Things to do on Fraser Island
200 miles north of Brisbane, Fraser Island is accessible mainly from Hervey Bay by ferry, taking around an hour, but also from Rainbow Beach or Noosa.
Many visitors bring 4WD vehicles with them or rent them on the island. There are no hard roads on Fraser, mostly bumpy, deep sand tracks winding through the trees (as in the above picture) or long straight, flat stretches on the wide eastern beaches.
Possible accommodation on the island ranges from camping, through simple timber lodges up to a couple of pricey resorts.
Lake McKenzie, a brilliant beach
Perched on a layer of solid leaf matter Lake McKenzie deserves to be recognised as one of the best beaches in the world, with stunningly fine white, stone-free sand and warm, clear, pure freshwater to bathe in. The weather is warm, the location is totally natural, the water contains no killer critters and the sand entertains no coral lumps. Even the dingoes are friendly, trotting down the beach for a drink and to check out the visitors and their backpacks.
McKenzie Beach’s main drawback is that you need first to get to Fraser Island, then drive at least half an hour on a sand track to reach the place. Still, compared to Whitehaven Beach access is easy and cheap.
Hmm… that dingo doesn’t look so threatening from here, especially compared to Australia’s really dangerous animals.
Both humans and dingoes love Lake McKenzie’s powder sand and fresh clean water. We’re pretty sure this is the best sand we have ever set foot on and clearest water we have ever swum in. Pity about the time taken to get here from Hervey Bay.
Another Fraser Island option is safe seaside bathing in Champagne Pools tidal seawater.