Day 1: Depart Rainbow Beach
Departures are also available from Hervey Bay.
On your first day you will be picked up from your hostel in Rainbow Beach at 7.30am and transferred to Inskip Point to meet the Fraser barge. Once on the world's largest sand island, you'll drive up the eastern beach (you'll have dunes to your left and the Coral Sea to your right) to Eurong Beach Resort. You then head inland to Lake McKenzie where you will meet the rest of your group and your Cool Dingo guide/driver.
Today you will check out some of Fraser's coolest, sub-tropical inland sights:
- Basin Lake - first stop is beautiful Basin Lake - get up close and personal with the resident freshwater turtles - in this delightful perched dune lake! It's a cool, easy walk through bushland... and it's an awesome feeling when you arrive at this little oasis in the sand.
- Central Station - no trains or whistles here - just peaceful, ancient rainforest and the reminders of a former, once bustling logging camp. Queensland Parks and Wildlife have set up a small information centre and displays if you're keen to know more about Fraser's logging past.
- Wanggoolba Creek - walk along the banks of this silent flowing creek with lush green rainforest and rare king ferns... it's simply breathtaking. Keep your eyes peeled for eels and catfish - which are easily spotted in the clear water.
- Pile Valley - check out the giant satinay trees on this forest walk through sub-tropical rainforest... it's incredible that these forest giants grow completely in sand... and makes a cool pic for you to post on social media sites or send back to your friends and family at home.
- Lake McKenzie - with its white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters, picture perfect Lake McKenzie is even prettier than the postcards. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon swim before heading back to Kingfisher Bay Resort. Check out our Facebook photo albums - the crystal-clear water has to be seen to be believed!
Includes picnic lunch and buffet dinner.
Day 2: Fraser Island 4WD
Today, you've got an early start as you travel through the spine of the island and explore Seventy-Five Mile Beach, the world's most gorgeous beach highway... which also doubles as an airstrip!
Today you will get to see:
- Eli Creek - a great spot for a refreshing dip! Float down this fast-flowing freshwater creek - which pours out 80 megalitres of water daily - to the seaside. The creek changes direction every once in a while, so you never know quite what to expect.
- Maheno Shipwreck - washed ashore during a cyclone in 1935, this rusting wreck is one of Fraser Island's coolest photo stops.
- The Pinnacles Coloured Sands - With all the colours of the rainbow (well just the reds, oranges, ochres and creams really) these vibrant sand cliffs are another favourite photo stop.
- Indian Head - climb to the top of this rocky headland for awesome island and ocean views (that's the Coral Sea)... look out for giant sea turtles, sharks, rays and migrating humpback whales (Jul - Nov).
- Champagne Pools - chill out in these bubbling ocean rock pools, you won't want to leave this gorgeous spot!
Air Fraser offers spectacular scenic flights over the island - book with your guide on tour (extra cost applies) - and make sure you get a photo as the plane takes off on sand - your friends back home won't believe it, unless they see it for themselves.
Includes buffet breakfast, picnic lunch and buffet dinner.
Day 3: Fraser tour & depart
Today, you will visit a few of Fraser Island's lesser well known beauty spots. As this is your last day on island, don't forget to take your luggage with you if you are returning to Rainbow Beach.
- Lake Wabby - walk through cool rainforest to beautiful emerald-green Wabby, Fraser's deepest lake is actually a creek that has been dammed by a massive sand blow - and is a pretty cool swimming hole. It's so completely different to the rest of the island's lakes and a real favourite of ours.
- Hammerstone Sandblow - Trek over one of Fraser's vast, desert-like sand blows - no wonder it's the world's largest sand island - to the eastern beach.
- Lake Birrabeen - if you loved Lake McKenzie then Lake Birrabeen will charm, with its sparkling clear waters and dazzling white beaches... you won't be able to resist a dip. We think it's a great way to finish the tour!
Includes buffet breakfast and lunch.
After a comfort stop at Eurong Beach Resort you will join the transfer bus back down the beach to Rainbow Beach. Or if you wish you can head to Hervey Bay on the 5pm ferry which gets you back into Hervey Bay at 6.30pm (it's perfect timing, if you are travelling onwards to Airlie Beach). If you want to head back to Hervey Bay, please make sure that you mention this at the time of booking.