Do you have any idea how big K’gari is? Stretching about 75 miles (125km) long and 15 miles (25km) at its widest point, OH YES, she is a big island. In fact, the biggest sand island in the world. And that’s not all, there is so much more on this sandy Aussie beaut than just beaches and dingoes. There are 40 freshwater lakes, unique rainforests, historic land marks and more, much more!
You are probably thinking … how do I make the most out of my visit to Fraser Island? Well, first up, you need at least 3 days! Take notes of the following must-places to see on K’gari and get ready to have your mind blown.
Here’s a breakdown of the 6 best things you absolutely have to experience while travelling around this crazy unique island.
Hike and swim at Lake Wabby
The stunning Lake Wabby is the deepest dune lake on the island and, unlike many of the other lakes in the Great Sandy National Park, is full of fish – 12 species to be exact, including the rare honey blue-eye fish which zip around at lightning speed. The trailhead is located just north of Eurong and it’s an easy 45minute hike to the lakeshore through shady forest and across seemingly endless sand dunes. The rich emerald green lake waters are perfect for a refreshing dip once you get there.
Paddle in Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora)
Known worldwide for its clear pristine water, white sand and breathtaking natural beauty, everyone wants (and absolutely should) to visit Lake McKenzie when they visit Fraser Island.
And what can be better than chill, swim and paddle in one of the most iconic and beautiful places of Australia?
The coloured sands of the Pinnacles
The beautiful coloured sand cliffs which line the eastern coast are a prime example of K’gari’s unique geological history. Formed over hundreds of thousands of years when minerals drained through the sand and dunes, today there are more than 70 different colours on the show as a result. Head over at sunrise and sunset when the sun’s rays bring out the red and golden tones in the cliffs.
Float effortlessly down Eli Creek
Eli Creek, on the eastern beach, is the largest creek on the island. In fact, it’s so large it dumps up to 4 million litres of freshwater into the ocean every hour! That’s a lot of H20. Get in on all that natural free-flowing energy and head into the water at the far end of the boardwalk and float effortlessly down the creek. The water is crystal clear and honestly, what beats a refreshing swim requiring zero effort? We can’t think of anything.
Bathe in a natural jacuzzi at Champagne Pools
There aren’t many chances to cool off in an all-natural jacuzzi, but Fraser Island gives you that chance. The Champagne Pools are a series of sandy-bottomed rock pools facing the ocean which fill up whenever a wave hits, causing a lovely load of bubbles in each pool which, is, just like bubbling champagne. These bubbly little wonders are a unique experience not to be missed.
Marvel at the Maheno Shipwreck
Probably the most famous of all of Fraser Island’s shipwrecks, the Maheno was forced onto shore way back in 1935, during a fierce cyclone. The Maheno, up until that point, was a well-known liner plying the route between Australia and New Zealand for many years. Today her wreckage is an atmospheric, eerie sight, slowly being eaten away by her harsh salty grave. The wreck of the Maheno is a top spot for photographers and a fascinating glimpse into Fraser Island’s history.
Fancy hitting K’gari?! Our K’gari Fraser Island Adventure Tours include accommodation, 4WD driving experiences and all meals, and not only will take you to these amazing places, but you will also learn all the secrets and stories behind them.