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1. Posted by Dani girl (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

I'd really like to have a good look round Fraser Island..I love hiking or should I say bushwalking but am not sure how you get to Island, where the ferries go from or how you get about once you get there.

Any suggestions?

Many many thanks,
Dani

2. Posted by kir19 (Inactive 55 posts) 9y

Hi Dani,

Fraser Island is a wonderful and magical place. It is by far my favorite place in the world (so far, haha)!

Unfortunately, I was only able to spend 3 days there, but I would recommend staying a week. If you have camping equipment, this is an excellent option. There are only 2 accomodations on the island (aside from camping) Eurong resort and Kingfisher resort. I don't remember the exact cost, but it is more expensive than staying in a hostel.

In terms of getting around the island, a 4x4 truck is a must. There are no roads on the island, so you have to drive in the sand. My boyfriend and I rented a car from Oz tracks (i think) and another company is called Ozi roving. There are many companies in Hervey Bay that you can rent a car from. Oh and the ferries to the island leave from Hervey Bay. Some of the car rental companies organize group trips to the island. This is a good idea if you are a solo traveller.

Hope this helps. Enjoy Enjoy Enjoy!!!!

3. Posted by abesworld (Budding Member 48 posts) 9y

I LOVE FRASER ISLAND. Go to Lake McKenzie. It's a must. Feels so good, even if it's freezing cold. I went with a group and I was a bit younger, so I can't really help you out in terms of logistical suggestions, but I remember walking along the beach, seeing the shipwreck (Maheno), seeing the different colored rocks, I forget what that was all about. Amazing views all around, the lake was great but don't swim in the ocean, sharks I'm pretty sure.. HAVE FUN!!

4. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 9y

Hiya, I did Fraser Island on a group tour, it is lovely but I wished I'd done it independently.

5. Posted by Jumpers (First Time Poster 1 posts) 9y

Hey Dani Girl,

Fraser Island is a must, I was atour guide on Fraser Island for 7 years.
Now working in Hervey Bay. There are four main accommodation area on the Island Kingfisher ( The most expensive) Eurong Beach Resort Fraser Island Retreat at Happy Valley and Catherdrals Beach Resort.
The island is 124 km long and 28 km wide at it's widest point, and YES ALL SAND. Queensland National parks have develped the Great Walks Trail on Fraser Island, This starts at Dilli Village and Finishes at Happy Valley. Check out the Queensland Goverment EPA Web site for all the details on hiking.

But your best way to see Fraser Island is to get your own car, and DRIVE IT, 4 to 5 days is by far enough time to see everything and also allow you time for some good hikes through the island, most people say 3 days cause they do the arranged self drive trips, were they jam 11 people into one 4x4.

Guided Tours The Fraser Island Compnay in my opionon has the best 3 day tour to Fraser Island small group, and takes in parts of the island that is not a populated by thousands of tourist, like most of the other tour groups, there time is much more spent on seeing Fraser Island.

Lake McKenzie is beautiful, but so are the other 42 lakes on Fraser Island, and they don't have 1500 people laying around them like Lake McKenzie does.

I hope this helps

6. Posted by Dani girl (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Wow I'm even more excited about going now. Thanks for the information everyone and most especially the enthusiasm!!!

Thanks particularly to Jumpers as I see it is your first time post..I feel honoured! What are you doing in Hervey Bay now?

Thank you,
Dani

7. Posted by dannyboy7 (Full Member 167 posts) 9y

Hey Dani,
I stayed at a backpackers called Koalas while in Hervey bay and they do there own package where they give a group of 10 of you, all from the hostel ,a 4x4 and all your camping gear and a shopping list and a run down of what to expect when you get there..... i had a fantastic time for the 3 days i spent there...... just getting from the boat to indian head was the best fun i've ever had.....you'll see what i mean when you get there...lol.....
have fun
danny

8. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 9y

I agree that Lake Mackenzie is spectacular, but like Jumpers pointed out, there's others which are far less crowded. The group I was with went to Lake Wabby and the guide had boogie boards along which we used to slide down the dune with into the lake. That was my favourite place on Fraser. This photo is taken right near there. The tree stump has become stone.

Our guide also laid emphasis on the damage that is caused by individuals 4WDriving across the sand/dunes and so forth, but I think that is a choice every person should make for themselves. Although I might well normally have chosen the independent method (ie. rent a truck and drive it myself), I was studying at the time and we had a big group that just opted for the more tour type thing together. It was great fun and I've never regretted it (big 4WD bus type vehicle and a great guide to give us a better understanding of what we were seeing etc.).

Anyway, regardless of how you get around it, it's a fantastic place! Enjoy!!

9. Posted by Dani girl (Budding Member 49 posts) 9y

Thanks all, seems like whatever way you do it, it's an amazing place!!!!

Am super excited now, thanks for all your help and advice...it's really great when you get so many different ideas about something!

Thanks,
Dani