The largest sand island in the world, UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is situated just off the Queensland coast between Bundaberg and Brisbane. It is protected within the Great Sandy National Park and boasts spectacular landscapes that include untouched beaches, crystal clear lakes and sacred Aboriginal sites to explore.
Fraser Island is one of the only places in the world where ancient rainforests are found growing on sand dunes, with the rainforest of Central Station particularly impressive. “Wallum” heaths ignite with wildflowers during the spring months, while eucalyptus woodlands and mangrove forests provide a habitat for the island’s wildlife. Australia’s purest strain of dingo is found on Fraser Island, together with around 300 bird species, wild horses and saltwater crocodiles. Tiger sharks, dolphins and whales can all be spotted in the offshore waters, while the Great Sandy Strait that separates the island from mainland Australia is listed by Ramsar as a Wetland of International Importance and home to endangered dugongs, sea turtles and migratory shorebirds.
Don’t miss the opportunity to go swimming in Lake McKenzie or Lake Wabby and take in the magnificent views from Indian Head. On the eastern side of the island lies the famous wreck of the SS Maheno, with its rusted skeleton now half buried in the sand making it a favorite photographic location.
Fraser Island stretches just over 120 kilometers in length (and 20 kilometers at its widest point), with 4WD vehicles the best way to get around. You can join a guided tour in a purpose-built, all-terrain bus or hire your own 4WD in Hervey Bay with a permit for visiting Fraser Island. Kingfisher Bay is the main tourist hub on the island, with a range of accommodation options to choose from.