Fraser Island was inscribed as a world heritage site in 1992 by UNESCO and is home to the world’s largest sand beach, extending over 123 kilometers in length and covering an area of 184,000 hectares at its largest point. Nature here is the true attraction, offering a refreshing paradisiacal holiday. Completely disconnected from any city life and located approximately 300km north of Queensland’s capital Brisbane, Fraser Island is separated from mainland by the Great Sandy Strait and is only accessible by boat, vehicle barge or passenger flights. There are no roads! The only way to explore it is through 4WD’s capable of mastering sand. This is the only type of car permitted on the Island. Let me give you 10 reasons why Fraser is one of the most special and magical places in the country.
Top 10 Things to do in Fraser Island
#1 Relax in Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie’s snow white sands are composed of 100 percent white silica. Therefore, the pure water conditions and lack of dissolved oxygen makes it unsuitable for many species. As a consequence of this lack of life, the water gets that unreal, crystal clear, blue color. There are over 100 lakes on the island, but you cannot come to Fraser without visiting this one. It is often ranked as the best lake in Australia and one of the top lakes in the world. Located in the Great Sandy National Park in the very centre of the island, this is the perfect spot to bring a book, some snacks, and relax into one of the world’s most prestigious wonders.
#2 The natural jacuzzi of Champagne Pools
This is a group of tranquil swimming pools that act as a natural made Jacuzzi. Champagne Pools are surrounded by rocky formations that protect the calm waters. Right at the northern end of Seventy Five Mile Beach is the perfect spot to hop for a swim after an epic ride on the world’s longest beach.
#3 Deep swim into Lake Wabby
They say that after a couple of years Lake Wabby will disappear. It is being swallowed up by Hammerstone Sandblow, becoming smaller every year. The deepest and darkest lake of the island has been the cause for many injuries and accidents in the past. The amazing sand dunes seduce travelers to sand board or slide right into the lake, making it an adrenaline rush adventure. Even running down the dunes into the lake is considered dangerous. If you take care of yourself nothing bad will happen, but if you’re a brave soul, beware. Located in the Great Sandy National Park as well, you can visit Lake Wabby and McKenzie on the same day.
#4 Play with the sand at Hammerstone Sand Blow
The Hammerstone Sandblow is the large sand dune overlooking Lake Wabby. Running through the dunes you can easily feel like you are in some sort of desert oasis. This sand dune was responsible for creating the lake in the first place by increasing in size until it cut a creek off, forming a barrage lake. It is still increasing today and is expected to squeeze what’s left of the lake in the next 100 years!
#5 Explore Seventy Five Mile Beach
The longest Beach in the world has something special to show you. Get lost in any of its 75 miles. If you are lucky you will be able to spot some Dingos running around. If you look carefully into the water, especially in the mornings, you will be able to spot dolphins and whales swimming along the shore. It felt like driving into an eternal, never-ending beach. If that is eternity, I will not be mad about it.
#6 Visit the Maheno Shipwreck
This historic feature of Fraser Island is one of the most popular tourist attractions, and with good reason. The opportunity it gives for stunning pictures is incredible. Depending on the level of the tide you could have a totally different experience than me. When the tide is low, you can walk all around it and it looks like a sculpture created by nature instead of man-made. When I was there the tide was high, so I felt like I was inside a scene of Pirates of the Caribbean. The boat used to served as a hospital ship during World War I, transporting the wounded during the Gallipoli Campaign, and also France or England during the Battle of the Some. Now merely a rusted carcass after washing ashore, the wreck is still an impressive masterpiece.
#7 Take a tour and go Whale Watching
Fraser Island is unofficially known as the whale watching capital of the world! I was not able to do this tour because I had to take a bus back to Brisbane, but this is a top attraction of Fraser. My mom did it and the pictures and videos she took were incredible. It is impressive how close you get to them. If you are staying in either of the two hotels of the island, both offer daily tours to see these magnificent, gentle creatures. The whale season is from July to November.
#8 Eli Creek
This water is so pure that you can drink it without the need of any filters. A perfect spot to relax when exploring 75 Mile Beach, Eli Creek is an oasis in the middle of this wild treasure island. It pours up to eight million liters of fresh water into the ocean every day and is considered one of the purest sources of water in the world. A boardwalk has been erected along Eli Creek so everyone can observe the beauty of this Fraser Island gift.
#9 Catch as many Sunrises as you can
The reasons are better shown with images than with words…
One day, he felt peaceful and looked like this…
The other day he felt wild and reckless, and came out like this…
#10 Get Lost
Hostel prices — No hostels on the island! Only two resorts, one on each side, and they are crazy expensive. Camping is your option, which is great because you will be more willing to wake up for the epic sunrise. You need a camping permit from the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport, and Racing, which you will need to get before hand. Camping permit is around $6-10 AUD a night. Avoid coming here or camping on weekends, it gets too crowded.
Budget hotel prices — Non existent. Fraser Island Hotels start around $180 AUD. Of the three hotels I recommend Kingsfisher bay Resort. It has the best rooms and pool facilities. Access to the resort is through Hervey Bay ferry.
Average cost of food — Bring your own food. Dry meat, cereals, bread, and nuts are best option. The resorts have restaurants, but the food is pricey and crap, so you might as well eat your protein bar. Even though 100 percent of the lake’s waters are pure and drinkable, don’t forget to bring some with you.
Transportation costs — The only way to get around the island is with a 4WD vehicle or as part of a guided tour. The lowest price you’ll find for a 4WD rental is $180 AUD per day. Yep, welcome to Australia, where they make sure you don’t have a budget friendly vacation 🙂