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Fraser island or the Whitsundays?

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1. Posted by chamur (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

I'm planning my five weeks of travelling Australia, and I'm starting to realize that I have far too expencive plans. My four biggest plans are currently this:

- Getting an Advanced Diver licence, and doing the Yongala dive in Townsville ($460)
- Doing the whitsundays (from $139 and up, depending on if i just want a daytrip or what)
- Camping on Fraser Island for two nights and three days, included two extra nights on hostel and driving around on the island ($389)
- 5 days of Surf camp from Byron Bay to Sydney, everything included, transport too.

So, I cant make up my mind. I'm thinking of dropping either Fraser Island or the Whitsundays, but which one? if I drop Fraser island, I will do one of the bigger sail cruises on the Whitsundays, not just one day. Which would you rather reccomend?

2. Posted by DavidAtk (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

I've done both and whilst Fraser was great, the whitsundays boat trip absolutely rocked and has been the highlight of my oz trip so far!

3. Posted by aboo10 (Respected Member 122 posts) 5y

Don't miss Fraser Island!!! It is amazing!!

4. Posted by chamur (Budding Member 3 posts) 5y

Ugh, everybody keep saying different things to me all the time, I can't make up my mind! I'd love to do both, but at this point that is not an option... :(

5. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 5y

I'd keep the Whitsundays and not go to Fraser Island if the choice was between the two. If you've got 5 weeks you could always hike Fraser Island, the ferry is free for pedestrians and camping is about $7 per night in the National Parks camp grounds.

6. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 5y

Since we don't know anything about you it's difficult to recommend what you might like more. Your profile says you are from Norway, but not whether you are male or female.

For most, the fun thing to do on Fraser Island is drive around in the sand, hooning about with your jeep mates. Camping overnight is also fun, but it depends on who you end up with in the jeep. When you sign up you aren't given much choice and Ive heard from some people that they got stuck with boring or annoying folk, My crew was awesome and it's those guys that made the trip for me. There is a fair bit of drinking involved with these trips.

Whitsundays is also a fantastic experience. I'm not sure I'd bother with a day trip, as for me the real experience was sailing out there and mooring over night in beautiful deserted bays, then snorkeling in the daytime, or night if you felt like it. I did my trip on a smaller boat with only 8 others, which makes for a much better trip than some of the cattle boats.

If you are in Aus for 5 weeks and you live in Norway, maybe your plan is to go home via SEA? So how about skipping the expensive dive class in Aus and do that in say Thailand where you can save a load and still have a great dive experience.