The biggest sand island in the world, this World Heritage Area and the traditional homeland of Batchulla people, is a small piece of heaven. As the sand goes as deep as 500m, it is said that it contains more sand than the Sahara desert! And that’s why one can enjoy it only by using a 4×4 car or by … walking. We chose the second option and I think we were the only ones to do so.
After taking a ferry from the mainland to the island at 6:45 AM we reached Lake McKenzie after 15 km walk, fortunately without meeting any dingo (which are truly the wild masters of the island). And when we arrived by the crystal clear freshwater lake with fine white sand, we were ALL ALONE, having the whole place just for us! That was a well-deserved prize for all the walking we did!
But that was not the only surprise for the day. We returned on the land and as we were headed for our camping site for the night through small country roads, the bear hit a kangaroo! It wasn’t anything serious as he noticed it in advance, just before the kangaroo decided to go on a suicide mission and jump in front of the car. So we hit it at less than 10 km/h and the only damage we got was a cracked license plate – and the kangaroo walked away on his feet, thus failing his mission. The “hippie camper” VS. kangaroo : 1-0 !