The most common way to get to Fraser Island is by ferry. You can also fly or boat there, but if you want to drive around and see the sights, then a car ferry from Inskip Point or Hervey Bay is the way to go.
It was great to assume the position again with a unique beer. There’s a few differences between the Manly Ferry and the Inskip Ferry. The journey is shorter but more expensive at $95 on the Inskip, but that’s by car not by head. Some things remain the same, however, like the quizzical looks received from tourists as you photograph your beer.
Once on Fraser, there’s plenty to see. It’s the largest sand island in the world (124km by 24km) and since 1992 it’s been a World Heritage site and free of sand mining and logging. Fraser is now all about tourism. There’s fresh water streams flowing into the ocean, shipwrecks, 75km long beaches, perched lakes, wild dingoes, forests of multiple types and all very accessible by the ubiquitous 4WD.
With so much activity, it’s vital to keep up your fluids. At the Eurong resort there is a terrific pub called the XXXX Beach Bar. It has the wonderful taps into the wall that ensures that the beer flows the shortest possible distance from the ice-cold kegs. They take beer cooling in Queensland very seriously. The view from the front is so tropical and if I return, it’ll be an overnight so I can enjoy this place properly.
And so to the beer. Do Bath Ales make a dud? This silky smooth stout is an absolute joy. It’s a little contradictory for a stout. There’s that lovely roasted taste, but it’s silkiness and relatively low alcohol (4%) make it light as a feather. No problem putting more than a couple of these away.