Family fun on Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a family favourite. If you’re planning a trip, you’ll find plenty for kids to do.

Clare Southwell is the manager of the @TakemetoAustralia Facebook and Instagram communities. She’s also a keen visitor to Fraser Island.

Here, she shares her Fraser Island highlights:

My work sees me regularly travelling to the top spots of Australia, but Fraser Island is a stand-out for my family in terms of epic experiences together. In fact, we loved our first trip

to Fraser Island so much that when my parents came over to Australia for a visit, I knew it was a place we’d want to return to with them.

Kingfisher Bay Resort on the western bay of Fraser Island provides an immersive experience for intergenerational family holidays – there’s something here for every age.

Reality fades away, time stands still, and picture-perfect memories are made in this World Heritage-listed wonderland. Read more here about Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Here are my top suggestions for an all-round adventure on the island.

Beauty Spots Tour

When it comes to an island that’s approximately 120 kilometres long and 24 kilometres wide, it’s not possible to see it all in one day. This is where the Beauty Spots Tour comes in – it’s the perfect way to see the most beautiful locations on Fraser.


We sat back and enjoyed the ride in the 4WD-equipped coach as our hilarious guide navigated the sand tracks and detailed the island’s history, stopping off at the stunning Lake McKenzie, tranquil Pile Valley and historic Maheno shipwreck, to name just a few of the highlights.

The Maheno shipwreck on Fraser Island.

We loved Lake McKenzie so much that we even hired a 4WD to return the next day (feeling confident after orientating ourselves on the tour). The tour made seeing the scenic spots of the island easy, and since it departs Kingfisher Bay Resort daily, it’s a great choice for travellers.

Junior Eco Rangers

The popular Junior Eco Rangers program at Kingfisher Bay Resort is an interactive wildlife experience that the little ones will be talking about for weeks on end. Run by the experienced ranger team, kids will learn about the island’s environment through action-packed activities such as bushwalks, beach games, scavenger hunts, campfires and stargazing adventures – our daughter absolutely loved it.

The walkways through the wallum at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Since the resort runs both morning and evening programs throughout the school holidays, we had the chance to sneak away and enjoy a romantic meal together, just the two of us.

What’s on (quite a lot for families!)

Kingfisher Bay Resort offers a weekly ‘What’s On Guide’ that features a range of outdoor adventure activities, such as Segway tours, canoeing in the mangroves, guided eco walks and bush-tucker talk-and-taste sessions that can all be booked at reception. When we weren’t out exploring the island, we took a dip in the resort pools and even made the most of the heated outdoor spa – the perfect way to relax!

Afterwards, we couldn’t say no to a cool beverage at Sunset Bar, as we basked in the golden glow across the bay. It’s a great spot to spend time together, playing on the sand or even taking a walk along the jetty.

In today’s busy world it’s great to get back to nature and interact with the environment (and each other) – and a stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island is the perfect way to do exactly that.

We’re already planning our next trip…

Read more on Fraser Island:

Fraser Island for every family.

Things to do with kids on Fraser Island.

More Queensland travel ideas:

Jetstar offers to fly the kids to Queensland for free

The Island that’s a must for adventurous families

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