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Basin Lake Track
Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area

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13 7468
qpws@nprsr.qld.gov.au
www.nprsr.qld.gov.au

Description

No visit to Fraser Island is complete without visiting Central Station, which was the centre of forestry operations on the island until the 1960s. There are historic displays, old machinery and buildings, but the gem for bushwalkers is via a small access route through the surrounding rainforest to the well-constructed boardwalk overlooking Wanggoolba Creek; an idyllic haven for unique plants.

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The shallow crystal-clear water of Wanggoolba Creek winds gently between banks fringed by subtropical rainforest. See strangler figs, piccabeen palms, climbing vines and buttressed trees. This is the only place on the island where the king fern Angiopteris evecta grows and sprouts the largest fronds in the world. Interestingly the giant fronds of this relict and primitive species are supported by water pressure rather than woody tissue typical of more modern ferns.

From Wanggoolba Creek's rainforest gully walk through kauri, brush box and tall eucalypt forest to the sedge-fringed shores of Basin Lake.

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About the Walk

5.6 kilometres
2-2.5 hours
Half Day Walk
Moderate
Return
Walk along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and across the footbridge to begin the Basin Lake track.

Walk Highlights

  • Rare frog species
  • Piccabeen palms
  • Crystal-clear creek
  • King ferns
  • Subtropical and vine forests

Walk Hints

Wear sturdy footwear, sunscreen and a hat and avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. Carry sufficient drinking water.

Do not dive into the lakes, or swim in the ocean.

Be Dingo safe; follow the guidelines given in brochures and on signs. Refer to the QPWS website for more detailed information.

Best Time To Go

Birds are plentiful early morning and this pleasant walk can be enjoyed all year round. Walk early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and midday sun.

Property Details

Facilities

  • Access With Assistance for the Disabled
    Assisted Access
  • BBQ Facilities
    BBQ Facilities
  • Picnic Area
    Picnic Area
  • Public toilet
    Public toilet
  • Walking Tracks
    Walking Tracks

Activities

  • Animal Watching
    Animal Watching
  • Birdwatching
    Birdwatching
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Walking
    Walking

Other Information

Further Details:
Birds are plentiful early morning and this pleasant walk can be enjoyed all year round. Walk early morning or late afternoon to avoid the crowds and midday sun. The Basin Lake Track highlights include: rare frog species, piccabeen palms, crystal clear creeks, king ferns and sub-tropical and vine forests. Never walk alone. Always stay dingo-safe on Fraser Island - never feed dingoes and stay with your children.
The Basin Lake Track is approximately 5.6 kilometres and takes about two to 2.5 hours to complete. It has a moderate difficulty classification. Walk along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and across the footbridge to begin the Basin Lake track.
Wear sturdy footwear, sunscreen and a hat and avoid walking in the hottest part of the day. Carry sufficient drinking water. Do not dive into the lakes, or swim in the ocean.

How To Get There:
Fraser Island is about 300 kilometres north of Brisbane and 40 kilometres east of Hervey Bay and Maryborough. The island can be easily accessed from either Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay. For detailed information, refer to the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service National Park web pages.



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Basin Lake Track - Print Brochure
Map of Basin Lake Track
Great Sandy National Park
Fraser Island
Queensland 4581 Australia

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13 7468

 

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