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7 Best Fraser Island Day Trips From Hervey Bay

Need to find the best Fraser Island day trips from Hervey Bay, but unsure which one is the right one for you? In this guide, I’m sharing the best tours to K’gari so you can choose which one will suit your budget, time and preference.

Expect to read about the top day tours as well as half-day trips, hidden gems and much more to explore when visiting the world’s largest sand island. This guide is only for day tours from Hervey Bay, not from Rainbow Beach or Sunshine Coast unfortunately.


Why do a tour to Fraser Island?

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If you’re not keen on spending multiple days on the island, you can indeed to Fraser Island as a day trip. While you could easily spend a week, if longer on the island, it is possible to see the main sights in one day. Although you won’t get a lot of time at each sight, you’ll still be able to see the amazing crystal clear freshwater lakes and most popular one: Lake Mckenzie, Champagne Pools, Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck and much more!

One of the best reasons for doing a tour to Fraser Island is you don’t have to worry about damaging your car or worse off, a hire car.

If you’re not an experienced 4wd driving on sand, you may find it quite tricky and you could send up rolling the car or getting bogged many times. Yes you don’t need to do a tour to see Fraser Island as long as you come prepared with paper maps (Google Maps often mixes up roads), check the tides and properly plan your trip.

We were always more of the do our own adventures kind of people, but since we recently visited Fraser Island on the K’gari Explorer Tour, I’m so glad we didn’t drive ourselves because I think it would have been a bit stressful. You can read all about the 3 day, 2 night tour in my K’gari Explorer Tour Review where I break down absolutely everything you need to know about this tour.

Here are the best Fraser island day tours from Harvey Bay.


1. Book the ultimate day trip from Hervey Bay

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If you’re looking to see all of the famous places in K’gari, then you must book this day trip from Hervey Bay with K’gari Explorer Tour. We did the 3 day trip, and you’ll see almost the exact same attractions on the day trip except for Lake Wabby and you’ll miss out on a stay at the beautiful Kingfisher Bay Resort.

As the most comprehensive tour in (Fraser Island) K’gari, you’ll gain local knowledge from the excellent tour guides and see the best areas: Lake Mckenzie, Maheno Shipwreck, the jaw-dropping ancient rainforest of Central Station, The Pinnacles, Champagne Pools and of course float down the insta worthy Eli Creek.

I highly recommend booking this air conditioned 4WD tour if it’s the only one you have time to do. You won’t regret it! If you want to read our review, check out my 2 night, 3 day K’gari Explore Tour Review before you book.


2. Book a Aussie BBQ cruise to Fraser Island

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This five hour half day tour departing from Hervey Bay takes you to the stunning calm waters of the remote Pelican Banks on K’gari (Fraser Island) for a swim, kayak, fish and wildlife spotting adventure. You’ll be given morning tea before tucking into a gourmet BBQ lunch including fresh seafood.


3. Explore the remote western side of Fraser Island

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Looking to do something a little different on K’gari, formerly Fraser Island? Why not explore the remote Western side of the World Heritage listed K’gari by jumping on this day tour which includes kayaking, snorkelling, swimming and hiking as well as lunch.


4. Fraser Island 4-Hour Eco-Sailing Adventure

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If you’re looking for a chilled our Fraser Island tour, join this four hour eco-sailing adventure to the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait. Here you’ll visit the heart of the dolphin playground while enjoying the pristine waters of Pelican Bank.

You may even spot from humpback whales if you’re visiting between June – November too. This is a fantastic relaxing half-day trip for anyone looking for things to do in Hervey Bay.


5. Book a beautiful sunset sailing tour around Hervey Bay and Fraser Island

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If you’re looking for things to do in Hervey Bay at night, why not go on a Champagne Sunset Sailing Tour? This 90 minute tour will see panoramic views of Hervey bay and K’gari as you kick back and enjoy a glass of bubbly with the other guests on board. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those who are short on time, but looking for a memorable experience.


6. Swim with whales in Fraser Island

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Hervey Bay and K’gari (Fraser Island) is some to some of the best whale watching tours in Australia. Jump on this affordable 9 hour day trip to swim with whales! You’ll also get an opportunity to kayak in the crystal clear waters of Awinya or Bowarradt Creek while cruising along the pristine Great Sandy Strait in Fraser Island.


7. Book a wildlife cruise and lookout for the infamous dingos

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Sit back on this five hour unique wildlife cruise as you go looking for all of the abundant wildlife that sits on the precious eco-systems of K’gari. This is the only day tour that takes you to the southern end of the marine park and Ramsar protected wetlands.

Here you’ll visit the pristine waters of the Great Sandy Straits, as well as Woody Island, North White Cliffs, Ungowa and Garry’s Anchorage. You’ll receive a light lunch and morning tea while enjoying the fantastic scenery and natural beauty that awaits.


Where to stay in Hervey Bay

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In need of Hervey Bay accommodation? Check out our top picks!

  1. Luxury – Grand Mercure Allegra: Metres from the beach offering luxury self-contained apartments with spa bath and a lagoon pool.
  2. Mid Range – Eden by the Bay: Free parking, shared swimming pool, ocean views and a fully equipped kitchen in your room.
  3. Mid Range – Ramada Encore by Wyndham Whale Cove: 300m from the beach, you’ll have access to an 25m lagoon pool, free wifi and apartment rooms.
  4. Budget – Tasman Holiday Parks: 6 acres of tropical landscaped gardens to enjoy a large swimming pool and games room, with spacious bungalow accommodation.

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