Located off the Sunshine Coast north of Brisbane, Fraser Island juts out like a knife from the backpacker havens of Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach. Famous for its sand dunes and wild dingos, the island also offers beautiful lush scenery, iridescent waters and playful marine life.
Stretching over 123 kilometers with an area of 84,000 hectares, it is the largest sand island in the world. A long beloved eco-retreat for locals and tourists alike, Fraser Island was inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 1992.
Described as a natural wonder, the island boasts more than a hundred freshwater lakes, as well as numerous streams and tributaries.
The indigenous tribe who populated the island long before modern Australians arrived, named the island K’gari, which means paradise – an apt name for such a beautiful isle.
The island is also a haven for myriad bird and wildlife species, including red and green king parrots, scarlet honeyeaters and brightly plumed kingfishers, as well as the much-maligned dingos, which are said to be the purest form of dingo breed in the whole of Australia – believed to have been introduced to the island between 3,000-8,000 years ago.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy while you’re here, including exhilarating 4WD road tours, humpback whale watching (between August and October), scenic hikes across the dunes and through the rainforest and swimming in serene lakes naturally infused with essential oils.
Fraser Island (K’Gari)