Remaining beautifully untamed and rugged, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is nothing short of paradise, whether you seek a holiday of adventure or relaxation.
Imagine a natural paradise with a plethora of incredible wildlife and a completely relaxing and peaceful vibe without all the tourists.
That’s Fraser Island to a tee: this wonderland of ancient rainforests, coloured sand cliffs, pristine beaches and mirrored lakes is the largest sand island in the world, and just 45 minutes from Brisbane.
Before you pack your bags, though, consider this: from August to October the island has a lot of visitors… of the humpback kind, that is.
Fraser Island is an amazing destination to spot these magnificent whales as they stop here on their southern migration to fatten up their calves and feed.
Offering whale watching tours that guarantee you’ll spot this gentle giant is the island’s premier accommodation, eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Nestled among dunes on the edge of the Great Sandy Strait, the resort is the ideal base for exploring the island.
Catering to guests of all budgets, the accommodation ranges from hotel rooms, one- to three-bedroom villas, and holiday houses.
The resort’s three restaurants take advantage of the gorgeous natural surroundings and the exquisite local produce.
You’ll find native-inspired dishes such as tea tree-smoked kangaroo and seared Hervey Bay scallops with lemon myrtle velouté on the menu at the resort’s signature restaurant, Seabelle, and more casual meals at the Sand Bar and Bistro and poolside Maheno Restaurant.
The resort also has four swimming pools, a tennis court, a day spa, and a village centre for all the necessities you’ll need (if you need anything more than your cossies and towel!).
Of course, the great outdoors is the main drawcard of this spectacular island and Kingfisher Bay Resort has countless activities on offer, from bush tucker tastings to Segway tours to guided bush walks, guests will not be wanting.
The kids can even join in a Junior Eco Ranger program that teaches them about the importance of the fragile ecosystem and its wildlife while they’re out exploring and having fun.
But when on the world’s largest sand island, you’d be mad not to get out and explore in a 4WD.
There’s no better way to spend a day than adventuring along sandy beaches, including famous Seventy Five Mile Beach, spotting wild dingoes endemic to the island, exploring Pile Valley’s forest and stopping off at picturesque Lake McKenzie for a refreshing swim.
Of course, if you’d prefer to sit back and take the passenger seat, Kingfisher Bay Resort has a selection of guided tours you can choose from.
If (no, when!) you get the chance to visit Fraser Island, you’ll certainly understand why the humpbacks choose this area for their rest. Intelligent creatures, indeed.