Fraser Island is a spectacular unspoiled paradise of sweeping beaches, breathtaking rainforests, natural lakes and wonderful scenery that justifies the World Heritage Listing. Fraser Island is just off the Queensland coast of Australia and only 3 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane or flights can be arranged for you to fly in and land on the beach. Fraser Island has an abundance of freshwater perched and window lakes. Lake Boomanjin is the largest perched lake in the world covering some 200 hectares and has a shoreline of melaleuca trees.
Lake McKenzie with its wonderful white sandy beach and crystal clear waters is very popular along with Lake Wabby, Basin Lake, Lake Allom, Lake Bawarrady and Ocean Lake to mention a few. The rainforests are really amazing with huge trees and lush wild undergrowth. Central Station, the site of the original forestry camp set up in 1920 is now a beautiful picnic ground with walking tracks along the palm and fern lined Wanggoolba Creek and on to Basin Lake.
From the stark contrast of the rainforests to the desert like sandblow at Rainbow Gorge to a swim in the one millions gallons of spring water that flows out of Eli Creek into the ocean, the shipwreck of the Maheno, blown ashore in a cyclone in 1935, the brilliant coloured sands at The Pinnacles, experience the wonders of driving along the beach north to Indian Head, first sighted and named by Captain Cook and the Champagne pools and on to Orchid Beach and much more including the long haul if you wish to visit the lighthouse at Sandy Cape built in 1881.
The interaction of sand, vegetation and water makes this island a unique environment with over 800 species of plants and 200 species of birds. Bush-walking on Fraser Island is a wonderful experience with many signed tracks to follow through different parts of the island, from beaches to rainforests.
Beach Fishing is very popular here on Fraser Island with the Tailor runs in the winter along with Whiting, Bream, Flathead and Dart the most popular species all the year round. Whale watching is another wonderful sight with the Humpback whales coming into Platypus Bay on the north western side of the island between August and November but can also be seen from other parts of the island as they travel up the coast.
Fraser Island is steeped in history with over 2000 Aborigines living here hundreds of years ago. The first white man, Matthew Flinders arrived here almost 200 years ago at Bool Creek near Sandy Cape in July 1802. The Island was known as "K'gari" by the Aborigines until 1836 when Captain & Elisa Fraser were shipwrecked (the background of this page) in the "Sterling Castle" on the Swain Reefs and drifted on to the island. The name was changed by the white settlers and many things have happened since, but the island still remains in excellent condition for you to fall in love with and experience the natural beauty.
FRASER ISLAND - A JEWEL IN AUSTRALIA'S CROWN
Discover stunning world Heritage Fraser Island and take in the wonders of the lush rainforests, crystal clear freshwater lakes, ancient coloured sands and vast majestic sand dunes, all at your own leisurely pace. From Dilli Village to Happy Valley, swim in the lakes and watch out for the fascinating variety of birds and wildlife, just a few of the natural wonders of these ‘Great Walks’.
Stay at Fraser Island Hideaway and enjoy your walking holiday. Your group can be catered for with drop off’s and pick up’s arranged to suit your needs. Look at this site for more details of the walks available:
There are many other interesting places on Fraser Island that you can walk, that are not listed on this Queensland Government site, for example: The endless miles of wonderful beaches or Indian Head and the Champagne Pools along the cliffs to Waddy Point.
The Fraser Island Great Walk opened at the end of June 2004.