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What can you expect from this walk?

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Self Guided inn-to-inn

Highlights:

  • 8 day itinerary (6 days of walking)
  • World’s largest sand island
  • Prestigious world heritage listing
  • Crystal clear freshwater lakes
  • Lush tropical rainforests
  • Heaps of wildlife including dingoes
  • Gourmet dining is a feature

Overview:

Aboriginal groups first began living on beautiful Fraser Island more than 30,000 years ago. They called it K’gari (meaning paradise) and it must indeed have been a true paradise for them with bountiful forests, seas and freshwater lakes. Modern day people also recognised its ecological significance, earning the island World Heritage status.

This holiday begins at Hervey Bay with a night’s accommodation and time to take a stroll along the picturesque Esplanade. In the morning, cruise over to the island on the ferry, watching for whales, dolphins and sharks en route.

From here, your journey on foot encompasses an amazing variety of landscapes. Much of the walking is remote, taking you close to the tranquil beauty of the natural environment and away from the busy tourist routes.

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More on what you'll see

Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island. It consists purely of sand and yet it supports large stands of lush tropical rainforest. You’ll see an extraordinary array of buttress-rooted trees, strangler figs, rare primitive cycads and huge satinays.

The sands support more than 40 crystal clear freshwater lakes. Our favourite, Lake McKenzie is rightfully known as the jewel of Fraser Island. Don’t forget to pack the swimming gear!

The island also abounds with wildlife. It’s a bird lover’s paradise with over 240 species recorded in the area. And you may even be lucky enough to spot a full-breed dingo in the wild.

Recommendations: This is a long walk so we highly recommend incorporating a rest day along the way or at the end of the trip to enjoy some relaxation time. Kingfisher Bay Resort also offers excellent 4WD trips to the northern end of the island, a part you won’t be able to get to on foot, so we highly recommend you do this. We can book this for you but please let us know at the time of booking your holiday.

If you’d prefer to hike with a group, we also offer a group guided departure on this track.

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More Details

Location

Starts/ends at Hervey Bay, 250km north of Brisbane (accessible by plane and coach from Brisbane). Private transfers also available from Brisbane.

Grading

70% easy, 20% moderate, 10% more challenging. 16-21km (5-7 hours) walking each day. The island is fairly flat and most of the tracks have firm sand covered with leaf litter. The beaches are good for walking at low tide, and tough at high tide, but there is not a lot of beach walking involved.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please see our Fact Sheet.

Accommodation

Typical accommodation on this trip includes a waterfront apartment in Hervey Bay on the mainland as well as Eurong Beach Resort and Kingfisher Bay Resort on the Island. Detailed information about your accommodation, including address and phone numbers, will be provided in your comprehensive Walk Notes.

What’s included

7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, ferry transfers to/from the island, luggage transfers, 4WD vehicle transfers required for the itinerary, information booklets, insulated lunch bag, map case, National Park fees, walking notes, maps.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

The cooler months of May to August are great for hiking as there is low humidity. It can be very warm and humid from September to November and again in April. Not available over the summer months of December to March.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

Regional food and wine

The two resorts on Fraser Island are renowned for their gourmet dining offerings. Dine a la carte on local delicacies. Award winning Seabelles Restaurant at Kingfisher Bay Resort allows you to try foods with a hint of indigenous flavours.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

Starts in Hervey Bay any time after 2pm. Time for a coastal stroll.

Accommodation: Coastal motel or B&B in Hervey Bay

Day 2

Cruise by ferry over to the island. The walking commences at stunning Lake McKenzie and continues via Basin Lake and Central Station all the way across to Eurong Beach.

Accommodation: Eurong Beach Resort

Day 3

Today’s section of track includes Lake Wabby, a fabulous place for a swim. Then onwards to One Tree Rocks and Hammerstone Sandblow. The final stretch is along the 75 mile beach back to Eurong.

Accommodation: Eurong Beach Resort

Day 4

Today’s section of track starts at Lake Garawongera and stays inland for most of the day, passing colourful heathlands and lakes. Finally we emerge on the beach at Poyungan Valley.

Accommodation: Eurong Beach Resort

Day 5

Today’s section heads through the Valley of the Giants where you’ll see massive trees with huge buttressed roots. See giant satinays and tallow wood trees.

Accommodation: Eurong Beach Resort

Day 6

Today begins with a drive down the 75 mile beach to the small settlement of Dilli Village. Hike via Lakes Boomanjin, Benaroon and Birrabeen to Central Station.

Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Day 7

A more relaxing day today, starting with a drive to Lake McKenzie. Spend some time swimming before walking back to the resort via McKenzie’s Jetty and historic relics of the commando school.

Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Day 8

This holiday finishes with a ferry ride back to Hervey Bay. You can choose to leave on the 7.50am, 10.30am or 2.00pm ferry. Why not stay on and enjoy the resort’s facilities and catch the later ferry back?

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$ 2875 per person twin/double share
$ 630 Single Supplement (private room)

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