Welcome to K’gari (Fraser Island), the world’s largest sand island. Translated to paradise by the Traditional Owners of the land, the Butchulla people, K’gari is a World Heritage-listed wonder of diverse landscapes and unique wildlife experiences.
Located just 360km north of Queensland’s capital city, Brisbane, and just a short 40-minute ferry ride from the mainland here in Hervey Bay.
Established by 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.
By Road: A 50-minute barge Trip from River Heads to Either Kingfisher Bay or Wanggoolba Creek. For departure times visit: fraserislandferry.com.au
By Air: A short air flight from Hervey Bay. Visit airfraserisland.com
A four-wheel-drive vehicle is essential to negotiate island “roads” that are sand tracks, appropriate transportation with recovery gear is recommended.
Vehicles are also available for hire from Hervey Bay, Eurong & Kingfisher Bay resort.
Things to Do
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.
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.
How to get there:
Located on the Eastern Beach scenic drive, Eli Creek is about 26km north of the Eurong township and 15.4km south of the Dundubara camping Area. For more information visit:
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.
The SS 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).
A prime location right along the eastern beaches, Eurong Beach Resort is the ultimate base to Fraser Island and beyond. With a range of accommodation to suit every budget, our secure, dingo-fenced property, is the hub for all of your activities, day trips and fishing adventures.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wathumba Creek is a vast and rarely-visited site, located around 25 nautical miles from Hervey Bay. At high tide, the pristine creek system transforms into a large saltwater lake with turtles and rays galore – its clean, white beaches and striking turquoise waters often likened to that of Whitehaven Beach or the Maldives. The area relies heavily on the mangrove forests lining the shorelines, which provide the delicate ecosystem with protection from erosion, as well as vital habitat for the many fish, crabs and birdlife.
Awinya Creek is a beautiful freshwater creek that opens up and becomes a maze of waterways carving their way through remote and inaccessible areas of the island that are made up of dense plant growth. As you kayak up this unique location you will feel at peace as the birdlife comes to life and takes you on a journey through the fresh waterways. Keep an eye out for Mangrove Jack, Bream, Mullet, Yabbies, Eels and Juvenile fish as well as Brahminy Kites, Whistling Kites, White Bellied Sea Eagles, resident Kingfishers and other bird species
The halfway mark and widest point of K’gari (Fraser Island), Moon Point is a sacred site for the Traditional Owners of the land, the Butchulla people, who once used the site to give birth. Located only a short boat ride from Hervey Bay’s Great Sandy Strait Marina, Moon Point is a local favourite anchorage spot among boaties and campers alike.
Bowarrady Creek boasts a small freshwater swimming hole that opens up to a meandering creek system, and is coloured by the tannin from the bark of the trees that line its banks. This area is iconic for its vast contrasting landscape colour palette, made up of coffee rock (compressed sand and vegetation), coloured sands, white silica sand and the turquoise waters of the ocean. It also boasts stunning sand dunes that can give you a 360-degree view of the island and Platypus Bay.
Home of the world’s first Whale Heritage Site, the shallow and sheltered waters of Platypus Bay, just 40-minutes from Hervey Bay’s Great Sandy Strait Marina, is the ideal spot for whale watching during the winter seasons (June – October).
Kingfisher Bay Resort has won six Australian Tourism and nine Queensland Tourism Awards, as well as Trip Advisor’s 2021 Travellers’ Choice. Blending seamlessly amongst the native surrounds, this hidden paradise is perfect for a relaxing island retreat.