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YTravelBlog: When You Can’t Go Camping On Fraser Island, Stay At Kingfisher Bay Resort

GUEST BLOGGERS:  Caz and Craig Makepeace aren’t your ordinary married couple.  They come from the Central Coast of Australia, but thanks to their nomadic nature, now call the world home.  These serial travel addicts have lived in 5 countries and travelled to more than 52 countries.

We first stumbled across them online with their YTravelBlog, Pinterest and Facebook pages and quickly became fans… so you can imagine our delight when the Makepeaces found themselves on the Fraser Coast and we were able to invite them and their two gorgeous daughters across to explore the world’s largest sand island.

From humble beginnings, YTravelBlog has grown to be one of the world’s leading travel blog sites and Caz, Craig and their girls have millions of global followers – across a range of social platforms. We hope you enjoy their Fraser Island adventures with us as much as we did hosting.

Kingfisher Bay Resort

Kingfisher Bay Resort is set in a natural amphitheatre on Fraser Island’s western side

When you think of exploring Fraser Island in Queensland, the world’s largest sand island, you’re mostly thinking adventure off-road 4-wheel driving and a bit of beach camping with wild dingoes – the ultimate adventure.

I was a little bummed we didn’t have the high-clearance 4WD vehicle needed to do it. Driving around Fraser was high on the bucket list of things we wanted to do on our year-long road trip around Australia.

But my disappointment vanished quickly when I arrived at my alternative. Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island – It’s on the quieter western side of Fraser, right where the car ferry from River Head drops you off ($50 return adult $25 child for passengers).

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This blog was originally published by the Makepeaces on YTravelBlog in December 2014 and has been reproduced with their permission.  All rights are reserved by YTravelBlog.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2015 in Guest Bloggers

 

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Bluedog spots a Mistletoe Bird at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island – Australia

Blog excerpt taken from Blue-dogphotography.blogspot.com.  Image and words by Danielle Lancaster, Blue Dog Photography

This morning I finally photographed a male Mistletoe bird, Dicaeum hirundinaceum. Now while not uncommon in certain areas, such as within the grounds of Fraser Island’s Kingfisher Bay Resort, what makes them a difficult subject is that they are so busy.

These tiny birds, only 10-11cm, have a brilliant scarlet throat and under-tail that catches not only the sun but also the eye of any avid bird watcher. Well, the boys do. Mistletoe birds are known to show marked “sexual dimorphism”. What this means is that the males get to be flamboyant in their colourings while the females are far less glam.

Early morning insects have them snapping their beaks as they dart swallow like in flight, fluttering and calling to their mates in the bush surrounding the resort. They have sharp little voices but a choice of calls including a high double note and a warble.

We had joined Ivor Davies, Group General Manager of Kingfisher Bay Resort, for a bit of bird spotting. Ivor is a keen twitcher and knows his bird ‘stuff’. Indeed, he’s just returned from a trip to the Red Centre where he added a further 10 birds to his personal ‘spotters’ list.

He not only tells, but also acts out the performance of the Mistletoe bird, a canopy bird, passing the digested mistletoe and how it ever so gently wipes itself along the branch three times, only three, bobbing between each wipe. It’s a rather elegant performance for the six foot three man. The wealth of information on birds acquired not only on Fraser Island but across the world over the years flows eagerly.

It’s a top spot for those who would like to try their hand or those that are already accomplished in bird photography with the abundance and variety of birds around the resort.

With canopy birds another challenge photographing them, aside from their quick movement, can be blow outs of highlights particularly in the areas containing leaves, clouds, and sky.

Exposure is critical as is accurate focus (continuous focus here will only frustrate you). I also find a polariser a great advantage.

I only had a few regrets: that I didn’t have longer day, an extra day or had discovered it sooner, and I wished I’d stopped and put on my x2 converter.

Bird Week, now in its ninth year kicks off on the 8th May till the 15th. Birdos from around the world meet at King Fisher Bay Resort and try to spot and record some of the 354 species found across the world’s largest sand island. A highlight of the week is tours of one of the RAMSAR listed wetlands and various presentations.

Also of interest to many will be the Bluedog-Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island Photography Tours. An ever popular tour where we showcase the best that Fraser Island and Kingfisher Bay Resort has to offer while concentrating on the photographic skills that go along with such a great adventure. Details of this tour can be found on the Bluedog Photography website under the tours section. http://www.blue-dog.com.au/Fraser-Island-photography.htm

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Kingfisher Bay Resort
Tel: +61 7 4120 3333
Tollfree (Aust only): 1800 072 555
http://www.kingfisherbay.com/

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2010 in Guest Bloggers

 

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