Walking down to the edge of the lake, the bright white sand makes it hard to see where the soft beach ends and the crystal clear water begins. It’s midday, and a cool dip in Lake McKenzie is the perfect opportunity to re-energise as you explore Fraser Island. A friend has suggested heading to the beach for some surfing, but you want to experience more of the freshwater lakes that dot the interior.
Back on the mainland you set out to see the dunes of Rainbow Beach. Climbing up to the top, you take in the natural beauty of the area—its sweeping beaches a regular playground for dolphins and whales. The colourful cliffs are a place of Aboriginal legend, with the yellow, red and black sands a stark contrast to the pure silica found on Fraser Island.
On the other side of the dunes, sheltered by an inlet is Tin Can Bay. From here you can explore the Great Sandy Strait by boat, or head further north and enjoy the calm waters off Hervey Bay. The choice is yours.