Map of Fraser Island (K’gari) Adventure including Australia

Make a sunny escape to the world’s largest sand island.

The local Butchulla people call Fraser Island K’gari, which means paradise, and you’ll find out why on this three-day tour that showcases the highlights of this World Heritage-protected place. Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and home to ancient rainforest, sweeping sand dunes and some of the purest water anywhere on earth, just waiting for you to take a refreshing dip. With the expertise of a local leader, a few nights of camping under the stars, and lots of time to relax and soak up Queensland's famous sunshine, this is a true island adventure.

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Start
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Finish
Sunshine Coast, Australia
Destination
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
PARF
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • With expert guidance from your leader and nights spent in comfortable permanent tents, you’ll experience all the highlights of this World Heritage-listed place while leaving a light footprint.

  • Spend your days swimming in some of the purest water on the planet, then unwind in the evenings at your campground set among native bushland.

  • Float down the sparkling fresh waters of Eli Creek, a fast flowing watercourse which pours up to 4 million litres of water into the ocean every hour.

  • With ferry and 4WD transportation included and arranged for you, you’re free to sit back, relax and leave all the logistics to your leader.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Come prepared to be flexible with your days and ready for an adventure! Daily itineraries may be changed due to tides and weather conditions to ensure you maximise your time on Fraser Island.

  • Please note that this is a participatory trip. Be prepared to roll up your sleeves and help out with camp activities like food preparation and washing up. It’s all about giving a hand.

  • The permanent tents on Fraser Island are twin share and will already be set up for you. Camping gear (sleeping bag, sleeping mat and pillows) are all provided. Campground facilities include flushing toilets and coin-operated showers (at a minimal extra cost to encourage water conservation - please bring $2 coins for this purpose).

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2022 to 31 Dec 2023.
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After a couple of pick-ups along the Sunshine Coast, your first stop is Rainbow Beach's massive Carlo Sandblow. Take a path through eucalypt stands and rainforest to reach this huge accumulation of windblown sand known as the Cooloola sandmass. As you cross the sandblow, marvel at this ever-changing landscape, transformed by wind. From the top you'll enjoy stunning 180-degree views over Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island. Next, you'll continue to the ferry that will transport you across the water to stunning Fraser Island (a 10-minute crossing). Once you’ve arrived on the world’s largest sand island, drive along 75 Mile Beach – Fraser Island’s own “sand highway” complete with speed limits. Now your adventure really begins, with a drive to Eli Creek, a beautifully clear creek that’s perfect for a relaxing swim. Travelling north, stop at the Maheno Shipwreck for a photo opportunity and a chat about this famous Fraser Island icon. In the afternoon, travel to your campground for dinner and drinks.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island - 4WD Touring
  • Fraser Island - Eli Creek Float
  • Rainbow Beach - Carlo Sandblow
  • Fraser Island - Maheno Shipwreck
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today's pick-ups at the Sunshine Coast will be at Maroochydore at 8am and at Noosa at 8:45am. Please see the joining point instructions in the Essential Trip Information for more details. Please be on time at the designated pick-up locations as we continue towards Fraser Island immediately after. Today’s driving time is approximately 6 hours. The walk at Carlo Sandblow takes approximately 1 hour.
Today begins with a quick breakfast to fuel your busiest day on Fraser Island. Your first stop is famous Lake McKenzie, one of the island’s most popular and picturesque highlights. Stop here with time to relax on the white sand beach or swim in the lake’s amazingly clear waters. Lake McKenzie sits above the water table so it’s comprised entirely of rainwater and is too pure for the plants and fish you’d find in most lakes. Head onwards to the ancient rainforest-surrounded Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek and Pile Valley before driving back up to your campground accommodation. Settle in for dinner and perhaps a few drinks with your group.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island - Lake Mckenzie
  • Fraser Island - 4WD Touring
  • Fraser Island - Walk to Pile Valley
  • Fraser Island - Visit Historic Central Station
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 3 hours and you'll walk for approximately 1 hour.
After breakfast, you’ll drive to Lake Wabby, a deep green lake at the base of the sweeping crystalline white hills known as the Hammerstone Sandblow. Young Butchulla men were once brought here to train as warriors, running up and down the sand hills until they were considered ready to hunt. Hammerstone is advancing at around a metre a year which means that in less than 100 years Lake Wabby will probably be gone. Yet another reason to visit this special place now. Enjoy lunch before driving down the beach to the barge, which you’ll catch to Rainbow Beach and travel back to Noosa and Maroochydore where you’ll be dropped off by your leader at around 5pm.
Included Activities
  • Fraser Island - Lake Wabby Walk
  • Fraser Island - 4WD Touring
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
Today’s driving time is approximately 3.5 hours and you'll walk for approximately 2 hours. Your drop-off location this afternoon will be the same as your pick-up location. The drop-off time varies but will be at approximately 5pm. Please take this into consideration when booking your onward travel.

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

4WD Vehicle, Ferry

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Fraser Island - 4WD Touring
  • Fraser Island - Eli Creek Float
  • Rainbow Beach - Carlo Sandblow
  • Fraser Island - Maheno Shipwreck
  • Fraser Island - Lake Mckenzie
  • Fraser Island - Walk to Pile Valley
  • Fraser Island - Visit Historic Central Station
  • Fraser Island - Lake Wabby Walk

Dates & availability

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Important notes

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SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a tent on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

START & END TIME
This trip starts with pick-ups in Maroochydore at 8am and in Noosa at 8:45am on day 1, and finishes upon arrival back in Maroochydore and Noosa on the last day at approximately 5pm.

Essential trip information

Want an in-depth insight into this trip? Essential Trip Information provides a detailed itinerary, visa info, how to get to your hotel, what's included - pretty much everything you need to know about this adventure and more.

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