When is the best time to visit Fraser Island ?

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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 colorful 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.

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Fraser Island map

Fraser Island size

Fraser Islands length is about 123 kilometers and its width is around 22 kilometers. Its the largest sand island in the world at 1,840 square kilometers. It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the east coast of Australia.

The explorer James Cook sailed past the island in May 1770. Matthew Flinders landed near the northern point of the Fraser Island in 1802. The Island was first known as Great Sandy Island. It became known as Fraser Island due to the stories of a shipwreck survivor named Eliza Fraser.

Maheno Wreck

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Model of Maheno, displayed at Happy Valley pub

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.

Make sure to visit Happy Valley pub to see a live replica of the Maheno.

Elli Creek

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. Make sure you take floating devises with and drift from the inland rainforest into the open stream towards the ocean.

Its a beautiful spot to relax and to let your children play. You and your kids will love spending time there.

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Elli creak Fraser Island

Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby is a small freshwater green colores lake. Its located on the bottom of the Fraser Island on the eastern side. If you are driving from hook point it will be one of the first attractions on the island worth wile to visit. You can park your vehicle on the beach and will then have to walk almost 2 kms to reach it.

It will  be worth the effort though. Nice location for dune surfing and you can feed the catfish which are found in the lake.

The lake is directly adjacent to the Hammerstone Sandblow, which is slowly moving into the lake. Eventually it will disappear under the sand

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Lake Waddy. Beautiful spot to visit.

Lake McKenzie

Lake Mckenzie is located about 6.3 kms south east of kingfisher Bay resort. Is 1200 meters long and 930 meters wide. Its approximately 150 hectares in area mass.

Its arguably the most popular destination for tourist. Its a lake consisting only out of rain water, no ground water exists. It is not topped up by any river etc.

The sand is pure white with silica and its beautiful to look at and soft to walk on as well. The sand filters the water making it crystal clear. The color of the water is unbelievable and will amaze any visitors.

There are hiking and camping facilities available, toilets and cold water showers are also available for usage.

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Lake Mckenzie, crystal clear water

Champagne Pools

Champagne pools is located just past Indian Heads on the Northern side of Fraser Island 75 mile beach. Hollowed from masses of volcanic rock, these fabulous ocean-level pools are best at mid-tide, when breaking waves create a natural, bubbly spa.

Make sure conditions are safe before popping into the pools (usually around mid tide). Keep an eye on the ocean as dolphins, turtles, manta rays and whales can be seem from here.

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Champagne pools Fraser Island

Indian Heads

Indian Heads is situated on the eastern top side of Fraser Island. Its the most easterly point on the Island its right at the end of 75 mile beach.

It was given the name Indian Heads by captain Cook when  he passed it on the evening of 19 May 1770 and saw aboriginal people there. Indian was the title given to native people of many lands.

Camping around the headlands is not permitted. Climbing is allowed and it provides good wildlife spotting lookout.

Its also a great fishing destination.

On top of Indian Heads

Central station

Central Station  is situated 8.6km from Eurong township and 9.5km from the Wanggoolba Creek barge landing.

Its a forest retreat Island campsite and is well-equipped. Its has diverse wildlife as well.

This campsite is only accessible by high clearance 4wd vehicles.

Set up your camp while the island’s abundant birdlife serenades you with a symphony of calls and songs.

This camping area has a dingo deterrent fence and is recommended for families with children 14 years and under.

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Central station forest retreat

Kingfisher Bay

King fisher Bay is accessible by barge from Hervey Bay.

It was voted as one of Australia’s Top 10 family resorts, in the Holidays with Kids Magazine 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards, Kingfisher Bay Resort has also won six Australian Tourism and nine Queensland Tourism Awards as well as Trip Advisor’s 2020 Travellers’ Choice.

It is blended seamlessly amongst the native rainforest, this hidden paradise is perfect for a relaxing island retreat.

Upmarket accommodation at affordable prices.

It also allows you to embark the island without needing to take tide times into consideration.

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King Fisher Bay restaurant

Summary of things to do on Fraser Island

Fraser Island, located off the southeast coast of Queensland, Australia, is a unique and beautiful destination that offers a range of activities and attractions for visitors. Here are ten things to do on Fraser Island:

  1. Take a four-wheel drive tour: Fraser Island is home to a network of sandy tracks that are perfect for exploring by 4WD. There are several organized tours available, or you can rent a vehicle and explore the island on your own.
  2. Visit Lake McKenzie: Located in the center of the island, Lake McKenzie is a crystal clear freshwater lake surrounded by white sandy beaches. It is perfect for swimming, picnicking, and relaxing.
  3. Go sandboarding: Fraser Island’s giant sand dunes are a popular spot for sandboarding. Rent a board and glide down the dunes for an adrenaline-fueled adventure.
  4. Visit the Maheno Shipwreck: The Maheno was a luxury passenger liner that ran aground on Fraser Island during a cyclone in 1935. Today, it is a popular spot for photography and picnics.
  5. Hike through the island’s rainforests: Fraser Island is home to ancient rainforests that are home to rare and endangered species of plants and animals. There are several hiking trails throughout the island, offering beautiful views and the opportunity to spot wildlife.
  6. Go fishing: Fraser Island’s lakes and creeks are stocked with a variety of fish species, including bream, flathead, and whiting. You can fish from the shore or head out on a guided fishing tour.
  7. Visit the Fraser Island Cultural Centre: This centre showcases the history and culture of the indigenous Butchulla people, who have a rich history on the island. It is a great place to learn about the island’s indigenous heritage.
  8. Relax on the island’s pristine beaches: Fraser Island is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, including 75 Mile Beach and Rainbow Beach. These beaches are perfect for sunbathing, and relaxing.
  9. Stay in a luxury resort or retreat: Fraser Island has a range of accommodation options, including luxury resorts and retreats that offer a range of amenities and activities. Spend your days exploring the island and your nights relaxing in comfort.

Overall, Fraser Island is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Queensland. With its unique landscapes, abundant wildlife, and rich cultural history, it is an unforgettable place that will leave you wanting to come back for more.

General Summary

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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