Backpacking Fraser Island

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    GO FOR A SWIM IN THE CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER AND PERFECT WHITE SANDS OF LAKE MCKENZIE: Photo - Darren Jew, courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    TAKE IN THE MAGNIFICENT COASTAL VIEWS FROM THE INDIAN HEAD BOARDWALK: Photo - Darren Jew, courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    EXPLORE THE STUNNING RAINFOREST SCENERY, LIKE AT WANGGOOLBA CREEK AT CENTRAL STATION: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    GREAT WAY TO SEE THE ISLAND IS ON AN ORGANISED BACKPACKER TOUR: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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Fraser Island Highlights

  • Largest sand island in the world at over 120 kilometres long and up to 30 kilometres wide.

  • The island has plenty of spectacular natural features; such as endless white sandy beaches, rocky headlands, dramatic coloured-sand cliffs, natural sandblows, and pristine freshwater lakes and streams.

  • Visit Lake McKenzie with its surrounding perfectly white silica sand, making a stunning contrast with the spectacular blues and greens of the lake's waters.

  • See some of the many species of birds and local native animals such as wallabies, possums, echidnas, flying foxes and dingoes.

  • A great variety of walking tracks ranging for short strolls along boardwalks through rainforests, to the 90 kilometres Fraser Island Great Walk.

About Fraser Island

The beautiful and spectacular World Heritage Listed Fraser Island (Great Sandy National Park) is located just off the coast from Hervey Bay. It is the largest sand island in the world at over 120 kilometres long and up to 30 kilometres wide.

Fraser Island showcases many impressive attractions. There are the pristine fresh water lakes and crystal clear creeks, amazing coloured sand formations known as The Cathedrals, the Maheno shipwreck, spectacular sand dunes, endless white sandy beaches and so much more.

The island was originally inhabited by the Aboriginal Butchulla people over 5,500 years ago. They named the island 'K'gari' (meaning paradise) and once you visit here you can see why.

Fraser island is home to a range of wildlife including many species of birds, wallabies, possums, echidnas, flying foxes and dingos. The oceans just offshore also attract dugongs, dolphins, turtles and sharks at various times. If you are lucky you may even see some of the many magnificent humpback whales, passing by on their annual migration between August and November.

The island caters to a good variety of nature activities, such as bushwalking, swimming and fishing. You can camp on Fraser Island, or stay in resort style accommodation.

Fraser island is sparsely populated, and there are no sealed roads, so four wheel drives are the only mode of transport.

The Main access points to the island are Rainbow Beach at the southern tip, and Hervey Bay on the north-western side.

Orientation Map for Fraser Island


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Maryborough Fraser Island Visitor Information Centre

Maryborough City Hall, 388-396 Kent
Maryborough, Queensland
Phone 1800 214 789
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