Fraser Island has a unique little freshwater swimming hole called Orange creek. And yes it is orange-ish, perhaps a little more brown than orange. I would describe it as tea coloured.
Why is the creek orange ?
This natural phenomenon is caused by the settling of leaves that fall into the creek. The tannin from the dead leaves and other organic matter stain the creek water an orange-ish colour. It is particularly noticeable in the bright sunlight and at sunset with the reflections of the setting sun.
The water may look eerie however cast aside any fear, it is freshwater ( no sharks here )and makes it an ideal spot to have a refreshing swim. No need to worry about creepy crawlies or other creatures lurking in the water below. Most part of it is waist deep with shallower water on the edges and where it flows through the sand down to meet the sea. The other great thing about the spot is it has a sandy bottom with no rocks so perfect for the kids to swim in.
Where is it ?
Orange creek is located towards the northern end of Fraser Island. You will need to drive up to Indian Head, across the inland track to Orchid Beach. Drive through the township and onto the beach heading north for about 10 minutes and you will cross it.
In the summertime we frequent this spot daily as it is only a short drive from our house and easy to get to. If you visit pack a snack and a few drinks and play or relax for a few hours.
Always remember that it is a protected are and sensitive to contaminants like sunscreen and insect sprays. Cover up rather than lather up.
Nothing worse than seeing a chemical slick in the water following a person covered in copious amounts of sunscreen. Wear a sun suit and hat instead.