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Lake McKenzie 20km Hike #15

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Another Awesome Adventure Day and Community Hike was had on Fraser Island on Nov 1st, with a 20km return walk from Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie in 2:59mins mins return! 2,200 calories ✔

I had 26 Awesome hikers this time, with different levels of fitness, some of the guys were also on my 4 Week Program and everyone in attendance did Excellent!
I was really proud of all their personal achievements as this is one tough challenge!

10628111_790925017620817_1617094661538545429_nI also had Greg Waite the ex President of Trail Running Qld who had come up especially from Brisbane for the hike, which was very exciting. Greg certainly knows his stuff and is very experienced when it comes to trail running and trail events so it was amazing to have him along and lovely to chat to.

Everyone was thoroughly briefed, had well over 2L of water (this is my requirement on all hikes) and I had purifying tablets if they needed more water at Lake McKenzie plus I also printed out and read the Dingo Safety rules and what to do if you are approached by one. It’s best to always be fully aware and well informed.

The temperature was warm with summer approaching so we thoroughly enjoyed a dip in the magical Lake McKenzie for a refreshing cool down..

Lake McKenzie – has an area of 150 hectares and is just over 5 metres (16 ft) in depth. The beach sand of Lake McKenzie is nearly pure silica. It is a perched lake sitting on top of compact sand and vegetable matter 100 metres (330 ft) above sea level.

Some of us stayed overnight and enjoyed two more hikes the following morning.
– 7km stroll Z Force Commando School and McKenzie Jetty

During World War Two, the area near McKenzie’s Jetty was used by the Services Reconnaissance Department (popularly known as “Z Special Unit”) as a special forces training camp – the Fraser Commando School. Thousands of soldiers were trained here because the conditions were similar to those found on Pacific Islands where the Japanese were fought. Lake McKenzie was used for parachute training and the wreck of the Maheno was used for explosive demolitions practice.

Visitors to the site of the Fraser Commando School today can still see various relics of its military past including armour plates used to test armour piercing explosive charges and weapons and a concrete relief map of Singapore Harbour used as an aid in operations planning.

– 3km hike to the Lookout and Dundonga Creek then back via the beach.

More info on these walks here.  We also ran into our mate Rango on the barge who took us on our 90km challenge ! Can’t wait to go back again!

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