Fraser Island Hervey Bay

On this, the world’s largest sand island, one can explore towering rainforests growing in sand, swim in beautiful freshwater lakes, drive along endless sandy beaches, picnic or lunch or dine at one of the island’s resorts tucked away unobtrusively amidst the trees. There are beautiful camping sites and four wheel drive touring facilities.

Not only is Fraser Island the world’s largest sand island, it also boasts outstanding beauty, landscape, and diversity.You will pass through dense rainforest, slender open heathlands,wide sandscapes, and the incredible spanse of the seventy-five mile beach.

In addition to its European history which includes the colonial lore of Eliza Fraser, the 1935 stranding of the Maheno, and the Island logging industry that served to rebuild the London Docks after World War II and to line the Suez Canal, Fraser Island contains many remnants and landmarks of its Aboriginal inhabitants. Sights like the numerous midden humps, the coloured sands of the Dreamtime,and the Stonetool Sandblow provide insight into the original Australian’s culture and lifestyle. Some of the best lakes for swimming in Australia are found on Fraser Island.

Of course there is not time to visit all the lakes, but do try to see at least one of the lakes while you are on the Island. Lake McKenzie with its crystal clear waters is by far the most popular window lake.Basin Lake is just a brisk walk out of Central Station, and everyone loves viewing the turtles at this perched lake. And a trip to Fraser Island just wouldn’t be complete without a tumble down the encroching sand dune at Lake Wabby, the only barrage lake in the region. Ask around. One and two day tours can be arranged through the hostel of your choice or booking Agency, but most adventurous travellers always return wishing they had taken more time to explore the island.

Lying just off the coast of Hervey Bay is World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Consisting entirely of sand, the island supports an extraordinary variety of plant life from dune spinifex to majestic rainforests at the island’s centre. Cliffs of coloured sands feature along the white beaches, which border the clean blue expanse of ocean. The crystal clear freshwater lakes and streams on Fraser Island are breathtaking.

Access is only possible by vehicular barges, aircraft, passenger launches, commercial tours or private boats and travelling on the island is restricted to 4WD vehicles only. Day tours are available on the island in air-conditioned 4WD buses, taking in the highlights of rainforest, freshwater lakes and streams, sandblows, coloured sands, the Maheno ship wreck and Seventy-five Mile Beach. Transport yourself to another world, as Fraser Island is the experience of a lifetime.

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