Fraser Island

Ultimate guide to things to do in Fraser Island with kids

Fraser Island, also known by its Aboriginal name of K’gari, is located 250-kilometres north of Brisbane just south of the Great Barrier Reef’s coral cays. Stretching for 123 kilometres, it is the world’s largest sand island and one of five UNESCO World Heritage-listed sites in Queensland. Kids will never tire of exploring the diverse and naturally beautiful island, blessed as it is with unique wildlife, stunning ocean beaches, 100 dazzling freshwater lakes, and towering rainforests born from the bone white sand.

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A destination for families who like the great outdoors,it is one of the east coast’s best spots for whale and dolphin spotting. Fraser Island’s other natural attractions include the stunning Rainbow Gorge and the otherworldly landscape of Kirra Sandblow, the startlingly beautiful freshwater Lake McKenzie and the Champagne Rock Pools, the only place on Fraser where saltwater swimming is allowed.  Visiting families can take a 4×4 along sandy 75 Mile Beach highway, tube down freshwater Eli Creek, spot wild dingos and other native wildlife, and visit the rusting wreck of the Maheno.

No matter your accommodation needs, Fraser Island has the answer. Pack your camping gear and stay in one of the 45 designated camping areas on Fraser Island. The best for families are Central Station, Dundubara, Lake Boomanjin and Waddy Point which have dingo deterrent fences. Lovers of creature comforts will also find excellent resorts offering everything you could need for a comfortable stay, including full-service restaurants, swimming pools, guided tours and fun island activities for the kids.

Top things to do in Fraser Island

Fraser Island is all about nature with beautiful lakes, glorious beaches, fabulous fishing and brilliant wildlife. Here are ten must see sights.

  1. Take a dip in pretty Lake McKenzie 
  2. Drive along 75 Mile Beach by 4WD
  3. Explore the Maheno Ship Wreck
  4. Float down Eli Creek
  5. Take a dip in the pretty Champagne Rock Pools
  6. Take the trek to Indian Head, the most easterly point on the island
  7. Spot one of the island’s native dingos
  8. Enjoy a spectacular sunset at Kingfisher Bay Resort Jetty or Old McKenzies Jetty
  9. Take a scenic drive to explore scenic lakes and sand blows
  10. Visit Wanggoolba Creek and Pile Valley

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Nights by the campfire at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Photo: Supplied

Best time to visit Fraser Island as a family

Fraser Island boasts the kind of warm weather and fabulous sunshine that makes it an ideal all year-round destination. Summer, from December to February, sees temperatures rise to 30 degrees plus so remember to slip, slop, slap and have plenty of water to keep you all well hydrated. Winter, from June to August, offers milder weather and is also popular with families.  In Autumn, from March to April, Fraser is especially beautiful as wildflowers are in bloom and spring is peak whale watching season, as humpback whales come close to shore to rest on their way back to Antarctica with their calves.

During Australian school holidays resorts and camp sites fill up fast, so pre-booking well ahead is a must. Prices increase during these times too, so if you’re on a budget it is worth considering travelling outside of these times.

Explore the crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches around Fraser Island. Credit: Bound Round

Family-friendly places to eat in Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a remote location but the island’s resorts provide excellent meals and snacks. Supplies from the mainland supplement the island’s abundance of seafood along with produce from its natural and cultivated gardens to provide a variety of excellent cuisine.  You can’t go past the burgers at Happy Valley, the awesome ice-cream at Eurong or the pizzas from Kingfisher Bay Resorts Sand Bar. And should you choose to stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort, kids play and eat free.

If you are staying in a resort, meals will be sorted for you, but if you are camping, you’ll need to self-cater. Make sure you are prepared and pack enough provisions to cover your stay. Should you run out there are places to top up supplies in Eurong, Happy Valley and Kingfisher Bay. Just remember though that anything taken on to the island needs to be taken out as the island is a designated national park.

Fraser Island hike. Credit: Tourism & Events QLD

Things to do for free in Fraser Island

  • On Fraser Island, there are so many attractions for the family to do for free we couldn’t possibly list them all here. Some of our favourites include exploring 75 Mile Beach and Eli Creek, which is a perfect picnic stop where you can walk upstream and then float back down to the sea. 
  • A little further north, pay a visit to the rusting hull of the Maheno shipwreck. And the stunning coloured sands and champagne rock pools. Be sure to take the short walk to Indian Head to soak up the magnificent views out to sea, you might even spot dolphins and turtles along the long sandy coastline of the island.
  • Inland, Lake Mckenzie, with its white sandy beach and crystal-clear water, intriguing scribbly gum forest and sand blows, is a must visit. At Central Station, once a thriving logging community, there is a walk along Wanggoolba Creek. Shrouded by Angiopteris ferns, the largest fern in the world, the creek walk leads to Pile Valley and a rainforest filled with giant trees. 
What’s on?

Annual events for families in Fraser Island

January - True Blue Australia Day

Gear up for a day of all-Australian activities on Fraser Island.

January - Kingfisher Bay Resort Regatta

Enjoy a long weekend of racing at Kingfisher Bay Resort.

July Rainbow Beach Family Fishing Classic

8 days of fishing, fun and family entertainment.

July-November – Humpback Whale Migration

Fraser Island provides an excellent location for spotting the giants of the deep as they migrate pass the island and stop in the bays for a rest.

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