the largest sand island on the planet
K’gari, more popularly known as Fraser Island, is located off the East Coast of Queensland, Australia. Traditional owners of the land have long referred to the island as K’gari, meaning Paradise. Fraser Island was recently officially renamed K’gari in keeping with her traditional name.
The dreamtime story of K’gari tells of a female spirit who was transformed into this sandy island. The cultural significance of the island only enhances our understanding of this beautiful place, as well as our passion to keep K’gari as pristine as possible. K’gari effortlessly amazes with her beauty and abundant nature. Her feminine, curvaceous landscapes will have you seduced into serenity, her calming nature will see you relaxing on her pure white beaches surrounding crystal clear lakes or while walking through her cool rainforests. The best way to experience everything K’gari has to offer is to join one of our ever popular Fraser Island Tours.
With every step of your journey through this enchanted island, you will be astonished by the natural wonders, history and incredible beauty of Fraser Island. This is something which is always felt on our Fraser Island Tours. K’gari is a spirit you will not soon forget.
Our love for K’gari has helped us create a number of Fraser Island Tours that allows us to share our passion with you, whilst remaining respectful and mindful of the fragile eco-system that makes Fraser Island so special.
FRASER ISLAND HIGHLIGHTS
LAKE BOORANGOORA AKA LAKE MCKENZIE
Arguably K’gari’s most famous lake, Lake McKenzie was a sacred place for her Indigenous people and was a place that was never swam in. The crystal clear waters of Boorangoora were preserved for their drinking water.
A picturesque lake that reflects the colours of the sky, with pure white silica sand lining the waters edge, Lake McKenzie is one of the hotspots of any Fraser Island Tour.
Ah, Central Station. The heart of K’gari. A magical rainforest where the birds sing and the towering trees sway in the breeze. The only place in the world where rainforest grows on sand. This diverse rainforest can gain enough nutrients to survive on a bed of sand, and yet it is astonishing to see this fragile ecosystem thrive against all odds.
Wanggoolba Creek that flows through Central Station was a birthing place for the Butchulla women, men were strictly prohibited. The boardwalk follows you along the creek encouraging you through this breathtaking wonderland.
Situated just under 2km inland, Lake Wabby is the deepest lake on K’gari and is extremely popular amongst visitors. The walk in is enchanting and allows you to take in the different sights of the island that you don’t see on the beach. Being a barrage lake, the giant hammerstone sand dune surrounding the emerald green waters will eventually one day fill the lake and occupy it’s warm waters.
Lake Wabby is also home to a number of different fish species as the water has more nutrients to sustain sea life and is the perfect excuse to visit for a natural pedicure!
The largest fresh water creek on the East side of K’gari, Eli Creek pours around four million litres of water into the ocean every hour. The pristine creek is the perfect spot to cool off in on a hot day and enjoy a float down the lazy river.
All Fraser Island Tours will always have a stop off at this natural lazy river; don’t forget to fill up your water bottles for the freshest drinking water in the world. Just remember to fill up stream…
Ironically, ‘Maheno’ means island in Maori. The iconic shipwreck, situated just north of Eli Creek on 75 mile beach, was laid to rest back in 1935 when she was struck by an off-season cyclone.
Originally a luxury cruise liner, and veteran hospital vessel during the Great war, the Maheno Shipwreck ended up being used as target practice by the Australian air force, navy and special forces during WW2.
TUKEE WARRU AKA INDIAN HEAD
Situated on the Eastern headland of Fraser Island, Tukkee Warru is a sacred spot that holds a heartbreaking history for the traditional custodians: The Butchulla. Because of this, it is considered insensitive to tread on this sacred ground.
Having an equally beautiful viewpoint as Champagne pools, offering incredible 360′ views from the top that made it an ideal lookout.
K’gari’s very own natural jacuzzi that allows you to relax in the cooling sea waters, whilst protected by the natural rock formations. Home to many different tropical fish that are captured and trapped by the crashing waves.
You can sit back and relax in the warm waters whilst taking in the breath taking views that surround you.
One of the few lakes still known as her Aboriginal name, Lake Birrabeen is a very sacred and special place and not always visited on Fraser Island Tours. A local’s favourite and just as beautiful as Lake McKenzie, Birrabeen’s clear waters and silica sands will have you dazzled. A more peaceful spot to enjoy and switch off at.
The largest perched lake on the island and in the world. Lake Boomanjin is a stunning, tea-tree infused lake that is surrounded by greenery and wildlife. The beautiful rusty coloured water is another of the islands’s unique natural wonders.
Lake Boomanjin is by far the shallowest lake on the island. With an unknown Dreamtime story behind it, you’ll be sure to feel her powerful energy on your visit. It’s a place you won’t forget in a hurry.
A less visited spot but this doesn’t mean it’s not worth the inland drive through the towering Hoop Pines and Melaleuca trees. A beautifully infused tea-tree lake that is home to the island’s own unique species of Freshwater turtles. Be sure to arrive quietly to see them pop their heads out, curious as to who is visiting their own spot of paradise.
Garawongera means the place of pigeons, unique to the lakes on the island this perch dune lake is actually home to quite a lot of bird life. This isn’t something that is the case for many of the lakes on the island as they are fed by rainwater giving them high acidity which is not ideal for many fish species. This gorgeous lake is often very calm making it the perfect mirror.
75 MILE BEACH
The best highway in the world. We may biased but there is nothing better than driving on 75 miles of beautiful, golden coloured sands whilst taking in the breathtaking views of the immense Pacific Ocean crashing against the shoreline.
Home to some of the oldest coastal sand dune formations in the world, mesmerising array of colours and magical stories, this is definitely one of the best things about visiting Fraser Island.
A sacred place for the Nation’s First women, who would gather here and share stories. These ancient sand structures are made up of sandstones which have been swept ashore from inland Australia. It is a breathtaking natural structure and an amazing example of the creative powers of nature.
‘Kirrar’ means fire to the Butchulla and you can see how they came about this name. With 10 different coloured sands together creating this incredible ancient formation and the beaming sun shining down, it does indeed look like fire.
RAINBOW BEACH DRIVE
Rainbow Beach coloured sands can be driven on a low tide. Drop Bear Fraser Island tours drive this bonus beach drive if the conditions allow it. It is an abundance of many different colours that make up these incredible formations. With a beautiful Dreamtime story behind the creation of these ancient sand dunes, it truly is the gateway to K’gari.