Lake McKenzie

Welcome to paradise. Lake McKenzie, one of the most visited natural wonders in Australia and a must-do on any #FraserIsland bucket list. Referred to as Boorangoora (meaning waters of wisdom) by traditional owners of the land, the Butchulla people, Lake McKenzie’s famous turquoise swirls have earned it the title of jewel of the island. 

The safe, calm waters of the lake make it the perfect place for the little ones to play, and the high natural acidity levels make it virtually impossible for most plant and fish life to flourish – making it truly one of the most spectacular and relaxing swimming spots one could ask for! 

This little gem is accessible by 4WD on the inland tracks (about 5-6km drive from Central Station), and is a popular day-spot for tour groups. You can also access this tranquil spot by foot, on one of the hiking trails on the island – including a return-loop from Kingfisher Bay Resort and the Fraser Island Great Walk. 

 

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There are three types of lakes on the island; window lakes (e.g. Ocean Lake), barrage lakes (e.g. Lake Wabby) and perched lakes (Lake McKenzie). Being a ‘perched’ lake, Lake McKenzie contains only rainwater, and is not fed by creeks and natural springs. Instead, organic matter buildup that naturally forms at the bottom of the lake acts like a basin, and gives Lake McKenzie the illusion of a beautiful swimming pool.

The sand here is pure, white silica (the same stuff you’ll find in the Whitsunday Islands) and is not only beautiful to look at but beautifully soft to walk on. The sand also acts as a natural filter, leaving those crystal clear waters to frolic the afternoon away. Did someone say vacation time? 

 

First synchronised swimming performance featuring a person and a whale? 😜🐳💦

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Behind the scenes on our recent queenslandweekender episode... our whales were on their best behaviour when the segment was being filmed! 👏🐳
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We’re back to whales, which is fitting for Whale Wednesday! (Or Humpback Hump Day, whichever floats your boat 😉)
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A couple of months ago, I did an instastory series on tips for whale photography and I followed it up with Top 10 tips on my site (link in bio!). Well, I’m taking the next step (think moon landing ‘giant step’ size 😂) and am holding a virtual event at the end of the month and it will be all about about taking whale photos! 🐋📷
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There’s more to taking the photos you see here on my feed than just pointing the camera and clicking the button. I’ll be covering a range of stuff - whales we see (specifically in Australia), whale behaviours (like a breach in this photo), where to whale watch and the all important... camera gear and settings.
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If you’d like to know more about the event, either drop a comment below or send me a DM. 😊
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Before I forget, if you missed the story last night, congrats to wise_photos who won the print giveaway! And thank you to everyone who entered and for your support. 💙💙
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Taken on board tasmanventure in August 2020.
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It's September! And that means it's mama and calf time here at #whalesherveybay 🐋

Drop into our whale nursery over the next few weeks and join us as we watch mamas teach their calves Whale 101. 🍼

Witness them brushing up on their breaching skills, as well as rest and play here in the whale watching capital of Australia.📍

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Humpback whale fact: A whale's tail is called its flukes! A whale's tail is composed of two lobes, each of which is called a fluke. The pattern on whale flukes are completely unique to that individual whale, like fingerprints are to humans! 🐳☀️
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Just some of today’s magic. 🤩
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Headed out with tasmanventure on their new boat, Pure Dive, for the Remote Fraser and Whale Experience tour this morning and we were greeted with gorgeous glassy conditions! 😍😍
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Overall the whales were generally quiet, as calm as the water’s surface, but we were lucky to get a few breaches plus a whooooole lotta pec fin slapping and tail lobbing. 👏
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We also had the opportunity to snorkel earlier in the morning (my first time with turtles! 😁) and then there were the visits to the west coast of K’gari (Fraser Island)... which just looked absolutely stunning in today’s picture perfect queensland winter weather. 💙
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My tour tomorrow has been cancelled due to weather so I’m going to take the opportunity to a) sleep in and b) edit some more photos and videos!
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Hope you’re all having a wonderful week! ✌️
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It’s a #WhaleTailWednesday with those beautiful calm conditions of Hervey Bay. 😍
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And I am on OFFICIAL countdown!! At this time in exactly 3 weeks I’ll be driving up to visitfrasercoast! Assuming things don’t go pear-shaped (again) with the pandemic, that is. 🥺
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While I’ll be staying off planes for the foreseeable future, I’m okay with driving to places within Queensland. I’m following the guidelines set out by the Queensland CHO, ensuring myself AND OTHERS remain safe. I’m not going to risk the health of other people just because “I wanna”. My sister and I live together. She has an autoimmune disease and, following treatment earlier this year, doesn’t currently have a fully functioning immune system. I wouldn’t risk her life like that. So trust me when I say that I am doing what I can to keep her and everyone else safe. (If you live in a hotspot area, WEAR A FREAKING MASK FFS.)
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But the tourism industry - and so many small operators - is hurting and if we’re allowed to travel safely within our own state borders as long as we follow the rules, then I’m going to do that. But if the operators and government say ‘no’ and pull the plug, then I am behind that decision 100%.
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Stay well, peoples.
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Taken onboard bluedolphintour in August 2019.
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BOOM! 💥
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That’s the sound of 35+ tonnes of marine mammal hitting the water after a breach. 😱
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It’s also the sound of my mind being blown... 🤯 2000 IG followers and friends! 😮 Honestly was starting to wonder if that would ever happen but it did. 🙏🥰
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Big thank you to ALL OF YOU for your support, whether you’ve been here since the beginning or you’ve only just started following me. I appreciate it. A LOT. 🤗
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Okay, enough mushy stuff! There’s good stuff coming very very soon. One I can’t tell you about - YET - but I’m super excited about it. The other is that I’ll be holding a comp/giveaway for one of my prints to celebrate hitting 2K on IG. Details will be in my stories in the next few days, so keep your 👀 peeled!
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Can I just say TGIF tomorrow?! Hands up if you’re ready for this week to be over! 🙋🏻‍♀️
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This beautiful breacher was snapped while out with tasmanventure last month. (That hurts me, in my soul, that it’s already “last month”. 😩 No I am NOT being dramatic. 😝)
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