Welcome to the world’s largest sand island

The World Heritage-listed K’gari (formerly known as Fraser Island) on Queensland’s East Coast isn’t your typical island getaway. It’s a place where sand roads replace tarmac, dingoes roam the shores and crystalline creeks weave through ancient rainforests. In other words, it’s made for adventures. Get your thrills on a four-wheel drive along 75 Mile Beach, hike the rugged headlands to spot sharks and rays in the shallows or bathe in the beautiful Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) — probably one of the bluest lakes you’ll ever see. In the language of the Butchulla people, the traditional owners, K’gari means ‘paradise’. Come find out why.

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Highlights of K'gari (Fraser Island)

Fraser Island shipwreck on Fraser Island Tours with Intrepid

See Maheno Shipwreck

The rusting wreck of Maheno is one of the island's most popular photo stops. Maheno was a luxury passenger liner and also a hospital ship in Europe during World War One. She was sold to Japan for scrap after the war, but a cyclone during her final voyage in 1935 meant her fate was destined for K'gari.

Champagne Pools as seen on Fraser Island Tours with Intrepid

Bathe in Champagne Pools

Take a dip in Champagne Pools, a natural sea jacuzzi where waves froth over the pools' rocky edge like they're tumbling down a tower of coupe glasses. On your way down to the pools, take a moment to enjoy the view from the boardwalk which snakes along the rugged coastal headlands.

75 Mile Beach as seen on Fraser Island Tours with Intrepid

Drive along 75 Mile Beach

75 Mile Beach isn’t just a gateway to some of K'gari’s most famous attractions, it's also an official highway with all the usual road rules and an airstrip, so keep an eye on the sky for landing planes! A four-wheel drive is the only permitted vehicle on K'gari, so buckle up and get ready for an off-road adventure.

Eli Creek as seen on Fraser Island Tours with Intrepid

Float down Eli Creek

Float down the sparkling Eli Creek, a lush, banksia-lined creek that pours up to four million litres of water into the ocean every hour. There's minimal effort required from you as the water practically does all the work for you. Feel the sun on your skin as the gentle current carries you along this winding watercourse.

Whale Watching as seen on Fraser Island Tours with Intrepid

Go whale watching

Between July and October, K'gari is the perfect place to spot whales off the coast. Seeing these incredible animals breaching, spraying water into the air and slapping their tails on top of the water to communicate with other whales in the area is an experience not to be missed.

Aerial overhead of Fraser Island

Reconnect with nature

With limited to no mobile phone reception, get ready to switch off and reconnect with nature. However, with towering eucalypt forests, rolling sand dunes, hidden lakes and lush rainforests that grow and thrive primarily in sand, there's plenty to keep you occupied on this unique and stunning island.

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K'gari (Fraser Island) FAQs

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travellers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises). However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travellers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

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It takes a little over four hours to drive from Brisbane to one of the jumping-off points to catch the barge to K'gari. There are barges departing from Inskip Point and River Heads which is a 20-minute drive south of Hervey Bay. It's possible to take your 4WD on the ferry or walk on as a foot passenger. Remember to get your 4WD vehicle set up to drive on sand before you get off the barge, or you could get bogged.

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A 4WD is the only permitted vehicle on K'gari as there are no sealed roads. Driving is only recommended for more experienced 4WD enthusiasts as some of the tracks are steep and the sand can be deep and soft, particularly if there hasn’t been much rain.

Don't fancy driving? Join us on a K'gari tour.

Any time of year is a good time to visit K'gari. Summer is hot and humid and perfect for swimming. Spring and autumn are cooler and the island tends to be quieter. In winter, whales are frequently spotted swimming past the island. 

K'gari is a casual place so you can leave your fancy clothes at home. Layered clothing is the best option as it can be chilly when you set off in the early morning before it warms up. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must, even in winter, as the sun reflects off the white sand.

Any shoes you bring will almost certainly get sand in them, so sandals or thongs you can quickly shake the sand out of before you get back in your vehicle are best. Bring all essentials, including basic medications, with you as shops are few and far between on the island.

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K'gari is all about action, adventure and enjoying the beauty of your surroundings. If you're going to eat dinner at the resort, as long as what you're wearing is clean and you've got shoes on, you're good to go. 

You'll find wi-fi at major tourist hubs such as Kingfisher Bay Resort, Happy Valley, and Eurong. There's limited or no wi-fi in more remote parts of the island.

Fraser Island was officially renamed K'gari in August 2022 after many years of campaigning from the traditional owners, the Butchulla people, tourism bodies and government agencies. K'gari means 'paradise' in the Butchulla language.

The pronunciation of K'gari varies among different family groups, but the most common is 'gurrie'. The 'k' is always silent.

Mobile phones work on K'gari near major tourist hubs such as Kingfisher Bay Resort, Happy Valley and Eurong. However, it's unlikely you'll pick up coverage when you get outside of these hubs.

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. The abundance of sand on Fraser Island can make walking difficult for travellers who are less mobile on foot. However, we’re always happy to talk to travellers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

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It's safe to swim in K'gari’s recommended swimming spots, but it is not safe to swim in the sea.

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