One of Fraser Island's three rocky outcrops, Indian Head, is the most prominent landmark
on Seventy-Five Mile Beach.
For all its conveniences,
modern living leaves a lot to be desired. We spend our days enduring the ever-increasing
pressures of work, the city's oppressive unfriendliness, the daily commuter
grind and the aggressive reality of impatient road-ragers.
Island isn't just an island paradise. It's a unique and luxurious combination
of Australia's rich natural heritage, its earthy roots, its wholesome majesty,
and its refreshingly simple essentials. It's a chance to touch the fine sands,
to drift in the temperate water, to bask in the sun that seems all yours
It's your chance to partake of a life that most Australians have forgotten.
Spend a week
on and in turquoise waters, a week without shoes with the sand between your toes,
a week fishing and perhaps living off your catch. Your perspective can't
help but change.
not a mere fleeting appreciation. It's something you take with you.
can help remind you that you're not your job. How important are the forms
and the filing, the meetings and memorandums? You can learn a lot about yourself
when you take away all the things that don't matter.
really is there any better way to experience this epiphany than in paradise?
Island certainly is a paradise, no matter which way you look at it. At the southern
end of the Great Barrier Reef, and a short boat ride from Hervey Bay in South-East
Queensland, Fraser is 124 km from tip to toe and 16 km across the middle. At 163,000
hectares, it's the world's biggest sand island.
course, that doesn't mean it's all just sand. Not by a long shot! The
whole island is laced with crystal clear fresh water streams, and deep midnight
blue fresh water lakes. In fact, with over 40 fresh water lakes it's
home to half of the world's known perched' lakes. It also boasts
a dazzling diversity of plants and animals (including Australia's purest
strain of dingo), and an amazing variety of spectacular landscapes, from 120 km
of non-stop tropical beach to dense and towering rainforest, weathered headland
to ochre gorge, inspiring cliffs to wandering dunes, eerie mangroves to wind-blown
more, you have your choice of accommodation, so you can choose your own level
of communion with nature'. From 4½ star luxury resorts to rental
retreats to motels and units, right through to the good ole campsite. Whether
you're a sucker for a bit of pampering, or you're perfectly at home
with a tent and a campfire on the beach, Fraser is a great provider.
Fraser Island lies at the southern end of the
Great Barrier Reef, and a short boat ride from
Hervey Bay in South-East Queensland.
great accommodation is just the start The island boasts average temperatures
of 29°c in summer and 22°c in winter, so it's no surprise that outdoor
activities feature prominently on the agenda. Adrenalin addicts and dedicated
sunbathers alike will appreciate the vast range available. From sunrise to sunset
(and beyond), there's always something for everyone. The only problem is
Fishing, 4-wheel-driving, eating, sailing, bird-watching, bush-walking,
swimming, eating, whale & dolphin-watching, shipwreck exploration, eating,
beauty therapy, massage, lazing in the sun, eating, beach volleyball, tennis,
cricket, eating, canoeing, sailboarding, snorkelling, eating And needless
to say, a few quiet drinks might make their way onto the agenda as well
so much to offer, it's no surprise that the Fraser Island was originally
known as K'gari or Paradise' by local Aboriginal
Island certainly is paradise for everyone!
a sand island, the only mode of land transport is 4WD. Of course, for many visitors,
that's the main attraction. 4WD enthusiasts from all around the world visit
Fraser Island to pit themselves and their vehicles against the rugged terrain
found all over the island. From the hard-packed seashore to the shifting dune
to the forests of the interior, Fraser Island is the ideal 4WD location.
be scared though it's not all about extreme driving for experts! Whether
you're an novice, or you just prefer a more leisured pace of life, you'll
find a much more sedate satisfaction in one of the many organised 4WD tours offered
around the island. Or if you just want to get out on your own, you can hire a
4WD for a day, and indulge in a bit of quiet exploring.
matter which option you choose, though, there are a few ground rules'
you should observe. Remember the dangers of driving on the beach. The further
you adventure from the shoreline, the softer the sand. The softer the sand, the
more likely you are to get into trouble. Generally speaking, keep your speed down,
and remember you're in a World Heritage listed environment so be careful.
island holiday would be complete without a lazy day or two spent fishing. Beach
fishing is the big drawcard for Fraser Island. And with 150 km of ocean beach
to choose from, why wouldn't it be? Middle Rocks, Sandy Cape, Waddy Point,
and Seventy Five Mile Beach are just a few of the choice locations available for
you to finally get the better of the one that got away'.
famed tailor run' occurs on the eastern (ocean) side of the island
between July and October each year. In the angling world, this time known
as tailor season' is a much anticipated event, with huge schools
of big fish working the beaches. But if you can't make it between late winter
and early spring, rest assured, tailor season is just one date to mark in your
calendar. The western side of Fraser has been known to reward the odd angler with
a fine bag of bream, whiting and flathead.
Of course, many more varieties are there for the taking, including mackerel, tuna,
and reef fish. And if you're not indisposed to a bit of sea fishing, you
can book a berth on one of the larger boats launched to take advantage of the
red emperor, coral trout, maori cod and parrot to be found off the Continental
Shelf and local reefs.
you'd expect, Fraser Island plays host to a vast array of water sports. Whether
you're after a lazy drifting afternoon cocktail in hand, or an invigorating
workout, there's a water sport for you. All fitness levels (and energy levels!)
are catered for.
Ghostly shipwreck of the
Maheno on Lake McKenzie.
yourself into the aqua-life with a refreshing dip at one of the most beautiful
beaches in the world. Surrounded by pure white sandy beaches, the clear blue waters
of Lake McKenzie are without doubt amongst the most idyllic to be found. Alternatively,
exercise your imagination with a visit to the ghostly shipwreck of the Maheno,
then submerge yourself in the crystal clear waters of Eli Creek.
Island sits on a huge reservoir of fresh water, and is home to numerous spectacular
fresh water lakes, including some perched high above sea level. You have your
choice of over 40 lakes Lake Wabby, Champagne Pools, Basin Lake to
name but a few. Clearly, Fraser Island is amply equipped to pamper even the fussiest
fresh water connoisseur.
something a little more strenuous, why not hire paddle ski or canoe and paddle
yourself up Dundonga Creek. It's generally a 1 hour round trip, so by the
time you return, you'll be ready to settle back into some more relaxed pastimes.
and Dolphin Watching
year from August to October, you can book a berth on a whale watch cruise. Enjoy
a fantastic half day of sun, salt, and ocean breezes while keeping your eyes peeled
for Fraser's famous migrating humpbacks.
annual humpback migration is truly an awesome spectacle. Family pods take a well
earned rest in the waters west of Fraser Island after travelling 5000 km from
the icy waters of the Antarctic. The sight of a 15 tonne (that's the weight
of 11 elephants!) adult female humpback rearing out of the ocean is absolutely
don't worry if your holiday doesn't coincide with the migration,
you can still catch a cruise questing for dolphins, dugongs, turtles and the odd
Indo Pacific Humpback.
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