Top Reasons to visit Fraser Island, The Largest Sand Island in the World
‘Where is paradise?’ – one may ask. K’Gari, literally meaning ‘paradise’, is how local Butchulla people call their homeland, Fraser Island. The island is the largest sand island in the world and offers numerous attractions and beautiful landscapes to welcome tourist. The unusual mix of untamed rainforest and peaceful beaches guarantee a memorable holiday experience. Read on to find out why you should choose Fraser Island as your next holiday destination.
Easy To Get To
Fraser Island is located just 300 km north of Brisbane, which makes it a perfect destination for both a weekend getaway or a two-week long holiday. You can easily get there by car, which will take you up to 4 hours from Queensland’s capital city. Apart from that, you can book a bus tour, take a train, or board a ferry straight to Fraser Coast. For other parts of Australia, feel free to take QantasLink or Virgin Australia airlines.
Get the taste of true wilderness
This world-heritage listed island houses countless unique animal species inhabiting a one-of-a-kind rainforest, which grows entirely on sand. Start your journey at Central Station, right at Wanggoolba Creek and discover its magnificent natural beauty. If you are lucky, you may come across a wild dingo, as a population of these free-ranging dogs roam around the island. Apart from the unique fauna, you will have a chance to see majestic, gravity defying King Ferns, which have existed in this spot for over 2500 years.
Take a swim in crystal clear freshwater lakes
The tranquil character of the island is supported by over 100 freshwater lakes. The most popular lakeside destinations include Lake McKenzie, Lake Allom and Lake Wabby. There are numerous tours offered, which will take you directly to dreamy locations and help you explore the natural wonders of island’s freshwaters to the fullest. Check out Fraser Explorer Tours for more information.
Relax at world’s only natural Jacuzzi
The pristine and inviting ocean surrounding Fraser Island may seem like a perfect spot to take a dip. Unfortunately, calming waters are home to dangerous ocean predators, including sea stingers and sharks, so it is not recommended to swim along the entire Eastern Beach. However, there is one safe spot for saltwater swimming. Champagne Pools are breathtakingly beautiful rock pools situated north of Indian Heads. The place is often referred to as Fraser Island’s Natural Jacuzzi.
Take part in off-road escapade
Adventure-seeking travellers won’t be bored on Fraser Island either. The island is known for its thrilling 4WD tracks circling the island. This strictly four-wheel driving territory has recently become a meeting point for 4WD enthusiasts from all over Australia. If you haven’t tried this exciting sport yet, you can book a class with a qualified instructor at one of the best four-wheel driving schools, like the renowned Fraser Magic or Aussie Trax.
Get an adrenaline rush
Speaking of adrenaline, Fraser Island has a wide selection of places where you can book an extreme sports course or try out a new leisure activites. In such life-affirming surroundings you can take up water sliding, diving, extreme kayaking, and skydiving. You can also go on a safari, or watch whales.
Treat yourself to a spa day
After a day filled with exciting adventures, cut off from the outside world and head to the most luxurious place on the entire Island. Kingfisher Bay Resort has a high class spa, where you will get the royal treatment you truly deserve. Apart from numerous relaxation options, the staff will also help you sort out your plans for the upcoming days. The resort is often the final spot for most Fraser Island day tours.
An unusual combination of aboriginal heritage and carefully cultivated natural landscape will make you want to stay on this island forever!
About the Author: Will Norquay is part of the team at Stayz. He likes to discover new places and eateries around the world and share his experiences and stories with other travellers.
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