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From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

1. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

Join a guided day tour of Fraser Island and visit a curated itinerary of highlights such as Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, and the Maheno Shipwreck, with return ferry transfers included. Let your driver traverse the tracks and tides to ensure an enjoyable experience on the world’s largest sand island. Begin your adventure with pickup from your Hervey Bay accommodation, or make your own way to River Heads. Take a 40-minute ferry ride to Fraser Island, keeping a look out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. Once on the island, follow your local guide to see the stunning natural sights. If English is your second language, download the free foreign language app prior to the tour and use it offline for audio commentary. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its flora and fauna. Travel in an air-conditioned bus to Central Station, a former logging station. Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. Next up is the Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Choose to take a flight over the island (at an additional cost), or float down Eli Creek. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno. Also, see The Pinnacles colored sands, and learn how these formations were created. Board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads, and get dropped off at your accommodation.

Hervey Bay: Day Trip to Lake McKenzie with 4WD Tour & Lunch

2. Hervey Bay: Day Trip to Lake McKenzie with 4WD Tour & Lunch

Embark on the region’s only tour of Lake McKenzie. Relax on island time, immerse yourself in the crystal-clear freshwater, and laze along the pristine white sands of K'gari (Fraser Island). Meet at the Boat Club Marina in Hervey Bay, and then set sail at 10.30 AM by fast boat to the Kingfisher Bay Resort. Feast on an inclusive lunch, and enjoy some quality resort time with full access to all the facilities. Then, board a 4WD coach for a guided journey to Lake McKenzie. Take some free time at the iconic lake to swim in the crystal-clear waters, or just sunbathe on its famous white sands. Refreshed, make a relaxing journey back to Hervey Bay by passenger ferry, including a courtesy coach transfer back to the Boat Club Marina or your local accommodation.

From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 1-Day Coach Tour

3. From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 1-Day Coach Tour

Rainbow Beach is a perfect spot for a beach holiday and ideally situated next to the world’s largest sand island. Make the most of this exceptional location, with a day trip to the world-famous Fraser Island. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its fauna and flora. Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. On arrival at Seventy-Five Mile Beach you can choose to take a flight over the island, or float down Eli Creek and enjoy the crystal clear freshwater. Visit the Maheno Shipwreck and be sure to snap some photos of the rusting wreck. You’ll also see The Pinnacles Coloured Sands in all their glory and learn how these formations were created. A lunch at K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort) provides an opportunity to stop at the general store gift shop. At the end of your tour, head back to Rainbow Beach and your accommodations.

Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

4. Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

Start your day either from the convenient meeting point in Noosa or with a courtesy pickup from select hotels. From there you will travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you make your way towards Fraser Island. Following a quick stop in Rainbow Beach, board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. You'll then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you’ll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. You'll journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters. You can cool off with a swim, enjoy some wonderful photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and interesting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest, which is growing out of sand. It will then be time to start making your way back towards Noosa with another drive down the beach highway and a brief stopover in Rainbow Beach. Your return time to Noosa will be approximately 5:00PM.

Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

5. Hervey Bay: Sunset Cruise to Great Sandy Marine Park

Relax on a tranquil evening cruise from Hervey Bay into the Great Sandy Straits Marine Park. This is the perfect appetizer for your evening ahead. Nothing beats watching the sunset at sea and the experience of returning to the port at dusk. Enjoy a complimentary glass of champagne as you soak up the changing colors of the bay. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and other wildlife that frequent the Marine Park at dusk. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sunset. Early evening is a special time to be on the water as marine wildlife of the harbor comes out to play. You will find the peacefulness of the water perfectly reflecting the evening light, and the lights of Hervey Bay twinkling in the distance mesmerizing.

Hervey Bay: Whale-Watching Cruise with Transfer

6. Hervey Bay: Whale-Watching Cruise with Transfer

Enjoy the skipper's safety briefing and introduction to the vessel before departing. After leaving the marina, you will pass by several interesting landmarks and learn about their history from the skipper's commentary. As you near Fraser Island, while enjoying profiteroles and scones for morning tea, you will learn all about the geography of the Great Sandy Straits and start looking out for whales, dolphins, dugong, and other marine life. The beaches of Fraser Island are pristine and quite untouched and a pleasure to cruise along. The Humpback Whales call into the Bay on their southern migration and, at the beginning of the season, mainly young whales who are inquisitive and playful can be seen. Close encounters are a regular occurrence. As the season progresses mothers and calves, sometimes with a male escort or another female enter the bay to rest and grow. Calves are playful but they also need rest time and mum's can be protective and keep them away from the boats. Towards the end of the season, larger groups of males often compete for mating rights as the females become ready for some fun. These groups are often rough and charging, making noises, and it's very exciting. A delicious plated lunch is served either alongside Fraser Island or while watching whales in the protected waters. Enjoy cold meats, hot chicken wings, 3 salads, and a bread roll. Tea, coffee, and filtered water are available all day. Other drinks can be purchased over the bar. On the return journey, fruit and cheese platters are served for your enjoyment during the leisurely cruise along the island and across the straight back to the marina.

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

7. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the 2 days you’ll travel in in air-conditioned comfort between sites. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why Fraser Island was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie, and as an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into the amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort). At the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

Fraser Island: 2-Day Tour from Hervey Bay

8. Fraser Island: 2-Day Tour from Hervey Bay

On your first day, walk under the rainforest at Central Station, the heart of Fraser Island, and then drive four wheelers on the colored sands of the 75 Mile Beach to the Happy Valley for a BBQ lunch. After lunch, go for a swim or take a tube ride at Eli Creek.  Learn from your experienced, knowledgeable lead guide and meet like-minded travelers. See the world-renowned Maheno Shipwreck before heading to Lake Garawongera. Return to your accommodation for time to relax, drink, play volleyball on the beach, and unwind before dinner. The next day, enjoy a continental breakfast before setting off for the emerald green Lake Wabby or Lake Birrabeen, depending on the tides and weather. Relax, play, and swim at the beautiful Lake McKenzie. Head back to the barge at Kingfisher Resort.

Hervey Bay: Sandy Strait Scenic and Wildlife Cruise

9. Hervey Bay: Sandy Strait Scenic and Wildlife Cruise

Cruise the pristine waters of the Great Sandy Straits, including destinations such as Woody Island, North White Cliffs, Ungowa and Garry's Anchorage. Departing from the Boat Club relax and wildlife spot as we cruise through the Great Sandy Straits to the famous Gary’s Anchorage, located approximately halfway to Tin Can Bay. Enjoy a light lunch on-board as we cruise through the anchorage. Experience the beauty of the Great Sandy Marine Park & Fraser Island, this pristine area of Mangroves, Sand Cliffs and sand flats wilderness is abound with sea and birdlife. Keep your eyes peeled for the famous Fraser Island dingos. Learn about some of the history of early settlers and logging of this historical region. The Great Sandy Strait, from Dayman Point - Sandy Point (near Hervey Bay) to Tin Can Bay in the south, is a Ramsar wetland of international importance. It has been declared a shorebird designated area within the marine park to protect migratory shorebirds. Seabirds and shorebirds are a vibrant feature of this World Heritage area. They occupy a range of habitats, including the mouths of creeks and estuaries, rocky ocean foreshores, sand spits, and sandy beaches.

From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

10. From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Gear up for two full days of fun and adventure on K'gari (Fraser Island). Your guide, a Fraser Island expert with local knowledge and a passion for the island, takes all the hard work out of navigating tides and terrain. Drive across sand tracks to explore beautiful, natural spots and listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history and flora and fauna in air-conditioned comfort. Keep your eye out for dingos and migrating humpback whales (July-November).   Depart Rainbow Beach at approximately 8:00 AM and travel to Inskip for the barge crossing to Hook Point on Fraser Island. On the island, check out the displays at Central Station and discover a former logging station. Stroll along the boardwalk of Wanggoolba Creek to uncover ancient king ferns before hiking through Pile Valley’s subtropical rainforest to see the island’s famous satinay trees.  Enjoy a revitalizing swim in the fresh, crystal-blue water of Lake Mckenzie. Then relax on the sandy white beaches of this picture-perfect dune lake. At Seventy-Five Mile Beach, tour the sandy highway, the “spine of Fraser Island,” running from Hook Point to Great Sandy Cape. During the journey, treat yourself to an optional scenic flight over the island.  Relax on the sandy banks of Eli Creek, wade through the shallow waters, or drift downstream on the fastest-flowing creek on the island — sure to revitalize your mind, body, and soul. Learn the intriguing history of Maheno Shipwreck, a once-proud passenger liner that was washed ashore in 1935 during a cyclone. The Pinnacles Colored Sands are one of Fraser’s most magical locations; hear about how these dreamy cliffs came to be.  See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Stimulate your senses in the Champagne Pools with a dip into a natural ocean jacuzzi. At Lake Wabby, swim in the emerald-green window lake and explore the only example of a barrage lake on Fraser Island, after trekking across the shifting sands of Hammerstone Sandblow.  The tour concludes with departure from Fraser Island on the second day at approximately 4:30 PM, arriving back at your accommodation in Rainbow Beach between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Fraser Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,114 reviews

We had an excellent day on Freedom 111 - good food, friendly staff with informative local highlights along with the good fortune to see whales while we were out - many thanks for a great day out and happy to recommend to others looking for a great day of whale watching.

Absolutely a great informative cruise. The captain was full of useful information and showed us heaps. He was always on the lookout. Right up to the many pods of dolphins. Ovrrall, great and full of info. Definitely worth going on.

Butch was great and made the experience an awesome and informative day. He is very knowledgeable about Fraser Island and the whole area around Hervey Bay. Thank you for this great experience Butch. All the best!

Really informative tour and our guide (Wayne) was funny and really knowledgeable about the island

Excellent Tour and Guid good value , we loved it all and the scenic flight