The gang from Bluedog photography return to Lake McKenzie
Danielle Lancaster and the team from Bluedog Photography have a long association with Fraser Island and Kingfisher Bay Resort. Danielle and her pups recently returned for a spot of island touring – all peppered with brilliant photographs. Here’s Danielle’s blog (September 2012).
We are back on Fraser Island! One of my favourite places on Earth and to Kingfisher Bay Resort, this year celebrating 20 years on the World Heritage-listed island.
This world recognised eco-island resort, designed by Queensland architects, constructed from local materials and built by local builders and artisans, was first conceived at a time when ecotourism wasn’t even a word. The first part constructed was the jetty, still a favourite location of ours for photographing sunset. At 250 metres long it is built from mixed eucalypt piles, mainly spotted gum, with satinay planks and beams.
During construction of the resort two tropical cyclones hit in 1991 causing major water damage, however they rallied on. More than 600 workers were employed on the site at the peak of construction which was completed on time with the resort welcoming its first guests on the 16th July 1992.
Much research went into the design of the resort, and the dedication shows. All buildings are below the tree line and hidden in the natural bush land. You don’t even see the resort until you actually arrive at the front door. Even the curving tin roofs of the buildings mimic the rolling sand dunes of the island.
Hervey Bay – #1 spot to whale watch according to CNNGo
So to celebrate they have been busy upgrading. One innovative item we are keen to try out is the new trendy menu by Chef Kenneth Clapham and his team in the kitchen. Tonight for us it’s the seafood buffet!
For us, as photographers, one of the biggest assets of the resort is its affiliation with nature – whale watch tours
and eco island tours
leave daily from the resort. Almost around every corner is a wonderful glimpse into the natural environment of Fraser Island
: the largest sand island on the planet Earth.
Whale wallow (see left); birds are abundant, frogs croak filling the night air, wildflowers bloom alongside tall eucalypt trees and dragon flies busily buzz over the lagoons. Yes, we do love Fraser and Kingfisher Bay Resort
. Well done and happy birthday
to all those that have made this available for all of us to enjoy.