A highlight of my trip to Fraser Island was the 15-minute plane ride over the east coast of the island. It was an add-on to the day tour we were doing with Fraser Explorer Tours and was well worth the detour.
Leaving from the coloured sands of The Pinnacles, the five-seater aircraft took off on the sand road runway* and veered right out over the South Pacific Ocean. Flying south over the Maheno shipwreck and inland over the largest sand island in the world, vast sand blows and perched lakes were revealed. Dense rainforest covers most of the island, with only a handful of dirt tracks criss-crossing the surface, and few houses.
Flying over Eli Creek, you can just about make out the tour buses and 4x4s gathered at the mouth of the creek. It gives an indication of the size of the sand dunes.
Seeing Fraser Island from above offers a whole other dimension to the island, one that’s hard to see or imagine from the ground.
It’s a wild, ancient island, constantly changing with the shifts of the sands, and, as it was on my first trip 18 years ago, instantly captivating.
*Seventy-five mile beach runs along the east coast and doubles as the island’s main highway and airport.