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.
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.
Fraser Island is all about nature with beautiful lakes, glorious beaches, fabulous fishing and brilliant wildlife. Here are ten must see sights.
Pack the bucket and spade because Fraser Island is the biggest sandpit your sandcastle building kids are ever likely to encounter. When they’re not busy constructing sandy castles, take your tots for a dip in Lake Mackenzie or Lake Birrabeen, two calm, crystal clear lakes surrounded by soft, bone white sand. Both are startlingly beautiful but Lake Birrabeen is far less crowded than the more famous Lake Mackenzie, which makes it a lovely quiet spot for a paddle with the kids.
When travelling on Fraser with younger kids, we’d advise staying in a hotel, cabins, or holiday rental rather than camping, as there will be more for them to do and they’ll sleep more safely at night. Parents should be especially vigilant around
Fraser Island’s dingoes with younger children, because, as cute and appealing as the “doggies” are to youngsters, they’re wild animals.
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.
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.
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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