THE MOST FABULOUS THINGS TO DO ON FRASER ISLAND
If you’re looking to escape the metropolis and connect with awe-inspiring nature, Fraser Island is your destination. It’s easy to see why the indigenous Butchalla people named it “K’gari” thousands of years ago - the name aptly means “paradise” - and you'll be mesmerised by the island's untouched beauty and magic.
A World Heritage-listed site and the biggest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is a must-see destination for any camper, hiker, fisho or outdoor enthusiast. It offers an abundance of walking tracks, camping sites and endless natural wonders to explore (think turquoise freshwater lakes, dusky sand cliffs and emerald rainforests perched entirely in sand).
Towering rainforests cover the island, with more than 100 freshwater lakes dotted throughout the landscape. Wild dingoes roam freely while whales frolic off the coast and at night the bluest of blue landscapes fade to a kaleidoscope of shooting stars filling the evening sky. There is nowhere else like it on Earth and it’s there to be explored.
Whether you’re an adventurous family, fit and active, or a curious tourist, a trip to Fraser Island promises to satisfy the intrepid explorer inside you. The only problem is you won’t want the adventure to end! .
WHERE TO STAY
Fraser Island offers 28 camping options, a number of which have dingo-deterrent fences, which are highly recommended for families camping with children under 14 years old. A number of the campsites are without facilities, offering outdoor enthusiasts the chance to really connect with nature (or bring your own portable camp loo and shower).
Camping permits must be purchased from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service prior to arrival and it is advisable to book in advance, especially during peak seasons.
There is one private, fenced campground on the island at Cathedral on Fraser, 75 Mile Beach. Generators are not allowed and all food must be securely locked away to avoid dingoes interfering with the campground.
GOOD TO KNOW
Fraser Island is accessed by ferry from Hervey Bay, or by barge from Rainbow Beach (a two-hour drive north of Noosa). The island stretches 123 kilometres long and is 22 kilometres at its widest section. It is part of the Great Sandy National Park.
You’ll bump endlessly up and down while driving across Fraser Island, thanks to its unique sandy 4WD tracks, which take some skill to traverse. While you can hire a 4WD, which is the only type of vehicle allowed on the island, you need to know how to get out of a serious rut should you get stuck. Driving here is not for the novice – whilst the beach highway is smooth, the tide comes in fast and the island’s interior is unforgiving.
If you’re desperate for a dip in Lake McKenzie or Eli Creek, but want to avoid the crowds, go early. Most tour buses don’t have Lake McKenzie on their agenda till later in the day, so the lakeside is blissfully empty in the mornings.
Keep an eye out for snakes and dingoes (pack a first aid kit, just in case). The native dingo population on Fraser Island is said to be the purest breed alive today and for safety reasons, it is advised to not walk alone. So long as you follow the guidelines about securing food items and staying still if you see one, you shouldn’t have any problems. At sunset, the dingoes love to play on the sand by the beach.
Fraser Island was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1992 and is recognised for its diverse range of plants and animals, as well as the remarkable sand dune system. Its unique landscape was formed over millions of years by layers of sand mounting up on volcanic rock.
Swamp wallabies, echidnas, brushtail possums and sugar gliders also live on the island and more than 350 species of bird life. The island is surrounded by abundant marine life, especially along 75 Mile Beach.
Campers fed-up with their own campfire recipes can take a night off, with the Kingfisher Bay resort welcoming anyone for dinner.