Stunning natural environment: rainforest, beach, lakes, sand dunes.
I think most people have detailed most of the spots on Fraser already so no point going over that all again. I made a video of a trip I had to Fraser with a hire 4wd and covers most of the key places people visit.. Some people like videos. Anyway, enjoyhttp://youtu.be/hPkkJTubgyMmore
One of the many things to do on Fraser Island is to take one of the many walks on offer. As we were camping on Central station we choose to do the Wanggoolba Creek Walk - about a kilometre long return. It shows you a different side to Fraser Island - the route goes via the natural rainforest as well of following Wanggoolba Creek. There are...more
Lake Mackenzie is a must do if you come to Fraser Island. Not only is it stunninly beautiful, this huge lake only holds rainwater and does not run into the ocean. The turquoise waters makes it look like some tropical destination and the sand is white as white and is really soft to walk on.more
We did the 4x4 full day "Beauty Spots Tour" run by the Kingfisher Bay crowd, where we were staying. As none of us are used to driving 4x4s, it was a great way to see some of the highlights of the island without the stress of navigating the sandy tracks! As the island is only sandy tracks and beaches, it was quite rough in parts, so expect to be...more
Before being what it is today, the Maheno was built as a luxury passenger steam ship in 1905 (so now it's over 100 years old... what's left of it anyhow). She was used as a hospital ship in World War 1. In 1935, she was decommissioned and sold to a Japanese company for scrap metal but, she never reach her destination.During a storm in 1935, her tow...more
This has been made into a 'popular' tourist destination. Perhaps, for some people it is.For me, I really didn't get what was so special about 'colored' sandstone. I must be biased being from California where we have colored sandstone all over the place along the California coastline.But, it does have to be listed as something to do and here it...more
Stayed here after a very full day on a bus tour around the island. The rooms were clean &...more
Fraser Island, 4581, Australia
Good for: Business
412 The Esplanade, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Australia
Good for: Families
Restaurants along the tour are limited to the BBQ pits at the campsites or on burners. All is given by the tour company, so you will not go starving. The meals, believe it or not, were actually quite good. A little heavy on the sand, but what can you do?
Before departure to Fraser, all members of the group go to the store and shop for everything that they will need. Suggestions on amounts and contents are given by the tour company, based on past results. We had everything we needed... by a long shot! Except alcohol...
You will be spending your nights on Fraser around your camp drinking, singing and doing your best to freak people out about the dingos that can be spotted from time to time. When you are cooking dinner you will see dingos around the camp but if you don't feed them they will leave after a while.more
Being a good enough distance from any major cities, one of the best night time activities to do onFraser Island is to go stargazing late at night.Move away from any light sources bringing a lantern or flashlight with you and find a spotsomewhere near the beach to look at the stars.For many Australians who are used to the night sky this may not be...more
You can stay the night on Fraser island, but there aren´t many rooms or so. But there is plenty of room at the beach, on Camping Places or just where you find a place..It´s a wonderful experience.Most of the time you wouldn´t even need a tent, its warm enough - but beware of Dingoes (don´t leave any food around) and these biting flies.The picture...more
Read the signs before you leave the mainland.Speed Restrictions apply. It is not necessary to drive at the maximum speed limit. It is safer not to.Observe the Hired Vehicle Restrictions re Total number of passengers and their seating arrangements. Wear seat belts. Don't overload the vehicle. Don't carry camping gear on roof racks.Indicate your...more
In order to get onto Fraser Island you must take a barge. You can pick it up from Hervey Bay to Moon point, Wangoolba Creek or Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island or if your like us you can pick it up from Rainbow Beach (inskip point) to Hook Point on the southeren point on Fraser island. Once your on the barge its a good idea to let your tire...more
Hopefully this goes without saying, but i just wanted to remind everyone how important it is to clear up after yourself on the island. It's a stunning place but will only stay that way with everyones help.
*Smokers keep your ciggie butts! I kept a camera film pot on me so when i was nowhere near a bin i could pop them in there. No smell, no fuss, no mess!!
*Obviously rubbish to be put in bins or taken with you.
*Any campfires put out and covered.
*When you're camping there arent often toilets, but be sure to dig a hole to do your bussiness in and cover it after! Any toilet paper should be put in your rubbish bin and taken with you until you get to a bin. (not very nice, but quite important!)
It's not hard to do but it will make a lasting difference so that others can enjoy the island for years to come!
Dingos are a common thing to see on Fraser Island but as cute as they seem, please dont feed them. They roam the island beaches and busland scaveging for food and will not hesitate to steal food from your campsite (especially fish). Make sure when you finish eating that you lock all your food away (there are storage cage's that you can lock your...more
Visitors to Fraser Island are often encouraged to run down sand hills and dive into the freshwater lakes at the bottom of the sand slopes. Or they imitate others doing this apparently innocent activity. Of course, as each person runs down the sandy slope some sand slips down the slope as well. This finds its way into the lake so the underwater...more
If your planning to travel the east coast if Fraser Island, make sure the tides are appropriate for a safe and easy drive as this may limit your sightseeing on the island. For example we wanted to see the Maheno Shipwreak but we couldnt due to the timing of the tides (and limited time we had on the island). It has also been quite common for people...more
If you decide to start your tour to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach (and decide to drive to Rainbow Beach from the south - ie Brisbane or Noosa) -
Please be aware that Google Maps, and any GPS does not provide the most ideal route to Rainbow Beach. Such map services suggest cutting through the Cooloola State Park using a GRAVEL ROAD.
I do not recommend this road if you are travelling using a non 4WD rental vehicle. This stretch is approximately 40km all together. We drove this stretch in the night, (pitch dark - obviously no street lights), you would be the only vehicle on the road. We were scared of getting a flat tire in the middle of no where.
Unique Suggestions: Recommend that you drive to Rainbow Beach by driving the Bruce Highway (A1) to Gympie, then take the turn off to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. It's only slightly longer, and most importantly safer.
Fraser Island was very lovely and a must do in Queensland
Backpack - for carrying all your stufffannypack Hiking shoesa good hat (like mine in the picture) to protect you from the sun (many people get skincancer on their ears or nose).shorts (because it's hot)extra change of clothingsun glasses with good UV protection lots of sunscreen (Amazingly, we saw a lot of fried Australians and...more
Backpacks and the best idea unless you are staying at a resort. A waterproof jacket is quite good if it looks like it will be rainy - an umbrella isn?t very helpful when you are trying to walk through the rainforests or hike - so forget that.Good walking boots or running shoes are recommended if you plan on doing a lot of walking. Bring a few...more
This lake is absolutly beautiful. Its a huge freshwater lake, surrounded by white sand. The water is really nice to have a dip in to get out of the heat. The water is fresh and drinkable and the sand when rubbed over silver jewellery cleans away all marks and makes the silver like brand new!This is such a nice area to chill out for a bit but as...more
Roughly in the middle of Fraser Island. Park your car up and set off on the walk, which is hard work. The walk will take aroung 50 minutes to get there depending obviously on your pace. Once you get there you will see what is only a small lake but on the one side it has huge sand dunes which are awesome for running down and juming straight in the...more
There are plenty of chances for hiking. The bus tours give us the choice to do a little scenic hiking or not.
Where as skipping the hikes might be more comfortable, you'll miss out on seeing things up closer.
During our 3 days on the island, we hiked through a small desert, a tropical rain forest, up and around some lakes and to and around the area called Central Station.
Equipment: a good pair of hiking shoes/boots, water, sunscreen, towel, bathing suit (if you're hiking to a lake), backpack (for carrying everything), and camera.
Backpacking on Fraser Island is a fantastic thing to do if you are young and want to meet new people while exploring this amazing Island.I took about 9 friends from University - all from Canada along with me one break from University and they absolutely loved it. The best thing to do is to hire a 4WD - we hired ours from a backpackers in Hervey Bay...more
Unless you have your own 4 x 4 handy, and one that is rust-proof, I would suggest you purchase a spot on one of Fraser Island's many tours. I personally went on the 3 day / 2 night tour by Koala's. It came with a Toyota 4 x 4, all the cooking and camping stuff we needed, but not the alcohol or food. Those items were left up to the 8 people in my...more