The largest creek on the east side of Fraser Island, Eli Creek pours up to 4 million litres of fresh, clear water into the ocean every hour. At high tide, the creek often cuts off access along the beach due to its strong flow gouging deep channels in the sand.
It was already a hot day and it wasn’t yet noon, so it was recommended we follow the boardwalk up the side of the creek among the Banksia and Pandanus to an access point where we climbed into the creek. From there we waded, often waist deep, back down to the beach in the fast moving flow. It was freezing cold to start but refreshing as we went further, and in the end a welcome relief from the heat of the day.
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