Fraser Island Information

Fraser Island General Information

Located just off the coast from Hervey Bay, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island will leave you feeling charmed and captivated. Over 120 kilometres long and over 30 kilometres across at its widest point, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island has developed over 8000,000 years. It is a unique natural environment - the largest sand island in the world and the only place on the planet where rainforest grows on sand.
Fraser Island General Information

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Explore World Heritage Fraser Island at your own pace, the only island in the world with a unique blend of rainforest and sand that makes it an interesting and adventurous place for visitors to explore. Sand is the key to how the Island was formed, but the multitude of fresh water in its various lakes and crystal clear creeks and streams makes it unique. Pristine mirror lakes and the peat coloured perched lakes are some of the largest and most natural lakes throughout the world.
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Fraser Island Camping

Camping is one of the most popular ways to explore Fraser Island, it gives visitors the freedom to choose from a range of public and private campgrounds on the island. Permits must first be obtained from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Office. There are 7 main camping areas: Five managed by the government Department of Environment, and two operated privately.
Fraser Island Camping

Fraser Island Barge Timetable

The only effective means of transport on Fraser Island is by four Wheel drive vehicles. There are a number of vehicle ferries departing and returning to the island at regular intervals (see our barge timetable). There are a number of companies in Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach, Noosa and Brisbane that hire four wheel drive vehicles. There are air charter companies in Hervey Bay that fly to Fraser Island on a daily basis and land on the beach at Eurong Beach and Happy Valley.
Fraser Island Barge Timetable

Fraser Island Whale Watching

Fraser Island provides the perfect opportunity to experience two of the regions natural wonders: world heritage listed Fraser Island the largest sand island in the world, and the migrating humpback whales in the whale watching capital of the world. Due to the way Fraser Island is situated to the mainland, creates the clear, calm and safe waters of Hervey Bay which are protected from the ocean swells and winds, ideal for whales and whale watchers alike.
Fraser Island Whale Watching

Fraser Island Location Map

Fraser Island is located just off Queensland's south central coast near Hervey Bay, which is situated about 30km north-east of Maryborough. Vehicular ferries depart on a regular basis from both locations, tide conditions and barge timetables should be checked whilst planning your trip. Due to the sandy conditions on Fraser Island it is recommended that a four wheel drive should be used to access the Island.
Fraser Island Map

Fraser Island History

Fraser Island reveals Aboriginal occupation of at least 5000 years, although it is possible that further archaeological work may indicate earlier occupation. Early European reports suggested that Fraser Island was heavily populated by Aboriginal people, but subsequent research indicates that there was a small permanent population of 400-600 that swelled seasonally to perhaps 2000-3000 in the winter months when seafood recourses were particularly abundant.
Fraser Island History

Fraser Island Lakes

Fraser Island boasts a wealth of natural attractions: pristine fresh water lakes such as McKenzie, Boomanjin, Allom and the spectacular Lake Wabby; crystal clear creeks - Eli Creek being the most well-known; Champagne Pools - wonderful swimming rock-pools; the amazing coloured sands formations known as The Cathedrals and the Central Station camping area and ranger station.
Fraser Island Lakes

Fraser Island Wildlife

Fraser Island has approximately 230 species of birds and 25 species of mammals present on the Island. Visitors to the Island can experience some of the native wildlife such as the Dingo, possums, turtles ect.
Fraser Island Wildlife

Central Station

Central Station was originally established on Fraser Island as a forestry camp when there was logging on the Island. Central station has a short boardwalk around Wanggoolba Creek and rainforest.
Central Station

Eli Creek

Eli Creek is one of the largest freshwater creeks on Fraser Island located along the east coast, with over four million litres of water flowing from its mouth onto the eastern beach and into the ocean every hour!
Eli Creek

Cathedrals Coloured Sands

A must visit feature on Fraser Island is the large towering cliffs of spectacular multicoloured sands sculptured by the wind into huge peaks. There are approximately 72 different coloured sands on Fraser Island.
Cathedrals Coloured Sands

Indian Head

Indian Head is one of the most prominent landmarks on Fraser Island. The rocky cliffs was created from a volcanic formation towering some 60 meters above sea level.
Indian Head

Fraser Island Sights

Champagne Pools
Champagne Pools on Fraser Island are beautiful rock pools filled with bubbling seawater, are excellent swimming holes at low tide and are located at Middle Rocks, just north of Indian Head.

Maheno Shipwreck
Maheno Shipwreck located just north of Happy Valley on the eastern beach of Fraser Island. The vessel was driven ashore during a cyclone in 1935. Today the hull lies slowly deteriorating in the harsh salt environment.

Fraser Island Rainforest
The Rainforest on Fraser Island is home to rare and ancient species including the angiopter is fern which has the largest fern frounds in the world.

Fraser Island Fishing
Fraser Island is renowned for its beach fishing, each year thousands of keen fishermen arrive on the island for the tailor season between August and October.