Heritage-listed by UNESCO for its shifting sands, freshwater dune lakes and tropical rainforest, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. Crystal clear waters, soft turquoise seas and talcum beaches bask under a sky that curves around you like an umbrella. There may be limited options to get around, but there are unlimited options once you do. Drive or rent an all wheel drive vehicle, catch a barge, and the island is your oyster. If time is short, take a BBQ boat cruise to the island to enjoy the island’s pristine beauty.
Length of Trip : The Fraser Beach and BBQ boat trip departs Urangan Boat Harbour at 9.00am and returns around 2.00pm. If you're camping, budget 3-4 days.
Best time to go : Fraser Island is great any time of the year. Summer temperatures reach a maximum average of about 30 degrees Celsius while Winter has an average day temperature of 22 degrees Celsius.
Wheelchair friendly : The boat cruise has no wheelchair access to the beach. Contact different operators if arrangements can be made for camping trips.
Family friendly : Yes
Where to eat :
The boat trip includes a BBQ of steak, beef sausages, Hervey Bay king prawns and freshly made salads.
Where to Stay :
We had a lovely, family-friendly stay in a lovely cabin at the Discovery Parks on Fraser Street in Hervey Bay.
Getting There :
Boat tour departs from Urangan Boat Harbour. The Fraser Coast is a three hour drive north of Queensland's capital city, Brisbane, along the Bruce Highway. Ferries to Fraser Island depart Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach. You can rent 4x4s or join various tours departing from Hervey Bay.
Note from Robin :
There are an estimated 200 dingoes on the island, and with domestic dogs forbidden on the island, the population has remained isolated for thousands of years. Chances are you’ll see dingoes if you spend some time exploring Fraser Island, and if you’re luckier still, some other wildlife too