Lake Mckenzie on Fraser Island. Australia

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Lake Mckenzie is, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful lakes in Australia, unless you count the pink lakes of course, but that’s a separate song. I invite you on another online tour, this time to Fraser Island, which sits near the Queensland coastal town of Harvey Bay.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Before I show you pictures of the lake itself, I’d like to tell you how I got here in the first place.

Lake Mckenzie is one of the main natural attractions of the Australian region, called the Fraser Coast. In May 2021, I was on vacation in Harvey Bay, the Fraser Coast region. The town, while interesting, is small, so a mandatory part of my trip was a day excursion outside of town – all that was left to do was choose where to go. Actually, you don’t need to think – if you know the map of Australia, if you came here because you love nature and want to see the beauty of this amazing country, then one of the main places to visit is Fraser Island. I booked a day trip to Fraser Island; the first stop was Lake Mckenzie.

I got here with a tour group and spent about two hours here.

You can, of course, get here yourself – you don’t have to buy a tour.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

And if I’m not going to Harvey Bay, but to Gympie, can I still get to Fraser Island and Lake Mckenzie without any problem?

Correct. You can get to the lake from various Queensland towns, including the state capital, Brisbane. Only if Lake Mckenzie is a short drive from Harvey, it’s a few hours from Brisbane. You can take your own or rented car to the island, or a guided tour.

Before you head off to explore this magical lake, have a look at the photos online and read articles about the lake and Fraser Island. What is all this for? For more amazement.)

Photos can’t always capture all the beauty of our nature, but sometimes photos are truly amazing. Professional photos of Lake Mckenzie, available in the network on various sites, may surprise some travelers: it is too unusual color of this lake, several shades of blue, and so beautiful and strange at the same time, that probably it is just an “effect” such, added? After all, these colors can not be real? Right?

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

That’s what I thought, too. Until I visited Lake Mckenzie.

But first, let’s take a look at how the parkway around the lake is decorated. Lake Mckenzie is in Great Sandy National Park, but basically all of Fraser Island is one big national park. Is there civilization near the lake? – you ask me.

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Kingfisher Resort is the closest resort to the lake where you can rest and eat. It is located six kilometers from the lake. Many guided tours stop for lunch at this resort, but about that separately.

There is a parking lot not far from Lake Mackenzie, you can’t drive up to the lake itself. You leave your car, then walk along the path to the lake – it’s nothing, about 5 minutes (approximately). On the way from the parking lot to the lake you will meet the information boards – colorful, bright, interesting and informative. You could see the information boards on the pictures at the beginning of my review. I sincerely advise you not to run past them, but to read the information, because it will allow you to get to know both the lake and the island from a slightly different angle, especially if you came here without a guide.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

In the pictures above is the same trail that leads from the parking lot to the lake. It is impossible to get lost, the main thing is not to turn off the trail. There are signs and rules of conduct everywhere. For example, you are not allowed to bring food and drink into the lake, which means no campfires and no picnics. National parks in Australia are guarded with great care, so I advise you to read all the rules to avoid getting fined.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

One more thing before I show you the lake itself.

Fraser Island is the natural habitat of the wild dingo dog. Many tourists come here just for them – to see dingoes in the wild, not in a zoo. But you have to be careful with dingoes: it is not recommended to pet them. And don’t get too close to them, even for the sake of a great photo.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

And now – Lake Mckenzie in all its glory.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Honestly, approaching the lake, I opened my mouth in amazement – so beautiful this place. The purest, softest, softest sand. Lonely trees – here and there in the sand. And the lake: the pictures on the net didn’t lie. The lake really is such a strange, unusual, triangular color: three different shades of blue, one of which is deep-deep, just very deep. See for yourself:

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Keep in mind that I visited Lake Mackenzie during the pandemic. I had my tour group with me at the lake, but no one but us. Perhaps if you come to Australia after the pandemic, there will be many times more tourists.

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My experience: very peaceful, beautiful, quiet place. Just paradise.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Is it possible to swim in this lake?! – You will ask me.

You can! There are no crocodiles or sharks or any other sea monsters. You can swim in the lake, and you should, because the water is amazing – clean, clear and so warm. Late May is practically winter in Australia, but even then the lake was very warm. Comfortable, pleasant water. And Fraser Island is sure to be very hot – that’s when Lake Mckenzie will come to your rescue.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

What kind of lake is this? Where did it come from?

Lake Mckenzie is a rainwater lake. There is no groundwater here. The lake does not flow into the ocean or any streams. It’s a very self-sufficient, amazing place.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

The sand at Lake Mackenzie looks just like the sand on Australia’s most beautiful beach, Whitehaven Beach (Whitsundays Island). Compare the pictures, you’ll notice for yourself.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

With the lake, you have two options:

– you can come here with a tour group – in this case you will spend a couple of hours on the lake, then go on to explore the island (there will probably be time to swim) – you can come here without a tour group, by yourself – in this case you can stay on Fraser Island overnight, a week or a month – and then you will not be limited in time

Excursion groups are not worth fearing:

As far as I know, if Lake Mckenzie is included in the tour program, then you are definitely given time to swim time will not be very much, but to swim will get!

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Don’t forget that you’re in Australia and the sun isn’t exactly out here, so a hat, sunglasses, a bottle of water and sunscreen are your best friends. Don’t forget them!

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

What are my impressions of Lake Mackenzie?

I absolutely loved it. The lake impressed me more than I expected: just incredible beauty. And the lake itself, and the beach near it. I liked everything: the color of the lake, the temperature of the water, the softness of the sand, the information signs.

There is nothing to complain about at all.

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

Lake Mckenzie excursion (Australia, Fraser Island) photo

I recommend visiting Lake Mackenzie to all tourists who are planning a trip to Australia after quarantine and want to check out the state of Queensland. Even though Fraser Island isn’t as famous in tourist circles as the likes of Sydney Opera House, it is 100% worth a visit, and Lake Mackenzie is one of the most beautiful blue lakes in Australia. If you get a chance to visit here, take it!

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Fraser Island.

Serene beach holidays are the main lure of Fraser Island, the world’s largest sandy island in the Coral Sea off the coast of Queensland.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– Fraser Island, Queensland, Australia

Holiday ideas

Fraser Island.

Queensland’s islands lead the way as the coolest vacation ideas. They give us a vacation as if we were in paradise, and at the same time introduce us to nature. Queensland, of course, has spectacular natural treasures that it is ready to reveal to the traveler, but this development comes at a cost. So, the vacation ideas I offer need to be well thought out. Fraser Island is no exception, but let’s try to minimize costs.

Fraser Island is situated off the south coast of Queensland, about 200 kilometers north of Brisbane. Stretching 120 kilometers in length and about 7 to 23 kilometers at its widest point, it is considered the largest sandy island in the world (1,840 km² in area), as it arose as a result of centuries of erosion.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– The tide, Fraser Island

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– Shoreline, aerial view, Fraser Island

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– Eastern shore, Fraser Island

Turquoise waves, long golden beaches, pristine nature, just heaven. By the way, in translation from the language of the Batchulla (Butchulla), the natives who lived in this region before European colonization, the name of Fraser Island was – K’gari, which means “heaven” or “paradise”.

For a short period, the island was known as “Big Sandy Island”. The modern name of the island comes from the legendary captain James Fraser whose ship Stirling Castle was wrecked in 1836 and the surviving sailors came ashore.

The island has exceptional natural beauty with tropical forests, eucalyptus trees, mangrove forests and peat bogs, dunes and coastal heathlands. There are more than 250 kilometers of sunny, sandy beaches with long, uninterrupted stretches of ocean, including more than 40 kilometers of strikingly colored cliffs. In the interior of the island there are majestic remnants of a tall rainforest growing on high dunes, a phenomenon that is unique.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

The sand on Fraser Island has been accumulating for about 750,000 years on a volcanic base that provides natural drainage for precipitation. These dunes move across the island, often covering forests and other plants. The rate at which the dunes move each year depends on different factors, such as the strength of the wind, the amount of moisture, and the actual plants themselves in the sand. These dunes gradually stop moving when they reach areas sheltered from the winds.

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The dunes that make up the island were formed about 400,000 years ago and are up to 240 meters high. There are more than 40 freshwater “hanging” lakes, which is one of the geographical features of the island. This is unusual for a sandy island, which is washed on all sides by ocean waters. The largest lake covers an area of about 200 hectares, its name is Lake Boemingen. The western coast of Fraser is occupied by mangrove forests and swamps, the eastern (facing the ocean) is a beach of fairly white sand, about 100 km long. The most popular and accessible lake for swimming (you have to walk three kilometers through the forest and dunes) is Lake Wabbi, the deepest on the island (12 meters).

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– Dunes, Fraser Island

Much of the island, which has intact rainforests (about 1,645 square kilometers), is part of the Great Sandy National Park. The well-warmed lakes are home to freshwater turtles and the wild dog Dingo is found on land. Dingo on the island, it is strictly forbidden to feed (fines from $ 3,000) and you must follow certain rules when meeting them, which will tell the guides or read the website of the park.

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– Wild dingo dog on the beach at sunset, Fraser Island

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

Excursion options on the island are sparse, but interesting enough. At Happy Valley, you can explore the wreck of the ship Mahino, a luxury trans-Tasman passenger liner built in 1905 in Scotland. During World War I it was converted into a floating hospital. The ship was sold to the Japanese for scrap in 1935 and was caught in a storm while in transit, which took her ashore on Fraser Island. All attempts to salvage the ship failed and it was decided to leave it on the island.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– The S.S. Maheno.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– Sandblows, Fraser Island

McKenzie’s abandoned wharf originally served as a lumberjack connection to the mainland, and was used during World War II by the famous Z Force assault force. Today, logging is prohibited on the island.

You can get to the island by taking the ferry between the mainland and Moon Point. The island is separated from the mainland by a series of narrow constantly changing straits, which together form the Great Sandy Strait and you can get to the island from three main points – the main stream comes by ferries from the town of Hervey Bay, the official “gate” to Fraser Island, there is a ferry from River Heads and the southernmost route – the ferry from Inskip Point sandbar near the town of Rainbow Beach.

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At Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Barges and the Kingfisher Bay Ferry are available for $175 (car and 3 passengers, peak season price)

The west coast of the island is not too suitable for heavy off-road driving, but the east coast is a real highway. If you go inland, the roads turn into sticky sand tracks, where it’s a matter of minutes to get stuck in bad weather.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– “Champagne Pools” – This is where the reef forms sheltered rock niches where the wave rushes in, rolling over the edge of the cliff, forming clouds of foam. This is the only place on Fraser Island where you can swim safely in the ocean water.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

– Indian Head, a rock sticking out of the sand at the north end of 75 Mile Beach

Swimming on the eastern beaches is not recommended. This is because the prevailing wind direction and the resulting waves create very insidious underwater eddies that begin to get pulled into the ocean – the reverse current. There are no lifeguards here. In addition, Fraser Island is where the two largest tiger sharks were caught. In the ocean, you can swim in the only place in the north of the island – “Champagne Pools”.

Fraser Island, Queensland, Queensland, Australia, Australia

Leisure activities on the island are limited only by the imagination and desires of its guests. Breathtaking miniplane flights offering fantastic views of the island’s luxurious beach. Inspiring rides in a four wheel drive in the majestic setting of the Cathedral Rocks.

Air Fraser Island offers flights over the island, both sightseeing from $75 and sightseeing from $150 per passenger.

Someone on the island with a tour only for 1 day, there are tours for 2-3 days, then the company offers accommodation in EURONG BEACH RESORT, FRASER ISLAND HOLIDAY LODGES, KINGFISHER BAY RESORT or FRASER ISLAND RETREAT (Happy Valley), if people prefer to rent 4WD cars on which to explore the gifted corners of the island, they prefer to stay in campsites, the locations are listed on the map, and pay and book in advance on the Great Sandy National Park.

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