Welcome to the world's largest sand island. Part of the Great Sandy National Park, K'gari tours are the perfect island adventure.
K'gari (formerly known as Fraser island) near Hervey Bay on the east coast of Australia isn’t just the largest sand island in Queensland, it’s the largest one in the world. Along with loads of natural beauty, you'll find day tours, whale-watching cruises and K'gari explorer tours if you want to get off the beaten track. While day trips are popular, you really need more time to make the most of this incredible World Heritage-listed destination. Our local leaders will help you discover the beauty of K'gari, from rugged headlands, pristine Eli Creek, coloured sands and golden beaches to lush rainforests and the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie. There are more than 100 of these freshwater lakes to float around in, which means one trip to K'gari is never enough.
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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.
It takes a little over four hours to drive from Brisbane to one of the jumping off points to catch the barge to Fraser Island. There are barges departing from Inskip Point and River Heads which is a 20 minute drive south of Hervey Bay. It is 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 on Fraser Island or you could get bogged with an audience watching on.
Having a 4WD isn’t optional on Fraser Island as there are no sealed roads. Driving on Fraser Island 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.
Anytime of year is a good time to visit Fraser Island. 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.
Fraser Island is a casual place so you can leave your fancy clothes at home. Gear which can be layered is the best option as it can be chilly when you set off on tour in the early morning but the days can really warm up. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat are a must, even in winter, as the sun reflects off the white sand. Any shoes you bring along 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 the essentials such as basic medications with you, as shops are few and far between on the island.
Fraser Island is all about action and 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 will find a WiFi signal on Fraser Island near major tourist hubs such as Kingfisher Bay Resort, Happy Valley, and Eurong. There is limited or no WiFi available in some parts of the island, particularly when you are travelling inland.
Mobile phones work on Fraser Island near major tourist hubs such as Kingfisher Bay Resort, Happy Valley, and Eurong. There is limited or no mobile phone reception in some parts of the island, particularly when you are travelling inland.
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.