Last Updated: 8th Jan 2014
The Aboriginal name for Fraser Island is ’K’Gari’ – which appropriately means ‘paradise’.
This huge sand island off the East Coast of Queensland, Australia.
Fraser is over 123 kilometres (76 miles) long, making it the largest sand island in the world. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a place of exceptional beauty, home to long, uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 lakes.
The Island’s eco system is totally unique, amazing and breathtakingly beautiful in many, many ways.
Totally surrounded by salt water and 100 percent sand, the island manages to support a lush, wet rainforest with huge trees, silent freshwater streams and indescribably clear freshwater lakes. The island is also well know for its abundance of wildlife, not to mention its dingoes and fishing opportunities. Swimming in the ocean however is not recommended due to the sharks that patrol the waters of the eastern beach.
Most tours leave the coach on the mainland for a few days and take a ferry from Harvey Bay across the Great Sandy Strait to stay two nights in the Wilderness Lodge section of Kingfisher Bay Resort (official site), only a short stroll from the islands infamous Dingo Bar.
On the free day you can take a stroll along the beach rest and relax by the pool, hike along the beach or take advantage of the many other activities and amenities offered by the resort.
To see the best the Island has to offer however, perhaps take a 4 Wheel Drive Adventure of the island with one of the expert local guides and travel to the 75 Mile Beach, swim in the pristine Lake McKenzie, and see the islands huge trees and lush rainforests and perhaps catch a glimpse of one of the islands famous dingoes.
The Great Sandy Straight, just off Fraser Island, is a favourite playground for humpback whales who migrate up the coast and whale watching is popular during the season.