It’s important to know where you can and can't swim on K'gari (Fraser Island). When you see the sun-drenched sands and turquoise waters of this subtropical island, you'll want to jump straight in. But, as tempting as it may be, sea swimming here is off the cards. It's too dangerous due to powerful currents and sharks.

The only sea swimming you can do is in Champagne Pools, a set of natural pools made from volcanic rock. There are also plenty of lakes and creeks that are safe for swimming.

Can you swim at Fraser Island's beaches?

It's safe to swim in Fraser Island’s recommended swimming spots, but it is not safe to swim in the sea. There are many warning signs against swimming in the sea, and you must respect them. Some of the risks include:

  • Powerful rip tides that can pull even the strongest swimmers out to sea

  • Large populations of sharks (including great whites and tiger sharks)

  • Bluebottle and Irukandji jellyfish

  • No beach lifeguard patrols

  • Limited access to medical services on the island

Where can you swim on Fraser Island?

While sea swimming is not recommended, you can take your pick of freshwater swimming spots, including:

  • Champagne Pools (sea swimming)

  • Eli Creek

  • Lake Wabby

  • Lake McKenzie

  • Wanghoolba Creek

  • Orange Creek

  • Lake Boomanjin

  • Ocean Lake

  • Lake Birrabeen

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