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Long-Distance Walks with Mark Moxon

Fraser Island: Day 6: Back Down the Beach

Rainbow Gorge
Rainbow Gorge

After spending the remainder of my rest day watching tourists at Eli Creek and planes landing and taking off on the beach – it's not lonely on the beach at Fraser, I can tell you – I turned in early in preparation for a long old walk back down the beach. Day 6 started with a 7.30am dip in Eli Creek – a refreshing experience with no tourists around and morning birdsong erupting round me – and before long I'd struck camp and started wandering south, this time wearing only my beach shoes. My feet had benefited hugely from a day without hiking boots, and the walking was tiring but easy enough, and to my surprise I got to Rainbow Gorge, the halfway point, by mid-morning.