Fraser Island

Last Updated: 8th Jan 2014

<p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/australia/harvey/fraser_island_lake_mckenzie_004.jpg" class="rightwise" title="lake mckenzie fraser island" alt="lake mckenzie fraser island" /></p> <p>The Aboriginal name for Fraser Island is &#8217;K&#8217;Gari&#8217; &#8211; which appropriately means &#8216;paradise&#8217;.</p> <p>This huge sand island off the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/east-coast">East Coast</a> of Queensland, Australia.</p> <p>Fraser is over 123 kilometres (76 miles) long, making it the largest sand island in the world. A <span class="caps">UNESCO</span> 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.</p> <p>The Island&#8217;s eco system is totally unique, amazing and breathtakingly beautiful in many, many ways.</p> <p>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 <a href="/contikipedia/articles/dingoes">dingoes</a> and fishing opportunities. Swimming in the ocean however is not recommended due to the sharks that patrol the waters of the eastern beach.</p> <p>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 (<a href="http://www.kingfisherbay.com/">official site</a>), only a short stroll from the islands infamous <a href="/contikipedia/articles/dingo-bar">Dingo Bar</a>.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>To see the best the Island has to offer however, perhaps take a <a href="/contikipedia/articles/4-wheel-drive-adventure">4 Wheel Drive Adventure</a> of the island with one of the expert local guides and travel to the 75 Mile Beach, swim in the pristine <a href="/contikipedia/articles/lake-mckenzie">Lake McKenzie</a>, and see the islands huge trees and lush rainforests and perhaps catch a glimpse of one of the islands famous dingoes.</p> <p>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.</p> <p><img src="http://downloads.contiki.com/contikipedia/australia/harvey/fraser_island_lake_mckenzie_005.jpg" class="leftwise" title="lake fraser island australia" alt="lake fraser island australia" /></p>