Coastal Queensland at its best!
Searching for a fun, family friendly holiday? Look no further than fabulous Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia. Immerse yourself in the lush sounds of the rainforest or squeeze the soft sand between your toes on a stretch of endless white sand beach.
Stay with us as we take you through our favourite spots!
The Island & Surrounding Area
Fraser Island spans 120kms of Queensland’s coast and is considered the largest sand island in the world, covering an impressive 1840km. With a diverse collection of flora and fauna, Fraser Island’s natural beauty and ecological importance ensured its inscription on the World Heritage register in 1992. Located in the protected Great Sandy National Park, Fraser Island offers visitors an array of nature-based activities and adventures. Hervey Bay is the perfect base for your family’s Fraser Island holiday. With a variety of accommodation options, dining, shopping and activities, you’ll be sure to keep your family busy and entertained.
On the Mainland
Head to the Hervey Bay Historic Village or enjoy an immersive nature experience at the Fraser Coast DiscoverySphere. Visit the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary in Maryborough to meet one of their resident dingoes, feed a wallaby or pat a blue tongue lizard.
Check out the Water Front Restaurant and their all natural Reef World Aquarium; make sure you schedule in a visit around feeding time – 11am for turtles and 2pm for sharks! If you’re looking for a non-nature based adrenalin rush for the kids, rev your engines at the Hervey Bay Go-Kart Track; they also have a waterslide. Speaking of water, there’s a free water park in Hervey Bay that’s perfect to cool the kids off. Wetside Water Education Park is open year round and features fountains, water jets, play equipment, slides and static surfing. There’s also a separate TotSide for children under five years of age. Entry is free, although 10 minute rides on the static wave machine cost $5/ticket.
Take the family on a ghost tour of Maryborough and be chilled by tales of the town’s spine-tingling past.
On the Island
Spend a few days exploring Fraser Island’s fantastic scenery and wildlife. Many native animals call Fraser Island home but perhaps its most famous inhabitants are the Fraser Island dingoes. The Fraser Island dingoes are recognised as one of the purest breeding strains of dingoes still alive in Australia today and are, therefore, protected by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. Fraser Island is home to over 47 mammal species, including the swamp wallaby, 354 bird species and 79 reptile species. You won’t need to go far to find one of the island’s lizard inhabitants; both Lace and Sand Monitor lizards like to frequent the picnic areas – take care they don’t steal your sandwich! Although the oceans around the island are always full of interesting creatures like dolphins and dugongs, look out for migrating whales from July through November.
There are plenty of opportunities for swimming and snorkelling in the ocean or one of the 40 inland lakes, like Lake McKenzie, famous for its crystal clear blue waters. Boating and fishing both the coastal and inland waters as well as bushwalking through the coastal dunes and rainforest are all popular activities. High clearance Four Wheel Drive Vehicles are allowed on the island’s beaches and trails, so drive off the beaten track and explore the island’s 184,000 hectares of pristine bushland and beach.
Basing yourself in Hervey Bay or Maryborough is an ideal option for a family; however you can also stay on Fraser Island itself, where you’ll find an array of accommodations from camping to resorts. Keen campers can head to Cathedrals on Fraser to snag a site while those looking for an eco-retreat can book in at Kingfisher Bay Resort. A few fishing chalets and holiday homes are available as well, which may be more cost effective if you are travelling as a group or with a large family.
Fraser Island and the Fraser Coast are only a short, 200km drive from Brisbane. If you’re ready for an island adventure with your family, check out Europcar’s fantastic family car hire deals to help you and your family escape to the sun and sand of Queensland’s Fraser Island coast today.