K’Gari or paradise in the local aboriginal language is a world of cool towering rain forests surrounded by brilliant blue oceans and framed by spectacularly colourful cliffs and dunes. The variety of vegetation on Fraser is incomparable.
The 200 year old Kauri forests are the only rain forest growing on sand in the world. Wallum heath-lands along the interior fill with wildflowers in the early spring, mangroves house an unbelievable variety of fish, reptiles and birds. Whether you want to explore one of the over 50 shipwrecks, swim in one of the crystal clear freshwater lakes or take one of our 4wd rentals on a drive along the exhilarating 120km beach highway, a single visit to this breath taking world heritage-listed site will convince you that there is no other word for it, Fraser Island is paradise.
The Maheno, a former trans-Tasman luxury liner and a World War 1 hospital ship. Today the ships’ rusted remains are accessible via four wheel drive or 4×4 on the beach north of Happy Valley.
With thousands of visitors flocking to Fraser Island throughout the year it would seem that anytime is a good time to visit paradise; however even in paradise there are optimal times to visit. Here are some details about Fraser Island so you can know what to expect when you take one of our Fraser Island four wheel drive hire vehicles down the coast.
Given its location at the furthest point north of the Tropic of Capricorn, Fraser is a positively balmy 14-25 degrees Celsius even in winter, with average summer time temperatures ranging between 20-30 degrees Celsius and the odd 36 degree day. Evenings can be quite cool in the winter months with lows of up to -1.2 degrees Celsius recorded during July.
The sub-tropics are hot and humid, but given that Fraser is an island you can expect plenty of refreshing breezes coming off the ocean. Summer is the wettest season with an average of 140mm of rainfall, and the island can experience storms and rough weather during this time. So plan extra carefully before setting out during the months of January to March.
Summertime on Fraser Island is hot, wet and beautifully hot, so be sure to bring lots of sunscreen, cool protective clothing, hats and lots of water. Given that these are also the wettest months it would be wise to pack rain gear and some warm clothing. Wintertime still gives us lots of sunshine, so don’t make the mistake of leaving your sun-smarts behind when you head out to Fraser during the cooler months as sunstroke is a sure way to ruin a fabulous holiday. All our 4wd vehicles is equipped with ice cold air cons.
Whether you’re a looking for excitement, relaxation or just something else you can’t beat Fraser Island.
Start your day with the smell of the fresh ocean breeze in your lungs as the deepest blue ocean stretches out before you.
In the warm summer month of January through to March you can take the 4wd out to Indian Head or 75 mile beach for a view of the migrating Humpback whales and dolphins that play along the coast. After calving in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef, many pods of whales retreat to the calm waters of Platypus Bay, on the western side of Fraser Island, to relax and play before returning to the rich feeding grounds of the Antarctic.
Fishing is excellent anytime, although the Tailor won’t be running yet, but the calm, sheltered island waters allow comfortable fishing with estuary, surf beach and reef fishing all within easy reach. Please note that fresh water fishing is forbidden on the island.
During the winter months, from July to early spring, a quick run down Fraser’s famous 75-Mile Beach in your 4×4, 4wd hire vehicle will bring you to the famous gutters where the Tailor runs. The Humpback whales will be slowly returning to the coast along the island and can be spotted from mid winter through to the end of summer. Dugong feed on the sea grass beds around the island and can be spotted loafing around in the ocean all year.
From November to February watch out for Green and Loggerhead turtles migrating to Fraser Island and nearby Lady Elliot Island to lay their
eggs. The baby turtles will start hatching from January to April.
Bird watchers are in for a treat with Whimbrels and the Eastern Curlew, the world’s largest migratory wader, visiting the island throughout most of the year. 354 different bird species have been recorded on Fraser Island, including one of Australia’s rarest birds, the ground parrot. Dotterels, pelicans, terns, gulls and pied oyster catchers can be seen all along the coast. The inland heathlands are home to brilliant kingfishers, brolgas and jabirus while the island skies are prowled by magnificent white breasted sea-eagles, ospreys, peregrine falcons and brahminy kites. Watch out for these birds of prey on the beaches where they can be seen grabbing fish and other creatures from the open stretches of sand.
The dingoes on Fraser Island have remained pure bred due to the isolation of the island. Along with dingoes there are 25 other mammal species on the island including flying foxes, echidnas and wallabies.
For those a little more interested in excitement than nature the various beaches and tracks offer a variety of challenges to four wheel drivers in the breathtaking surrounds of this one-of-a-kind paradise.
Diving off the coast is a rewarding albeit risky undertaking which many undertake despite the presence of sharks, rip tides, box jellyfish and the odd salt water crocodile. Much safer to navigate are the numerous freshwater lakes with their crystal clear waters and fine white sand, both of which are claimed to revive and revitalize your skin and hair. Of these Lake McKenzie is possibly the most spectacular, but Lake Wabby and Birrabeen is also amazing, and usually less crowded.
Champagne pools are the single salt water exception where you can enjoy the multitude of saltwater tidal pools and the treasures they contain. Or you can take a slow drift down one of the many creeks to the beach.
Eli Creek on the eastern side of Fraser Island is the largest of the freshwater streams flowing into the ocean.
Eli is popular with visitors and the many walkways allow you to appreciate its beauty.
You and your kids will love spending time there.
For an unforgettable experience take your 4×4 down to the beach and book a trip with Air Fraser Island. Air Fraser Island operates throughout the year offering whale watching flights and the exhilarating experience of landing along the beaches of Fraser Island. Your rental vehicle can have you close to the action in no time.
Our Expert Opinion
If you’re looking for the best time to visit Fraser look no farther than September. The water is warm enough to swim in by now and the sand flies, midges and other bugs that make camping a special trial in the wetter months have not yet recovered from their winter hiatus. The weather is just perfect without the really hot days of summer and with the lowest chance of rainfall of any season. Tailor is still running and at the tail end of the season almost every fish you catch will be a keeper.
For those wishing to escape the crazy December holiday rush the September/October holiday is a great time for visiting Fraser Island. Arrive early for the best camping sites unless you’re planning on camping in the dunes.