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Say hello to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island! Known as K’gari (meaning paradise) by the traditional owners, the Butchulla people, this World Heritage-listed island’s diverse landscapes and unique wildlife entices thousands of tourists to its shores each year. Located just 360km north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, and just a short 40-minute boat ride from the mainland here in Hervey Bay.

Built over hundreds of thousands of years, beyond K’gari’s ancient sand dunes and long stretches of beautiful beaches boasts crystal clear freshwater lakes and creeks (did someone say Lake McKenzie?), lush rainforests and an abundance of native flora and fauna to explore.

Fraser Island offers camping, cabin and resort-style accommodation to suit all types of holiday makers. Eco-adventures on the island include cruises discovering the untouched beauty of the remote western side, a 90km Great Walk adventure and guided or self-drive tours.

Explore the rainforest that grows from sand

Adventure 4wding destination

World Heritage-listed Gems

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Lake McKenzie

The famous pure white silica sand and crystal clear waters of Lake Mckenzie makes it the crowd favourite for visitors to Fraser Island, and for good reason. The blues and greens of this perched lake also known as Boorangoora are endless. You’ll want to spend all day lounging around at this hotspot. Read more

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Eli Creek

On the eastern beach of the island lies Eli Creek. Each hour around 4 million litres of clear, freshwater is pumped from Eli Creek into the ocean. With a boardwark that follows the creek inland, this is the perfect spot for a swim (or float). Eli Creek is a regular stop over on some of the great Fraser Island tours available.

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Maheno Shipwreck

The Maheno, the most famous of the Fraser Island wrecks, washed ashore just north of Happy Valley on 75 Mile Beach during a cyclone in 1935. Once a well-known trans-Tasman liner, today the hull now lies about 10km north of Happy Valley. The Maheno is a great piece of Australian history and is a must see for those visiting Fraser Island (K’gari).

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Lake Wabby

Towards the ocean side of Fraser Island, you’ll find Lake Wabby. Lake Wabby is a unique spot because it’s both a window and barrage lake. It’s also the perfect spot to pull out the camera and document the giant sand dune that borders its deep green waters. This dune is slowly moving into the lake and in centuries time will completely cover those green waters.

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Central Station

Originally established as a forestry camp when there was logging on Fraser Island (K’gari), Central Station offers a picnic area and educational display surrounding the early development of the island and its abundant flora and fauna. A boardwalk winds through lush rainforest around Wanggoolba Creek, giving you a chance to see some of the world’s largest ferns.

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The Cathedrals

The Cathedrals are a stunning array of coloured sand cliffs located south of Indian Head on 75 Mile Beach. The spectacular phenomenon is a stunning array of colour, with sands of red, brown, yellow and orange all mixed together. The unique sand cliffs have been sculpted by the wind and rain blowing in off the Pacific.

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Indian Head

Indian Head is a coastal headland providing incredible views on the eastern side of the island. A popular lookout for tourists, Indian Head offers panoramic views of the island’s beaches, and a perfect place to spot marine life like dolphins and Humpback whales! 

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Champagne Pools

The naturally formed rock pools are one of the island’s most visited hot spots. At low tide you’ll find calm pools and at high tide waves crash over nearby rocks filling these pools with frothy bubbles, just like a glass of champagne! The pools are located on the eastern side of the island between Waddy Point and Indian Head.

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75 Mile Beach

This endless stretch of beach runs along the eastern side of Fraser Island and is officially a national highway that doubles as a unique landing strip for light aircraft. Along the main thoroughfare of this 75 mile stretch of beach you can find some of the island’s most iconic spots including: The Maheno Shipwreck, Eli Creek, Indian Head and Champagne Pools. Just remember to keep an eye on the tides when you’re driving along this sand highway.

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Book your stay on Fraser Island

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Jump on a tour or 4wd across the island

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Outdoor and Adventure

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Transport & Hire Options

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Self Guided Driving Itineraries

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Even nature found this year difficult.

But with the help of magnificent firefighters, the efforts of the local communities and the blessing of the traditional Butchulla owners, Fraser Island is back and open for visitors.

While the media images showed hectares of burning bush, the vastness of the largest sand island in the world was its friend. The fire was stopped at the mid-point of the island and all the icons you have come to know and love remain untouched.

The rainforests of Central Station, the resorts, the southern lakes including Lake McKenzie and the beach-front campgrounds remain at their pristine best and ready for Christmas guests.

The parts of the island affected by the recent fires are already regenerating. In the north, where fire passed through in the early weeks, new ferns are well out of the ground, the trees are resprouting and the Xanthorrhoea Australis “grass trees” are again flourishing

Fraser Island remains that culturally significant, special place. As well as experiencing her iconic, unspoilt attractions, right now visitors will get a once-in-a-generation view of the island, more in its raw state with the giant sand blows exposed and the full size of Fraser’s mighty dunes bare of wallum scrub. This won’t last long as the rains are already turning the island green again.

After a year like no other in 2020, this is the perfect place to regenerate.

Take a flight and land on the beach, four-wheel drive, take a tour, fish, walk or swim in natural freshwater lakes and creeks. Kick back amongst nature at one of the resorts, bring your tent or swag and stay at one of the many campgrounds or book a holiday home.

Spend Christmas or New year a little different this year and experience real nature on Fraser island.

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