A First Time Guide to Fraser Island

Everything You Need to Know About Fraser Island – A Beginner’s Guide

When taking a trip up to the Sunshine state of Queensland, many people focus on the beauties such as the Gold Coast or the Whitsunday Islands. 

However, there is a beautiful gem of an island just a few hundred kilometres north of Brisbane and only a few hours drive north of Noosa. I speak of course of Fraser Island. 

Hence, if you’re planning to take your first venture to this natural wonder of an island, here is my guide for first-timers on taking in the sights and natural landmarks of a big and beautiful landscape.

A Pearl in the Glistening Sea: 

One of the nicest ways to experience the island is to hire or buy an Iliad 70 Catamaran and bareboat sail your way around its gorgeous coastline. 

With its efficient speed, control and performance, sailing the vessel can be well handled both in smooth, rocking calm water or more rigorous conditions, while knowing you can anchor the boat not far from the magnificent sandy shoreline. 

With the glorious Hervey bay as your main anchorage, just a few kilometres off the island, what could be better than watching the sunset with a glass of champagne on the deck of your boat?

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Accommodation on the Island:

If boating on the water isn’t your forte, you can stay on the island if you’re travelling independently.

There are certain legal campsites on the island which can be great if you’re on a budget, or there are hotels near the Great Sandy Strait, which can cost up to $200 a night.

Travelling With Your Vehicle: 

It is mindful that, if taking a personal vehicle, that you do your research into certain areas such as “75-mile beach” as, while it is beautiful and you can drive along the sand, it is treated like any other legal highway under the Queensland government. 

Accessibility to certain sections of the beach is also determined by the tides. 

There are also other costs that you should take into account such as the ferry fee, which “can vary, depending on your vehicle, the day and season” and the necessary permits for your vehicle. 

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A Guided Tour:

If you’re not travelling with a mate who already knows the ropes or not sure of seeing this heritage-listed and UNESCO protected national park on your own, I can highly recommend a guided tour. 

Tour groups such as Discovery, can take you on day tours that can show you the beautiful landmarks of the world’s largest sand island. 

My family and I did this tour back in November 2019, and it was honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. 

Travelling in an army grade 4WD once you reach the island, you’ll be riding in air-con comfort. 

I forewarn though, that it is a bumpy ride on the island, so unless you like the fun of a jumping castle in the back, be wary if you get car sickness. 

Prehistoric Beauty and Crystal Clear Water:

If there is anything I can recommend doing while on K’gari (the name of the island in the regional Indigenous language), whether it is with a guide or on your independent adventure, it is to embrace the beauty of nature.

With trees and fern life that date back to prehistoric periods and all manner of birdlife, a rainforest walk is a great way to see what nature can create with time and without being disturbed. 

A swim in the beautiful Lake McKenzie is a lifetime experience I highly endorse, as not only is it a place you will find sand in a freshwater lake, it is also acidic, meaning a great beauty treatment for your skin and hair. 

The water is so crystal clear that you can see perfectly well underwater with your eyes open – no need for goggles. 

Conclusion:

Now, I hope you find the jewel that is Fraser Island (K’gari) a wondrous place to add to the treasures of Australian islands to explore.

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