Over the millennia, sand drifting from mainland Australia formed Fraser Island. Known as K’Gari—paradise—in the local Aboriginal language, the island boasts an incredibly diverse landscape with sandy beaches, giant sand dunes, lush rainforest and more than 100 lakes.
Your Fraser Island hiking experience includes camping equipment such as a tent, hiking backpack and cooking gear, plus maps, itineraries, and a driver-guide who takes you from Hervey Bay to the starting point on Fraser Island for the self-guided hike. Your driver-guide shares a safety briefing and information about what to expect as you make your way to Fraser Island. All you need to bring is your personal gear and food for your trip. The hiking trails call for a moderate level of fitness, so come prepared.
Day 1: Hervey Bay to Fraser Island – Lake Wabby
Your hiking adventure starts with morning pickup in Hervey Bay by your expert driver-guide. Travel by 4WD vehicle onto the Fraser Island ferry then zip along the white sands of Seventy-Five Mile beach in your 4WD upon arrival on the island.
Your experienced driver-guide provides detailed maps, camping and cooking equipment; information about landmarks along the trail; and a safety briefing before your departure. By the afternoon, set out on your self-guided hike from the eastern side of Fraser Island to reach Lake Wabby. Cross a giant sand dune named the Hammerstone Sandblow, which stretches down to the shores of the lake. When you arrive, take a refreshing swim in the jewel-toned lake, slide down the sand dune, set up your campsite and enjoy the tranquility of this scenic locale.
Overnight: camping at Lake Wabby
Day 2: Lake Wabby – Lake McKenzie
After a leisurely start in the morning, pack up your camp and hike 7.5 miles (12 km) through pristine rainforest to Lake McKenzie. Pitch your tent then bask in the peace and quiet of the popular lake after the day’s visitors have gone home. Take a dip in the lake, relax on the white-sand beach, watch the sunset and millions of stars come out in one of the most beautiful places on Fraser Island.
Overnight: camping at Lake McKenzie
Day 3: Lake McKenzie – Hervey Bay
Enjoy a morning swim and breakfast at gorgeous Lake McKenzie. Afterward, take a moderate 5-mile (8-km) hike to meet the barge at Kingfisher Bay Resort. If you like, leave time to treat yourself to a celebratory meal at the resort. You have the option to take the 2pm or 5pm barge back to River Heads where your driver waits for you. Your tour ends when your guide drops you off at your starting point in Hervey Bay.