We’re fortunate to live, work and play on the world’s largest sand island! Located just 3.5 hours’ drive from Brisbane, and only a 50-minute ferry ride from Hervey Bay, this (not so) little piece of paradise is closer than you think! K’gari is also just up the road from Noosa and the Sunshine Coast, plus there’s direct flights from Brisbane and Sydney, making it a bucket list location for job-seekers and travellers alike!
Stretching for over 123 kilometres, and approximately 24kms wide, this island paradise is brimming with an endless array of World Heritage-listed wonders... and the best part? These idyllic locations are right on your doorstep and waiting to be explored!
Renowned for its brilliant blue hues and pristine white sands, this freshwater lake is the definition of paradise! Located inthe heart of Fraser, Lake McKenzie, or ‘Boorangoora’ as it’s named by the Butchullapeople, is the most visited natural site on the island. This perched dune lake, one of forty of its kind on Fraser Island, is fed entirely by rainwater, sitting high on the sand dunes, approximately one hundred metresabove sea level. Paperbark trees are dotted along the shore, and the ever-so-fine silica sand acts as a filter, giving the water its clarity and defined turquoise gradient. With temperate depths, this pure oasis is an idyllic year-round swimming spot, and a must on every island itinerary!
One of the island’s most popular watering holes, is Eli Creek - the largest creek on the eastern beach. With over four million litres of clear, fresh water flowing into the ocean every hour, the gentle current is perfect for a float (inflatable tubes are essential), weaving your way along the tree-lined banks, as the light glistens through the pandanus leaves. Park up on the beach for a picnic and stroll along the winding boardwalk, or simply spend the afternoon in the sunshine, and make a splash in the clear, shallow depths.
Pile Valley rainforest
This historic centre of Fraser Island is home to soaring Satinay trees, kauri pines and a range of remarkable rainforest plants. The satinays were once logged for their hardiness, used to rebuild the London Docks after WWII. Today, this enchanting environment is now protected - one of the first rainforest areas in Queensland to be recognised under the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy initiative, to conserve the Forests of K’gari.
Navigate along the east coast, just north of Indian Head and soon you’ll find the only saltwater swimming location on 75 Mile Beach. Immerse yourself in these aptly-named rock pools, as the ocean’s waves crash, bubble and fizz over the volcanic rock formations, just like Champagne! Make sure you pack some snorkelling gear and check out the ecosystem found within the pools.
EXPERIENCES FROM KINGFISHER BAY RESORT
Discover unique wildlife, journey along pristine coastlines, and experience the remote islands within the Great Sandy Biosphere, aboard Sea Explorer. You might even spot a mix of marine life, including an array of dolphins, turtles, and dugongs as you explore these idyllic natural surrounds. One of the bucket list stops, is the spectacular sand caye, Pelican Bank - feel the pristine white sands beneath your feet and immerse yourself in the crystal-clear water of this island paradise.
Or how about the chance to soak up a Fraser Island sunset in style! Set out across the Great Sandy Strait and bask in the island’s iconic glow, for the ultimate ‘sunset chill’ experience on Sea Explorer. Say ‘cheers’ to island life, enjoy the onboard bar and relax with friends, as the sun dips below the horizon.