Fraser Island - Brisbane Tourist Guide
At 120 kilometres in length Fraser Island is considered to be the world’s largest sand island. Located a few hours north of Queensland this island has been listed as a World Heritage site since 1992 and is also known as The Great Sandy National Park.
As you would expect on an island so large there’s plenty of different flora and fauna to take your fancy including rainforest, mangrove forests, swamps, sand dunes which are especially fun to toboggan down and eucalyptus woodland.
There’s also some really great swimming beaches and over 100 freshwater lakes, including the popular tourist area Lake McKenzie, so you can cool off after you finish exploring this vast island.
You might also come in contact with some of the local wildlife like Australian native birds, wallabies, possums and even some of the last remaining pure dingoes. If you cast your eyes out to sea you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of frolicking dolphins and migrating Humpback Whales.
As we’ve mentioned Fraser Island is really big so make sure when you go off sightseeing that you stay close to designated roads and walking tracks. One especially popular walking track is the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk which offers camp sites along the way for a special experience.
Fraser Island is also a popular 4 wheel drive spot with its many beaches and sandy inland roads.
You can bring your own 4WD by barge however you must pick up a vehicle access permit before you set off.
Getting to Fraser Island
You can get to Fraser Island a variety of ways either by barge so you can take your boat or just walk on, commercial tour operator or there are also flights daily leaving from Maroochydore and Hervey Bay.
A World Heritage Listed destination, travel by modern 20-seat 4WD across Noosa River via ferry to ancient National Park. See the famous coloured sands, enjoy a beachside morning tea and the crossing by barge to the shores of Fraser Island. Drive along 75 Mile Beach to Central Station or Pile Valley for a rainforest walk. Aussie BBQ lunch, followed by a cleansing swim in Lake McKenzie or Lake Birrabeen.
Camping and Accommodation
Accommodation is varied on the island with several resorts and eco stays around the small townships - search for Fraser Island Accommodation.
Camping is often the accommodation option of choice, and sites are dotted about the island. You can choose to camp inland on formal campgrounds or on beach camping zones and as we mentioned before there are also small Walkers’ camps. Camping permits are required and must be purchased before you set up.
The Great Sandy National Park people recommend you book well in advance during peak season. Read more about Camping on Fraser Island.
Kingfisher Bay Resort offers modern accommodation, varied delicacies in its 3 restaurants and many bush walking tracks. It is located on the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, near Great Sandy Strait. The eco-friendly resort offers spacious air-conditioned hotel rooms and self-contained villas. Accommodations feature a balcony, offering fantastic views of the natural surroundings. Kingfisher Bay Resort features 4 swimming pools, each fitted with sun loungers. Guests can also take advantage of the eco-tours provided by Kingfisher's knowledgeable staff. The resort is a 50-minute ferry crossing from River Heads in Hervey Bay.
Eurong Beach Resort offers a privileged beachfront position on Fraser Island's Seventy-Five Mile Beach. The resort’s facilities include 2 swimming pools, bbq facilities and tennis courts. All motel rooms have a small kitchenette, bathroom, telephone, TV and private balconies or shared terraces. Apartments have private balconies and fully kitchens. Eurong’s restaurant and bar serves buffet and a la carte meals daily, and overlooks the large freeform swimming pool. Please note Eurong Beach Resort is only accessible by 4WD vehicles.
Accessible only by 4WD vehicles, Fraser Island Retreat offers bungalows with a private balcony boasting sea or garden views. Just 2 minutes’ walk from Eastern Beach, guests can enjoy a swimming pool and dine at the onsite bar and bistro. The retreat is a 10-minute drive from Eli Creek, the largest freshwater creek on the East coast of Australia. The Maheno Shipwreck is a 20-minute drive away. All bungalows offer fans, a fridge and an electric kettle. They also have an en suite bathroom with a shower. Towels and linen are provided. The Fraser Island Retreat has a communal laundry, BBQ facilities and a shared kitchen with a stove, fridge and cooking utensils. There is also an onsite shop with food supplies and souvenirs. The Satinay Bar and Bistro is open for lunch and dinner, serving a variety of food including fish and chips, pizza, salad and steak.