How to explore K’gari

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There are so many things to do and see on the 123km-long sand paradise called K’gari and the ways of exploring it are equally abundant. We know that planning the perfect holidays can get a little bit overwhelming sometimes, especially if it is your first time visiting the destination.

But don’t worry, we are here to help you. From types of accommodation, tours and experiences, transport and places to discover, everything will depend on your holidays’ goals. So if you wish to create unforgettable memories with your family, enjoy a romantic getaway or go on an adventure with your mates, we strongly recommend continuing reading.

Let’s start with the basics

Beyond everything, you will need a 4WD to explore K’gari. Because the island is full of sand, only 4WDs can properly navigate the rough terrain.

We know that it may sound challenging but driving a 4WD on K’gari is honestly not that hard. The key is to take your time to learn and follow safety instructions. Luckily, we know everything about exploring K’gari by 4WD and we are passionate about passing the knowledge and helping others to leave their own tracks.

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Another essential thing you need to take into account before coming to K’gari, are the permits and the tides.

Vehicle permits and camping permits are only necessary if you decide to explore the island with your car and on your own way, as our 4WD hiring and touring options include permits in the price.

Driving on K’gari is subject to tides, so always remember to check tides times before. The general rule is to not drive on the beach for 2 hours on either side of the high tide.

Well, now that you know the basics before coming to K’gari, let’s get to the fun part!

Why a guided experience can be great

There are two primary ways of exploring K’gari: booking a touring experience or going by yourself.

K’gari is not only rich in nature and wildlife but also in history and aboriginal culture, and if you are the type of adventurer that travels with purpose, you will not want to miss any of the stories and knowledge behind the natural wonders of the island.

You will discover secret spots, enjoy the most amazing places like Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Indian Head, Champagne Pools and more with perfect timing and focus only on exploring while your guide takes care of all the rest.

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Don’t worry about the crowds, all our tours are made for small groups, where you will get plenty of time for yourself, as well as privacy and time to just chill on the beach with your favourite beverage.

Which are your accommodation options?

First of all, we suggest taking a couple of days off to explore K’gari. There is so much to see and do that a day experience will not be enough to satisfy your thirst for adventure!

A 4 days and 3 nights trip will allow you to switch off from busy schedules, reconnect with nature, become one with K’gari and live on island time!

But which is the best option to spend the night? There are three main alternatives: camping, glamping and resorts. Is really up to you.

If you are reading this article you are probably dreaming of a magical getaway that will help you leave your worries behind and clear your mind. Nature is always the answer and camping or glamping give us that sense of relaxation that is almost hard to put into words, right?

Enjoy the evenings around a campfire, wake up to the sound of the ocean and start the day watching a beautiful sunrise …it can’t get better than this! There are more than 10 amazing campgrounds on K’gari where you can set up your own camping, but if you are looking for an even more unique way of spending your holidays, especially with kids, glamping is for you.

Our Glamping Retreat puts you and the environment first, where comfort and relaxation come together with adventure and pure nature. With spacious areas, cozy glamping rooms, breach front garden and dingo fences, our retreat suits small and big families as well as couples looking for a romantic getaway. In the words of some of our guests … “is an oasis in paradise”.

I am going with my family, what should I know?

Family holidays on K’gari are unbeatable and a great opportunity for your kids to learn essential things about nature and our country.

K’gari is totally safe for young children is really about common sense and safety precautions while driving along the island like respecting the speed limits and using your seat belts.

The emblematic long sand beaches of the island are great for family games, walks and watching spectacular sunrises. Eli Creek is a must-visit for kids as well as Champagne Pools, Lake Allom and McKenzie.

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Our 4Day/3Night Family Adventure Tour is specially tailored to the pace of your family. Relax and enjoy being guided for the first two days and learn everything you need to know to explore by yourself for the last couple of days.

If you have any doubts about exploring K’gari, we are here to help you! Give us a call or email us and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

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