Named K’Gari (paradise) by the local Aborigines, Fraser Island is a place unlike any other. Created over the millennia from sand drifting off of mainland Australia, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the only place where rainforest grows in sand. With more than 100 pristine freshwater lakes, numerous creeks, giant sand dunes and extensive rainforest, you’ll have plenty to explore on your 2-day trip.
You’ll stay overnight at Eurong Beach Resort located on Seventy-Five Mile beach with apartment-style accommodation in a shared quad room. The resort has two swimming pools, two bars, and a cafe where you can relax after a day of exploring. One breakfast, two lunches and a dinner are included.
Day 1: (L, D)
After pickup at your hotel in Hervey Bay or meeting at Rivers Head, you’ll board the ferry to Fraser Island. On the island, you’ll travel with your expert guide by comfortable four-wheel drive (4WD) air-conditioned coach as you explore the World Heritage-listed island. Keep an eye out for wild dingos as you drive!
First you’ll head to Central Station, a former logging station. Your guide will explain why Fraser Island was so valuable to the timber industry as you stroll along a boardwalk next to Wanggoolba Creek. Find idyllic spots where the crystalline creek flows over white sand through a valley shaded by ghost gums, pine trees and king ferns. Then stop at the subtropical rainforest of Pile Valley to see satinay trees. Renowned for being resistant to fire and termites, satinay was used to line the banks of the Suez Canal and rebuild the London Docks after World War II.
Next you’ll head to Lake McKenzie, where you can swim in its clear waters and relax on sandy white beaches. Afterwards, you’ll drive along the a sandy highway of Seventy-Five Mile Beach. From here you can opt to take an Air Fraser flight over the island (own expense).
Further along the beach, you’ll stop where Eli Creek meets the ocean. If you choose, you can walk up the creek and float back along the current to the beach.
Reboard your coach for your next two destinations: the iconic Maheno Shipwreck and the colored sand cliffs of the Pinnacles. Your guide will share aboriginal legends about Pinnacles and you’ll have time to snap great photos at both sites.
Overnight: Eurong Beach Resort
Day 2: (B, L)
After breakfast, you’ll set out for Indian Head, a rocky headland with spectacular beach and ocean views. Climb to the viewpoint and look for dolphins, sharks, rays, turtles and possibly humpback whales (migrating from July to November).
Next you’ll go north to Champagne Pools where you can explore shallow sandy pools sheltered by rocks from the crashing surf.
After lunch, you’ll head to the Hammerstone Sandblow, a huge sand dune that leads to Lake Wabby. After crossing the sands, you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing dip in the emerald lake, the deepest lake on the island.
At the end of the second day, you’ll board the 5pm ferry back to River Heads and then returned to your hotel.