Fraser Island, Australia
*Disclaimer” We booked our trip though MAD Travel without doing very much in the way of research, which may have slightly ruined our Fraser Island experience. In hind sight we probably should have found a trip that better suited our needs, we much prefer smaller trips that are more about the experience than drinking copious amounts of alcohol!. Even though the trip wasn’t what we had expected, we still had a great time! (Our trip was Nomads Fraser Island Tours)
We arrived in Noosa after a 12 hour overnight journey, not realising that the Fraser Island trip we were going on actually leaves from Rainbow Island (doh!), which was two hours back the way we had just came! We wish we had realised prior to booking the trip to save wasting our time and money, so keep that in mind if you are coming down the east coast rather than up it.
The bus journey wasn’t too bad, and in time we arrived at the car depo where we were asked to get into groups and chose a car. Some tours you can drive your own car (like the one we were on) whereas others are bus tours. Dom had wanted to drive a car on the sand, but felt put off after realising he would be responsible for 5-7 other people who we had only just met. (eek!) We chose to go in the leading vehicle with the guide and about 8 other people, which was a great idea as he told us lots of stories on the drive it was a great way to get to know more information about Fraser Island. Did you know that Fraser island is the largest sand island in the world, it stretches over 120km!
There are a few hostels on Fraser but the one you stay at depends entirely upon the trip you book with, usually the type of trip you choose reflects the accommodation you are given.
We stayed at Eurong Beach Resort on our tour, the accommodation was great and we couldn’t complain!
Location – 10 It was located right on the beach, which was fantastic! It was a great spot to go out and be able to see the stars at night.
Vibe – 9 this hostel had a pretty chilled out vibe, there wasn’t a huge party scene or nightclub, but there was a bar if you wanted to have a drink, most people sat around outside their rooms with a glass of goon in hand… a much cheaper option!
Facilities – 8 They had great facilities, we even had our own mini kitchen! But be aware that as with many other hostels, you have to pay for bed linen or take your own to sleep on. We were made dinner by our tour guide and the group took it in turns to help with cooking and cleaning afterwards.
Overall – 9/10
What to do in and around the place
We chose to do a three day Fraser island tour, although one and two day tours also exist. When you do the shorter tours, you miss out on certain experiences, such as the champagne pools or the tea tree lake. There isn’t enough time to visit everything in a short space of time because of the enormous size of the island and the time it takes to drive between each place.
The champagne pools are really cool to see. These are big rock pools next to the sea and when the tide comes over the rocks it fizzes up and looks like champagne pouring over the rocks. There are two pools to choose from, the one we got in was absolutely FREEZING! However, when we went to the other pool we found that it was a bit warmer; maybe we were just numb by then? It’s definitely worth getting in though no matter how cold, when else do you get that kind of opportunity!
Indian Heads was one of our favourite places on Fraser Island. It is a historic headland where aboriginal people held important meetings and trials, to them it was called Tuckee. It was absolutely breath taking to stand up on the top of the rocks looking down to the waters below.
Lake Mckenzie is a perched lake above sea level. It became a lake because leaf matter settled on top of the sand preventing the fresh water from escaping. Apparently the aboriginals used to think of this lake as sacred and used to come and meditate beside the water. It was absolutely stunning; the water was so blue and so clear. It’s one of the most picturesque places we’ve ever been! How can anyone resist that gorgeous blue water?
You may have also heard of Eli Creek which is mother nature’s lazy river! (If you go on a good tour they will have rubber rings for you to float down the river in – we reckon that this would have been amazing and so relaxing!) The water was pretty chilly when we were there, but that never stops us. Where there is water there is a Kay and Dom no matter how cold it is! Most people walk down the river but we urge you to take the plunge and float down, it’s so much nicer and you can really take in your surroundings.
One of the more iconic spots on Fraser island is the Maheno shipwreck! The wreck has been around for nearly 110 years after sinking at sea during a huge cyclone. The wreck is pretty spectacular and was a really surreal moment for both of us. We had a “we’re actually here” moment (if you’ve ever had one of those, you’ll know exactly how we felt!).
Lake Wabby is a beautiful tea tree lake, you have to do a bit of walking to get to it, but it’s so worth the walk. The Lake is a deep green colour from the tea tree and is said to have healing properties. We were told that warriors of the aboriginal tribes would come and lay in the water to heal their wounds after battles. We (thankfully) didn’t have any wounds to heal so we floated around in the water letting the fish nibble our feet. Yep, you heard me right there are feet-nibbling fish in the lake. Ya know, like the ones people pay for in expensive spas!
Other things to do if you go on other tours or choose to take yourself include:
- Taking a walk to sandy cape lighthouse
- Scuba diving/snorkelling
- Visiting the other less popular lakes on the island such as Lake Birrrabeen or Lake Allom which are beautiful and get overlooked a lot of the time
So there you have it. Your full and complete guide to Fraser Island and all the things you can get up to, so what are you waiting for… get booking!
Kay and Dom
* All views and opinions are our own, we are not sponsored by any company(s) we just want to create great guides for people to enjoy their time travelling in Australia.