A truly spectacular place renowned for its magnificent beauty and sheer natural diversity:
- Wide uninterrupted surf beaches.
- Spectacular rocky headlands for viewing the migrating whale population (Aug – Nov).
- Striking coloured sands and complex dune systems.
- Crystal clear freshwater creeks and lakes.
- Unspoilt rainforests, majestic tall timbers and diverse wildlife and birdlife.
- The less known low ‘wallum’ heaths on the western side of the island display vibrant wildflowers in spring.
There are numerous things to do on on Fraser Island:
- Swimming and sunbaking.
- 4WD drives on beaches and through rainforests.
- Whale and bird watching.
- Fishing for all keen fishermen, women and children all year round. Peak fishing period is the tailor season (Jul-Oct).
- Visit Eli Creek, the Coloured Sands, Maheno Wreck, Indian Head, Champagne Pools, Waddy Point, Lake Wabby, Lake McKenzie, Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek.
Did you know that Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world?
It is a huge island and it will take you many days to fully appreciate and experience its wonders.
Here’s a suggested timetable for your visit to Fraser Island:
This plan is provided for first time visitors who may want to maximize the use of their time. Day trips can be done in any order.
Day 1: Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk, Pile Valley (Walk)
Day 2: Lake Wabby (Walk) & Rainbow Gorge
Day 3: Eli Creek, Maheno Wreck, Pinnacles Coloured Sands
Day 4. Lake McKenzie, Basin Lake (Walk)
Day 5: Indian Head, Champagne Pools, Waddy Point
Day 6: Lake Garawongera, Poyungan Forest and Valley of the Giants (Walk)
Day 7: Yidney Scrub Rainforest, Allom Lake Circuit and return via Eastern Beach
Day 8: Southern Lakes Visit Circuit via Lake Boomanjin and Lake Birrabeen
Day 9: Wabby Lookout, Kingfisher Bay
With all destinations involving beach travel, be sure to check tide times before setting out, to ensure that you have enough time to return along the beach before dark. Do not travel on the beach within one and a half hours before or after high tide.
For the more adventurous, there are also:
Scenic Flights: Scenic Flights of the Island, Hervey Bay and Lady Elliott Island (Barrier Reef). These can be arranged to depart from Happy Valley. The Eastern Beach is the airstrip runway, so watch out for vehicles and waves! Spectacular helicopter tours are also available departing from the helipad at Happy Valley.
The Great Walk: This famed walk stretches over 90 kilometres from Happy Valley in the north to Dili Village in the south. It takes 6-8 days to complete. Take care to be properly equipped for a walk in a wilderness area. This trek passes through the Valley of the Giants, Lake Wabby, Lake Mckenzie and Central Station. Guided treks can be organised. There are more than 40 walking trails on Fraser Island for you to choose from.
Drive to Great Sandy Cape: Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Rooney Point are located on the northern end of Fraser Island. The drive up the Eastern Beach to this semi-remote area can be difficult. Check with Rangers re: present access. It is recommended for fully equipped and experienced four-wheel drivers only. Low tyre pressure is required to traverse very loose sand around bypasses such as Ngkala Rocks. It is recommended that vehicles do not travel alone in the event that one vehicle becomes bogged. Always carry towing equipment and plenty of drinking water. For everyone’s safety stand far away from bumper bars of both vehicles when any attempts are being made to tow one out of a bog. Those who make this journey up to Sandy Cape will experience a true beach wilderness. The less adventurous may choose to travel only as far north as the accessible Ocean Lake.
Remember – Do not drive on the Eastern Beach one and a half hours before or after high tide. Always check tide times before traveling.