A trip to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island, is a must-do on every Australian’s travel bucket list. Seemingly endless picture perfect beaches, lush rain-forests, freshwater lakes and native wildlife make for a truly iconic and magical Australian experience. With virtually no roads, except for in the township, traveling by 4×4 is the best way to experience the island. As specialists in recreational vehicle hire, we’ve compiled this list of the top 10 things to do at Fraser Island. Whether you’re traveling with some mates, your family, or by yourself, tick these experiences off for an incredible adventure.
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Here Goes Each One Of The Attractions In Details:
Is a 75 Mile stretch of white sand beach highway a figment of your imagination? It might be something that 4WD enthusiasts dream of, but it is a reality on Fraser Island. Here, the island’s longest beach doubles as a public road for 4WDers to reach great fishing spots, sand blows, restaurants, campgrounds and more. Spend the day exploring the entire 121 kilometer length. The hard-packed sand makes this ‘road’ is suitable for beginner off-road drivers.
Please be advised that swimming anywhere along 75 Mile Beach is discouraged due to the strong currents and large population of sharks.
The Champagne Pools were named because of the way the frothy Champagne-like bubbles crash over the rocks into these natural rock pools. They’re the only salt water spot on the island where it’s safe to swim but do take care. The rocks can be sharp and slippery and larger waves do sometimes crash over the pools. Caution aside, the Champagne Pools are one of the most popular destinations on the island for a reason. Sit and relax in the sun or head there just before sunset to watch the sky dramatically change color.
10kms north of Happy Valley, you’ll find the slowly deteriorating hull of the shipwrecked ship, Maheno. It was once one of the fastest ships in the world and was used as target practice by the Air-force during the Second World War Driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935, the Maheno ship met a stormy end and is now one of the most popular sights on Fraser Island.
Visitors aren’t allowed to touch the ship, but you can get close to the hull to explore the haunting site.
On Fraser Island, it’s more than just the beach! Explore the Central Station Rainforest which was once the main hub for the island’s forestry department. Now, it’s a great place for 4WDing, picnicking and camping.
Don’t miss the information center for information on the plants and wildlife in the area and the gorgeous rain-forest surrounding Wanggoolba Creek. There’s also a few short walks if you feel like stretching your legs.
Although Fraser Island has more than 100 freshwater lakes, Eli Creek is one of the most popular places for swimming on the island. Boasting crystal clear water with a white sandy bottom, let the gentle current float you downstream. And, if you don’t feel like getting wet, enjoy a scenic boardwalk around the creek. It’s well worth the trip!
When trying to drive through the Eli creek on the beach, avoid high tide as the water can gouge deep channels in the sand.
Most of Fraser Island is part of the Great Sandy National Park that features some incredible 4WD tracks weaving through bush and rainforest. To taste the best the island has to offer, drive the 71 kilometre Northern Forests and Lake Garawongera circuit or the 75 kilometre Southern and Central Lakes Scenic Drives. Both these drives are best done as full day or overnight adventures and showcase some incredible views and lakes. Please see the National Park website for more information.
Formed over the last 2 million years, iron rich minerals leached into the sand to form the 72 different colors that make up the colorful cliffs that are the Pinnacles. Our favorite time to visit is at sunrise or sunset when the gentle light makes the colors particularly vibrant.
Between July and November every year, humpback whales can be seen from Double Island Point as they migrate south. Watch them swimming, playing with their calves and leaping out of the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait. If you’d like to get a little closer, book a tour. Most providers guarantee sightings and include morning or afternoon tea.
Although Fraser Island is somewhat undeveloped, there are a few restaurants that serve exceptional food to add a bit of luxury to your stay. Seabelle in the Kingfisher Bay Resort is one of our favorites! With an indigenously inspired menu crafted with seasonal, local produce and fresh seafood, it’s a gourmet take on Australian bush tucker, set in an architecturally designed complex in the bush.
Even if you’re not an early morning person, waking up to see the sunrise at Waddy Point is a must-do. This secluded location at the northern edge of the island provides a dramatic scenery to watch the sun rise. Nearby you’ll also find the island’s only lighthouse at Sandy Cape, Lake McKenzie and the Champagne Pools so you’ll have plenty of activities to fill your day too.
Most of the top 10 things to do at Fraser Island are only accessible by 4WD. While you can take a tour to explore the rainforest, visit Maheno or experience 75 Mile Beach, there’s nothing like the freedom of having your own off-road vehicle.
If you’re leaving from Brisbane, simply pick up a 4WD from our office before you head north. As well as being regularly maintained, all of our recreational vehicles include comprehensive insurance, unlimited kilometres and 24 hour RACQ roadside assistance for your peace of mind.
Permits are required to drive on Fraser Island. Obtain your permit here on the Queensland National Parks website.
Do note, not all 4WD hire companies let you take their vehicles on the sand. Ask before you book or reserve a FleetCrew 4WD that’s made to be taken off-road. To view the vehicles available to hire for your Fraser Island holiday, click here or contact us today for a free quote.
Also, see more travel information in the below guides focused on Fraser Island Tour on a 4WD:
Guide 1: Fraser Island on 4WD- Ferries, Camping, Hotels & More
Guide 2: Fraser Island on 4wd- Travel itinerary, Accommodations & More