After more than 30,000 votes, cast as part of Queensland's 150th Birthday celebrations, Fraser Island has joined the Great Barrier Reef, Glass House Mountains, Whitsundays and Daintree to round-out the top five Natural Icons in the State.
The Great Sandy region has also recently been recognised as an internationally significant biosphere, by the United Nations Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), a move that puts Fraser Island and surrounds in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, Central Amazon and Uluru.
Here are our top three natural picks for interacting with nature on Fraser this winter.
What better way to immerse yourself in the natural environment, than by taking time to smell the wild flowers on one of Fraser Island's world-class walking tracks.
The Fraser Island Great Walk circuit covers some 90km of stunning sandscape between Dilli Village and Happy Valley. Walkers can follow in the footsteps of the traditional custodians - the Butchulla people, or stroll down memory lane by following the logging roads and tramlines that serve as reminders of the island's bygone forestry industry.
Walks can take between six and eight days to complete and various circuits give walkers the flexibility to choose the duration and intensity of their walk – from challenging routes for experienced walkers to shorter, easier strolls. Additional tracks link the Great Walk to key barge landings, accommodation and supply centres on the island.
Spoil yourself with a short stay pre or post walk at Kingfisher Bay's eco resort or at Fraser's best beachside address – Eurong Beach Resort.
For more information visit www.epa.qld.gov.au.
Holidays with your loved ones should be memorable for the right reasons and at Kingfisher Bay Resort a relaxing family holiday is just that – relaxing.
Lazy days can be spent exploring the Great Sandy National Park by four-wheel-drive or on tour. Similarly the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait are safe for older children to canoe, sail, swim and fish. Plus there are learn to fish clinics and fishing trips are organised daily but kids catch plenty of fish off the jetty and enjoy having them cooked by the Chef.
The Eco-Resort's popular Junior Eco Ranger program is designed to show children how to care about the environment in a fun way. Programs involve open exploration and play in the natural environment and scientific investigation of the natural environments, like water testing various areas.
Resort Head Ranger Colin Anderson said the resort's Junior Eco Ranger program had been designed to suit the various age groups and stimulate interest with activities including bush art, walks, story telling, orienteering, rope courses and canoeing on the program.
Book a getaway to the award-winning eco tourism resort, travel to stunning Fraser Island before September 20 and for every two nights booked, you'll receive a third night for free.
Visit www.kingfisherbay.com or www.eurong.com.
Hervey Bay's whale watch season runs from 1 August until the end of October with some of the most prolific whale spotting this side of the east coast. Half-day trips depart daily from Kingfisher Bay Resort from 8am during the season (August 1 until 31 October). Tickets are priced at $100 for adults and $55 for kids aged 4-14.
Each ticket sold includes a levy which assists local marine park management, education, ranger patrols, whale monitoring and research. Longer stay packages start from just $389 per person and include two nights at Kingfisher Bay on Fraser's western side.
For more information visit kingfisherbay.com or call 1800 072 555 to book. Access to Kingfisher Bay Resort and Fraser Island is hassle-free. Virgin Blue operates direct jet services daily from Sydney, with other major city connections.
QantasLink also operates daily from Brisbane to the Fraser Coast. Both airlines offer travellers the chance to offset their carbon emissions or take a carbonfriendly trip aboard a Queensland Rail Traveltrain to Maryborough West with connections to Urangan Boat Harbour.