K’gari – the truth about Fraser Island – Guest post by Erik A

Dear faithful readers

lovely that blog, isn’t it ? Therefore, it was always one of my top activities of this trip to post an entry as well 🙂 No, I was not bribed with a Somersby Pear Cider and no Isabel is not showing me pictures of cute little similar looking animals right now to cheer me up ^^ (this is really happening)…but you now, a women knows when she has to finish the job, so yeah, YOU GO GURRL XD!

Come closer and listen to my story of the beautiful island K’gari. Currently known as Fraser due to the stories of a shipwreck survivor named Eliza Fraser (who is a mean liar about the native people, although they rescued here, read here to get more information on this: “Eliza Fraser’s mythmaking claim eventually led to the massacre and dispossession of the island’s tribe…“), the original name of the island is ‘K’gari’ in the Butchulla people’s (natives) language (pronounced ‘Gurri’). It means paradise. The story of the creation of this island goes like this (Wikipedia):

According to Aboriginal legend, when humans were created and needed a place to live, the mighty god Beiral sent his messenger Yendingie with the goddess K’gari down from heaven to create the land and mountains, rivers and sea. K’gari fell in love with the earth’s beauty and did not want to leave it. So Yendingie changed her into a heavenly island – Fraser Island.

What I like most of this story is that Yendingie can still keep contact with heaven through the 40 freshwater lakes on her sandy body which represent her eyes – thus, she can always look up to her home <3 if this is not touching, I don’t know.

The Butchulla people were true poets and had rules which I find still highly valuable for our society, especially applicable for todays world troubles. Since creation, they have lived by three lores:

Beside the rich cultural heritage, the island offers great beauty. The already mentioned 40 freshwater lakes, rainforests, beautiful beach sites, flora and fauna. I could experience a snippet of this beauty during 2 full days with drop bears adventures. We were a group of 23 people, with mostly Europeans from Switzerland, one lady from the US and a family with their 8 years old girl. Unfortunately Isabel and Rudolf could not join me on this trip as Isabel had undergone a small foot operation which gladly wasn’t of complicated nature. By now, you the reader should get it why I am in charge of this lovely blog post 😉

We all stayed for a night in a nice eco resort at the beach and where traveling around the island with 3 4WD cars, each encompasing 7-8 people. Our guide Fuzz was amazing, truly respected nature and natives, plus, had rich of knowledge of the island and its rules. It was great fun to drive the car on our own, even I (usually the type having almost no driving experience) was driving along the beach and enjoyed it 😀 All in all, it was a great trip which I won’t forget that fast, mostly due to the lovely people, although I have to admit that I missed Isabel and Rudolf a bit since we grew the previous days closer together as a gang, haha.

So, now I hope you fellaws know why you should call this Island K’gari in the future and why it is worth to go there 😉 If you are still not convinced, have a look on these pix:

 

Me driving XD #FUN

Cheers mates, yours

ErikA

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