Queensland’s Fraser Coast is home to the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Located just off the coast of Hervey Bay, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island stretching for 123km and spanning 166,000 hectares.
The local indigenous population named the island ‘K’gari’ meaning paradise, well before UNESCO defined Fraser Island as “a place of exceptional natural beauty”. There are plenty of things to see and do on Fraser Island including 4WD experiences, beach fishing, observe wild roaming dingoes, swim in Lake Mackenzie and see one of the most photographed and visited sites the Maheno Shipwreck.
Australia’s natural theme park, Fraser Island attracts a growing number of international travellers each year including royal visitors, attracted to the unparalleled natural beauty of the island. Think you know Fraser Island? Here are ten things you probably didn’t know about Queensland’s unique Fraser Island.
Featuring stunning white sandy beaches, crystal clear waterways, untouched rainforests and an abundance of wildlife, Fraser Island truly is a nature lovers’ paradise.
Getting to Fraser Island
Fraser Coast is a comfortable three-hour drive north from Brisbane to Hervey Bay. QantasLink also offers multiple daily flights between Brisbane and Hervey Bay Airport. You can then hop aboard the passenger Fraser Island ferry for the 50-minute trip to Fraser Island or take the Fraser Island Barge Service if you’re planning a 4WD adventure.
Best Things to do on Fraser Island
9 things you can’t leave Fraser Island without doing
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1. Take a tour
Snorkelling & Kayaking
The best way to explore Fraser Island is by water, offering a plethora of water activities including snorkelling; kayaking or swimming, expert and accredited operators can take you to waterways only locals know about. Experience snorkelling in the untouched remote west coast and pristine waters of Fraser Island with Tasman Venture During the day tour you’ll explore the island while bush walking, snorkelling, kayaking and swimming and observe an abundance of marine life.
Enjoy an eco experience like no other on Fraser Island. Bushwalking and hiking affords the opportunity to explore walking trails offering the best of coast and rainforest. Most walking tracks are well defined for self-exploration or join a guided day tour. Bushwalkers are advised to read the signs at the track entrances and choose walks that suit your level of fitness. Consider your personal safety and beware of natural hazards as well as Dingoes and other dangerous wildlife, which may be present in the natural bush setting of Fraser Island.
If it’s adventure you seek, choose skydiving while you visit the spectacular Fraser Coast. Skydive Fraser Island offer tandem skydiving, freefalling over Fraser Island followed by an exhilarating beach landing at Rainbow Beach. Fly over the Fraser Coast, soaring up to 15,000ft and experiencing incredible views of Fraser Island, Tin Can Bay, Inskip Point, Carlo Sandblow, Double Island Point and the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach, for a Fraser Coast holiday you won’t forget.
Alissa Jenkins comes face to fin with the most majestic of creatures in Hervey Bay, humpback whales, on one of Queensland's most majestic stretches of...
Best Places to Stay on Fraser Island
Whether you’re planning a family holiday or couples getaway you’ll find the perfect Fraser Island accommodation to suit your style and budget. From Fraser Island camping to Fraser Island hotels and holiday houses to accommodate the whole family, there’s plenty of choice and assistance available to help decide where to stay on the Fraser Coast.
Retreat to your Fraser Island luxury accommodation after a day exploring to the peaceful and secluded Eliza Fraser Lodge an indulgent 4 bedroom eco-lodge ideal for small group getaways. This unique stay is fully inclusive of meals including a gourmet beach picnic and nature based activities. If you prefer self-catering accommodation, choose a luxury Fraser Island holiday house ideal for group getaways.
Resorts & Retreats
There are plenty of Resorts and Retreats located in Hervey Bay, however if you’re looking to stay on Fraser Island, the main Fraser Island accommodation is Kingfisher Bay Resort. The resort is an eco-resort along the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait and makes the perfect base for exploration. The Fraser Island resort features outdoor pools, restaurants, bars and a variety of nature-based activities, walks and tours are available.
There are plenty of camping and caravan parks on the Fraser Coast including Hervey Bay beachside suburbs Torquay, Scarness and Burrum Head. On Fraser Island (K’Gari), The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages a number of camping areas in the Great Sandy National Park. Camping permits are required and fees apply.
Summer is here and on Fraser Island, it’s leisure as usual... Words by Georgia Rickard. Photography by George Fetting.
Tours & Packages
Kingfisher Bay Resort promotes special offers and packages for Fraser Island accommodation such as Stay/Pay offers and Kids Eat Free. Subscribe online to be the first to hear about Fraser Island deals. There are plenty of tours & attractions on Fraser Island; Fraser Explore Tours offer a range of tours to see the best the island has to offer with experienced local guides.