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Fraser Island Field Trip: Where Life is a Beach AND a Highway

July 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | ()

No silly sayings or Tom Cochrane references here! Just the fact that Australia's Fraser Island has some pretty cool things to see and do.

While most activities revolve around nature, fresh air, and enjoyment of the outdoors, we couldn't pass up the chance to rent a 4x4 and head onto the Eastern Beaches for the island's most popular activity: speeding up the coast, on the coast. Yep, you've heard correctly; not only is driving on the beach legal, but it's actually encouraged and one of the best ways to see a huge portion of this island off Queensland.

We headed over to Aussie Trax for the keys to an all-terrain vehicle and, after a 30-minute video detailing the safety procedures of sand driving, we had our foot on the gas pedal. Even though the trek from the West side to the East side is a mere 13 miles, driving between the two takes about 60 minutes through rough, sandy tracks.

Arriving into the small village of Eurong, we were greeted by the Pacific Ocean as it crashed up onto the sand of yet another beach, criss-crossed with the tire tracks of other intrepid drivers.

With a speed limit of 80km per hour (about 50 miles per hour), you can get up quite a speed along the surf which, combined with stunning vistas from both sides of the vehicle, makes for quite an exhilarating experience. Coincidentally, the beach also serves as a runway for small planes taking visitors on joyrides over the island.

On our excursion, we were at the mercy of an early tide and didn't have the opportunity to drive from bottom to top to spy the decaying shipwreck of the Maheno (you have to see this thing) or even to get to the iconic Indian Head or Orchid Beach to witness the whales playing off in the distance. Learn from our mistakes and check the tide times for the day! Anyway, there's always next time.

We traveled to Fraser Island as guests of Kingfisher Bay Resort, but all of our photos and opinions are completely our own.

[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/Jaunted]

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