Fraser Island is absolutely one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia.
However, it does have quite a fearsome reputation for several reasons.
Keep your eyes peeled
Dingoes are native to Australia and around 30 packs of them call Fraser Island home. While the chances of being attacked are relatively rare, like many animals they can become dangerous if they feel unsafe or threatened. It is recommended that when travelling on Fraser Island you are in a group and ensure to take necessary precautions to minimise your risk of coming in contact with dingoes. You will most likely see them on your journey, however, like most animals, they will be unphased and carry on their business.
Dangerous Marine Life
Fraser Island beach is often described as “the most dangerous beach in the world”. This is obviously due to the dingoes that roam on the island, as well as being a popular hangout for great white sharks, jellyfish and poisonous sting rays. It is not recommended to swim in the beaches, as you never know which one of these deadly creatures may pay you a visit. Attacks are few and far between, but the possibility is always there. A big reason as to why Fraser Island is considered dangerous is because it is incredibly remote. There is actually nowhere on the island to seek medical advice in the event of an accident, therefore precaution is vital. If you feel like a dip, there are several freshwater lakes and creeks that are safe for swimming!
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and despite being known for its soft texture, sand can actually be quite dangerous. It has been known to be hazardous to tourists for a number of reasons including those daredevils who dive into the lakes of Fraser Island without realising that the sand at the bottom is rock hard. There are no actual roads on Fraser Island and to make your way around you will need a 4WD to drive on the sand roads, this can lead to some pretty serious accidents.
Absolutely still worth the visit!
Although all these possible dangers may sound daunting, do not let that deter you from the beauty that Fraser Island holds. The white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and breathtaking scenery in every direction will leave you in awe of nature. Fraser Island is truly a unique destination, and although there are some possible dangers, like anything, you have to risk it to get the biscuit!
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