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Fraser Island Day Tours Vs. Overnight Tours

Fraser Island is an iconic Australian destination that captures the attention of travellers worldwide and for good reason. The largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is a wild and rugged landscape filled with spectacular scenery and picture-perfect swimming holes that will leave you staring in awe.

75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island

Visitors to Fraser Island can choose from day trips or overnight tours (including unique tag-along tours) that range from two to three days. If you’ve been doing your research you will know that there are many excellent options available but you may still be wondering if a day or an overnight tour is right for you and the differences between the two. 

Let us help you! Here is a brief overview of what you can expect when booking a day trip or overnight tour to Fraser Island.


Fraser Island Day Tours

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island

A day tour is a great option for travellers that are short on time but don’t want to miss out on the majesty of Fraser Island. 

Most day tours will include stops at four of Fraser Island’s most iconic spots; Lake Mckenzie, Eli Creek, the Maheno Shipwreck and Central Station. Guests will travel along 75 Mile Beach, the largest sand highway in the world, and enjoy optimal time at each destination and a delicious lunch before being returned to the mainland in the evening.

For day-trippers who have the Pinnacles and Wanggoolba Creek on their must-see list or prefer a faster-paced itinerary, we recommend the Fraser Explorer or Premium Fraser Explorer Tour which are great value for money.

If you are unsure which day tour is best for you, take a look at our handy Day Tour Itinerary Summary to compare the destinations visited by each.

Day Tour Sample Itinerary

75 Mile Beach - Keep an eye out for landing planes as you cruise along the famous sand highway

Lake McKenzie - Swim at this iconic lake or relax on the dazzling white shores

Eli Creek - Float down this crystal clear creek through the forest and onto the beach

eli creek

Maheno Shipwreck - Get creative with pictures of this famous landmark

Central Station - Explore the rainforest with huge satinay, scribbly gum, brush box and kauri trees


Overnight Fraser Island Tours

Indian Head Lookout, Fraser Island

The more time you can spend on Fraser Island the better, we say! Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and the more time you have, the more you can explore. 

Overnight Fraser Island Tours have the advantage of being able to travel further north than day tours and many include the iconic Champagne Pools, Indian Head, the Pinnacles and Lake Wabby in their itineraries.

Depending on how much time you wish to spend on the island, you can choose between a two-day or three-day tour and the option of camping under the spectacular night sky or resting your head in a comfortable resort room. Return ferry transfers, National Park fees and most meals are also included.

With so many overnight tour options to choose from, the choice can seem a little daunting - view our Overnight Tour Itinerary Summary to help you compare and select the best option.

Overnight Tour Sample Itinerary

Lake McKenzie - Wade through the white silica sand and crystal clear freshwater of this iconic Australian lake

Champagne Pools - Take a refreshing dip in Queensland's most exciting natural bubble bath!

Indian Head - Experience breathtaking views and keep an eye out for majestic humpback whales and other marine life migrating along the Fraser Island coast

Eli Creek - Float through the forest in Fraser Island’s most famous freshwater spring

Maheno Shipwreck - Learn the fascinating history of this Australian landmark

Central Station & Pile Valley Rainforest - Explore Fraser’s most ancient rainforest & learn about the area’s unique ecosystem

Lake Wabby - Take a stroll along the fringes of the epic Hammerstone Sandblow and swim in Fraser Island’s deepest lake

The Pinnacles - Visit the Island's brightest geological wonder, the coloured sands

Sun, sand, sightseeing and swimming - regardless of whether you choose a day trip or an overnight tour, visiting Fraser Island will be an amazing adventure you never forget!


Ready to choose the perfect day or overnight tour? Ask our friendly Fraser Island experts and we'll help you get the best price! 

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