Things to do in Fraser Island

Things to do in  Fraser Island

Fine and sandy

UNESCO-listed Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and a hub for exhilarating 4WD adventures on its giant dunes and white-sand beaches. But there’s more than sand here—the island is dotted with shimmering freshwater lakes and natural saltwater baths in which to swim and crystal-clear creeks down which to float. Other top things to do on Fraser Island include admiring its wind-sculpted technicolor cliffs, checking out a beached shipwreck, and following trails through lush rain forest, as well as spotting wildlife such as dolphins, dingoes, and (from August through October) humpback whales.

Top 14 attractions in Fraser Island

Lake McKenzie

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fraser Island (K’gari, the largest sand island in the world, is filled with natural wonders and Lake McKenzie is one of its most wonderful. Also known as Boorangoora, the strikingly blue water of Lake McKenzie makes it the most visited of the island’s freshwater lakes and its most popular swimming location.More

Maheno Shipwreck

The best-known shipwreck around the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the once-luxurious liner SS Maheno was driven ashore just north of Happy Valley during a cyclone in 1935. The shipwreck continues to deteriorate in the harsh environment, making for an impressive and haunting site.More

Eli Creek

Floating down the shallow, fast-flowing waters of Eli Creek beneath a twisted canopy of trees is a highlight of a visit to Fraser Island. One of the largest freshwater creeks on the island, its cool waters provide welcome relief from the sunny shores of neighboring 75 Mile Beach.More

Central Station Rainforest

Central Station is one of the most picturesque attractions on the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Originally a culturally important site for Indigenous Butchulla women, Central Station saw a forestry camp established in the mid-20th century. Now visitors come here to learn about the island’s flora and fauna.More

75 Mile Beach

With its sandy shores fringed by verdant bushlands, rocky headlands, and turquoise ocean, 75 Mile Beach is the star attraction of Fraser Island. Stretching 75 miles (121 kilometers along the eastern shore of the island, the natural wonder is also an official highway—the 75 Mile Beach Road—as well as an airplane landing strip.More

The Pinnacles

The colored sand cliffs known as the Pinnacles are a spectacular site on the east coast of Fraser Island and are one of the reasons why the island has a UNESCO World Heritage listing. Formed over hundreds of thousands of years as minerals leached through the sand, experts have identified 72 different colors in the Pinnacles, mostly reds and oranges.More

Fraser Island

Between the Sunshine Coast and Hervey Bay, south of the Great Barrier Reef, is Fraser Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Queensland’s most popular beach getaways. Stretching 76 miles (122 kilometers) long, it’s the largest sand island in the world, covered with beaches, sweeping dunes, and dense rain forest.More

Lake Wabby

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, is home to more than 100 freshwater lakes, of which Lake Wabby is the deepest. This small lake is surrounded by forest and deep sand dunes, making it one of Fraser Island’s most picturesque lakes—not to mention that its water is a striking green color.More

Indian Head

Located along the eastern edge of Fraser Island on the popular Seventy Five Mile Beach, Indian Head was named by the famous Captain Cook upon his arrival in 1770. Visitors flock to this popular landmark for its incredible 360-degree views of the island, the ocean and some of the country’s most exotic wildlife.Indian Head is one of only three rocky outcrops on the island, and while camping is not allowed here, the area’s towering peaks attract plenty of travelers. On clear days visitors can look out across some 75 miles of beach and may even spot whales, sharks, dolphins and sea turtles from atop Indian Head.More


Surrounded by sugar cane and tropical fruit plantations, Bundaberg is best known for its namesake exports: Bundaberg Rum and Bundaberg Ginger Beer. However, this riverside city has more to offer than beverages—it’s well situated for exploring the Coral Sea coast, with tropical parks, coral cays, and wildlife-filled islands on its doorstep.More
Wanggoolba Creek

Wanggoolba Creek

Fringed by ancient king ferns and lush rainforest, and with waters so clear that you can see the silvery sands rippling below; Wanggoolba Creek is one of the many natural wonders of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Hidden away at the heart of the island, it’s an idyllic spot for strolling and wildlife watching.More
Great Sandy National Park

Great Sandy National Park

The Great Sandy National Park encompasses both part of mainland Queensland and the UNESCO World Heritage site Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. The park is divided into two sections: the Cooloola section is situated on the coast between Noosa Heads and Rainbow Beach, and the Fraser Island section encompasses almost all of the island.More
Waddy Point

Waddy Point

On the northeastern coast of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, Waddy Point offers seclusion away from the crowds along with opportunities for such outdoor pursuits as fishing, surfing, swimming, kayking, and hiking. Offering campgrounds and a hotel, it’s also possible to spend the night.More
Lake Birrabeen

Lake Birrabeen

The UNESCO-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, is filled with natural wonders. While Lake McKenzie is a more popular lake, in-the-know travelers say that Birrabeen is one of the island’s top spots. Its clear blue waters and sandy beaches are rarely crowded, offering visitors a secluded beach experience.More

All about Fraser Island

When to visit

There’s really no bad time to visit Fraser Island, which is blessed with excellent weather all year round. Spring (September through November) offers the most comfortable temperatures, reduced humidity, and low rainfall. Winter (August to October) is best for wildlife watching, as that’s when you can see migrating humpback whales. Summer (December to February) offers the best birdwatching; it’s also the best time for swimming in Lake Mckenzie, Eli Creek, and the Champagne Pools.

Getting around

You’ll need four-wheel drive to get around Fraser Island (no other vehicles are allowed). If you are planning to bring a vehicle over from the mainland, expect to pay a fairly hefty toll, and be sure to book your spot on a ferry or barge well in advance. An easier option is to book a guided tour that departs from the mainland. Many options include transportation, visits to all the top attractions, and even overnight accommodations (if you book a multi-day visit).

Traveler tips

It’s not safe to swim in the ocean off of Fraser Island, but there are more than 100 lakes to explore. Lake McKenzie, which has a pure white-sand beach and sparkling water, is the most popular swimming lake on the island so you’ll need to get there early to beat the crowds. The red-hued Lake Boomanjin (which gets its color from the surrounding tea trees) offers a more peaceful setting as well as opportunities for swimming and kayaking.


People Also Ask

Why is Fraser Island a tourist attraction?

Australia’s Fraser Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and its sandy beaches and rainforests offer the chance to explore pristine Australian nature. Tourists often visit the island to spot one of the island’s wild dingoes or to sleep under the stars at waterfront campsites.

Can you visit Fraser Island without a tour?

Yes—however, the island is only accessible by 4-wheel-drive vehicles, so you’ll need to bring your own vehicle across by ferry or rent one on the island. All vehicles need a permit to access the island. There are several options for accommodation, whether you prefer a campsite or a hotel.

How many days do you need on Fraser Island?

There’s always more to discover on Fraser Island, but two to three days gives you enough time to see the highlights. From the crystalline waters of Lake McKenzie to the rainforest that grows straight from the sand, Fraser Island offers a warm welcome.

What is the best time of year to go to Fraser Island?

The Australian spring (August–October) offers milder temperatures and lower humidity than the heat of summer. The spring is also dryer than summer, but it maintains a tropical warmth.

Can you go to Fraser Island without a 4WD?

No, the sandy roads of Fraser Island are only accessible by 4-wheel drive. There are many options for single and multi-day tours if you’d rather leave the driving to someone else.

What should I be careful of on Fraser Island?

Fraser Island is a quintessential Australian paradise, but it comes with classic Australian dangers, including jellyfish, riptide currents, and the occasional crocodile. The ocean isn’t safe for swimmers due to the powerful currents and population of sharks, but you can cool off in the many freshwater lakes on the island.

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