The Top Things to do in Fraser Island

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Looking for the best things to do in Queensland's nature wonderland of Fraser Island? Browse and book a range of tours from Hervey Bay and more here. The world's largest sand island and a showcase of diverse and vast natural landscapes at their best, Fraser Island is renowned for many things, including its range of pristine freshwater lakes, lush and ancient rainforest, and rolling sand dunes that stretch as far as the eye can see.

It's a World Heritage-listed wonder for a reason; the diversity in scenery here is impressive, and visitors can embark on a range of tours to soak in all its major highlights on both single and multi-day adventures.

With our experiences, you'll be able to explore the many highlights of this QLD gem both on land and in water - see the wildlife, feel the sand between your toes, and marvel at the natural phenomenon that is Fraser Island.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Fraser Island and surrounds

Lake McKenzie
Champagne Pools
Lake Wabby
Eli Creek
75 Mile Beach
Maheno Shipwreck
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Central Station
Whale Watching
Water Sports

1. Swim at Lake McKenzie

Location:Lake McKenzie

Located in the Great Sandy National Park in the very centre of the island, you’ll find the incredibly famous Lake McKenzie. This extremely beautiful lake is a hit with tourists not only in Australia but across the globe, with it often being recognised as one of the most spectacular lakes in the world. Surrounded by impeccably white sand, the snow like white is compromised of 100 percent pure silica giving it its astounding colour. This naturally occurring mineral is often used in a number of beauty-related products including those targeting hair, skin and nails.

2. Wade in the Champagne Pools

Location:Champagne Pools

Another popular tourist spot that is one of our recommended must see’s are Champagne Pools located at the northern end of Seventy Five Mile Beach. These naturally formed volcanic rock pools are the perfect way to cool down on a hot day, something that Fraser Island is famous for. Go for a swim, relax or simply laze around beside them, however, you choose to spend your time at Champagne Pools, we are confident you won’t be disappointed.

3. Visit Hammerstone Sand Blow and Lake Wabby

Location:Lake Wabby

The deepest lake on Fraser Island, Lake Wabby sits adjacent to Hammerstone Sandblow and is located in the Great Sandy National Park. Whilst most of the lakes on Fraser Island are too acidic to maintain any form of life, Lake Wabby has a number of thriving fish species due to its fairly low acidic levels. Both a window lake and a barrage lake, this unique lake is a popular hot spot for tourists. Slowly being swallowed up by Hammerstone Sandblow, Lake Wabby becomes smaller every year with the expectancy that one day it will no longer exist. However don’t fret, this isn’t expected to occur for at least another 100 years!

4. Float along Eli Creek

Location:Eli Creek

The largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, Eli Creek is one of the more popular Fraser hot spots. Pouring up to eight million litres of fresh water into the ocean every day also makes it one of the islands most vital creeks! Considered some of the purest water in the world, it is believed that it takes over 100 years for the water to filter through the sand. Located on Seventy Five Mile Beach, and near other Fraser Island icons such as Maheno Wreck and Champagne Pools, Eli Creek is well and truly worth the visit if you have the time!

5. Explore Seventy Five Mile Beach and Indian Head

Location:75 Mile Beach

75 Mile Beach, as the name suggests is 75 miles of stunning coastline travelling along the beautiful Fraser Island. It’s really no surprise how this original name came about, legend says a man simply measured the beach one day and the rest is history. Here you’ll find a number of the other listed top things to do, including the Maheno Shipwreck and Champagne Pools!

6. See the Maheno Shipwreck

Location:75 Mile Beach

Another historic feature of Fraser Island, the Maheno Shipwreck, is a popular tourist attraction that we recommend paying a visit to. The Fraser Island coastline is known for claiming a lot of ships, 23 wrecks in total in fact, with SS Maheno being the most famous of the lot. A previous ocean liner belonging to the Union Company of New Zealand, SS Maheno operated from 1905 until 1935 travelling between New Zealand and Australia along the Tasman Sea. Now merely a rusted ship after washing ashore, the wreck is still an impressive masterpiece.

7. Sightsee from Sandy Cape Lighthouse

Location:Sandy Cape Lighthouse

Still active to this day, Sandy Cape Lighthouse is a heritage-listed lighthouse built in the 1870’s. Located on Sandy Cape, the most northern point of Fraser Island, it impressively takes out the title for the tallest lighthouse in Queensland. The second major lighthouse to be built, it is only one of two lighthouses in Queensland to be constructed using bolted prefabricated segments of cast iron. Due to many ships being lost in the Breaks Spit near Sandy Cape, the Sandy Cape Lighthouse was constructed to help eradicate the issue. One well-known ship that was almost lost at this very point was, in fact, Captain Cook’s Endeavour!

8. Learn about the island at Central Station

Location:Central Station

The historical heart of Fraser Island, Central Station on Wanggoolba Creek is a must visit for those looking to discover the deeper roots of this magnificent island. Once the centre of the forestry industry when logging was permitted, Central Station was the headquarters of Fraser Island’s forestry operations from 1920 until the 1950’s. Upon the labelling of the island as a World Heritage listed site, forestry operations were no longer tolerated.

9. Go Whale Watching off the coast

Location:Various locations

Unofficially known as the whale watching capital of the world, Fraser Island is the ideal destination for those looking to get a little closer with these gentle giants of the sea! Famous for being the area in which these magnificent creatures come to relax and nurture their calves, a whale watching tour is a must do for anyone visiting Fraser Island between approximately late July to early November, or more simply put, whale season!

10. Jet Ski or Kayak around Fraser Island

Location:Various locations

For a fantastic way to explore the waterways of Fraser Island and take in the beauty of a range of unique vantage points, Aquavue’s jet ski tours are the perfect options! If you’re looking for a thrilling adventure, these great tours will showcase to you parts of Fraser that many aren’t always fortunate enough to explore!