Fraser Island

Fraser Island, photo by Sensenmann
Fraser Island (photo by Sensenmann)
 

Fraser Island is a large sand island 122 km (76 miles) long — the largest sand island in the world.

It is situated off the southern coast of the Australian state of Queensland, some 300 km (200 miles) north of the state capital Brisbane.

A popular destination for travelers, Fraser Island was inscribed as a World Heritage Site in 1992.

Fraser island is a place of exceptional beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly colored sand cliffs, and over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-colored and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches.  August to November is whale-watching season.

There are a number of campsites on the island which house standard facilities (toilets, showers etc).  For backcountry camping, there are designated areas among the dunes.

 

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Beachside Motor Inn

Beachside Motor Inn is located just off the beach in Pialba, Hervey Bay, just 200 metres from the town centre. It has a saltwater pool, barbecue facilities and guest laundry. Guests enjoy free WiFi and free parking is available outside your room. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $136

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Mantra Hervey Bay

Mantra Hervey Bay is positioned on the waterfront, overlooking the Urangan Marina. All rooms have balconies with views over the marina toward the beach, which is just 500 metres away. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95 - $277

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Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park

Just 5 minutes’ walk from Hervey Bay Beach, this holiday park offers a swimming pool with spa pool and a games room with billiards. The shared kitchen boasts a pizza oven. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$42 - $105

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Kingfisher Bay Resort

Kingfisher Bay Resort offers modern accommodation, varied delicacies in its 3 restaurants and many bush walking tracks. It is located on the World Heritage listed Fraser Island, near Great Sandy Strait. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$127 - $354

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Lisianna Apartments

Overlooking Hervey Bay, Lisianna Apartments offer self-contained accommodation with a private balcony and beautiful bay views. Guests can enjoy an outdoor meal using the BBQ facilities. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$76 - $102

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Lisianna Apartments

Lisianna Apartments

Overlooking Hervey Bay, Lisianna Apartments offer self-contained accommodation with a private balcony and beautiful bay views. Guests can enjoy an outdoor meal using the BBQ facilities. Average score from 14 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$76 - $102

$76-
Sunseeker Motel

Sunseeker Motel

Situated opposite the beach in the centre of Hervey Bay, surrounded by a variety of restaurants, Sunseeker Motel offers a choice of motel rooms and self-contained apartments. Guests enjoy free WiFi and a large outdoor swimming pool. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$79 - $133

$79-
Main Street Motel

Main Street Motel

Located in the heart of Hervey Bay, Main Street Motel Hervey Bay offers comfortable accommodation, an outdoor swimming pool, free unlimited WiFi and free continental breakfast including cereals, juice, breads, homemade jams, cheese, tea and coffee. Average score from 11 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$80

$80-
Bayshores Holiday Apartments

Bayshores Holiday Apartments

Located on the Torquay Beach Esplanade, Bayshores offers self-contained accommodation with a private balcony and views of beautiful tropical gardens. It features an outdoor swimming pool and a barbecue area. Free WiFi is included. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83 - $136

$83-
Palm Court Holiday Apartments

Palm Court Holiday Apartments

Only 20 metres from the beach, Palm Court Holiday Apartments boasts free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and free BBQ facilities. It is a 3-minute drive from WetSide Water Education Park. Free on-site parking is provided. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83

$83-
Point Vernon Holiday Park

Point Vernon Holiday Park

Offering an outdoor pool and free WiFi, Point Vernon Holiday Park is located in Hervey Bay. Each air-conditioned bungalow offers a fully equipped kitchen and garden views. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$83

$83-
Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge

Best Western Ambassador Motor Lodge

Situated opposite Pialba Bay Beach and Seafront Oval, just 5 minutes’ walk from local shops and cafes, this motel offers free Wi-Fi, a heated pool and a restaurant. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$84 - $154

$84-
Coconut Palms On The Bay

Coconut Palms On The Bay

Located directly opposite the Coral Sea, Coconut Palms offers air-conditioned accommodation with a fully equipped kitchen. The property features a saltwater swimming pool and BBQ facilities. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$86 - $143

$86-
Silver Sands Apartments

Silver Sands Apartments

Located in the heart of Hervey Bay, Silver Sands Apartments are just 50 metres from the patrolled area of Torquay Beach. It offers a heated saltwater outdoor pool and free on-site parking. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$87

$87-
Tranquility by the Bay

Tranquility by the Bay

Tranquility by the Bay is located in Hervey Bay, 3.1 km from Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum and 2.2 km from WetSide Water Education Park. The rooms include a flat-screen TV. There is a seating area for your convenience. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$87

$87-
Boat Harbour Resort

Boat Harbour Resort

The 4-star Boat Harbour Resort provides affordable, comfortable accommodation on the Fraser Coast. Located opposite the beachfront, it provides limited views and free WiFi access for 1 hour. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$89 - $174

$89-
Beachside Motor Inn

Beachside Motor Inn

Beachside Motor Inn is located just off the beach in Pialba, Hervey Bay, just 200 metres from the town centre. It has a saltwater pool, barbecue facilities and guest laundry. Guests enjoy free WiFi and free parking is available outside your room. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$90 - $136

$90-
White Crest Luxury Apartments

White Crest Luxury Apartments

Located directly opposite Torquay Beach, these luxury apartments with heated swimming pool include free cable TV and a private balcony with full or partial views over the bay, garden or pool. Free WiFi is provided. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$91 - $239

$91-
Mantra Hervey Bay

Mantra Hervey Bay

Mantra Hervey Bay is positioned on the waterfront, overlooking the Urangan Marina. All rooms have balconies with views over the marina toward the beach, which is just 500 metres away. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95 - $277

$95-
Fraser Lodge Holiday Park

Fraser Lodge Holiday Park

Fraser Lodge Holiday Park features 2 swimming pools, a tennis court and a jumping cushion. It offers a variety of accommodation options including motel-style rooms and deluxe villas. Average score from 4 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95

$95-
Torquay Terrace Bed & Breakfast

Torquay Terrace Bed & Breakfast

Set in a quiet area of Hervey Bay, Torquay Terrace Bed & Breakfast is less than 10 minutes' walk from pristine beaches, restaurants, shopping, tourist attractions and fishing spots. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95

$95-
Ramada Hervey Bay

Ramada Hervey Bay

Located on the Esplanade alongside the Urangan Harbour, Ramada Hervey Bay boasts a heated pool with a spa pool, a restaurant and free WiFi. There are a range of executive studios and luxurious self-contained suites. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$95 - $166

$95-

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Natural
Unusual Local Feature

World's Largest Sand Island

The low “wallum” heaths on the island are of particular evolutionary and ecological significance. The immense sand blows and cliffs of colored sands are part of the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world and they are still evolving. They are a continuous record of climatic and sea level changes over the last 700 000 years. The highest dunes on the island reach up to 240 meters. They provide magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer.
Beaches
Scenic Waterways
Fraser Island is large enough that it has over 100 freshwater lakes, in a diverse array of colors. The most popular is Lake MacKenzie -- a large lake with crystal blue waters and white sands. Another popular one is Lake Wabby -- a green-colored lake that is home to freshwater turtles and catfish.
Wildlife and Plants
Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 meters. It is also known for its vast mangrove forests. Its wetlands areas include: rare patterned ferns; mangrove colonies; sea-grass beds; and up to 40,000 migratory shorebirds. Rare, vulnerable or endangered species include dugongs, turtles, Illidge’s ant-blue butterflies and eastern curlews.

Fraser Island is famous for over 300 species of birds, and include coastal birds such as dotterals, pied oyster-catchers, pelicans and terns, and birds of prey such as brahminy kites, white-breasted sea eagles, ospreys and peregrine falcons. The island's heathlands are home to one of Australia's rarest bird, the ground parrot, where visitors will also find honey-eaters, kingfishers and cockatoos. The freshwater wetlands are the habitat of curlews, jabirus and brolgas.

There are 25 species of mammal, including pure-breed dingoes, wallabies, possums, flying foxes and echidnas. Dugong feed on the sea grass, turtles breed on some island beaches, and tailor spawn annually near rocky headlands.
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