Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, just off Australia’s east coast and one of the essential stop-offs on any east coast trip. With so many hidden gems on the island, it can be difficult to know what to prioritise and how many days to spend there, so I’ve put together a list of the top sites on Fraser Island to make it easier for you. But first off, which tour do you pick?
Which Fraser Island Tour To Pick?
There are loads of great companies that run tours to Fraser Island. Many of them start from either Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach making it easy to fit the tour into your trip. The more challenging part of picking a tour is deciding how long you go for.
The island is full of treasures, from ancient rainforest to white beaches, from turquoise lakes to migrating whales. With multiple tour companies running one, two or three day tours to Fraser Island, it can be difficult to know how long to go for. Although you could easily spend more than a week on Fraser, I’d recommend going for at least two to three days to really get a good flavour for what Fraser has to offer.
The two to three day tours run by Cool Dingo Tours let you see a lot of the highlights of Fraser Island for a reasonable price. You can choose between either camping on the island or staying in the hostel accommodation depending on how much comfort you want to have during your days there.
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Top 5 Highlights of Fraser Island
To make sure a tour is worth your while, make sure it covers these must-see sites on Fraser Island!
The 75 Mile Beach
It is literally what it says on the tin. A beach, that stretches for 75 miles. On Fraser Island’s eastern side facing out onto the ocean is white sand and blue ocean that stretches further than the eye can see. This is normally one of the first stops people go to on Fraser, both if you’re on a group tour or going by yourself, as you can drive along the beach to fully appreciate how long it is! Look out for migrating whales off its shores that occur every year from June – August.
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No visit to Fraser Island would be complete without a dip in the blue waters of Lake McKenzie. This perched lake not only has beautifully clear waters, but the sand around the lake is pure, white silica making it some of the purest sand in the world, rivalling the beaches on Whitsunday Island. Take some time to relax by its waters, float in the lake, even use the sand as a natural exfoliator!
The SS Maheno is a historic ship that served as an ocean liner for 30 years, operating between New Zealand and Australia. It also was used as a hospital ship by the New Zealand Naval Forces in World War I. That was until a cyclone in 1935 shipwrecked the ship onto the shores of Fraser, where it still remains to this day!
Indian Head, so-named because when Captain Cook was sailing along the east coast of Australia in 1770, he saw aboriginals standing on this raise hill. Back then, ‘Indians’ was used by Westerners to describe the natives of various lands including America, hence Captain Cook gave the headland the name ‘Indian Head’. Besides this little snippet of history, Indian Head offers fantastic views of both the 75 Mile Beach and the ocean, being the most easterly point of the island. It is also a great place to spot migrating whales from during winter
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Last but not least, the Champagne Pools. These natural pools are a great place to swim, as it’s a relaxing spot yet the water bubbling and frothing over the rock edge (hence the name Champagne Pools) makes it an exciting dip at the same time. Plus it is one of the most beautiful and most photographic parts of the eastern beach on Fraser Island.
Are you planning a trip up Australia’s east coast? Maybe you’re already backpacking and are looking for your next place to go. Well, you’re in the right place! I’ve written plenty of blogs on travel itineraries and things to do in places across Australia from my own travels. Why not have a look? Don’t forget to pin this blog for later!