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.... more
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.... less
|Duration||3 Days||Itinerary Type||Land
|Distance||250 Kilometres||Itinerary Route||Return
|Mode of Travel||4x4|
|Level of Difficulty||Moderate|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.