Fraser Island, Queensland
The 122 kilometre-long Fraser Island is the world’s biggest sand island and is teeming with natural beauty.
The island was World Heritage-listed in 1992, and its sand cliffs, long, white beaches and eye-poppingly beautiful lakes are all highlights, drawing in visitors from around the world.
Among the island’s many lakes - and there are over 100 freshwater lakes - are “the jewel of Fraser”, Lake McKenzie, with pure white sound making its clear blue water even more beautiful, and the world’s largest perched lake, Lake Boomajin, with tea-coloured water from the tannins in the native vegetation.
Getting Around Fraser Island
A four-wheel drive is needed to explore Fraser, and these can be hired from a number of local operators or ferried over from the mainland (be aware that a permit is necessary to drive on the island).
The hiking on Fraser is superb, and the 90 kilometre Fraser Island Walk is there for those who want both a challenge and some spectacular scenery. Mountain biking is allowed on the eastern and western beaches, but caution is advised due to all the four-wheel drives. Beach fishing is also permitted.
The non-human residents of Fraser are a source of wonder for visitors, with over 350 bird species (and 18 birds of prey), as well as turtles, dolphins and dugongs. Sharks and rays can be spotted from outlooks such as Indian Head. There is also the purest breed of dingoes in Australia, and these are strictly not to be fed and should not be approached.
The nearest airport to the island is at Hervey Bay, which is served by Virgin Australia from Sydney and Melbourne, and Qantas Link from Brisbane. From Hervey Bay, a bus connection can take a traveller to the ferry terminal at the southeast end of the bay, and then connects to Fraser. Ferries are also available from River Heads and Inskip Point.
Fraser Island Climate
The island enjoys a sub-tropical climate, with average temperatures on the coast of 22-28 degrees Celsius in December and 14-21 degrees in July, with hotter temperatures inland. January and March are the wettest times of year. The August to October period is notable for the many opportunities to watch migrating humpback whales.
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