The stunning Fraser Island World Heritage Area is the setting for the Fraser Island Great Walk that winds for 90 kilometres between Dilli Village and Happy Valley. Towering rainforests, crystal-clear lakes, coloured sands and vast sand dunes are just a few of the natural wonders you will discover on the walk.... more
Following the pathways of the island's original inhabitants, the Butchulla people, as well as old logging roads and tramlines, the track passes iconic sites such as Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora), Wanggoolba Creek, Lake Wabby and Central Station.
In the centre of the island discover tall, awe-inspiring forests and more than 200 freshwater lakes and creeks that provide sanctuary to numerous birds, including brahminy kites, pied oystercatchers, red-capped plovers, white-bellied sea-eagles, yellow-tailed black-cockatoos and king-parrots. At night, sugar gliders, brushtail possums and flying-foxes become active. You will need to carry reliable communication and navigation equipment and the Fraser Island Great Walk topographic map.... less
The Fraser Island Great!Walk is a well-defined sandy track with a generally firm and stable surface. However, you should expect some sections of soft sand which make walking slow and tiring. Wear sturdy footwear, sunscreen and a hat and avoid walking in the hottest part of the day.
Walkers need to be fully self-sufficient and carry plenty of 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.
This popular walk can be done all year round, however spring is best for the wildflowers. The subtropical climate is moderated by sea breezes. There are often severe tropical storms from January to March.
The Fraser Island Great Walk can be done all year round, however spring is best for the wildflowers. The subtropical climate is moderated by sea breezes. There are often severe tropical storms from January to March. Highlights of the walk include: World Heritage Area; World's large sand island; perched lakes; towering rainforests; crystal clear creeks and follow pathways of butchulla people.
Fraser Island Great Walk is a well-defined sandy track, with a generally firm and stable surface. Some sections of track are soft sand, which makes walking slow and tiring. It is an e-permit camping area. Bookings are essential and fees apply. The walk takes up to eight days and is 90 kilometres in length. The walk has a hard classification and is suitable for those with a high level of fitness.
Fraser Island Great Walk traverses through the centre of the island past many of the island's beautiful lakes. It has access tracks to and from the beach, Hook Point to Dilli Village and from the western side.
Never walk alone! Walking in soft sand is tiring. Avoid crossing sandblows in the heat of the day. Always carry enough drinking water for the day's walk. Dingoes and other dangerous wildlife, including snakes, are also present. Never walk alone. Always stay dingo-safe on Fraser Island - never feed dingoes and stay with your children. Ensure no food is left in your tent. Swimming is not recommended in the lakes and creeks. Never swim in the ocean - there are rips and sharks.
A four wheel drive taxi can be booked to pick walkers up from barge entry points or certain track exits. Some track or sections may be closed due to extreme weather or fire events. Check the Fraser Island Conditions Report on www.derm.qld.gov.au/fraser before you head off. All walkers' camps have water tanks. Supply cannot be guaranteed. Treat all water before drinking.
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 QPWS National Park web pages.
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