Fraser Island is situated in Queensland on Australia’s east coast. Its northern extremity is Sandy Cape and this is the eastern most point of the Country. Fraser Island is world famous for its magnificent scenery and ecosystem and is now world heritage listed. In the past, parts of the island have been the subject of both sand mining and logging however the scars from these industry are now gone as the island has regenerated itself. This is also the largest sand island in the world and it is strange to come here and find magnificent rain forests growing in the sand. There is also a maze of pristine lakes and wildlife abounds. Places like Lake McKenzie with its pure white sands and crystal clear waters are a huge draw card for tourists.
The other major places that you should visit on the island include Central Station which has a large camping area and hot showers. The rainforest here is magnificent. Take a walk along the boardwalk that follows Woolgoolga creek to Pile valley. You will walk through a forest of giant Satinay trees along the banks of a crystal clear stream. Pile Valley earned its place in history as the source of the timber used for lining the shores of the Suez Canal. The Satinay is an extremely hard timber and is almost impervious to infiltration from marine organisms making it ideal for this use.
The ocean beach is the islands major road and four wheel dive vehicles are essential on Fraser Island. All the internal tracks are sand so driving here is an adventure in itself. Near the northern end of the island lies Indian Head which is the only rock on the island. This is a popular place from which to view the ocean. On most days from the top of the head you can see turtles, stingrays, whales, sharks and mantas. It is also a very productive area for fishing and during the season when the tailor are running, is lined with fishermen. Just North of Indian head is Orchid Beach township. There is a shop here and fuel supplies. Another good place to stay for the night is Happy Valley. Both Cathedral Beach resort and Fraser Island backpackers are located in this area. On the inshore side of the island you will find Kingfisher Bay resort and this can be accessed from Hervey bay by either fast catamaran or vehicular ferry. Most of Fraser Island is National Park so you will need a permit to visit and to camp here.
Fraser Island is well serviced with tours. Most depart from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach on the mainland. There is a huge choice that includes day tours, extended tours and camping tours. If you want to visit Fraser Island on your holiday then don’t hesitate to contact our office which is located in Hervey Bay. We are experts in the local area and we know all there is to know about the best places to stay on the island, tours and what is the right advice to make sure that you get the best value on the Fraser Coast from your Fraser Island holiday.