt und bewundert wird. Mystisch und wunderschön zu gleich.
    Auf dem Weg zurück zum Camp haben wir dann noch einmal halt am Eli Creek gemacht. Dort lief auch Dingo um die Autos herum auf der Suche nach Futter. Sie sehen zwar niedlich aus wie Hunde aber man darf nicht vergessen wie gefährlich sie sein können. Da es immer wieder zu Dingo Attacken kommt muss man falls man abends an den Strand geht um Sterne zu beobachten immer einen Stock mit nehmen. Stay Dingosafe!
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  • Day13

    Fraser Island: Champagne Pools

    August 12, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Die Champagne Pools sind natürlich, in den Felsen der Küste eingebettete Wasserreservoires die vom Meerwasser gespeist werden, welches über die Klippen schäumt. Das schäumende Wasser gibt diesem Ort dann auch seinen Namen 🍾😀

    Am beeindruckensten waren für mich die Wellen vor den Klippen, die in spektakulärer Art und Weise Wasser in die Luft katapultieren 😊Read more

  • Day415

    Champagne Pools

    July 23 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    What an incredible trip! So much has happened in the past 24 hours. Here's a quick recap:

    While driving up, I kept seeing fuzzy, spongy, oblong things on the beach and, once we got to our camp site, discovered they were the flowers from Banksia trees.

    After our lunch we took a 5 km walk to Lake Wabby, which was formed by a sand blow blocking a freshwater stream. The water was cold but beautiful. The sand was loose, warm, and a pain in the calves.

    We saw a white bellied sea eagle, which is so large it will eat dingo pups if given the opportunity.

    We had dinner in camp and watched sunset in the beach. Afterwards, two Butchulla (indigenous tribe) park rangers, Navo and Deb, took me and Deb's little cousin Hope down to the pub for a few games if pool and a couple of beers. Wonderful people and a great time. Then it was back to camp and stargazing.

    We greeted the dawn by learning how to throw boomerangs on the beach. Fortunately, no one was decapitated.

    After a fast and hot breakfast, we were back in the trucks and heading north again. We soon came to a part of the beach that appeared rocky. But these were Coffee Rocks, the remains of an ancient forest that had petrified. You could see some of tree stumps. The "rocks" will crumble with some pressure, so I was surprised we were allowed to drive on them.

    Soon after that, we saw our first humpback whales, several of which were slapping the water's surface with their pectoral fins. This is their migration time here.

    Just as we urned away from the humpbacks, we passed The Pinnacles, a rough, sandy pair of cliff faces that, just like those at Rainbow Beach, gave us a magnificent view of the multicolored striations in the sand.

    Next we came across a lone female dingo on the beach. She had a radio collar on, which we learned from a ranger a little later that it was necessary to track he because she was being aggressive towards people, mainly kids, at Eli Creek. These collars are "smart"; they automatically release if they sense the animal gets hung by it or once the battery life runs out. Pretty cool.

    Just a little further north was Eli Creek, which pumps out 3 to 4 million liters of freshwater every day. We took the boardwalk upstream then walked down to the vehicles. In the stream there were small jungle perch.

    Still making our way north, we passed two Whistling Kites on the beach and reached Champagne Pools. I didn't go all the way down to the water since I wasn't swimming. Instead, a Dutch lady Jannie (pronounced like the pianist Yanny) and I stayed on the cliffs and watched dozens of humpbacks breaching, waving fins, and slamming their flukes (tails). We also spotted three turtles, but two could've been the same one.

    On the walk down from the Pools, Troy taught us about Pigs Face, a succulent that produces a fruit both sweet and salty. It tastes similar to a salty strawberry.

    We're just walking back to the cars now to have some lunch on the beach. What a day...and it's only half over!

    So long [for now] and thanks for all the fish. ✌️
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  • Day53

    Day 53: Champagne to cliffs and T lakes

    September 11, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Aaaaah there is to much to tell and it all happens so fast that I forget what happend on what day after 3 days already. I forgot to tell something about lunch after the forrest walk, the wreck and the sand dunes. The lunch was nice. That's all. No it made up from wraps ham cheese and salad, and everybody needed it or 2 ;-). The wreck on the beach we visited was the biggest ship in the world before the titanic and again after the titanic sunk. It washed up on Fraser island when the Japanese were returning it and failed to do this for a good or a bad reason ;-). Than the ship was used as a succesfull bombing practise and blew half of it all over the place. Still very interesting remains. After this we went back to camp and walked to the Sand Dunes called blow hole or something just next to our camp. Very beautifull sunset as well but mainly a lot of fun. And than we made diner. Sorry about that now we can continue ;-).

    Good morning we had a typical australian camping breakfast, it is the same as a free hostel breakfast and is the same as: toast, jam, peanut butter, more toast, jam, peanut, butter and coffee or thee. Sometimes there is serial and milk... that's the luxurious version. After this we went in the cars again and up to north part of the Island. We went in the Champagne pools (probably because the sea water comes bubbling over the sides of the natural pool and because the living organisms at the side shoot water when you press it. I sat there on the rocks and watched the waves for a while. It's hypnotic to see them smash the rocks. After this we went with the 4WD's to the cliffs and on top we could do some whale spotting since they coincidentaly passed by. Back for lunch and when that was done we saw the dragon (komodo varaan look a like) near the toilets. Back on the road again past the airstrip made of beach and to the Thee coloured lake, very beautifull but more cold this time. I did the 40 minute drive back to camp and driving with max 80 on this beach is really so much fun. Than diner and I helped with cooking and off all the things I hate to do it is cutting onions aaaarg. Ok well, Idid it for the group, I cutted like 7 big onions and cried, but was done after that. I liked the food, I loved the beers and my Goon boxes but not with wine, but with Pina Colada and Mojito. We played games at the fire and when I was drunk enough we visited Bratt Corner and there the party started haha. To bed around 2:00 I guess, don't have a clue since I almost got lost finding the toilets haha. Time to rest, the sleep is most welcome ;-). Photo's from yesterday and from today: in the champagne pool, dragon, cliffs, on the rocks at the champagne pools :).
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  • Day10

    Indian Head and Champagne pools

    October 9, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Day 2 on Fraser Island, and we slept surprisingly well considering we were in a tent on the beach with the waves crashing behind us, but we did pay a little bit extra for a bed rather than a camping mat. This was a good decision!

    Thankfully one of the guides had managed to find me a spare right foot flip flop after my one had broken immediately on our arrival and I was left with no other footwear!

    After breakfast, we jumped back in the 4x4s again and went to a lake which used to be massive that had almost been fully covered by a sand drift, and were taught how to throw a boomerang the Aussie way. During our drives the guide would radio in to tell us to look out to sea to see whales breaching, or to give us the shout that a Dingo was up ahead.

    We stopped at a place called Champagne Pools which is an area on the north coast of the island known for its pools of bubbling water caused by waves crashing over volcanic rock. No bubbles today though but crystal clear water to swim in and some lovely little fish swimming about with us. Finally, before heading back to camp, we climbed up a near cliff face to get to Indian Head, a great lookout over Fraser Island.

    After dinner we shared our Goon with some of the guys and went to bed with a huge thunderstorm lashing over our tents. Thankfully they were fully waterproof.

    Last day tomorrow before heading back to Noosa in the eve! X
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  • Day275

    Champagne Pools

    May 29, 2017 in Australia

    Zum Abschluss des heutigen Tages ging es noch zu den Pools. Die einzigen Salz Gewässer, in denen man hier auf der Insel schwimmen darf. Die Pools werden von den reinpreschenden Wellen gefüllt. Trotzdem sollte man auch hier seine Finger nirgendwo reinstecken und auch nichts anfassen was man nicht kennt. 😅Read more

  • Day235

    Birdwatching 1

    October 1, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Mir sind hüt e chlini Wanderig go mache und hend näbst villne Vögel na grossi Goanas gseh. (Bild 1)

    De Jan isch fliissig am Vögel bestimme :)
    Gseh hömmer bis ez uf fraser Island:

    White-bellied sea eagle - Weissbauch-Meeradler (bild 2)

    Rainbow Beeeater - Regenbogenbienenfresser (Bild 3)

    Brahminy kite (Bild 4)

    Pelikan (Bild 5)

    Noisy friarbird (Bild 6)
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  • Day70

    Rainbow Beach & Fraser Island

    November 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    In Rainbow Beach hanich 1 Nacht verbracht bevor ich uf Fraser Island gange bin. Ich ha denn au schnell gmerkt warum Rainbow Beach de Name het, wiemer ufem Foti vom Sand gseht. Mini Auto-Gruppe für uf d Fraser Island hani am Abig vorem Trip kenneglernt & am negste Tag isches den los gange. Mir sind mitem grosse Auto (weiss nid weli Marke, s isch efach gross gsi!) losgfahre zum Strand, wo ois t Fähre uf Fraser bracht het. Dete simmer verschidensti wunderschöni Ort go aluege idem mer mitem Auto am endlose Strand entlang gfahre sind. Da ich ja ez au scho 21i bin 😇 hanich au defe fahre. Das isch echt es eimaligs Erlebnis gsi. Zwei Nächt hemmer den det im Zältlager verbracht, es riise Fest hemmer amel am Abig gha und sind ums Lagerfür ghocket und hend mit Gitarre Begleitig gsunde. Fascht wie im Film! Det hani den au s erst Mal e Schlange ide Wildniss gseh, wasmi denn aber eher a g‘ecklet het als sust öpis 😅 Ah und Dingos hemmer au gseh, de heti eig gern gstreichlet, aber defsch ja nid 🙄

    Also im Grosse und Ganze isch das bis ez echt de besti Trip gsi: mega tolli Lüüt kenneglernt, mega gueti Stimmig immer & uh viel schöni Ort gseh :-)
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  • Day59

    Fraser Island

    April 12 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Bevor es für mich nach Noosa geht, bin ich erstmal nach Rainbow Beach gefahren. Dort angekommen bin ich im Hostel eingecheckt, in welchem ich aber nur eine Nacht verbracht habe, da ich am darauffolgenden Tag mich auf den Weg nach Fraser Island gemacht hab. Am Abend konnte ich erste Gespräche mit meiner Gruppe führen. Am nächsten Tag hieß es dann Sachen packen, ab ins Auto und ab auf die Fähre. Nun hieß es Fraser Island erkunden. Die Insel ist mit 123 km die größte Sandinsel der Welt. Am ersten Tag mussten wir relativ lange am Oststrand (einen offiziellen Highway) entlang fahren. Erstes Highlight waren zwei Dingos, die wir auf dem Weg zum Lake McKenzie gesehen haben. Am See angekommen, kam man sich vor, wie im Paradies. Dann fuhren wir Richtung Zeltlager, wo wir die Nächte verbrachten. Am nächsten Tag bin ich dann über den Strand gefahren und kann sagen, dass hat super viel Spaßgemacht. Als erstes fuhren wir zum Eli Creek, einen Fluss auf dem man sich mit einem Reifen etc. den Fluss hinunter treiben lassen konnte. Daraufhin fuhren wir zur S. S. Maheno einen Schiffswrack, welches 1935 auf Grund gelaufen ist. Nach dem Mittagessen haben wir uns zu den Champagne Pools begeben, in welche wir auch baden gegangen sind. Am Abend gab es Steak zu essen, welche super lecker waren. Am nächsten und auch leider schon letzten Tag, begaben wir uns auf einen knapp vierzig minütigen Wandermarsch zum Lake Wabby, einen See, der nur noch zur Hälfte da ist, da eine Wanderdüne diesen See langsam begräbt. Dann hieß auch leider wieder schon Richtung Fähre nach Rainbow Beach. Am Samstag bin ich aber noch mal zum Delfine füttern gefahren, bevor es für mich weiter geht nach Noosa um dort zu arbeiten.Read more

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