Have you ever visited Fraser Island? Thought about visiting Fraser Island? Contemplating if it’s worth it?
Put it on your list. The world’s largest sand island is NOT to be missed.
Fraser Island lies roughly 300km north from Brisbane and is the largest sand island in the world. You can access the island from Inskip Point or Hervey Bay.
Inskip bay will take you to the east side and Hervey bay to the west. There are several options to explore the island. Fully organised day tours, 4×4 tag along trips, self drive tours, camping, hotel, air bnb, and resort style accommodation.
We opted to catch the barge from Hervey Bay and spent a few nights at Kingfisher Bay Resort. The perfect escape from van life. The resort caters for a range of budgets from hotel rooms to villas, with its own restaurants/bar, pools, convenience store, walks, fully enclosed (dingo safe) boundaries and safe beach swimming right at your doorstep. You really can’t go wrong.
The return barge will cost you approximately $175 off peak/$199 peak return per vehicle or $50 as a walk on passenger/children 4 -14 $25 return. Kingfisher Bay resort is fully sealed however if you wish to explore the island you will require a 4×4. You can hire them from Kingfisher Bay or join in a day tour.
If you are self driving don’t forget to grab yourself a pass (approx $51.60 ) which will be valid for one month and enables you to self drive around the island.
Once that’s all sorted, drop your tyres and let your hair down. It’s time to explore. Keep in mind Fraser island is policed and speed limits do apply. 30km on inland tracks and 80km on 75 mile beach, and take this as a quick reminder to think twice before cracking that second can. We personally didn’t get breath tested but have heard from many travel families that they have.
You will enter a world of exceptional beauty that has a variety of pristine beaches, untouched rainforest, hundreds of beautiful lakes and some epic 4×4 tracks.
Our 3 night stay was the perfect amount of time to explore Fraser Island, below we have listed our journey and some facts about this magnificent island..
DAY 1 – We caught the 12 noon barge from Hervey bay, a calm 30 minute cruise across to Kingfisher Bay and checked into our 2 bedroom villa. What a luxury after living in a caravan for 13 months. We had walls and doors not to mention a couch, bath and a washing machine, topped off with foxtel and a stunning view.
After unpacking we let the tyres down and set off to explore. We arrived 1 week after cyclone Oma passed by and the sand was perfect for us 4×4 beginners. Wet, hard and muddy. We let the tyre down to 18psi and made our way over to Lake McKenzie. Lake McKenzie is named the jewel of the island and as soon as you see it you will know exactly why. Its the purest of lakes, so pure that not even fish can survive. After splashing around we made our way back to the resort to watch the sunset at Kingfisher Bay on the beach. A perfect way to end our first day.
Kingfisher Bay to Lake McKenzie was approx. 40 mins.
DAY 2 – After indulging in a buffet breakfast we made our way over to the eastside of Fraser Island and let the drone out to fly over the 75 mile beach. What a ripper. 75 mile beach, is actually a highway. We drove as far north as possible at the time which was the Pinnacles. Unfortunately champagne pools were still closed for maintenance. We stopped off at the Maheno shipwreck where the girls pretended to play pirates in the sand. The shipwreck is best seen at low tide. We finished our day at Eli creek walking the boardwalk down and floating on our swan back.
We were extremely lucky with the tide times and had the whole day to explore. It certainly pays to time your trip around this.
DAY 3 – After long morning baths, a delicious buffet breakfast and a quick look at the jetty with no luck at catching dinner we decided to head back to Lake McKenzie taking a quick detour on the central lake scenic drive to have a quick look at some of Fraser Islands fresh water lakes and a glimpse at the islands rainforest. We spent hours splashing in the clear waters, exfoliating our skin with the pure silica sand and embracing the scenery. We opted for a quiet night in at Kingfisher Bay and listened to the downpour of rain rush on the tin roof. Pure bliss.
DAY 4 – On our last day we put the tyres back up and indulged at the Kingfisher Bay resort. We swam, we ate, we ran on the beach and sad goodbye to Australia’s world heritage listed island. Our time at Fraser has come to an end.
A quick video highlight of our trip. We hope we have inspired you to check it out for yourself.
You will not be disappointed and we will most certainly be back.
Until then make today ridiculously amazing,
E + M