Discover wild and beautiful Fraser Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world's largest sand island, with a length of 123km and area of 184,000ha.
Best explored by four-wheel drive, Fraser is a nature-sculpted wonderland of wide golden-sand beaches, crystal clear lakes and huge sand dunes scattered with towering satinay hardwoods and a stand of unspoiled rainforest – the perfect spot for a honeymoon or romantic getaway holiday.
Drive scenic 75-Mile Beach – Fraser’s main road – past family tents dotting the nearby sand dunes and anglers as they fish for their supper. Look out for approaching aircraft coming in to land – vehicles must give way!
Stop to admire the many highlights along the beach including: Eli Creek, a picturesque freshwater creek that merges onto the beach, perfect for a cold, refreshing swim; the Maheno ship wreck, beached during a storm in 1935; Wungui Sandblow, a Sahara-like dunescape 4km walk from the beach; and the Cathedrals, a line of multi-coloured sand cliffs.
Further on lies Indian Head, a rocky outcrop with magnificent views overlooking the surf and marine life below, including sharks, manta rays, dolphins and pods of whales (during the migration season).
Further again, Champagne Pools is a group of shallow, safe-swimming pools that marks the end of the drivable beach road.
From Central Station, located in the middle of Fraser, hike bushwalking trails to visit some of the island’s 100 freshwater dune lakes, including magnificent McKenzie Lake as well as Jennings, Birrabeen and Boomanjin lakes.
Sunbathe on the sugar-white sand that rings the 150ha McKenzie Lake and exfoliate your skin in this unique mineral-rich sand.
Discover Fraser Island’s rich fauna, including 47 species of mammals, 79 species of reptiles and more than 354 species of birds.
Look out for swamp wallabies, small-eared mountain possums, brumbies (wild horses) and dingoes that lope along the beach (just don’t be tempted to feed them), as white-bellied sea eagles soar overhead.
While camping is allowed on Fraser, the perfect resor for your island honeymoon or romantic getaway is the 4.5-star Kingfisher Bay Resort, which nestles among tree-covered dunes on the edge of the Great Sandy Strait at the western side of the island.
Or try the all-budget Eurong Beach Resort, located close to Seventy-Mile Beach and Central Station.
Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort
Location: Fraser Island
Prices: from AUD138 per room
Description: This beachfront resort is located along Fraser's west coast, with a choice of hotel rooms as well as two- and three-bedroom villas. Guestrooms open to balconies with sea, lake or water views and feature jetted bathtubs, LCD televisions, air-conditioning, refrigerators and fax machines. The villas lie just a short walk from the main resort area and pools. Each villa has a kitchen, washing machine and dryer. The resort offers an impressive lineup of eco-educational activities includes daily four-wheel-drive tours with a ranger, free guided walks daily, bird-watching tours, guided canoe trips, sunset champagne sails and dolphin and dugong spotting cruises. Facilities incl.: 3 restaurants, 2 bars, 4 outdoor pools, tennis courts, tour desk and watersports rentals.
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The best time to visit Fraser Island is anytime; but for the best weather visit from August to December.
Fraser Island experiences a maritime subtropical climate with warm, humid weather cooled by sea breezes.
For more climate info: Fraser Island Weather Guide…
Fraser Island is located along the southern coast of Queensland, around 300km north of Brisbane, easily reached by ferry from Hervey Bay and Inskip Point or by chartered flight from Maroochydore Airport.
Latest update: About Fraser Island: 18 November, 2018
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