Category : About Fraser Island

Sub-tropical Fraser

Sub-tropical Fraser Island has a truly amazing array of natural wonders to explore. Beautiful rainforests, pristine lakes, endless surf beaches, immense sand blows, cliffs of coloured sands, crystal clear streams and vast stretches of mangroves.

In 1992 the world’s largest sand island (120 kilometres long) was listed as a World Heritage site joining the ranks of Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. Not surprising when you can stroll through the rainforests towering overhead or climb sand tracks to enjoy a swim in the crystal blue waters of Lake McKenzie, one of the largest perched lakes in the world. Read More…

Fraser Island History

Fraser Island, one of Australia’s unique wilderness areas is located just over 200 kilometres north of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland. Because of Fraser Island’s unique sand structure, it has been included in the World Heritage List due to its outstanding features.

Fraser Island is over 123 kilometres long and approximately 250 metres high; it is because of this that it is specially managed by the Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service in the government Department of Environments

Fraser Island was formed from the sands that are carried by tides and the water currents up the Queensland coast, from the Northern New South Wales region. The forces of nature have formed the island purely of sand, and it is for this reason that it is known as the largest sand island in the world.

Access to Fraser Island is by plane, helicopter, barge, passenger launches, commercial tours and by private boats. Air services depart from Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, Maryborough, Brisbane and Noosa
Four wheel drive vehicles are required to negotiate the sandy environment of the island, both on the beach and on the inland tracks and trails. Permits are required for all vehicles crossing temporarily and they must be fixed to the windscreen of the vehicle. An authorised officer will check your permit on entry the Fraser Island National Park.

Fraser Island has developed over 800,000 years and is a unique natural environment. Sand deposited over thousands of years during sea level changes has formed, and still is creating Fraser Island. The island’s sands provide an excellent record of the ageing processes of sand dunes and are an outstanding example of geological and biological processes working together.

Fraser Island’s sands support a surprising variety of vegetation from low wallum heath to towering rainforests. In turn, these forests and woodlands provide a home for many animals. More than 300 vertebrate native animal species, mainly birds, live on the island. Fraser Island’s intertidal flats are a favoured stopover for migratory wading birds.

About Fraser Island

Fraser Island Australia provides visitors to world Heritage Fraser Island with four wheel drive hire, tours, and accommodation packaged holidays, visit Fraser Island from various locations including Rainbow Beach, Noosa, Sunshine Coast .

Or maybe you already have your own 4wd and just need accommodation, this is also available, there are a verity of ways to visit Fraser Island, from guided day tours, overnight camping tours and self drive getaways. So why not experience the largest sand island in the world for yourself !

Fraser Island’s (K’Gari) appropriately means paradise. Rich Aboriginal heritage and a colourful European history are integral to the Island. Fraser Island is located just off the coast from Hervey Bay and spans over 120 kilometres long and over 30 kilometres across at its widest point, World Heritage Fraser Island, the perfect eco holiday destination.

Walking is perhaps one of the best ways to experience the awesome sights and sounds that Fraser Island has to offer. A walking guide is available from the tourism office where you purchase your four wheel drive permit.

Famous ship wrecks are also scattered over Fraser Island. The most well known wreck is that of the Maheno, which was beached in 1935 in a cyclone. The Maheno was on her way to the scrap yard when she was beached Fraser. The Marloo wreck was formerly an Italian luxury vessel beached in 1914 at Waddy Point, and now currently resides off Orchid Beach.

The Champagne pools are a natural rock formation that causes the tides to form rock pools. Their beautiful crystal clear look has earned them their name.

Central Station was formerly a logging camp back in the early 1920’s. Logging was outlawed, and the site is now one of Fraser Island’s popular tourist information centre and camping ground. Complete with showers, picnic areas and toilets, you can pitch your tent among the beautiful tall hoop pines and amazing wildlife in the national park.

Pile Valley is a site at which some of the tallest and largest trees on Fraser Island and grow up to 70 metres high, the huge satinay trees are home to many birds and other wildlife on the island.

The beautiful coloured sands are also a great destination to visit. Running for 35 kilometres north from Happy Valley, the sands range in colour from pristine white though a deep red to night black. Another site of coloured sands is that at Rainbow Gorge.

Indian Head is one of the few outcrops of rock in the Fraser Island National park, and also one of its most recognized landmarks. Being on the best fishing spots on the Island, looking down from the top one may see the multitudes fish feeding beneath.

The spectacular views of the stunning lakes on Fraser Island are must see destinations. The crystal clear freshwater lakes are sometimes stained with vegetation floating down and gathering at the bottom of the lake; Tea Tree lake as its name suggests is stained brown of the Tea Tree leaves in its water. Many lakes are situated at different locations around the island, some being McKenzie, Boomanjin, Wabby, Birrabeen, Allom and Bowarrady.

All are wonderful sights to see, however, some are only accessible by foot i.e. Lake Bowarrady. All lakes on the island are completely natural, and most are perched lakes (formed by water catchments in the sand dunes).

Tours of Fraser Island leave from various locations up and down the Queensland coast. Rainbow Beach, Noosa, Maryborough, Tin Can Bay and Hervey Bay all offer various types of tours that allow you to explore different amounts of the island depending on how long your tour takes.

Day tours offer only the highlights of what’s available on the island, while a 3 or 5 day tour would provide the opportunity for you to get to know different parts of the island quite well.