As part of our East Coast Adventuring from Sydney to Cairns, my sister and I planned a 3-day/2-night beach camping trip on Fraser Island. We joined a crew of 21 others and our Drop Bear Adventures tour guide for a getaway on the world’s largest sand island. While many know this east coast island as Fraser Island, the Butchulla people’s traditional name is “K’gari” meaning “paradise”, and after our beautiful visit, I can’t think of a more appropriate name.
Gone are the lush green mountains and the shimmery ocean blues. I’m 1,500km inland and surrounded by earth tones of red, orange, and brown. Singular straight dirt roads crisscross the land as the dry green trees and dust fill my view. I’m in Alice Springs, the town where I’ll begin my Outback adventure. This is what I think of when I hear the name Australia.