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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Fraser Island: Day 3: Perched Lakes

Lake Boomanjin
Lake Boomanjin

Day 3 awoke by turning over, splashing into the puddle pooled on either side of my roll mat, and realising that the rain had stopped and the sun had come out. Like every challenging bush experience, there's the sunny spell after the storm, and I swear I was high on life as I draped my belongings out on the tea trees strung along the shores of Lake Benaroon. You get wet, but you dry out, and packing everything into plastic bags had saved most of my belongings from a fate worse than drowning; the Swiss couple, however, hadn't been so lucky, as a dingo had come along at four in the morning and ripped a hole in their tent while looking for food, and I counted myself lucky that he hadn't decided to rip a hole in mine. Not that it would have made any difference to the general effectiveness of the bloody thing...

Strange coloured sand on the shores of Lake Boomanjin
The sandy shores of Lake Boomanjin are beautifully coloured
Gerowweea Creek
Gerowweea Creek flows out onto the beach just north of Dilli Village

Seventy-Five Mile Beach

Seventy-Five Mile Beach
Seventy-Five Mile Beach

Going from closed canopy to a beach that stretches as far as the eye can see is a shock. The beach is very flat – when the tide goes out, it goes out a long way – and the sea is violent, to say the least (you don't swim off the east coast of Fraser Island, because if the rip tide doesn't get you, the sharks will). My walk had changed from beautiful bush to breathtaking beach, and it's this sort of contrast that makes Fraser Island such a great place for walking.