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.... more
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.... less
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.
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.
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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