Fraser Island’s Wild Swimming
Fraser Island is where wild swimming is at it’s best! World Heritage Listed since 1992, It’s where majestic rain forests grow in sand, massive sand blows are still evolving, and ancient colored sand dunes dominate the coastline.
If that wasn’t enough, Fraser Island also has the important badge of being the world’s largest sand island, and is home to half of the worlds freshwater perched lakes. It’s these perched lakes, freshwater creeks, barrage lakes and window lakes that make Fraser Island one of the most awesome places in the world for wild swimming.
Where to Enjoy Wild Swimming on Fraser Island!
Lake McKenzie is pure white sand, and clear water bliss. This lake is a perched lake, which means that it’s a lake that occurs above the water table with a base of organic matter and sand. This organic matter forms a catchment for the rain, eventually creating the lake.
Lake Birrabeen is also a perched lake and is just as beautiful. The added bonus to some wild swimming in Lake Birrabeen is that it’s a lot less crowded than Lake McKenzie.
Ocean Lake is a window lake. This means that the lake has formed because the ground drops below the water table. It’s not as pretty as Lake Birrabeen, or Lake McKenzie, but its incredibly uncrowded and peaceful. It’s the kind of place you forget you are an adult for a moment and leap off the old fashioned rope swing into the warm water.
Lake Wabby is incredibly unique in that one side of the lake is blocked by a huge sand blow. This lake is both a window lake and a barrage lake, which is formed by the damning action of the sand blow blocking the waters of a natural spring.
The waters of lake Wabby are a stunning green. It is said that the sand blow will eventually engulf the lake as it makes its gradual progress westward across the island. All the more reason to visit sooner rather than later!
The Champagne Pools
The Champagne Pools are a set of natural rocks pools that trap the fish when the tide goes out. This makes for some awesome snorkeling. Even more awesome, is relaxing in the crystal clear water until the tide turns. Once the tide starts coming back in, the waves crash over the rocks (sometimes violently), causing the water to foam and bubble like champagne.
Eli Creek is just as popular as Lake McKenzie so it’s best to get in early to secure the best spots. This freshwater creek reportedly releases 4.2 million litres of fresh water an hour. This makes for a pretty unique swimming experience!
You can either wade up the creek, or walk on a lovely wooden boardwalk until you reach the sign indicating you shouldn’t go any further. Hop on your blow up float, and let the currently take you back out to the ocean!
Lake Garawongera is a perched lake, and much like Ocean Lake, is tannin stained. The refreshing fresh water is clear on the shoreline before fading to a yellow, and then a deep red color. It’s a fascinating contrast to the blue shades of Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen. Whilst it’s not as beautiful as some of the other lakes, Lake Garawongera is still very appealing and a great place for wild swimming without the crowds.
This lake is incredibly peaceful and mostly free of other visitors. It’s surrounded by a forest of Melaleuca trees and Hoop Pines and whilst the water is fresh, it is also tannin stained to the color of a perfect cup of tea.
The best thing about this lake is the turtles. There is some wide wooden steps leading down into the lake and if you sit on the steps for a few minutes, the turtles soon pop their curious heads out of the water to say hello.
Lake Boomanjin is the largest perched lake in the world! This lake also has a very distinct tannin stained red to the water. It’s not as pretty as some of the other lakes. However, when the sun is bright and the sky is blue, it makes for a beautiful contrast to the colored water and white sand