Fraser Island

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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 13 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 4 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 13 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 12 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 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$76 - $102

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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Sunrise Units

Sunrise Units

Just 50 metres from the beach, Sunrise Units offers self-contained apartments with ocean views. The property is ideally located for visits to the world heritage-listed Fraser Island. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$106

$106-
Shelly Bay Resort

Shelly Bay Resort

Opposite a family friendly beach, Shelly Bay Resort provides 4-star fully self-contained apartments, with views of Hervey Bay from every apartment. It features a lagoon-style swimming pool and free WiFi is provided. Average score from 3 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$111 - $189

$111-
Charlton Apartments

Charlton Apartments

Located directly opposite Torquay Beach, these open-plan apartments with private balcony are surrounded by lush tropical gardens with an outdoor swimming pool and barbecue area. Average score from 7 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$112 - $326

$112-
Best Western Plus Quarterdecks Retreat

Best Western Plus Quarterdecks Retreat

The Best Western Plus Quarterdecks Retreat is situated in the Boat Harbour precinct of Hervey Bay. Wi-Fi is available throughout the five-acre retreat free of charge. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$113 - $303

$113-
Santalina On Hervey Bay

Santalina On Hervey Bay

Set in tropical surrounds, Santalina on Hervey Bay is situated opposite Urangan Beach. Each apartment either overlooks the swimming pool and gardens or has ocean views. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$113 - $175

$113-
Pier One

Pier One

Located on The Esplanade overlooking Urangan Beach, Pier One Apartments boasts an outdoor pool, a hot tub and a fitness centre. It offers apartments with free Wi-Fi and a private balcony offering ocean views. Average score from 5 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114 - $299

$114-
Riviera Resort

Riviera Resort

Located opposite Torquay Beach, Riviera Resort is set on 1.5 acres and offers a tennis court, a sauna and a swimming pool. All accommodation boasts 2 balconies, a fully equipped kitchen and partial sea and beach views. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$114

$114-
Beachside Cottages

Beachside Cottages

Located across the road from the Hervey Bay waterfront, Beachside Cottages features free WiFi and free bicycle hire. You can admire picturesque sea views. Beachside Cottages is a 10-minute drive from the heart of Hervey Bay. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$117

$117-
Oceans Resort, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Oceans Resort, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member

Oceans Resort, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member offers apartment style accommodation opposite the Urangan Beach Pier. Located on the waterfront, it features 2 lagoon pools and a restaurant. Average score from 9 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$120 - $375

$120-
Alexander Beachfront Apartments

Alexander Beachfront Apartments

Guests at Alexander Beachfront Apartments can go fishing or for a swim at Shelley Beach, located across the road. The property also offers an outdoor pool, free WiFi and free parking. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$121

$121-
Boneanza

Boneanza

Located 5 km from Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum in Hervey Bay, this air-conditioned holiday home features a garden with a barbecue. Guests benefit from balcony and a terrace. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 8 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$125

$125-
Villa Cavour Bed and Breakfast

Villa Cavour Bed and Breakfast

Located on Point Vernon, only 50 metres from the Esplanade, Villa Cavour offers free breakfast each morning and free Wi-Fi. Relax in your spacious air-conditioned bedroom or in the gazebo by the pool. Average score from 10 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$125 - $114

$125-
Pier Resort

Pier Resort

Situated in Urangan opposite the beach, Pier Resort Apartments offer self-contained rooms and apartments with free WiFi. The property features a restaurant, bar, swimming pool and hot tub. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$126 - $208

$126-
Kingfisher Bay Resort

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 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$127 - $354

$127-
Beachfront Luxury Tingeera 101

Beachfront Luxury Tingeera 101

Located 1.6 km from Hervey Bay Historical Village Museum, Beachfront Luxury Tingeera 101 offers accommodation in Hervey Bay. Beachfront Luxury Tingeera 101 features views of the sea and is 600 metres from WetSide Water Education Park. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$131

$131-
Two Storey Beach House

Two Storey Beach House

Located in Hervey Bay, this holiday home is less than a 5-minute drive from local shops, restaurants and cafes. Urangan Pier is a 10-minute derive away. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 6 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$136

$136-
Boomerang Beach House

Boomerang Beach House

Just 5 minutes’ walk from Urangan Beach and Urangan Pier, Boomerang Beach House features a wrap-around balcony and a patio with BBQ facilities and outdoor furniture. Guests enjoy up to 3 gigabytes of free Wi-Fi per stay. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 0.0/10.

$136 - $197

$136-

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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.
Other Interests:
Natural
Ocean Wildlife
Tropical Forests

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