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How To Spend Mother's Day On K'gari (Fraser Island)

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Gabby Boucher
Updated Fri 19 Apr 2024

If you're looking for a fun and adventurous way to celebrate Mother's Day this year, consider a trip to K'gari (Fraser Island)As the world's largest sand island, this oasis of natural beauty in Southeast Queensland is a great place to switch it up this Mother's Day. Skip the bottomless brunch or fancy dinner and instead opt for a day or weekend of adventure!

K'gari (Fraser Island), and the mainland towns of Hervey Bay, Noosa, and Rainbow Beach, have attractions and activities that suit travellers of all ages and personalities. Whether you and your Mum want to go hiking, kayaking, and camping, or you'd prefer to stay in nice resorts and laze away the day floating in a turquoise lake, you can do it all on K'gari (Fraser Island).

two women smiling in a 4wd hire on K'gari

How To Spend Mother's Day On K'gari (Fraser Island)

Here are some ideas for spending a fabulous Mother's Day on K'gari (Fraser Island). The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is packed with natural wonders, historic sites, unique wildlife, and opportunities for both relaxation and adventure. It's easily reachable by ferry from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach, and is suitable for all types of budgets. If you're planning a one-on-one trip with your Mum, or a family trip, or a getaway with friends, siblings, cousins, and anyone in between, everyone deserves a memorable trip to K'gari!

women lying in the sand at lake mckenzie

Book a day trip if you're short on time

There are some amazing guided day trips to K'gari (Fraser Island) for those who only have one day to spare. Choose between a large-group bus tour, a small-group Landcruiser tour, or a private tour with your own personal guide! Either way, you can spend one action-packed day seeing the best sights on the island. You can also upgrade your day tour to include scenic flights to and from Noosa and K'gari!

woman standing in front of K'gari Explorer Tours bus

Consider a walking tour if you love adventure and nature

Is your family an adventurous one that loves active treks out in the wilderness? A K'gari Walking Tour may be for you! You can book a multi-day, pack-free hike that includes expert guides, cosy campsites, delicious meals, and walking trails through the uncrowded landscapes of K'gari. 

two women walking through the k'gari rainforest

Photo: Lake McKenzie Eco Walk 2D1N

Treat yourself to a multiday tour with resort accommodation

Maybe you and your Mum would prefer a relaxing holiday at a beachfront resort. There are also plenty of guided resort tours on K'gari (Fraser Island) where you can explore the lakes, rainforests, and sand dunes by day and chill out at a resort by night. From 2 days to 5 days, spend any number of days exploring K'gari with a guide and indulging in some nice hotel meals, drinks, and pool time. 

K'gari Beach Resort Pool at sunrise

Hire your own 4WD for K'gari (Fraser Island)

If you prefer an independent adventure with your Mum, you can hire a 4WD and plan your own itinerary! This is a great way to customise your Mother's Day on K'gari (Fraser Island). You can book camping packages if you want a more rugged experience, or you can book accommodation packages that include a resort hotel room. Or you can just hire a 4WD for the day. But navigating a 4WD across the sandy beaches of K'gari is sure to be a memorable Mother's Day!

4wd driving along the beach on k'gari at sunrise

Top K'gari (Fraser Island) Activities for You and Your Mum on Mother's Day

Whether you're hiring your own 4WD or booking a private tour, here are some of the best K'gari attractions you can include in your itinerary. If you're joining a guided group tour, many of these sights and activities will be included in your itinerary already. Hopefully this inspires you and your Mum to embark on a K'gari (Fraser Island) getaway!

mother and child walking along a woodland path

Have a beach day at Lake McKenzie

Lake McKenzie is one of the most beautiful places on K'gari (Fraser Island), and possibly all of Australia! With crystal clear water, velvety white sand, and pristine rainforests surrounding the shoreline, no visit to K'gari is complete without seeing the famous Lake McKenzie. Bring a camera, a good book, and a beach blanket so you and your Mum can relax at this gorgeous location for a few hours.

two women sitting on the beach at lake mckenzie

Watch the sunrise at Indian Head Lookout

Start Mother's Day off right with an epic sunrise. If you're spending a few days on K'gari (Fraser Island), head up to the north of the island for uninterrupted views of the coastline and Pacific Ocean at Indian Head Lookout. It's a wonderful spot for sunrise. Or if you're only on K'gari for a day or two and you don't have time to head that far north, just watch the sunrise from the shores of 75 Mile Beach. It's sure to be magical either way. 

woman taking a photo at indian head lookout

Enjoy a nice meal or cocktail

Treat your Mum to a fabulous meal and a hand-crafted cocktail at one of the restaurants on K'gari (Fraser Island). Though there aren't as many dining options on the island as there are on the mainland, you can still splurge on a delicious meal out. There are a few places to eat and drink at Kingfisher Bay Resort. K'gari Beach Resort also has a great restaurant, and there are a few options up north in Orchid Beach as well. 

family meal at a restaurant in australia

Stroll through the rainforest

If your Mum loves nature, make sure you bring her to one or two rainforest walking trails on K'gari. The impressive forests that grow out of the sand are mind-blowing. Central Station has an easy, well-maintained rainforest boardwalk that is suitable for all ages. Or you can embark on a moderate rainforest walk up to Lake Wabby, another gorgeous lake on the island. 

family walking through the rainforest at central station

Try water sports in Hervey Bay, Noosa, or Rainbow Beach

Whether your Mother's Day on K'gari (Fraser Island) departs from Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, or Noosa, you may have some free time on the mainland before or after your island visit. Make the most of your time with some fun water sports!

You can go canoeing through the lush Noosa Everglades, spotting native birdlife and enjoying a peaceful day out in nature. Or you can book a kayaking tour around Rainbow Beach, which gives you the chance to spot turtles and dolphins up close. In Hervey Bay, you could join a sunset boat tour and toast to the end of an amazing Mother's Day celebration.

travellers canoeing on the noosa everglades

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