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Fraser Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

1. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

Join a guided day trip to K'gari (Fraser Island) in a 4WD bus and visit highlights, such as Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, and the Maheno Shipwreck, with return ferry transfers included. Let your driver traverse the tracks and tides to ensure an enjoyable experience on the world’s largest sand island. Begin your adventure with pickup from your Hervey Bay accommodation, or make your own way to River Heads. Take a 40-minute ferry ride to K'gari, keeping a look out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. Once on the island, follow your local guide to see the stunning natural sights. If English is your second language, download the free foreign language app prior to the tour and use it offline for audio commentary. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its flora and fauna. Travel in an air-conditioned bus to Central Station, a former logging station. Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. Next up is the Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Choose to take a flight over the island (at an additional cost), or float down Eli Creek. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno. Also, see The Pinnacles colored sands, and learn how these formations were created. Board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads, and get dropped off at your accommodation.

From Hervey Bay: Remote Fraser Island (K'gari) Tour

2. From Hervey Bay: Remote Fraser Island (K'gari) Tour

On this full-day excursion, you’ll cruise the Great Sandy Strait along the pristine shores of Fraser Island (K'gari). Spot dolphins, turtles, dugongs, birds, and dingoes as you enjoy a light morning tea of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, slice, and biscuits. An amphibious watercraft will take you to the remote western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island (K'gari), driving right onto the beach to ensure you remain dry and comfortable. Enjoy the crystal clear waters of Wathumba Creek on a range of activities including snorkeling with turtles, kayaking, tubing, beach walks, or a sand dune climb. Following a delicious lunch served on the boat, the tour continues to Awinya or Bowarrady Creek. Enjoy the diverse natural surroundings and a variety of water activities. From mid-July to the end of October each year, be on the lookout for humpback whales and experience the thrill of getting up close and personal with these majestic creatures as they enjoy the calm clear waters off Fraser Island (K'gari). If conditions are ideal, guests will have the opportunity to experience a humpback whale immersion. The friendly and experienced staff will provide expert commentary throughout the tour as well as serving afternoon tea: antipasti platter including cheese, cabana, crackers, pickled onions, and dip. The tour concludes with a relaxing cruise back to the Hervey Bay Marina.

From Rainbow Beach: K'gari Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

3. From Rainbow Beach: K'gari Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

Rainbow Beach is a perfect spot for a beach holiday. It is ideally situated next to the world’s largest sand island. On a day trip to the world-famous K'gari, learn fascinating facts about its history, fauna, and flora.  Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. On arrival at 75 Mile Beach, you can choose to take a flight over the island or float down Eli Creek and enjoy the crystal clear freshwater.  Visit the Maheno Shipwreck, and snap some photos of the rusting wreck. See The Pinnacles Coloured Sands in all their glory and learn how they were created. A lunch at K'gari Beach Resort provides an opportunity to stop at the general store gift shop.  At the end of your tour, head back to Rainbow Beach and your accommodations.

From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island Beach and Aussie BBQ Cruise

4. From Hervey Bay: Fraser Island Beach and Aussie BBQ Cruise

This tour departs from your Hervey Bay accommodation. You will depart the marina, and travel to Fraser Island, across the beautiful blue, clear water. Look out for Australian wildlife including dolphins, turtles, and whales on the way. Morning tea will be served on the journey over. Arrive at Fraser Island's western beach and/or Pelican Banks, depending on the season and weather. Beaches on the western side of Fraser Island are far more remote and untouched. Pelican Bank is a sandbank on the Great Sandy Strait which is utter perfection due to the clear water. Swim, kayak, fish, walk, play and explore this beautiful location. An Aussie BBQ lunch will be provided as you cruise back from Fraser Island. This includes locally-sourced ingredients such as quality rib fillet steaks, gourmet sausages, fresh Hervey Bay prawns, 3 delicious and nutritious salads, and bread. Cold drinks are available for purchase at the licensed affordable bar.

Hervey Bay Champagne Sunset Sail

5. Hervey Bay Champagne Sunset Sail

A luxury yacht invites you to sit back and relax as you’re taken on this Champagne Sunset Sail. Soak up the panoramic views of Hervey Bay and World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Watch a spectacular sunset cast shadows of amber and gold on the Great Sandy Strait. Enjoy a 90-minute sail along the calm waters of Hervey Bay and around Fraser Island. Choose your favorite drink from the sparkling wine, beer, wine and soft drinks available. Savor the delicious finger foods, and sit back, relax and unwind. The Blue Dolphin Marine Tours Champagne Sunset Sail provides the perfect setting for a magical sunset in a tropical paradise.

Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

6. Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

Relax on a tranquil evening cruise from Hervey Bay into the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. This is the perfect appetizer for your evening ahead. Nothing beats watching the sunset at sea and the experience of returning to the port at dusk. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you soak up the changing colors of the bay. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other wildlife that frequent the Marine Park at dusk. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset. Early evening is a special time to be on the water as marine wildlife of the harbor comes out to play. You will find the peacefulness of the water perfectly reflecting the evening light, and the lights of Hervey Bay twinkling in the distance mesmerizing.

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Two-Day Coach Tour

7. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Two-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the two days, you’ll travel in between sites in the air-conditioned comfort of a 4WD coach. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why K'gari was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie. As an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into this amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across the Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the K'gari Beach Resort and on the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island Two-Day Coach Tour

8. From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island Two-Day Coach Tour

Gear up for two full days of fun and adventure on K'gari (Fraser Island). Your guide, a K'gari expert with local knowledge and a passion for the island, takes all the hard work out of navigating tides and terrain. Drive across sand tracks in a fully air-conditioned 4WD coach exploring beautiful, natural spots and listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history and flora and fauna. Keep your eye out for dingoes and migrating humpback whales (July-November).   Depart Rainbow Beach at approximately 8:00 AM and travel to Inskip for the barge crossing to Hook Point at the southern tip of K'gari. On the island, check out the displays at Central Station and discover a former logging station. Stroll along the boardwalk of Wanggoolba Creek to uncover ancient king ferns before hiking through Pile Valley’s subtropical rainforest to see the island’s famous Satinay trees.  Enjoy a revitalizing swim in the fresh, crystal-blue water of Lake Mckenzie. Then relax on the sandy white beaches of this picture-perfect dune lake. At 75 Mile Beach, tour the sandy highway, the “spine of K'gari,” running from Hook Point to Great Sandy Cape. During the journey, treat yourself to an optional scenic flight over the island.  Relax on the sandy banks of Eli Creek, wade through the shallow waters, or drift downstream on the fastest-flowing creek on the island — sure to revitalize your mind, body, and soul. Learn the intriguing history of Maheno Shipwreck, a once-proud passenger liner that was washed ashore in 1935 during a cyclone. The Pinnacles Colored Sands are one of K'gari’s most magical locations; hear about how these dreamy cliffs came to be.  See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Stimulate your senses in the Champagne Pools with a dip into a natural ocean jacuzzi. At Lake Wabby, swim in the emerald-green window lake and explore the only example of a barrage lake on K'gari, after trekking across the shifting sands of Hammerstone Sandblow.  The tour concludes with departure from K'gari on the second day at approximately 4:30 PM, arriving back at your accommodation in Rainbow Beach between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

Hervey Bay 4-Hour Whale Watch Encounter

9. Hervey Bay 4-Hour Whale Watch Encounter

This half-day whale watch cruise departs twice daily from the Hervey Bay Marina on the luxury 20-meter catamaran Tasman Venture. Experience a tranquil cruise across the Great Sandy Strait and past rugged islands before sailing along the pristine western side of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. The catamaran was specifically designed for whale watching, offering clear viewing decks, underwater viewing windows and a unique water-level viewing platform for the ultimate personal experience. Enjoy once-in-a-lifetime up-close and personal encounters with the majestic humpback whales and marvel at their sheer size and athleticism. Friendly, experienced staff will provide expert commentary throughout the tour and serve a morning or afternoon tea and delicious antipasti platter.

From Rainbow Beach: Fraser Island Tour with Lunch

10. From Rainbow Beach: Fraser Island Tour with Lunch

Start your day from the convenient meeting point in Rainbow Beach and travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you travel toward Fraser Island. Board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. Then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you'll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. Journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters.  You can cool off with a swim, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch, you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and exciting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest growing out of the sand.  It will then be time to start making your way back toward Rainbow Beach. 

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What people are saying about Fraser Island

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,389 reviews

From pick up to drop off it was so easy and enjoyable. All staff were friendly especially Guy our tour guide. The tracks are bumpy but that adds to the experience! We visited on a cloudy rainy day and saw dingos and strolled down the creek and took a dip in Mckenzie lake. The weather didn't stop us having a great time. Lunch was good nothing special but good nonetheless. Only gripe would be to have slightly longer for lunch.

We were picked up by Brendan from our hotel who was full of stories and a really funny guy! The tour was amazing with good amount of time in every spot! If you get the chance to fly on the plane off the beach I highly recommend that! Hayden was our tour guy and he had the perfect balance of talking and leaving us to our thoughts throughout the trip! 10/10 everyday of the week! Thank you guys!

This tour was amazing. As we did not have a 4WD car we were happy to still be able to discover K‘Gary Island by a safe 4WD bus. Our guide, Geoff, was helpful, funny, friendly and explained a log of interesting stories and facts about the island. The program was tough but this was good as we could see many places in one day. Lunch was delicious! Fully recommend this tour!

The whole day was amazing. Snorkeling with the biggest turtles we have ever seen, kayaking in the creek and riding the tube was so much fun. The crew was so friendly and made the day extraordinary. Food was on point as well. We can recommend it for sure.

It was a really great trip. For us, however, associated with some glitches. Nevertheless it was a dream.