MEG LAW and her family explore the beautiful beaches, 4WD tracks and freshwater lakes on K’gari (Fraser Island) in Queensland
K’gari (Fraser Island), Queensland
Staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort: the best eco-friendly accommodation on K’gari
Next, we were greeted with lush green rainforest and a stunning collection of timber and glass villas blending seamlessly amongst the tree-covered dunes. This was our home for the next few days: Kingfisher Bay Resort, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed island’s premier eco-accommodation.
The morning was spent exploring, returning mid-afternoon to lay by the pool, order a cocktail at the Sunset Bar, go on a nature stroll, enjoy fresh seafood and our favourite pastime… watching the dingoes gather along the far end of the beach at sunset.
Best Day Drives around K’gari
Visiting the iconic Lake McKenzie
A trip to K’gari isn’t complete without a visit to the famous Lake McKenzie. It does not disappoint. A short walk through the bush and you arrive at an Insta-worthy paradise of bright aqua blue tones and pristine white sand — it’s as though someone has put a high contrast filter over your eyes.
The lake sits well above the water level, which means it only holds rainwater and does not flow to the ocean. Its base is made entirely of white silica sand, making it powdery soft underfoot. Other must-dos include Lake Wabby, Wanggoolba Creek, Eli Creek and a refreshing cheeky ale at Orchid Beach Trading Post and Driftwood Bar.
A trip to K’gari feels like a Robinson Crusoe adventure. Our trip was packed to the brim with reef hopping, exploring the iconic S.S. Maheno shipwreck, making sandcastles and 4WD’ing along the sandy tracks that criss-cross the island. The large island is dotted with natural wonders, including giant sand formations, crystalline lakes, 75 Mile Beach and champagne pools you can swim in, which literally feels like swimming in fresh frothy bubbles.
At the end of each day, we were rewarded with, hands down, some of the best sunsets we have witnessed across Australia as the pastel blues slowly turned to orange, pink and red hues and the dark silhouettes of dingoes gathered on the beach.
Is it the white sandy beaches of the Great Sandy Strait, the rare wildlife, or the fact that this is the world’s largest sand island that make this place unique? Or is it something to do with the fact that you can’t access the island unless you sail or fly, making it even more remote and enchanting? Is it because it is the only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand? Or perhaps it is this lethal combination of awe-inspiring wonder that makes it one of the top tourist destinations in Australia.
The writer was a guest of Kingfisher Bay Resort and Fraser Island Ferries.
How to get to K’gari
Catch the Kingfisher Bay Ferry from Hervey Bay (River Heads), which has four return services per day, landing at Kingfisher Bay Resort on the western side of K’gari: fraserislandferry.com.au
You can also drive to Inskip Point and catch the barge with Manta Ray Barges: mantarayfraserislandbarge.com.au
Where to stay on K’gari
Options include Kingfisher Bay Resort kingfisherbay.com and camping, which must be booked through Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service parks.des.qld.gov.au
Permits needed for K’gari
Vehicle access permits must be purchased for every vehicle before entering K’gari. Camping permits for QPWS sites must also be bought before setting up camp.
For more information, visit visitfrasercoast.com