K’gari Fraser Island

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The Great Sandy National Park of Fraser Island

Fraser Island, known as K’gari by the traditional owners, the Butchulla people, translates to “paradise” in their language. This name perfectly encapsulates the island’s breathtaking beauty, with over 40km of pristine sandy beaches, pastel-colored cliffs, rolling dunes, crystal-clear freshwater lakes, and dense rainforests that make up the Great Sandy National Park. K’gari, or Fraser Island, isn’t just the world’s largest sand island; it’s a slice of paradise where nature’s wonders converge in spectacular harmony.

Whether you’re pitching a tent in one of the eight serene campgrounds, nestled among the dunes or the forest, or indulging in the comfort of various resorts dotting the island, the accommodation options on Fraser Island cater to every taste and preference. From eco-friendly retreats that blend seamlessly with the natural surroundings to luxurious beachfront resorts offering a front-row seat to the island’s scenic beauty, there’s a perfect spot for every traveller seeking respite on this unique island paradise.

Fraser Island
Fraser Island

How to get to Fraser Island

To get there, take a barge from Inskip Point or River Heads. Alternatively, fly in on a small plane with Air Fraser Island from Hervey Bay. On the ferry, you can bring a 4WD vehicle for an additional fee. Keep in mind that permits may apply. For more information about permits, check out the Queensland Government website. Also, pay close attention to seasonal pricing and timetables that are subject to change.

4WD on Fraser Island

4WD are the only vehicles permitted on Fraser Island; the driving is all on the sand. It is highly recommended that you check your vehicle. Ensure it is set up for this driving before venturing to the island. There are numerous 4WD tours and guided excursions for those who are less confident with this sort of terrain.

Minimum 4WD Kit Required

Before you venture onto the beach with your 4WD, ensure you’re kitted out with essential recovery gear. At the very least, arm yourself with a tyre deflator and a long-handled shovel. Elevate your preparedness with a snatch strap, a pair of shackles, and some sturdy recovery boardsβ€”TREDs or their kin. This kit isn’t just practical; it’s your beach-driving lifeline!

75 Mile Beach

Fraser has so much to explore by 4WD, including the most well-known spot: 75 Mile Beach. This beach offers 105km of driving alongside the thundering coast, starting at Hook Point. Make sure you pay attention to the tides and allow for pit stops along the way.

Northern Forests & Lake Garawongera Scenic Drive

Try the Northern Forests & Lake Garawongera Scenic Drive for a more challenging drive. It starts at K’gari Camping Area and spans 71 km. This drive is tough going, so it would only be suitable for the experienced 4WD’er. Immerse yourself in various freshwater lakes, rainforests, and eucalyptus woodlands. Drive through a cross-section of Fraser Island to experience it all.

For a helpful map of Fraser Island click here.

Dingo on Fraser island

Swimming holes

Lake McKenzie

Inland, you can explore Lake McKenzie, a lake made entirely of rainwater and surrounded by fine, white sand. It’s perfect for swimming due to its incredibly pure waters. Lake McKenzie is one of 40 “perched” lakes on the island and is often referred to as “the Jewel of Fraser Island.” The lake is 5m deep and 1.2km in length. With a slightly acidic quality, nothing lives in the water, making it some of the clearest, cleanest water in the world.

Lake Wabby

You’ll find Lake Wabby at the edge of Hammerstone Sandblow. This is the deepest lake on the island, in some parts reaching 11.4mtrs deep. Surrounded by white sand dunes; the dark green colour of the lake is quite a contrast. Unlike Lake Mckenzie, Lake Wabby is teeming with 12 species of fish. Look out for the rare honey blue-eye, which, as the name suggests, is a honey-coloured fish with blue eyes. Lake Wabby also has a 4km walking track with a lookout and panoramic view of the area.

Champagne Pools

If you’re strictly coastal, head to the bubbling Champagne Pools for an afternoon soak. These rock pools are almost like a naturally formed jacuzzi with seawater constantly topping them up. A trip here is a must when visiting Fraser Island.


Take an aerial tour by plane to view the island and its forests, lakes, and sand dunes from above. Or opt for the ocean and take a cruise or boat tour. Fraser offers some of the best whale watching between June and November. For the adventurous, take a tour at night, navigating with the dingoes.

Fraser Island is a place that brings you back in touch with nature, thanks to the help of various rangers, resorts, and campgrounds. As the world’s most extensive sandbank, the terrain is unique. It’s a treasure cherished by both locals and tourists.

Check out the article The Best Fraser Island Accommodation for ideas of where to stay on K’gari Island.