An almost 5 hour drive north, or a 45-minute flight from Brisbane, Fraser Island on Hervey Bay, is a rare and beautiful holiday destination where the Great Barrier Reef begins. Dozens of lakes, rainforest and huge sandblows cover much of the island. Animal life includes 230 species of birds, and Australia's purest dingos. Before European settlers came, the Aboriginal Butchalla tribe had lived on what they called K'gari for perhaps 5000 years, fed by an abundance of food from the sea, lakes and forest.
A British ship captain and his wife, stranded on the island in 1836 gave a new name to this island, surrounded by ferocious waters (evident in the shipwrecks lining it's shores). He died here, but she returned to tell the story. Settlers soon discoved the logging potential of the forest, and created a thriving community. Since 1992 the area has been World Heritage Listed to preserve the environment.
Today the rugged wilderness provides 4WD adventure and excitement with hundreds of tracks criss-crossing the world's largest sand island. Alternately, it's a relaxing atmosphere in which to wander ancient rainforests within dune valleys, or along the colored sand cliffs at Seventy-Five Mile Beach; or take a swim in the tranquil waters of sand-ringed lakes.
The eco-friendly Kingfisher Bay Resort is an affordable option for visitors, with special packages that include ferry transfers, meals and adventure bundles.