Known as the world’s largest sand island, this strip of land right off the coast of Hervey Bay offers panoramic views, camping, and swimming across 120-kilometers. Despite being a sand island, most of the land is covered in dense rainforest. The best way to get around and to get a picture of the whole island is to rent a 4WD vehicle or, better yet, hire a tour guide who will do the driving for you while showing you the best attractions like the Lake McKenzie swimming area and Indian Head.
Fraser Island tours offer a few day tours from Harvey Bay.
This is what you’ll see when you take their full day tour.
Central Station – this former logging station that housed schools and shops for the bustling timber industry is now a tourist stop. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient King Ferns, towering Ghost Gums and Pine trees.
Lake McKenzie – enjoy a revitalising swim in the crystal blue waters and relax on the sandy white beaches… it’s picture perfect!
Seventy-Five Mile Beach – as you drive along this sandy highway, you may spot birds of prey flying above or humpback whales as they migrate past (between July – November).
Eli Creek – float down this fast-flowing freshwater creek pouring out 80 megalitres of water daily into the ocean.
Maheno Shipwreck – enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno washed ashore during an out-of-season cyclone in 1935 – it’s one of Fraser Island’s most recognisable sites.
The Pinnacles Coloured Sands – learn how these technicolour sand formations were created and the Butchulla legends surrounding them. We stop to take a picture as we drive along Seventy-Five Mile Beach.