You’ll never forget the wonder you feel when you let your eyes drink in the beauty of the blue hues of K’gari-Fraser Island’s Lake McKenzie, watch the waves break over rocks at Champagne Pools or gaze for the first time at the tops of the towering ancient trees in the Valley of the Giants.
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This ancient place, the largest sand island in the world, offers incredible experiences. Sitting alongside modern resorts and attractions, carefully managed to preserve the island’s pristine beauty, K’gari-Fraser Island is home to relics from 200 million years ago, including the magnificent giant King Fern which reputedly has the largest fronds of any fern on earth.
Crystal-clear, freshwater streams fed by the water table and rainforest trees literally growing out of the sand are matched with an, at times, alien landscape created by huge sand blows from winds belting across the Pacific. The clean air and smell of the ocean belie its strength, with the corroding wreck of the New Zealand World War I hospital ship, SS Maheno, lying near Eli Creek on the island’s eastern shoreline a silent and constant reminder.
Even the most experienced traveller will be inspired by this place, lying just south of the Great Barrier Reef and off the coast of Hervey Bay, stretching for 123km from north to south and up to 22km wide. The island has been built up over 800,000 years of tidal action – the world’s largest and oldest dune building sequence.
The traditional owners, the Butchulla people, lived on this island for thousands of years and named it K’gari, which translates in English to “paradise”.
Birds are the most abundant form of animal life seen on the island with more than 350 migratory and coastal species recorded. Visitors may also spot the famous K’gari-Fraser Island dingoes (wongari), humpback whales off its coast, wallabies, possums, flying foxes, soldier crabs, turtles, dolphins, manta rays and dugongs.
There are many ways to experience the island’s exceptional landscapes – take a self-drive getaway, join a guided tour, go on a camping safari, book a room at a resort or explore the island on foot through part or all of the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk.
Daily barge services run to the island from River Heads with a trip to the main resort taking about 50 minutes while the journey for four-wheel-drive enthusiasts to Wanggoolba Creek is about 30 minutes.