Fraser Island is located about 250km north of Brisbane
, just off the coast of Hervey Bay
. The World Heritage-listed beauty is the largest sand island worldwide
stretching 123km long and up to 22km wide. The island features freshwater lakes of brilliant colours, pristine white sandy beaches, impressive sand dunes, lush rainforests, magnificent wildflowers and clear creeks.
Lake McKenzie is a “perched” lake containing rainwater only and not connected to any other waterways. The sparkling blue water and sandy white shores make it a delightful swimming area and one of the most popular on the island. The colour contrasts are magnificent and the sands are as soft as silk underfoot.
Lake Wabby is a “window/barrage” lake set amongst the sand dunes. Its ground water level falls below the water table and a sand blow blocks any natural spring. The lake can be viewed from a lookout or can be accessed via a moderate walk through the dunes. The yellow sands of the dunes against the deep green waters of the lake make stunning scenery.
At Rainbow Gorge you can walk the Kirra Sandblow circuit amongst huge sand dunes and low lying scrub to the exposed underlying sandstone rock. The mammoth dunes are impressive and kids on boards enjoy the sandy slopes.
Eli Creek is an enticing freshwater creek pouring 4 million litres of water into the ocean hourly. The creek flows relatively quickly and you can swim, float, tube or walk around it until you are refreshed, spent or both. There is also a scenic boardwalk following the creek around for prime viewing. It’s a great spot to have a picnic or simply enjoy the fresh cool water.
The Maheno Wreck lies north of Eli Creek on the eastern coastline. The ship is slowly deteriorating in the salty waters of the Pacific Ocean after wrecking during a cyclone in 1935. The vessel is close to shore and out of the water during low tide.
The Pinnacles located on Cathedral Beach are multi-coloured sands forming dome-like structures in the greenery-clad cliffs. They are quite unique and clustered together, the shapes forming from erosion over time.
marks the northern end of 75 Mile Beach and is an impressive landmark itself jutting out into the ocean. This fantastic natural lookout provides views of the northern and southern coastlines as well as the ocean floor below its cliffs.
is a coastal swimming area located at Middle Rocks where there is no need to worry about sharks and rips. The ocean crashes over a rocky barrier and creates foaming pools on the beach side. This popular swimming area is very invigorating however caution must be taken in the water.
Access to Fraser Island
is a short ride by barge on which you can take your own four-wheel drive vehicle. The barges leave from Inskip Point (near Rainbow Beach
), River Heads and Hervey Bay daily. Foot passengers can also travel by barge and an island taxi service is available for transport between island locations. Permits are required to visit the island and can be obtained from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (for further information phone 131304). An information pack (including maps) will also be provided upon purchase of the permit.
Pets are prohibited from Fraser Island as the land is part of Great Sandy National Park. However do not despair if you are travelling with your four-legged friend as there are plenty of good kennels in the towns on the nearby mainland.
Travelling on Fraser Island is by four-wheel drive only as all roads are sandy tracks. The 75 Mile Beach on the eastern side is the island’s highway and quickest access route to the main points of interest. A speed limit of 80km/hr applies on the beach and 35km/hr on the inland tracks. The best time to travel is around low tide as various points along the beach are impassable on high tide. We highly recommend avoiding travel a couple of hours either side of high tide as you could end up stranded and your vehicle bogged.
There are plenty of designated camping and day visit areas with facilities on Fraser Island. Camp site facilities include toilets, showers, bbqs and drinking water. Camping is also permitted in various areas along the coastline for those seeking ocean views and their own quiet piece of Fraser Island. Be aware of the local scavengers, being dingoes and goannas, and secure your food and rubbish. Groceries, fuel, gas and ice are available for purchase on the island.
To thoroughly enjoy the main scenic attractions of Fraser Island we suggest staying at least a couple of nights. The more time you schedule in your itinerary the more you can explore.
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Destinations in Queensland
Daintree National Park
Tin Can Bay
Undara Volcanic National Park
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