Fraser Island: The Largest Sand Island in the World

March 2, 2012 by

Day Trips, Sightseeing, Things To Do

Lake McKenzie Beach, Fraser Island.

Lake McKenzie Beach, Fraser Island.

World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is one of Australia’s most incredible places and stands alongside natural icons such as Uluru, Kakadu National Park and the Great Barrier Reef as a unique and precious part of Australia’s heritage and ecology.

Measuring over 123 kilometers (76 miles) long and 22 kilometers (14 miles) wide, Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and yet the island is covered with ancient rainforests, mangrove and eucalyptus forests and over 100 freshwater lakes.

Natural attractions on the island include the stunning Lake McKenzie, a pure aquamarine lake encircled by a beach of fine, white sand; Lake Wabby, the island’s deepest lake dammed by towering sand dunes; and Eli Creek, which has its own unique and varied wildlife.

Home to a diverse range of Australian flora and fauna, you’ll most likely encounter dingoes, wallabies, kookaburras, lizards and other reptiles. To truly appreciate the island’s wildlife and natural beauty, it’s a good idea to camp overnight at one of the designated campsites. If camping is not your bag, there are a limited number of resorts and holiday houses available. Booking in advance is highly recommended.

Fraser Island can be reached by ferry or a chartered flight and you’ll need a four-wheel drive with a valid permit to gain access. Ferries to the island depart from River Heads (10 kilometers south of Hervey Bay) or Inskip Point, near Rainbow Beach on the Fraser Coast. To save money on vehicle hire and to take the hassle out of arranging a trip to the island many travelers choose to take a tour from either Brisbane or Hervey Bay.

- Emma McMahon

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