A Walk to Remember at Eli Creek
Much to the amazement of both locals and visitors, natural springs seems to spring everywhere in
Fraser Island. The explanations goes that the island sits atop a vast reservoir of underground
freshwater, which results to the abundance of natural springs that feed on freshwater streams,
which are then endlessly poured into the Pacific Ocean to the east (and Hervey Bay to the west).
On the island's famed 75 mile east surf beach, there are 200 creeks slithering into the Pacific
Ocean, some are humongous, others are slim and can appear as wet sand from fore dun into the
sea. When you visit the eastern shore you'll find the largest and easily most attractive Eli Creek.
The famous creek have water collected from many kilometers inland as it sculpt its base, pouring
some eight million liters of water daily into the waiting ocean.
Unsurprisingly, Eli Creek is regarded among Fraser Island's hottest natural sites. Complete with
scenic board walks perfect for strolling and sightseeing, the magnificent water spot sits a few
kilometers north of Happy Valley. The board walks are situated strategically along the banks; feel
the breeze on your face, see the blue sky mirror the vast ocean, and relive the good old days
watching children splash and play in the creek.
As the clear flowing water has been proven to be irresistible, Eli Creek has become a popular
swimming area for children and adults. However, caution should be observed when driving
because the fast-flowing water can lead to deep channels (you don't want to spend the whole day
trying to be superman to lift weights). On times of high tide, it is recommended to take a break;
only swim when you cross the creek at the lower end of the beach. A truly satisfying and
invigorating encounter, letting the rush take you down the flowing creek from the bridge at the far
end of the boardwalk will let you go back to the start again and again.
As the creek attracts people like sweet pollens to bees and butterflies, it is therefore
understandable that rest places should be put up. Apart from the scenic pleasure brought by the
board walks, picnic spots are present to cater the after-splash moments of family and friends. Eli
Creek sits comfortably in a tranquil setting surrounded by lush palms and trees, where resident
Kingfishers do their 'fishing' and 'diving' business (much to the visitor's delight).
At Eli Creek, life is simple and you can be yourself. Plus, you don't really have to spend big sums
of money to enjoy; take the car, pack some food and you're ready to go. To get to Eli Creek you
have to locate Fraser Island first. Just off Queensland's south central coast, Fraser Island has two
main access points; the south thru Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay from the west. From the two
access points, you can drive your way to the beautiful Fraser Island, and at last understand why
there's lingering word of mouth to the beauty that is Eli creek.
Fraser Island Discovery: Fraser Island Tours - 186 Gympie Terrace, Noosavil e QLD 4566 T (07) 5449 0393 email: [email protected]