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Have a dream holiday on Fraser Island, Australia
Holiday on the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island, Queensland
My very first trip to Fraser Island was in the summer of 1980.
It was a fairly wild place then and a real adventure, just to get there.
We had to travel for two days to Inskip Point on the mainland, then drive onto a big orange barge, and then drive up the beach at low tide.
We camped by a small fresh water pool, high above high water, and spent ten delightful days travelling all over Fraser Island in our Landrover 4WD.
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Where is Fraser Island - About two hours drive north from Brisbane
You can fly into Hervey Bay
Map from Wikipedia - of Fraser Island
Map of Fraser Island - on Amazon
Spend days exploring all Fraser has to offer using this map as your guide
What can you do on Fraser Island - on your dream holiday?
- Camp in a beachside camping area
- Go whale watching (in season)
- Go fishing
- Go bushwalking
- Stay in a luxury resort
- Take a guided tour
- See dingoes, beautiful birds and giant sand monitor lizards
- See the little mail plane land on the beach at Eurong
- Trek around in a 4WD
- Take stunning photographs
- See a shipwreck
- View coloured sands at Cathedral Rocks
- Walk up giant sandblows (dunes)
Information from Fraser Island eMag
Fraser island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks.
Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The low "wallum" heaths on the island are of particular evolutionary and ecological significance, and provide magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer.
Plenty of detailed information here - about Fraser Island
- Fraser Island - fraserisland.net - Fraser Island Australia - World Heritage Listed
World Heritage Listed Fraser Island - stretching over 123 kilometres along the southern coast of Queensland, Fraser island -184000 hectares, is the largest sand island in the world, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in recognition of its n
Fraser Island - made of sand
There are no rocks on Fraser Island, just coffee rock, which is brown dark clumped together sand.
Coffee rock is the common name for the rock-like formations of indurated sands that were formed from ancient river sediments of the Pleistocene age.
Information about Fraser Island - from The Department of Environment and Resource Management
- Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park (Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing)
Fraser Island in the Great Sandy National Park is located 300km north of Brisbane and 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay. Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and is a World Heritage Area. Information includes access, camping, features, cam
View from the top of Indian Head - Fraser Island: East coast
The beautiful champagne pools - on Fraser Isalnd
So called because of the bubbles from the tidal surge.
I swam in there in 1980 and it was so refreshing!
Image: Tour Fraser Island (Link on image)
See the dingoes - but don't get too close!
Fishing for Tailor
on Fraser Island
Lots of fishermen and women come to Fraser Island especially for the tailor run, but there are so many other kinds of fish to catch.
Because of the offshore reefs, there is a diverse fish population.
Cook the fish you catch at your campsite and eat under the stars!
Beach fishing gear for you - from Amazon
Fishing and 4WDriving on Fraser Island
Hammock for Fraser Island dreaming - get one from Amazon
Hang your hammock between two she oaks on the beach and laze the day away.
See humpback whales in Hervey Bay
on the lee side of Fraser Island
Humpback whales come up in winter to frolic and calf and they are easily seen on both sides of the island, but Hervey Bay is their main destination, as they migrate from Antarctica.
Go whale watching - on Fraser island
- Fraser Island Whale Watching - Australia
Fraser Island Whale Watching promotes Fraser Island Watch tours and Fraser Island Resort and camping Accommodation 4x4 hire for visitors to World Heritage Fraser Island, Whale Watching and the Fraser Coast.
- Whale Watch Fraser Island - WHALE WATCHING
Whale watching, Hervey Bay - Queensland, Hervey Bay is known as the whale watching capital of the world. Make the most of your stay and See World Hertiage listed Fraser Island and Great Barrier Reef.
The Maheno wreck on Fraser Island - on Fraser Island
In 1935, the ship was declared outdated and on June 25, 1935 the ship was being towed from Melbourne to Japan for scrap metal when it was caught in a strong cyclone. A few days later, on July 9, 1935 she drifted ashore and was beached on the eastern shores of Fraser Island. During the Second World War the Maheno served as target bombing practice for the RAAF. Since then, much of the ship has either been destroyed or disintegrated, and the visible remainder has become severely rusted. Climbing on the shipwreck is prohibited.
Stay in comfort - at Kingfisher Bay Resort
- Kingfisher Bay Resort - Fraser Island Accommodation - FRASER ISLAND RESORT
Kingfisher Bay Resort official website - Fraser Island holidays relaxation in a World Heritage Listed environment at Kingfisher Bay Resort - four star accommodation and facilities in a natural setting.
Stay at Eliza Palms - on Fraser Island
- Eliza Palms :: Orchid Beach, Fraser Island : Fraser Island Holiday Accommodation
Eliza Palms at Orchid Beach, Fraser Island has 3 fully self contained family friendly units available for your holiday accommodation on Fraser Island.
4WD tours - of Fraser Island
- Home - Fraser Island Tours - Fraser Explorer Tours Official Site
Fraser Island Tours, Day Tours, Safari Tours, Explorer Tours, Fraser Island Information, Fraser Island Accommodation.
Central Forest in Pile Valley
so called because the piles for the Suez Canal came from here
Logging on the island began in 1863. Blackbutt trees (Eucalyptus pilularis) and kauri pines (Agathis robusta) on Fraser Island were logged extensively as they provided excellent timber. Logging started in 1863, initiated by American Jack Piggott (known as 'Yankee Jack'). For the first 70 years of logging, bullock drays were used to haul the timber to loading points on the beach. Railway tracks were laid through the forest to facilitate logging, but were later removed. Some of the largest logs were sent to Egypt for the construction of the Suez Canal. The logging industry continued right through until 1991
Wanggoolba Creek in Pile Valley - for me, most beautiful spot on the entire island
When we went there in 1980, we walked along the creek bed. So cool and clear.
Now there is a boardwalk to protect it from people loving it to death!
© 2011 Jan T Urquhart Baillie