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I gave up seeking meaning or reason in travel long ago — work, play, adventure, hardship, escape, the sacred, the divine, enlightenment, hedonism, the profane…most good trips are a mix of all of these.

That said, in our digital world we are so often chasing deadlines, schedules, money — our tails — that spending time away from the objects of our technological obsession becomes more and more mandatory for me. Two weeks out of touch and long gone on Fraser Island was just what the doctor ordered after a long winter on the road but never really away.

Cody’s visit to Fraser Island was sponsored by Tourism and Events Queensland. Learn more about Queensland on their blog.

About The Author

Cody Forest Doucette

Cody Forest Doucette was born in the heartland of Wisconsin, raised in the mountains of Idaho and educated on the beaches of California at UCSB. Working with his twin brother, writer Kitt Doucette, he has spent the past six years circling the globe in pursuit of images and experiences which capture both the beauty of the natural world and the complexity of the human condition in the 21st century. You can find more of his work on his website,

  • Alyssa

    Okay, so this is an awesome article and all..but like, does anyone else just REALLY want a pet dingo now? Where can I get a dog that looks like a dingo….

  • Leanda Mangan

    My family makes the trip to Fraser at the end of September every year. I’ve been going since I was 12 have only missed one year so far. 8 years and it still takes my breath away. It’s amazing getting onto the island and immediately being isolated from the “civilised” world. Phones, comptuers, gaming systems; they all get left at home. Mum and I nearly bring an entire library between the two of us. Two weeks spent with my family and work mates, away from everything and just having freedom to what you want; it’s amazing and I recommend going there at least once in your life.

A grain of sand will take 60,000 years to move from Fraser’s east coast to its west.
It's one of few places on Earth where you feel like you're in the middle of nowhere.
The Queensland Outback is so much more than a barren landscape.
The Kugrak is one dramatic valley among thousands.
We walked into the deserted arena, hallucinating dark shapes around us.
With the storm came the swell, pouring down the sand point at Snapper Rocks.
Few places lend themselves as well to a surf road trip as the Queensland coast.
Trekking to EBC takes you through some of the world's most epic landscapes.
The region has been off limits to all but the hardiest trekkers.
At night, sharks gathered at the back of the boat, making the evening dip ever so...