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1. Posted by cthong85 (Budding Member 36 posts) 7y

Heading to Queensland in coming June...choosing between Fraser Island, Whitsunday coast or Hamilton island.

Which one would you vote for because i only have 4 days?

Thanks

2. Posted by boreal2673 (Respected Member 345 posts) 7y

Having been to all three I would recommend Fraser Island.. It is beautiful, exotic, and unique.. The lakes are incredible and getting there is the adventure. Not that the other places are great, but Fraser takes it. I have been to beautiful beaches before, but nothing tops a Fraser experience...

3. Posted by makka (Respected Member 248 posts) 7y

Quoting boreal2673

Having been to all three I would recommend Fraser Island.. It is beautiful, exotic, and unique.. The lakes are incredible and getting there is the adventure. Not that the other places are great, but Fraser takes it. I have been to beautiful beaches before, but nothing tops a Fraser experience...

i conccur ... it really is an amazing experience with im sure awesome people!

i have many a good memories from my trip!

4. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 7y

Fraser Island is definitely more of an adventure, getting in a 4x4 and exploring the island is amazing. I think the Whitsundays are more accessible and would be more of a "resort" experience, snorkelling and diving etc.

Depends what you're after

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 7y

I think I would choose the Whitsundays, personally, 'cause they're a great mix of beautiful beaches and great marine life. That doesn't make Fraser Island any less lovely and interesting though!

6. Posted by nouse4name (Budding Member 11 posts) 7y

Fraser Island. Beautiful island for camping, there's heaps to see on Fraser, including Lake McKenzie, Ahhhh..... I wish I was there right now.

7. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

yeah fraser is so diverse. lakes, rain forests, giant sand dunes, dingoes, rainbow gorge...

maybe you can do a few nights there and squeeze in a day trip to whitehaven beach.

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 7y

Fraser and Hamilton Islands are two different styles of holidays. Fraser Isle is more about camping and nature whereas Hamilton's more about the resort and relaxing.

I've been to Hamilton and can recommend it, although like most of those islands you can get a bit restless after a few days.

9. Posted by skydiving (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Fraser Island is a must! My wife and I did 3 days with Cool Dingo tours. If you got to sail the Whitsundays check the weather and don't book Schooner Friendship.

Dan -snip-

[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]

10. Posted by iloveoz (Budding Member 7 posts) 7y

As others pointed out, it depends on what kind of holiday you want.

While I agree with the others that Frasier is definitely the most unique, I actually preferred the Whitsundays. But I think part of that has to do with the fact that I had a bad experience with the 4x4 on Frasier.

If you're really into camping and outdoorsy stuff, you should definitely consider Frasier. Although you can't swim in the ocean there, you can swim in the lakes, and some of them are the most beautiful I've ever seen.

Now the Whitsundays also are gorgeous. If you get a chance to see Whitehaven Beach, it truly is one of the most beautiful beaches I've ever seen. If you just want to relax, you may prefer it here, though it's not going to be a whole lot different than other beaches you can holiday at. It all depends what you're after.

Back to Frasier: Beware if you do one of the backpacker tours where you're put in a group. I think if I were to do it over again, I'd go with an organized tour bus on Frasier instead of being put in a group of random backpackers to drive and camp with. They can be a lot of fun, and most of the people I met who did them had a great group and fabulous time, but they can be dangerous. There have been quite a few accidents with the 4x4s on the island, and one actually overturned when I was at Frasier. Fortunately, everyone survived that one with just a few scratches. Most backpackers don't really know how to drive these vehicles on the sand and we had a few irresponsible drivers in our group who ruined the trip for the rest of us. Unfortunately, I was terrified and nauseous most of the time, which damped my experience on the island. If you can get together a group of people that you know and trust--including an experienced 4x4 driver--I think it would be more fun. :)

Athena