Fraser Island and Reef Experience Trip Notes

Tour through the remote, pristine paradise of Fraser Island and soak up the spoils of paradise on the Great Barrier Reef's Lady Elliot Island.

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    • PPAF
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    • Short Breaks - Independent Adventures
    • Basix
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Last Modified: 05 Jan 2015
Fraser Island and Reef Experience
Trip code: PPAF
Validity: 01 Apr 2014 to 31 Mar 2015
Island-hop to some of Queensland's most idyllic beaches on this six-day East Coast adventure. From idyllic Hervey Bay to the rainforests, white beaches and lakes of Fraser Island and back again - spend time exploring rugged, untamed landscapes. Enjoy a sojourn to Lady Elliot Island on the Great Barrier Reef to snorkel, scuba dive or take a boat tour. If that all sounds too strenuous, grab a book and relax on the beach. This short but fun-filled East Coast tour is guaranteed to leave sun-seekers feeling rejuvenated and craving more of the simple island life.
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StyleImportant notesEmergency contact
ThemesSingle travellersEmergency funds
ItineraryMeals introductionIssues on your trip
Itinerary disclaimerMealsWhat to take
Culture shock rating TransportHealth
Physical ratingGroup leaderSafety
Included activitiesJoining point Travel insurance
Optional activitiesJoining point descriptionResponsible Travel
Spending moneyJoining point instructionsA couple of rules
TippingArrival complicationsThe Intrepid Foundation
Departure taxFinish point Feedback
  • The best value journeys on the planet! On a Basix trip you can expect amazing experiences, but none of the inclusions that you may not want. Which means budget (1-2 star) accommodation, plenty of free time, activities that are optional and the freedom to choose meals to suit your budget. On some trips you may be camping and required to set up your own tent. You'll also have access to a group leader to offer advice and help you uncover the region's hidden gems. On a Basix journey, the way you travel is all a part of the adventure. Depending on the destination and the itinerary, you could find yourself travelling on anything from a donkey to a bus or a private safari vehicle. These trips are ideal for first-time travellers seeking fun and independence with the support of a group leader. They're also ideal for independent travellers looking to make the most of their travel time with minimum hassle and maximum experiences.
Short Breaks - Independent Adventures
Fraser Island and Reef Experience
Day 1 Hervey Bay
Welcome to Hervey Bay on the beautiful Fraser Coast.
Today is at your leisure. With kilometres of pristine beaches and being dubbed the whale watch capital of Australia, Hervey Bay will have something for everyone. Make your way to our accommodation The Beach Motel to relax and unwind.
The Beach Motel: 475 The Esplanade, Tourquay, Hervery Bay (07) 4125 1544
Motel (1 nt)
Day 2 Fraser Island
Rise bright and early in paradise for your transfer, departing the Beach Motel at 7.25am with Fraser Explorer for your 2 day Fraser Island tour.
Travel in air-conditioned 4WD bus taking in fabulous flora and fauna. Swim in crystal clear lakes and visit pristine rainforests. Highlights include the historic Maheno shipwreck, Lake McKenzie, Wildlife spotting from spectacular Indian Head, hiking into Lake Wabby, swimming down fast flowing Eli Creek and discover Fraser’s ancient rainforests and giant ferns at Wanggoolba Creek & Central Station. Lunch and Dinner are included on this day of exploration, and this evening we stay at the picturesque Eurong Resort.
*Please be waiting on the ocean side of the road for your transfer
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island - Two days 4WD touring
Optional Activities
  • Scenic Flight - AUD120
Motel (1 nt)
Day 3 Fraser Island/Hervey Bay
Enjoy breakfast and continue with a full day touring of famous Fraser Island landmarks. Enjoy scenic walks, refreshing dips and marvel at the highlights of 75 Mile Beach. A delicious picnic lunch is included.
Return to Hervey Bay approx. 6.15pm.
Motel (1 nt)
Days 4-5 Lady Elliot Island
Take a 40 minute scenic flight from Hervey Bay to Lady Elliot Island. At Lady Elliot you will be met by an island activity staff member, for an "island orientation". Collect your snorkel, flippers & mask from the dive shop.
Afternoon at leisure, if time permits you can choose to snorkel in the lagoon or coral gardens or join one of the guided activities/tours (check the activity board outside the education centre for scheduled activities/tours).
Tonight, enjoy a buffet dinner in the dining room before evening activities, which may include presentations in the education centre, games and turtle tours (during the turtle nesting and hatching seasons only).
The following day, take an early morning snorkel or walk around the island before a full buffet breakfast on the deck overlooking coral lagoon. Join a glass-bottom boat and guided snorkel tour to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef (check departure times with the activities team). Free activities during the day include a range of guided activities and tours including a reef walking tour (tide dependent), island discovery and history walks (check times for scheduled activities/tours). You may also like to try scuba diving. Equipment and complete instruction are provided at the PADI dive shop (subject to additional cost and medical survey).
While on Lady Elliot Island your accommodation is in an Eco Hut with shared bathroom facilities.
**Please check with the Beach Motel regarding your flight time the evening before as these may vary from an early morning departure (7:15am for an 8am flight) to a midday departure (11:45am for a 12:40pm flight). Your transfer will be provided.
Included Activities
  • Lady Elliot Island - Glass bottom boat & guided snorkelling tour
Optional Activities
  • Scuba diving (per dive, not including equipment hire) - AUD60
Cabin (2 nts)
Day 6 Hervey Bay
Full buffet breakfast is included. Depending on departure time, (generally 11am) you may have time for another snorkel in search of turtles and manta rays or join one of the guided activities. Tour finishes on arrival at Hervey Bay Airport.
      Itinerary disclaimer
      Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website:
      Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
      Culture shock rating

      This is the least confronting of Intrepid's product range. English is the native language and the food, customs and access to services will be similar to home.
      Physical rating

      Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
      Included activities
      Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
      Optional activities
      A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination.
      Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.
      Spending money
      Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
      In Australia, tipping is expected for certain things, but not everything. As a guide, tipping applies when you sit down in a restaurant for a meal (10% is a general rule). When using taxis or buying drinks at a bar, rounding up is acceptable. You may also like to tip for exceptional service such as when we use local guides.
      Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
      Departure tax
      All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.
      Important notes
      Travellers need to reconfirm their 2 day Fraser Island trip 24 hrs prior to commencing on the morning of day 2 at 7:25am with our local operator Fraser Explorer on 1800 372 737.
      Flight times to Lady Elliot Island will be confirmed on confirmation of booking with our customer service team. Please note check in at Harvey Bay Airport is 30 minutes prior to flight time.
      The flight to and from Lady Elliot Island has a 10kg luggage limit.
      Age restrictions apply to this trip: minimum age 3
      Single travellers
      On some trips accommodation is available only on a shared basis with other travellers, who might not necessarily be Intrepid travellers. Arrangements vary depending on the trip from twin to multishare, so refer to the daily itinerary for more details on your accommodation. In some situations you may have the option to pay a single supplement to ensure you have your own room.
      Motel (3 nts), Cabin (2 nts)
      The style of accommodation indicated in the day-to-day itinerary is a guideline. On rare occasions, alternative arrangements may need to be made due to the lack of availability of rooms in our usual accommodation. A similar standard of accommodation will be used in these instances.
      Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.
      If you've purchased pre-trip or post-trip accommodation (if available), you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.
      Meals introduction
      While travelling with us you'll have the opportunity to experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility.
      3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
      Budget for meals not included:
      AUD 200.00
      4x4 Safari Vehicle, Plane
      Group leader
      Independent Intrepid Short Break Adventures are not accompanied by an Intrepid Group Leader. Local guides may be used on some itineraries.
      Joining point
      The Beach Motel
      75 Charlton Esplanade
      Hervey Bay
      Phone: +61 741251544
      Joining point description
      Joining point instructions
      Located on the Fraser Coast approximately 300 kilometres north of Brisbane - 45 minute flight or three and a half hour drive from Brisbane. Qantas & Jetstar airlines fly to Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast Airport) from Sydney. If you experience difficulty getting a taxi from the Airport, please call local number 131 008 to book one.
      If you have any complications reaching your start point, the Beach Motel, please call the below number:
      +617 4125 1544
      The Beach Motel Reception is open from 7am to 7pm Monday to Saturday, and 8am - 4pm on Sunday. If you experience delays arriving into Hervey Bay and expect to arrive after Reception is closed, please call the Beach Motel. If you call after hours you will be diverted to an after hours number. They will provide you with arrival instructions and directions to your room.
      **Please note, breakfast on day 2 is not included. Breakfast must be ordered with the Beach Motel reception before 6:30pm the evening before, so you may want to consider doing this before you board your flight to Hervey Bay. Breakfast is served from 07:00am the following morning.
      Please note Day 1 is a day of leisure to explore Hervey Bay. One nights’ accommodation at The Beach Motel (room only – no meals included).
      The 2 day Fraser Island tour commences on morning of day 2 pick up is at 7:25am from The Beach Motel. Travellers need to reconfirm their 2 day Fraser Island trip 24 hrs prior to commencing with our local operator Fraser Explorer on 1800 372 737.
      Arrival complications
      We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the Joining Instructions section above for who to contact.
      If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, again following the Joining Instructions in these trip notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
      No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
      Finish point
      Hervey Bay
      Hervey Bay
      Emergency contact
      In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Melbourne Office can be reached on Tel: +61 3 9473 2650. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:
      Emergency funds
      Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
      Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
      We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
      Belgium: Yes - required in advance
      Canada: Yes - required in advance
      Germany: Yes - required in advance
      Ireland: Yes - required in advance
      Netherlands: Yes - required in advance
      New Zealand: Not required
      South Africa: Yes - required in advance
      Switzerland: Yes - required in advance
      United Kingdom: Yes - required in advance
      USA: Yes - required in advance
      All travellers, except New Zealand citizens, must obtain a visa or travel authority before travelling to Australia. Failure to do so means you may not be allowed to board your flight to Australia. Most nationalities can obtain an Electronic Travel Authority via the internet before arrival. Please check the following website or with your relevant Australian visa issuing office for your nationalities requirements.
      Issues on your trip
      While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
      We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
      You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
      What to take
      LUGGAGE RESTRICTIONS: The flight to and from Lady Elliot Island has a 10kg luggage limit.
      Winter (June, July, August) night time temperatures can reach below zero. Please ensure you pack appropriately. Warm jacket, thermals, woollen hat is advisable for the colder months. Depending on the region you are visiting, particularly the South, you may also need to pack waterproof trousers and a jacket. Daytime temperatures can be extreme from Oct to March with temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius. Night time temperatures can also be high at this time of year.
      Australia has relaxed attitudes to standards of dress, however the extreme sunshine can cause sunburn- particularly in summer. We recommend that you bring loose, cool, cotton clothing to protect yourself from the harsh sun. A sun hat, sunscreen and sunglasses are a must.
      From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40’s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated.
      Please come prepared for all extremes.
      Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Although it can be difficult to avoid bottled water when travelling, please consider water purification techniques such as iodine or micropur and use the water dispensers which are provided at some of our accommodation. When unable to avoid bottled water it is better to buy the largest available and distribute into your smaller bottle for the day.
      All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
      You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
      Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
      We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
      Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
      For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
      Travel insurance
      Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
      When travelling on a group trip, you won't be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by your leader.
      If you have credit card insurance your group leader will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
      Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
      Travel Insurance for Australians travelling on trips within Australia only: Australians are not required to be covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation for trips within Australia. However we strongly recommend that you have a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
      Responsible Travel
      We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
      A couple of rules
      Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
      The Intrepid Foundation
      Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
      The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website: