With so many things to see and do on K’gari (Fraser Island), we put together 18 Top Family Things to do while visiting the Island.
1. Picnic at Central Station
The historical heartbeat of K’gari is Central Station. From the 1920’s to the late 1950’s Central Station was the headquarters for the logging industry on Fraser Island. It was once also the site for over 3o homes and a school for loggers and their children. Full of history and now a lovely spot with picnic tables and chairs, plus toilet facilities it’s a great place to stop and explore while sitting for a spot of morning tea or lunch. Take a wander down to the Wanggoolba Creek along the boardwalk to enjoy the quiet, tranquil creek bed where it was once the Butchella women’s area and birthing place. A place where men were forbidden.
2. Swim at Lake MacKenzie
From Central Station, you can take a short drive over Lake MacKenzie, an infamous blue water lake with a magnificent white sandy beach. What makes the place so unique is its fresh water. When you first see Lake MacKenzie and swim in the water, you naturally expect it to act as a salt water lagoon. There is no tide, no salt and no dangerous marine life. It’s pure paradise with crystal clear blue water, squeaky white silica sand and its 100% rain water. The best times to visit was early morning or late afternoon. Many tours arrive around midday and stay several hours to mid afternoon making the area very busy. You cannot take drink or food on to the Lake area. There are designated fenced off cooking and eating areas that between the car park and walking track to the lake. Do not cook in the car park as that will only attract Dingos. Be Dingo Safe.
3. Build memories at Lake Birrabeen
We first found Lake Birrabeen on the afternoon we arrived when we headed off on the 4WD track from Central Station to Eurong Village via Dilli Village and 75-mile beach. Very similar to Lake MacKenzie but without the crowds. It was so enticing for us that even without our swimming costumes our little miss five just threw caution to the wind and went in with only her undies.
4. Sandboard at Lake Wabby
Head over to Lake Wabby for a little fun sliding down a massive sandhill into the green coloured lake. What makes Lake Wabby different to the others is its depth and location. Surrounded by Sand dunes makes the area unique in contrast with the lake being green in colour and the golden sands leading right to the water’s edge. Eventually the westward spreading sand blow will swallow up the lake but for now, we can enjoy this unique area for some serious fun. I recommend you find Lake Wabby via the Cornwell Track where you can park your vehicle and walk to the lookout (approximately 450 metres) from there you can walk down to the lake (approximately 1.2 kilometres). An early morning visit may reward you with a steamy lake.
5. Zoom along 75-mile beach
Zoom along 75-mile beach on low tide with the windows down, the music up and nothing but miles and miles of beach. Excellent fun and beautiful scenery.
6. Enjoy a Kingfisher Bay sunset
Headed over to Kingfisher Bay jetty for a spot of fishing, sand castle making and a cocktail or two by the beach while watching the sun go down.
7. Float down Eli Creek
K’gari’s (Fraser Island) underground reservoir provides a continuous flow of purified water down through Eli Creek to the shore. With a gentle current, you can grab your floating device and float back down through the glorious setting to where the river meets the beach. Make sure to check tidal information as you can only cross Eli Creek on low tide.
Big tip for Blended Family Readers – If you love Eli Creek but don’t love the crowds, head up the beach, past Dundubara Campground, past the Refuse site and find Wyuna Creek, a smaller untouched creek flowing just like Eli but no crowds
8. Capture Maheno Shipwreck
Heading north past Eli Creek you will come across the Maheno Shipwreck. The Maheno found its resting place in 1936 after an out of season cyclone forced it ashore. Now a rusty skeleton of its former self, it’s a great spot to get the camera out and explore at a distance.
Please take note of the rules and do not enter the wreck. So many visitors displayed disrespect and ignored the signs. It only takes one person to be hurt for this beautiful place to be off limits to future visitors.
9. Gaze at the Pinnacles / Coloured Sands
The coloured sands and Pinnacles on K’gari are an amazing example of how creatively powerful nature can be. Previously a sacred place for the local Indigenous woman to come together and tell stories. Certainly worth a stop and a short walk to see it all up close.
10. Look out from Indian Head
Famously named by Captain Cook, Indian Head is a great spot to visit and check out some pretty spectacular views. Maybe you can spot a turtle, Manta Ray, or even a shark?
11. Be bubbled at Champagne Pools
You cannot visit K’gari without the “Must Do” trip north along the beach to find the Champagne Pools. If you haven’t been “Bubbled” on K’gari (Fraser Island), then you really are missing out. Best time to visit is low tide, and waves are crashing just over the pools creating millions of bubbles.
One of our most favourite spots on Fraser.
12. Explore Sandy Cape
Take a day drive up to the tippy top of K’gari better known as the Sandy Cape. With unspoilt beaches and beautiful blue water, it makes the drive so rewarding. We were able to view several sharks swimming by, a Dingo taking a bath in the ocean and even a turtle came up to say hello.
13. Soak in Orange Creek
On the way to or from Sandy Cape, stop at the lovely tea coloured “Orange Creek” for a refreshing swim
14. Sunrise on the Eastern Beach
Wake up early for a magical sunrise on the Eastern Beach. Then head back home for a yummy breakfast.
15. Pipi Collecting
Head to the beach with your bucket and spade and collect Pipi’s for bait, see who can find the most Pipi’s.
16. Beach Fishing on Sunset
Don’t forget to bring along your fishing rod, or even a hand line for some rewarding beach fishing. We caught so many Dart Fish that we couldn’t eat them all and shared with others. They were YUMMY. Take a beer or wine and enjoy the coloured sky going dark as day turns to night.
17. Explore the 4×4 tracks
Grab yourself a detailed Fraser Island map before heading over. We purchased a good one for $15 from the Rainbow Beach Information Centre. A wise investment as we referred to it daily.
18. Make New Friends.
We met so many lovely people just hanging out. One of our favourite couples we met was Greg and Kik. A couple who also travel full time and were returning to the Gold Coast after doing the cape. We loved them both. Greg was a wealth of information and great to be around, Kik was soft, generous, kind and Charlotte fell in love with her.
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Camping on K’gar (Fraser Island) A Step by Step Guide
Have you noticed we refer to Fraser Island as K’gari (pronounced Gari) that’s because K’gari is the correct indigenous name for Fraser Island.
Just like we now call Ayres Rock – Uluru, so you should be calling Fraser Island, K’gari too.
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