31 Best Things To Do In Fraser Island (K’gari) 2024 Guide
Looking for the best things to do in Fraser Island (K’gari) and wondering how to spend your time when visiting one of the best places on the East Coast? Having recently visited, I’m sharing my travel guide for what to do in K’gari.
Expect to read about the best tours in Fraser Island, the best ways to get around the island, best Fraser Island attractions as well as how many days you should spend on Fraser Island and whether you can visit without a car needed.
What is Fraser Island best known for?
K’gari, formerly known as Fraser Island is best known for being home to the world’s largest sand island. Home to the Butchulla people who lived on the island for 5000 years, K’gari is a magical island with so much history including 500 Indigenous archaeological sites, exceptional wildlife being famed for bird life, dingos and whale watching, as well as spectacular outdoor adventures for some of the best best driving in the world.
As one of the best places to visit on the East Coast of Australia, it’s no wonder visiting Fraser Island really does live up to the hype. With that in mind, let’s get started with some of the ways you can visit Fraser Island.
How many days should you spend on Fraser Island?
Unsure about how many days you should spend on Fraser Island? If you’ve not been before, you might be wondering if a day trip is worth it? If you’re coming from Hervey Bay, check out our guide for the 7 Best Fraser Island Day Trips From Hervey Bay. And yes, you can certainly tick off the main attractions in one day, but I highly recommend staying longer.
We spent three days on Fraser Island and while we saw all of the main sights at a leisurely speed, I could have easily spent a few more days there.
Make sure you read this guide because I learnt a lot about the tag along and self drive options on my recent visit, that I would definitely re-consider whether they are the best option for first time visitors and for anyone who has never driven on sand before.
Join a tour with K’gari Explorer Tours
I did the 3 day, 2 night Fraser Island tour with K’gari Explorer Tours which is a 4WD coach tour around the island. Now, I wouldn’t usually pick a coach tour but we loved it, especially when I saw one of the self-drive cars I was initially interested in. It was so small, I don’t even know how we would have slept in it or even driven it on sand!
They also run 2 Day tours, which is where you’ll miss out on staying at the fantastic Kingfisher Bay Resort. This is an amazing resort, full of loads of activities like the incredible Bushtucker Talk & Taste which I’ll talk more about in this guide.
And if you’re stuck for time, check out their 1 Day K’gari Explorer Tour which is a day trip from Hervey Bay. You’ll see the same sights as you would in the 2 day and 3 day trip, except for Lake Wabby and Kingfisher Bay Resort, but you won’t get much time at each spot.
2. Take a tour to Pelican Banks
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.
3. Swim with whales
Hervey Bay and K’gari (Fraser Island) is home 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.
4. Stay at least a night at Kingfisher Bay Resort
I would highly recommend staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort which is located next to the car ferry on the West Coast. We’ve stayed at a lot of resorts on various islands on the East Coast, and Kingfisher Bay Resort is up there as being one of the best. Wanna know why? The resort is located in an amphitheatre opposite the beach and immersed in the incredible Wallam Wetlands area.
The hotel is relatively modern with three restaurants to choose from, plenty of daily activities and super comfy beds. Need I say more? You can check out our guide, My Honest Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay Resort Review to find out more details about our stay there.
Below are some of the highlights for staying at this resort.
5. Learn about the native plants and medicinal powers on the Wallam Walk
As soon as we arrived at Kingfisher Bay Resort, we jumped on the Ranger guided eco walk around the Wallam Westlands. Now, I can’t believe I have never done a walk like this before, because we learnt so much about the native plants and medicinal powers the Butchulla people would have used when they lived on the island for 5000 years. We were totally blown away by everything we learnt from our knowledgeable guide.
6. Bushtucker talk and taste
After we finished the Wallam Walk, we went straight into the Bush tucker talk & taste experience which was the perfect thing to do. We had a plate full of of plants, seeds and fruit to try and it was such a cool experience, especially as they give you the recipe for the amazing pesto you get to try!
You’ll discover how these foods are sourced, prepared, and used in traditional cooking. It’s an awesome experience that offers a deeper understanding of the island’s Aboriginal heritage and their connection to the land, along with the chance to try unique flavours and dishes.
7. Go on a ranger guided segway tour
While you’re at Kingfisher Bay Resort, jump on a segway tour led by a ranger to learn about the island’s eco-system and how all of the water used on the island comes from the underground system. It’s a fun, eco-friendly way to explore, suitable for most ages and fitness levels.
8. Night walk at Kingfisher Bay Resort
A night walk at Kingfisher Bay is an experience that reveals the nocturnal side of Fraser Island. Guided by a ranger, you’ll venture into the darkness, discovering the island’s wildlife that comes alive at night on a Night Walk.
If a night adventure is your kind of thing, then the sounds of the forest, the rustling of leaves, and the possibility of spotting unique creatures like nocturnal birds, reptiles, or even dingoes, make this walk an exciting adventure.
As you sail along the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait, you’ll be treated to stunning views of the sunset over the island and the mainland. It’s a peaceful and picturesque experience that showcases the natural beauty of Fraser Island from a different perspective.
10. Or watch the sunset from the Sunset Bar
Walk down to the jetty and pop by the Sunset Bar for a drink to watch the sun setting over the water (a rare opportunity on the East Coast of Australia!). We stopped by for a quick drink before we had to leave the island and if the weather was on our side, we would have totally come down here for the evening.
11. Eat at Dune Restaurant
If you’re staying at Kingfisher Bay, make sure you make a booking for Dune Restaurant, serving up Asian cuisine. It’s a popular restaurant and mains cost around $30-$40 with big portion sizes. We ordered the drunken noodles and green curry and both were good.
Top Attractions to see on K’gari (Fraser Island)
12. Visit the most popular spot: Lake McKenzie
When you visit Lake McKenzie, you’ll soon realise it is a crown jewel of Fraser Island and the most popular place to visit in K’gari. This perched lake, with its unbelievably clear water and pure silica sand, is a natural wonder (and one of the softest sands in the world with Whitehaven Beach beating it to the top spot). Ideal for swimming, its gentle, crystal-clear waters are both invigorating and soothing.
The fresh water lake has minerals in it that will make your skin feel super soft and the turquoise colour which gets lighter closer to the shore is visible due to where the lake bed has been worn away by people paddling close to the shore.
You’re not allowed to bring any food or drinks (except water) down to Lake Mckenzie due to the dingos roaming around the area. If you take any food down there, you could be fined. There is a picnic area at the top by the car park to use if needed as well as toilet facilities.
Eli Creek is an amazing spot for a floatie experience down the largest creek on Fraser Island. As the largest freshwater creek on the eastern side of the island, it pours millions of liters of water into the ocean daily.
You can wade or float down the gently flowing creek, enjoying the cool, clear water and the lush vegetation that lines its banks. If you’re on a tour, floaties will be provided, otherwise bring your own. This is a popular activity for kids especially, but watch out as we saw quite a few dingos hanging around. We’ve written more about this unique place in our guide, 10 Tips To Know Before Visiting Eli Creek In Fraser Island.
14. Visit the historic Maheno Shipwreck
The Maheno Shipwreck is a hauntingly beautiful and historical landmark on 75 Mile Beach. This once-luxurious ocean liner, beached during a cyclone in 1935, now stands as a sinking relic against the backdrop of the ocean.
Exploring the shipwreck offers a glimpse into the past, making it a must-see for history buffs and photographers alike. Go on a scenic flight with Air Fraser like we did and you’ll land right over it which is super cool!
One thing to note is you can’t get closer than three metres to the Maheno shipwreck or climb on it. Trust me, people have done it which is basically contributing towards the demise of this historic site. Please do not stand on it, that’s just crazy! Check out our guide, Tips For Visiting The Famous Maheno Shipwreck In Fraser Island before you go!
15. Swim at the Champagne Pools
I was really looking forward to seeing the Champagne Pools which is renowned for its jacuzzi experience. It’s a short walk down to the rock pools from the carpark, and while natural rock walls provide a barrier from the shark infested waters, it is a fun and unique spot for a refreshing dip, with the added thrill of waves splashing over into the pools.
Lake Wabby is a unique and ecologically significant spot on Fraser Island. This deep, green lake is bordered on one side by a massive sand dune and on the other by eucalyptus forest, creating a striking contrast.
It’s the deepest lake on the island and is slowly being taking over by the advancing sand dune. Swimming in Lake Wabby is a beautiful experience due to the magical energy here, with the clear, green waters offering a cool and refreshing escape. The lake is also a home for several fish species, adding to its ecological importance.
It took us about 40 minutes to walk to Lake Wabby and we just adored it. Honestly, make sure you go.
17. See Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek
We were blown away by Central Station which was once the heart of the logging industry on Fraser Island. Now standing as a testament to the island’s history and natural beauty, the nearby Wanggoolba Creek, with its crystal-clear, silently flowing waters, is honestly one of the most pinch me moments for being in a rainforest setting.
There’s an 800m board walk which takes you through the world’s only rainforest built on sand. You’ll see the cabins which were used for the logging industry in the early 1900s which is where a community lived as well as school and much more in the area.
18. Drive along 75 Mile Beach
The 75 Mile Beach is not just a beach; it’s an iconic highway, an airstrip, and it honestly feels like you’re driving on another planet. Driving along this sandy stretch is an adventure in itself. You’ll pass by coloured sand cliffs, shipwrecks, and bubbling fish-filled rock pools.
Just be careful if you’re driving in a hire car or tag along tour as you may come across flooded creeks to pass or uneven sand which could blow your tyres.
19. But don’t go swimming in the ocean
While Fraser Island’s beaches are stunning, swimming in the ocean is not allowed on the East Coast of 75 Mile Beach because it’s home to strong currents, dangerous rips, and a population of sharks, making ocean swimming risky.
Instead, Fraser island offers many safer alternatives for swimming, such as the places mentioned above like the perched lakes, Champagne Pools, and creeks, where you can enjoy the water’s beauty and refreshment without the dangers of the open ocean.
20. Visit The Pinnacles
The Pinnacles on Fraser Island are a stunning display of nature’s artistry. These coloured sand cliffs showcase a spectrum of hues – from reds to oranges and yellows, formed over thousands of years. Local Dreamtime stories add a layer of mystique to these natural formations which is also a women’s only area. Please respect this and men please avoid the lookout. The view from the beach is actually better, so you’re not missing out.
21. Red Canyon
Red Canyon down the beach from The Pinnacles offers a unique and less frequented natural attraction on Fraser Island. The canyon’s walls, composed of red and yellow sand, create a striking natural feature.
Walking through this area feels like stepping into a different world, with the colours and formations providing a stark contrast to the typical beach and forest landscapes of the island.
22. Take a scenic flight over Fraser Island
You know, we nearly didn’t do a scenic flight over K’gari (Fraser Island) because we didn’t think it would be worth it. But you know what? We ended up doing it and loved the experience. It cost us $100 each for a 15 minute flight over Fraser Island.
We visited lesser known lakes like the amazing Butterfly Lake and did an epic landing flying right over the Maheno shipwreck which was super cool. I would highly recommend seeing the island from above, it’s a great experience no matter what the weather looks like.
23. Check out the 1200 year old trees on the island
When we were on our way back to the ferry on the West Coast, we passed by the Valley of The Giants which is home to to the largest and oldest trees on Fraser Island. The wider the dimension of the trees, the older they are. We saw some that are 1200 years old which is pretty remarkable!
24. Stay Dingo safe
Fraser Island offers a unique opportunity to photograph wild dingoes in their natural habitat but don’t get close to them and be careful because they are dangerous. These animals, significant to the island’s ecosystem, can often be seen roaming the beaches or the bushland. They will certainly hang around any picnics or anywhere you’re serving up food, so be very careful. There have been a lot of dingo attacks and it’s best to remember there are wild animals, not dogs.
You’ll notice Dingo sticks around various areas of the island which you can use to protect yourself if you feel threatened by one.
25. Star gazing on the beach
Fraser Island’s remote location and minimal light pollution make it an ideal spot for stargazing. Lying on the beach under a canopy of stars offers a humbling and awe-inspiring experience. The clear night sky, filled with constellations and the Milky Way, is a reminder of the vastness of the universe and the beauty of the natural world in the World Heritage site.
26. Go Fishing on Fraser Island
Fishing is a popular activity on Fraser Island, with the island’s waters teeming with a variety of fish species. Whether you’re an experienced angler or trying it for the first time, fishing here can be both relaxing and exciting. From beach fishing to exploring the island’s creeks and estuaries, there are plenty of spots to cast a line and enjoy the thrill of the catch.
27. Sunrise at Eurong Beach
If you’re staying at K’gari Beach Resort or in the area, wake up that little bit earlier and watch the sunrise at Eurong Beach which is a spectacular experience. The early morning light painting the sky in hues of pink and orange, reflected on the calm ocean, is a sight to be seen.
It’s a perfect spot for those who appreciate the simpler joys of nature – the sound of waves crashing, the soft sand underfoot, and the fresh ocean breeze. Eurong Beach at sunrise isn’t just a visual treat; it’s a moment of serenity that sets a tranquil tone for the day.
28. Enjoy the views at Indian Head
Indian Head is the largest spot on the most easterly point on Fraser Island, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the island’s coastline and the ocean. As you stand atop this rocky outcrop, keep an eye out for marine life like sharks, rays, and dolphins.
The view from Indian Head, especially during migration season, can include sightings of humpback whales. It’s not just a viewpoint but a window into the rich marine ecosystem surrounding the island.
Lesser known hidden gems to visit on K’gari
Discover some of the lesser known hidden gems you won’t find on a tour around K’gari (Fraser Island).
29. Lake Birrabeen
Lake Birrabeen is Fraser Island’s serene secret, a perfect escape for those seeking peace away from the crowds like you’d see at Lake Mckenzie. This clear, turquoise lake, surrounded by soft, white sand, invites you for a refreshing swim or a relaxing day under the sun.
It’s less known than Lake McKenzie or Lake Wabby, offering a more private experience. The surrounding greenery adds a touch of wilderness, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely picnic or a quiet moment with nature.
30. Watch turtles at Lake Allom
Lake Allom is a hidden spot, famous for its resident freshwater turtles. Here, you can quietly observe these graceful creatures as they swim and surface in the clear, tannin-stained waters. The lake is surrounded by a lush rainforest, creating a serene and secluded environment.
31. Hike the Fraser Island Great Walk
The Fraser Island Great Walk is one of the best treks in Australia, spanning 90 kilometers through some of the island’s most stunning landscapes. This 6-8 day hike takes you through ancient rainforests, around serene lakes, and along scenic coastlines.
It’s an opportunity to disconnect from the world and immerse yourself in nature. Whether you choose to do shorter sections or the entire trail, the walk offers a unique perspective of the island’s diverse ecosystems and wildlife, making it a must-do for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers.
I would love to do this hike, but I think I would be slightly nervous about coming across dingoes on the track. Check the Queensland Parks website for more information about the walk before you consider it.
Where to stay in Fraser Island (K’gari)
Wondering where to stay in Fraser Island? Here’s our top picks if you’re not doing the Fraser Island camping experience and looking for hotel accommodation.
Kingfisher Bay Resort: located on the West Coast, Kingfisher is an upmarket resort with heaps of daily activities, multiple swimming pools and restaurants to choose from.
K’gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort) – Located at Eurong, this centrally located hotel is perfect for those looking to tick off all the 75 Mile Beach attractions.
Fraser Island Retreat – located in Happy Valley, this retreat offers bungalows as well as a swimming pool and an onsite bistro and bar.
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