Fraser Island – Where is it?
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, located just off the coast of southern Queensland. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Fraser Island is best known as being one of the best places in Australia (and most easily accessible) where dingoes can be seen in the wild. The dingoes of Fraser Island are also known to be one of the purest breeds of Dingo in Australia, as their isolation has hindered inter breeding with domesticated dogs.
Fraser Island can be accessed by several different places along the Queensland coast. One of the most popular places to depart on Fraser Island tours from is Hervey Bay. But it is actually much closer to depart from Rainbow beach.
Fraser Island – How long should I spend there?
Most people who are going to Fraser Island will be going as part of a Fraser Island tour. A tour is the easiest way to see Fraser Island. As the island is a sand island, the only way to explore it on your own would be to rent an appropriate 4 wheel drive, and be confident when it comes to driving on beaches.
Tours to Fraser Island range from day tours, to multi day and night tours. The tour you pick will depend on your budget (both time and money budget), and how much you want to see and experience on the island. If you just want to experience the island, check out some of the main sites, and perhaps catch a glimpse of a dingo, then a day tour is probably sufficient.
Fraser Island – What can I do there?
Lake Mackenzie – This is the highlight of many people’s trip to Fraser Island. The lake is a popular spot due to it’s clear blue waters and fine white sand. The sand is rumored to be great for your skin, and can also be used to polish jewelry.
Rainbow Sand Pinnacles – The sand here gets it’s interesting colour from being stained over thousands of years by Hematite a mineral pigment.
Ship wreck – The wreck of the S.S. Maheno is one of the main attractions on Fraser Island. Originally a luxury passenger ship built in 1905, she was used almost continuously until 1935. Then when being towed to Melbourne to be decommissioned the ship was caught in a cyclone and washed up on Fraser Island.
Dingoes – The dingoes on Fraser Island are one of the most pure forms of Dingo that can be found in Australia. Although you need to be aware of your surroundings when on Fraser Island, as the dingoes can be fairly unafraid of humans here, and under no circumstances should you feed the dingoes or leave food unattended.
Drive along sandy logging trails – One of my highlights was riding in the heavy duty 4 wheel drive along the sandy old logging trails of the island. It was a bumpy ride, but definitely made it feel like more of an adventure.
Swim in Eli Creek – This freshwater creek is great to walk along or float down due to the slow current. This turned out to be the highlight of many of the people on my tour group, with several of them running back up the boardwalk for a return journey down the creek.