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Kingfisher Bay Resort
Kingfisher Bay Resort (incorporating the 152-room Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort - Fraser Island) is the gateway to the World Heritage wilderness of Fraser Island. This Australian icon is famous for its ancient rainforests, spectacular fresh-water lakes, remarkable wildlife and famous 75-Mile Beach with streams spilling into the ocean, mighty sand blows, coloured sand and even a shipwreck.
The resort nestles among tree-covered dunes on the edge of the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait and is a paradise for boating, fishing, swimming, bush walking, four-wheel driving and just enjoying the natural beauty of this island.
P: 1800 072 555 (toll free in Australia) or +61 7 4120 3333
To help us manage our customer's expectations, please do not refer to the resort as a luxury resort - we prefer laid back.
Check the website for great seasonal deals!
Editor's Note: Please refer to the resort as Kingfisher Bay Resort or Kingfisher Bay Resort - Fraser Island
Fraser Island Barges
Fraser Island Barges operates regular services from River Heads to Wanggoolba Creek and from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay Resort - both on the island's western side. Barge services also run on demand from Inskip Point (in the south).
P: 1800 BARGES toll free in Australia) or +61 7 4194 9300
Fraser Island Snapshot: http://www.kingfisherbay.com/images/media/fraser-facts/FraserIslandSnapshot.pdf
Getting to Fraser Island
From Brisbane: The journey is approximately 4 - 4 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane City. Join the Bruce Highway north of Brisbane.
From Bundaberg: The journey is approximately 1.5 hours drive south. Follow the Bruce Highway south. Turn off at Torbanlea and follow signs to Hervey Bay (21kms). Turn left onto the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road. Travel 0.7kms and turn right on to Booral Road. Travel for approximately 12 kms, then turn right into River Heads Road and travel 9.6kms to arrive at Kingfisher Bay's Mainland Reception located at River Heads Shopping Village (on your right hand side). River Heads Road is locally named Ariadne Street.
Secure parking is available at Kingfisher Bay Resort's Mainland Reception. Bookings are highly recommended and can be made directly with the resort's Reservations Team on + 61 7 4194 9300 or 1800 072 555 (within Australia).
VEHICLE AND PASSENGER FERRY TRANSFERS
Fraser Island Barges operates regular services from River Heads to Wanggoolba Creek and from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay Resort - both on the island's western side. Barge services also run on demand from Inskip Point (in the south). For more information visit www.fraserislandferry.com.au.
COACH AND TRAIN
Regular road coach services are available to Maryborough and Hervey Bay from Brisbane or from the north of the state with Greyhound-Pioneer-McCafferty's, Premier and Suncoast Pacific Coaches.
A scheduled coach service runs daily shuttle trips to / from Brisbane. Pickups available from Roma Street Transit Centre (Level 3, Bay 34) at 1230 hours, Brisbane Domestic Airport (Opposite Qantas Arrivals) at 1250 hours, Brisbane International Airport (Ground Transport Zone) at 1300 hours and returning from Hervey Bay to Brisbane at 9.30am from the Marina Kiosk at Urangan Boat Harbour. Contact Kingfisher Bay Resort for more information.
Queensland Rail runs regular train services from the north and south to Maryborough West station. A rail/coach connection can be booked to Urangan.
Virgin Australia flies daily from Melbourne and Sydney to Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast airport.
Qantaslink flies three services a day from Brisbane and return.
Kingfisher Bay Resort operates an Air transfer service from Hervey Bay / Fraser Coast airport for resort guests.
Air Fraser Island also operates charter services from Fraser Coast / Hervey Bay Airport or from Sunshine Coast Airport (in the south) to Fraser Island. Air Fraser Island is the only commercial operator with permits to land on 75-Mile Beach. Alternatively Air Fraser can make arrangements to land at Wanggoolba airstrip (will require a 4WD transfer).
Mi Helicopters can arrange a helicopter transfer to the landing pad at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
MARINE CHARTER SERVICES
Several local marine operators offered private charters between Urangan Boat Harbour and Kingfisher Bay Resort. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes (depending on tides).
The Fraser Island Taxi is a 4WD service operating on Fraser Island. Appointment by telephone - +61 6 4127 9188.
FOUR WHEEL DRIVES
4WDs can be hired from Eurong Beach Resort or Aussie Trax (located at Kingfisher Bay Resort).