If you’re planning a trip over to K’gari Fraser Island, and you really should, we’re here to tell you what’s in store. K’gari is a fascinating, beautiful island mostly unspoilt but humans that will likely be just a little different to what you’re used to, in all the best ways!
The world’s largest sand island is home to wild animals, spectacular natural wonders and beaches for roads – it’s a world all its own. So, what should you expect on K’gari Fraser island? Here’s the lowdown.
Dingoes and dolphins, turtles and birds – a nature lovers paradise
K’gari has been a haven for different species of mammals, birds, reptiles and other animals for centuries. Being an island, the wildlife here is protected from many of the predators present on the mainland. Expect to see dolphins frolicking offshore and migrating humpback whales from July to November. Another aquatic animal you may see are the resident turtles. Spot them in the freshwater lakes that are spread across the island.
Of course, K’gari Fraser Island is most famous for its resident dingo population and the chances of seeing one during your time here is pretty high. The dingoes on K’gari are the purest bred in Australia due to living on their island home and the local ban on domestic dogs. Dingoes love to swim and explore so keep your eyes peeled while on the beach and travelling through other open areas. No contact is allowed so don’t forget to keep a safe, respectful distance at all times and never feed them.
Gazing up into the sky? Keep your eyes peeled for a white-bellied sea eagle stalking its prey from above. These majestic birds are just one of 18 different bird of prey species found on K’gari Fraser Island.
Dunes, lakes and shipwrecks
What should you expect on K’gari Fraser Island other than wildlife and gorgeous beaches? You’re unlikely to travel far without coming across one of the more than 100 freshwater lakes, rivers and tributaries that criss cross the island. 40 of these lakes are surrounded by stunning, ancient sand dunes and lakes such as Lake McKenzie are popular swimming spots with crystal clear water.
For history buffs or photographers after something a little different, head to the SS Maheno shipwreck which was wrecked on K’gari’s shores in the late 1930’s. It is one of the most atmospheric, photogenic places on the island and is popular with visitors wanting to experience a living relic from K’gari’s past.
Epic 4WD adventures and nights spent under the stars
You won’t get far on the island without a reliable 4WD. Hire your own or join one of our epic tours and experience some of the most exhilarating 4WD driving experiences in Australia. Driving along 75 mile beach, the main highway that stretches the length of the island, with the ocean right beside you is the stuff lifetime memories are made of. There are heaps of campgrounds on the island from very basic to those with facilities, so if its a night under the stars you’re after you can take your pick of K’gari’s camping options. Just be sure to secure your camping permit before you arrive.
What should you expect on K’gari Fraser Island? An adventure like no other on an island as unique as the people, plants and wildlife that call the place home. Join us on a tour led by the best in the business, locals who know the island inside and out and are great company on the road. Check out our tours here!