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Fraser Island World Heritage Treasures Drive
3 Days  / 250 Kilometres

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Description

Fraser Island Treasures Drives takes you on a journey from Hervey Bay to World Heritage listed Fraser Island. Once, a very remote and inaccessible sand island, this magnificent island is now one of the world's most popular tourist destinations with a rich Aboriginal, forestry and ecological history.

It is a short vehicular ferry ride from River Heads, 20 minutes from Hervey Bay and is four wheel drive vehicle only. You can take your own, hire one, or take a guided half, full or multi day tour with one of the many experienced tour companies that operate on the island. Fraser Island is a sand island and therefore the roads are rough to very rough in parts. Check out the literature on vehicle requirements.

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It is vital you get all the information you can before your trip as the sandy road conditions change constantly and a rough to very rough.

Fraser Island, or K'Gari, meaning "paradise", is still culturally significant to the traditional Butchulla people. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and is home to over 100 untouched freshwater lakes and creeks, including the world's rarest dune lakes. Wetlands, heath decorated with wildflowers and 1,000 year old forest trees all thrive from nothing more than sand. Rainforests require high rainfall and rich soil to thrive, but for the past 800,000 years rich rainforests have defied nature and put down their roots on Fraser Island and grow 240 metres above sea level.

Fraser Island provides protection to some 350 species of birds, wallabies, possums, echidnas and Australia's purest dingo. Its lakes and the ocean that surround are home to fresh water turtles, dolphins, dugongs and of course humpback whales during their migration between May and November. Fraser Island's abundant flora and fauna create an irreplaceable natural attraction for tourists and are still the subject of great Aboriginal celebration. The island is 125 kilometres long and 30 kilometres wide. The Fraser Island Treasures Drive can be as long or as short as you wish and will take you to some of the world's most amazing natural attractions.

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Journey Routes


  • River Heads to Central Station

    Ferry Services depart from River Heads land at land at Wanggoolba Creek around three times a day. Wanggoolba Creek is a freshwater Creek on Fraser Island with its source in the Pile Valley. To visit Fraser Island it is four wheel drive vehicles only and permits are required. Off-road campers are allowed but off-road caravans are discouraged as the sandy roads are very rough. The island is a haven for adventure: enjoy a self guided getaway, guided tour, camping safari or explore the island on foot. Fraser Island has the best Australia has to offer on one island - cool ancient rainforests to walk through; over 100 fresh water lakes; huge sand blows to climb, crystal clear creeks to frolic in, the bountiful ocean to fish in. Fraser Island offers a range of different accommodation options from camping, holiday houses and units to eco tourism resorts. Please observe all current road signs on Fraser Island.
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  • Eurong to Eli Creek

    From Eurong you travel north, visiting the many natural attractions along the way. The first is Lake Wabby which is about 10 kilometres north of Eurong. To visit Lake Wabby there is some walking involved so take a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. There is a lookout which is well worth the trek. Lake Wabby is the deepest lake on the island at 12 metres in depth and also the least acidic which means it has the most aquatic life of all the lakes. Passing by Pyungan Rocks the next attraction is Rainbow Gorge, an easy 2.1 kilometres one hour walk from the beach. Walk through the low coastal shrub and sheltered cypress forest to the coloured sands. The highlight is the eerie lunar landscape of Kirra Sandblow where a spring-fed stream creates small sand formations and has exposed the underlying sandstone rock. Don't forget the camera. Yidney Rocks, Happy Valley to reach Eli Creek, an amazing freshwater creek which runs into the Pacific Ocean at a rate of four million litres an hour. Bath in the cool, fresh water and ride an air-mattress from upstream.
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  • Eli Creek to Orchid Beach

    75 Mile Beach is actually only 58 miles, or 92 kilometres long, from Hook Point to Indian Head. This drive will amaze and delight; cliffs of coloured sands, several freshwater creeks that flow across the beach a shipwreck and volcanic headland, just visible through the salty haze. Fishing in the surf gutters is excellent, but unfortunately the fierce rips and cruising sharks make it totally unsuitable for swimming or surfing. At high tide the water can come right up to the edge of the beach making it impassable. Beware of Poyungan Rocks, 11 kilometres north of Eurong, which present an obstacle at high tide. Rainbow Gorge is a 1.9 kilometre (one hour) circuit walking track while Eli Creek will give you hours of fun. There is a choice of cabins, camping, shop and fuel along the beach, however be dingo safe and campfires are prohibited. Located at Middle Rocks between Indian Head and Waddy Point just south of Orchid Beach, Champagne Pools were used as natural fish traps used by Aboriginal people, the ocean crashes over a rocky barrier and creates foaming pools on the beach side, today used as a natural, salt water spa and safe swimming spot.
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  • Central Station, Lake McKenzie to Eurong Beach

    Central Station is an old logging village from the days when tree felling was allowed on Fraser Island. It's a great place for a picnic and has camping, toilet and shower facilities. Start your trek to Lake Wabby from here along Wanggoolba Creek. Central Station was the centre of the logging industry due to its location in relation to the massive Satinay and Kauri Pines. At its peak, Central Station had around 30 houses and a school built for the loggers' children. From Central Station take a loop to Lake McKenzie, one of the most scenic lakes in the world and an absolute must to visit. Just follow the signs! Head off then to Eurong, a busy village on the eastern side of Fraser Island, a hive of activity and a backpackers paradise. There is a variety of accommodation from backpacker, families to resort style as well as fuel, shops and tourist booking centre. South of Eurong is Dilli Village. If you go, watch out for wash-outs, only travel two hours either side of high tide as the beach can get very soft. Also look out for fishermen who may not hear you over the noise of the surf.
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  • Hervey Bay to River Heads

    Hervey Bay is situated 290 kilometres north of Brisbane, the State's capital, and lies on the coast of a natural bay between the Queensland mainland and nearby Fraser Island. The local economy relies on tourism and the drawcards are: whale watching between August and November, World Heritage listed Fraser Island, and the stunning coral cay Lady Elliot Island; heritage, art and market city of Maryborough; world class fishing, to name just a few. The Fraser Coast offers all types of activities from the adventurous, the marvellous, the relaxing. The indigenous Butchulla people are the traditional residents of Hervey Bay area, and the first European sighting was made by Captain James Cook while carrying out his running survey of the east coast of Australia on 22 May 1770. Cook named the Bay Hervey's Bay after Augustus John Hervey, a naval officer who became a Lord of the Admiralty the year Endeavour returned to England. Lots of local drives take you to the hinterland winery country, the amazing coastal villages and what they have to offer, and heritage abounds all around.
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Journey Details

Duration3 Days Itinerary TypeLand
Water
Distance250 KilometresItinerary RouteReturn
Mode of Travel4x4
Boat
Level of Difficulty Moderate

Activities

  • Cruising
    Cruising
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Off Road Driving
    Off Road Driving
  • Swimming
    Swimming
  • Walking
    Walking


Other Information


Visit our Driving Safety and Advice page for more information or the RACQ website for the latest road conditions.

Fraser Island World Heritage Treasures Drive Full Itinerary


River Heads to Central Station

Ferry Services depart from River Heads land at land at Wanggoolba Creek around three times a day. Wanggoolba Creek is a freshwater Creek on Fraser Island with its source in the Pile Valley. To visit Fraser Island it is four wheel drive vehicles only and permits are required. Off-road campers are allowed but off-road caravans are discouraged as the sandy roads are very rough.

The island is a haven for adventure: enjoy a self guided getaway, guided tour, camping safari or explore the island on foot. Fraser Island has the best Australia has to offer on one island - cool ancient rainforests to walk through; over 100 fresh water lakes; huge sand blows to climb, crystal clear creeks to frolic in, the bountiful ocean to fish in.

Fraser Island offers a range of different accommodation options from camping, holiday houses and units to eco tourism resorts.

Please observe all current road signs on Fraser Island.



Photos

Barges leave River Heads
Barges leave River Heads
Permits are necessary - get them before your trip!
Permits are necessary - get them before your trip!
There are many simple delights to experience
There are many simple delights to experience
One of the island's most spectacular lakes
One of the island's most spectacular lakes


Route Details

Duration:
2 Hrs 
Distance:
15 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Eurong to Eli Creek

From Eurong you travel north, visiting the many natural attractions along the way. The first is Lake Wabby which is about 10 kilometres north of Eurong.

To visit Lake Wabby there is some walking involved so take a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water. There is a lookout which is well worth the trek. Lake Wabby is the deepest lake on the island at 12 metres in depth and also the least acidic which means it has the most aquatic life of all the lakes.

Passing by Pyungan Rocks the next attraction is Rainbow Gorge, an easy 2.1 kilometres one hour walk from the beach. Walk through the low coastal shrub and sheltered cypress forest to the coloured sands. The highlight is the eerie lunar landscape of Kirra Sandblow where a spring-fed stream creates small sand formations and has exposed the underlying sandstone rock. Don't forget the camera.

Yidney Rocks, Happy Valley to reach Eli Creek, an amazing freshwater creek which runs into the Pacific Ocean at a rate of four million litres an hour. Bath in the cool, fresh water and ride an air-mattress from upstream.



Photos

Aerial view of this bustling tourist village
Aerial view of this bustling tourist village
Edged by Hammerton Sandblow, Lake Wabby is 12 metres deep
Edged by Hammerton Sandblow, Lake Wabby is 12 metres deep
Families enjoy a break on Fraser Island
Families enjoy a break on Fraser Island
Four wheel drives navigate the washouts
Four wheel drives navigate the washouts


Route Details

Duration:
2 Hrs 14 Mins
Distance:
31 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Island
    Island
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Eli Creek to Orchid Beach

75 Mile Beach is actually only 58 miles, or 92 kilometres long, from Hook Point to Indian Head. This drive will amaze and delight; cliffs of coloured sands, several freshwater creeks that flow across the beach a shipwreck and volcanic headland, just visible through the salty haze. Fishing in the surf gutters is excellent, but unfortunately the fierce rips and cruising sharks make it totally unsuitable for swimming or surfing. At high tide the water can come right up to the edge of the beach making it impassable. Beware of Poyungan Rocks, 11 kilometres north of Eurong, which present an obstacle at high tide.

Rainbow Gorge is a 1.9 kilometre (one hour) circuit walking track while Eli Creek will give you hours of fun. There is a choice of cabins, camping, shop and fuel along the beach, however be dingo safe and campfires are prohibited. Located at Middle Rocks between Indian Head and Waddy Point just south of Orchid Beach, Champagne Pools were used as natural fish traps used by Aboriginal people, the ocean crashes over a rocky barrier and creates foaming pools on the beach side, today used as a natural, salt water spa and safe swimming spot.



Photos

Perfect to see from the air
Perfect to see from the air
Coloured sands of Red Canyon
Coloured sands of Red Canyon
Flights land regularly on 75 Mile Beach
Flights land regularly on 75 Mile Beach


Route Details

Duration:
40 Mins
Distance:
11 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Caravan and Camping
    Caravan and Camping
  • Fishing
    Fishing
  • Marine
    Marine
  • Nature based
    Nature based


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



Central Station, Lake McKenzie to Eurong Beach

Central Station is an old logging village from the days when tree felling was allowed on Fraser Island. It's a great place for a picnic and has camping, toilet and shower facilities. Start your trek to Lake Wabby from here along Wanggoolba Creek. Central Station was the centre of the logging industry due to its location in relation to the massive Satinay and Kauri Pines. At its peak, Central Station had around 30 houses and a school built for the loggers' children.

From Central Station take a loop to Lake McKenzie, one of the most scenic lakes in the world and an absolute must to visit. Just follow the signs!

Head off then to Eurong, a busy village on the eastern side of Fraser Island, a hive of activity and a backpackers paradise. There is a variety of accommodation from backpacker, families to resort style as well as fuel, shops and tourist booking centre.

South of Eurong is Dilli Village. If you go, watch out for wash-outs, only travel two hours either side of high tide as the beach can get very soft. Also look out for fishermen who may not hear you over the noise of the surf.



Photos

Located in the middle of sublime rainforest
Located in the middle of sublime rainforest
Learn a lot more about the area at the information centre
Learn a lot more about the area at the information centre
Camping at Central Station - a great experience
Camping at Central Station - a great experience
A stunning perched lake sitting on top of compact sand
A stunning perched lake sitting on top of compact sand


Route Details

Duration:
50 Mins
Distance:
18 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Experiences
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Adventure
    Adventure
  • Cultural
    Cultural
  • Family Friendly
    Family Friendly
  • Flora/Fauna
    Flora/Fauna
  • Lakes/Rivers/Dams
    Waterways
  • Nature based
    Nature based
  • Rainforest
    Rainforest


Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 2



Hervey Bay to River Heads

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Hervey Bay is situated 290 kilometres north of Brisbane, the State's capital, and lies on the coast of a natural bay between the Queensland mainland and nearby Fraser Island.

The local economy relies on tourism and the drawcards are: whale watching between August and November, World Heritage listed Fraser Island, and the stunning coral cay Lady Elliot Island; heritage, art and market city of Maryborough; world class fishing, to name just a few. The Fraser Coast offers all types of activities from the adventurous, the marvellous, the relaxing.

The indigenous Butchulla people are the traditional residents of Hervey Bay area, and the first European sighting was made by Captain James Cook while carrying out his running survey of the east coast of Australia on 22 May 1770. Cook named the Bay Hervey's Bay after Augustus John Hervey, a naval officer who became a Lord of the Admiralty the year Endeavour returned to England.

Lots of local drives take you to the hinterland winery country, the amazing coastal villages and what they have to offer, and heritage abounds all around.



Photos

Cycling along the Esplanade a favourite past time for visitors
Cycling along the Esplanade a favourite past time for visitors


Route Details

Duration:
23 Mins
Distance:
24 Kilometres
Mode of Travel:
4x4
Route Type:
One Way

Level of Difficulty
Level of difficulty - 1



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