Fraser Island Holidays
Fraser Island (K’Gari)
The Indigenous name for the largest sand island in the world is ‘K’Gari’, which literally translates as ‘paradise’. Never has there been a more accurate description of a place. Just off the Queensland coast, this UNESCO-listed spit of land is blessed with exceptional natural beauty and rich cultural heritage, making it a great addition to any Australian itinerary. Fire up a 4X4 and drive down the 75 Mile Beach, or take a stroll in the speckled sunlight, dwarfed by the tall rainforests which shoot directly out of the sand dunes. Oh, and don’t forget your camera…
Float down Eli Creek
Wade upstream through this calm creek and hear the gentle trickle of the water punctuated by the tranquil sounds of the surrounding rainforest and feel your stresses melt away. Once you’ve walked up the creek as far as you would like then simply float back down to the bottom in total relaxation.
Take a dip in the Champagne Pools
Although you can’t swim in the surrounding sea you can still get salt in your hair at the Champagne Pools. These naturally formed pools create calm, shallow waters for relaxing in. Best of all, during high tide, waves crash over the side to give these pools a hot-tub style vibe as the water that flows in seems to fizz just like, well, Champagne.
Have a 4X4 adventure on 75 Mile Beach
One of the most popular things to do on Fraser Island (K’Gari) is to get behind the wheel of a 4X4 and hit the sand. Indeed, 75 miles of beach on Fraser Island’s (K’Gari) eastern coast forms a highway for those wanting to explore the island. So what are you waiting for? Wind the windows down, poke your head out and release your inner pooch. The four-wheeled fun doesn’t have to stop at the beach though, it’s also an excellent way to get close up to the island’s lush, jungle-clad interior. Head along the Northern Forests and Lake Garawongera circuit or the Southern & Central Lakes Scenic Drive for incredible views, not to mention access to some of the island’s abundant lakes.
Swim in crystal-clear pools at Lake McKenzie
Surrounded by lush rainforest and fringed by gleaming white sands, Lake McKenzie is a must visit on Fraser Island (K’Gari). The lake’s beautiful surroundings are not the only reason you should visit though: as a ‘perched’ lake it’s entirely comprised of rainwater rather than being fed by streams. This, and the pure silica sand underneath the lake, means that the water is incredibly pure so hold your breath and open your eyes for some saltwater-free underwater viewing that’s all clear, no fear.
To the west of Fraser Island (K’Gari) and back on Queensland’s mainland is Hervey Bay, a Mecca for whale watchers. The waters are calm and safe and the area acts as a sheltered stopping point for whales migrating between the warm waters off the East Coast of Australia and the nutrient-rich waters off Antarctica. The best time of year to see this natural spectacle is from August to October, when more than 10,000 humpbacks visit the bay, stopping for anything from two days to two weeks. The whales keep coming back year after year thanks to strict regulations, which ensure that any viewing activities don’t disrupt these amazing creatures. Hervey Bay is a great jumping off point for your Fraser Island adventure.
The inviting emerald-green waters of Lake Wabby can be found adjacent to the Hammerstone Sandblow, a huge sand dune which is slowly closing up the lake. Experts predict that within the next 100 years the lake will be consumed by sand, so be sure to make the most of your visit here! Plunging for over 10 metres, it is the deepest lake on the island and, similarly to Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby is a freshwater lake so you can run down the step bank and dive in goggle-free.
See the Maheno Shipwreck
After being used in WW1 as a hospital ship and latterly as a means of transport across the Tasman Sea, the SS Maheno was grounded on the coast of Fraser island (K’Gari) by a cyclone while being towed to Japan. These days, though, it’s a great landmark to visit on your Fraser Island trip. In fact, you may well recognise the ochre shell of the SS Maheno as it is often photographed by visitors. Be sure to grab a snap or strike a pose in front of this historic attraction for yourself.
Ask your friendly Travel Expert for more information about how to incorporate Fraser Island (K’Gari) into your Queensland holiday and allow them to wax lyrical about the island.
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