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Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island. Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park

Unforgettable island adventure

By foot or by 4WD, on your own or with a professional tour guide, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, in Great Sandy National Park, is a place of incredible natural beauty that will surprise you with its diversity. One minute you are walking beside a crystal-clear freshwater stream; the next, overlooking a huge sandblow or driving your 4WD on long sweeping beaches; then later you are exploring subtropical rainforest growing on seemingly infertile sand! The world’s largest sand island is rich in cultural significance to the Butchulla people, who know this natural wonderland as ‘K’Gari’.

Location and getting there

300km N of Brisbane. Access is via vehicle barge from Inskip Point (near Rainbow Beach) or River Heads (east of Maryborough). Commercial tours leave from Rainbow Beach, the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay and Brisbane.

Visitor facilities and opportunities

ToiletsPicnic areaCampingCaravan/camper trailer/campervan sitesShort or easy walksHikesCyclingFishingHorseridingWheelchair access

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Best walks

  • Wanggoolba Creek circuit (900m, 1hr walking time) from Central Station; and Lake Wabby walk (3.1km return, 1.5hrs walking time) from Lake Wabby lookout are two of the island’s most popular walks.
  • Challenge yourself on the 90km (6–8 days) Fraser Island Great Walk. Walk through towering rainforest, past crystal-clear lakes, coloured sands and vast sand dunes and visit iconic sites such as Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora), Lake Wabby and Central Station. Whether you opt for the full journey or walk a short section, this track is a great way to experience the island’s ever-changing landscapes.

Remember, when on Fraser Island, you’re in a World Heritage Area—a significant area with high natural values and integrity—please minimise your impact.