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Things To Do On K'gari (Fraser Island) For Families

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Gabby Boucher
Updated Mon 04 Mar 2024

Planning a trip to K'gari (Fraser Island) with your family? This stunning sand island is a haven for nature lovers and adventurers of all ages. Whether you've joined a guided tour, or you're going on a family camping expedition without a tour, there is a world of wonders awaiting you and your loved ones on K'gari (Fraser Island).

Towering rainforest trees on K'gari (Fraser Island)

Things To Do On K'gari (Fraser Island) For Families

The best way to experience K'gari (Fraser Island) with your family is on a guided resort tourThat way everything is included, including accommodation, food, and transportation, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the island. Your local guides will take you to all the best places and ensure everyone is having a good time. Plus, guided resort tours are generally suitable for all ages, so the whole itinerary and accommodation will be family-friendly. 

So many of these top things to do on K'gari (Fraser Island) for families will be included in your guided tour of the island. But even if you're going without a tour in a 4WD hire or you have your own vehicle, you can include these activities in your itinerary!

These K'gari tours are perfect for families!

tour group in front of K'gari Explorer Tours Bus

Swim In The Lakes

There are lots of beautiful lakes on K'gari that are composed of fresh, clean, clear water. While the oceans around K'gari are rough and have intense currents, the island's lakes are perfect for swimming. Places like Lake McKenzie, Lake Birrabeen, and Lake Boomanjin are perfect for kids of all ages because the water is shallow and relaxed. Lake Wabby is quite deep and you have to walk down a steep sand dune to get there, so this lake is better for kids who are a bit older. 

pristine white sand and blue water at Lake McKenzie

Hang Out At The Resorts

K'gari (Fraser Island) has some excellent resorts, with the two most impressive being Kingfisher Bay Resort and K'gari Beach ResortBoth of these spots have nice pools, gift shops, restaurants, cafes, picnic areas, and places where you can hang out for the day even if you're not a guest. So if you want somewhere modern to relax for a few hours and swim in a pool, bring your family to a resort!

aerial view of Kingfisher Bay Resort pool and buildings on K'gari

Go For A Rainforest Walk

Another one of the best things to do on K'gari (Fraser Island) for families is explore the rainforest. There are lots of amazing walks that are calm, flat, and peaceful where you can stroll through the majestic, towering trees and soak in the crisp forest air. Central Station in particular is a great family-friendly area with walking trails, picnic areas, and informational signs about the unique history of the wildlife and Butchella culture

Family walking up a bushtrack in the rainforest

See The Maheno Shipwreck

The Maheno Shipwreck is an iconic K'gari (Fraser Island) attraction that amazes all who visit! Located on 75 Mile Beach, you can admire this incredible shipwreck from the beach and take some cool photos. Kids will be fascinated to see a shipwreck in real life, just make sure they don't get to close or touch it because it is rusty and could be dangerous. But when admiring the Maheno Shipwreck from afar, it's one of the top sights on the island!

aerial view of Maheno Shipwreck on the shores of K'gari

Other Activities For Families

After leaving the magical island of K'gari (Fraser Island), the fun doesn't have to end! Hervey Bay, Noosa, and Rainbow Beach on the mainland, the major jumping-off points for a trip to the island, are all packed with fun activities for families. From going on an unforgettable whale watch to hitting the calm waters around Rainbow Beach for more wildlife spotting, there are many ways to entertain the whole family before or after your trip to the world's largest sand island

people paddleboarding in Noosa at sunrise

Whale Watching

If you're visiting Queensland between June and October, you're lucky because it's whale season! Get out on a whale-watching tour with the fam so you can see these majestic giants breaching playfully in the ocean. Hervey Bay is the whale-watching capital of Australia, so there is no better place to try a tour. You can book a variety of whale tours that depart at different times, and your expert guides will take you to the best places along the Hervey Bay coastline for spotting a whale!

Aerial view of humpback whales swimming in queensland

Water Sports

Another fun way to get out on the water with your family is water sports. Particularly around Noosa and Rainbow Beach, the calm, shallow waters offer the perfect environment for paddleboarding, kayaking, and surfing. Minimum ages may apply to some tours, but many tours are suitable for young children as long as they can swim.

Kids with lifevests paddleboarding on the beach 

Exploring The Noosa Everglades

Noosa is home to the Everglades, a gorgeous, sprawling system of waterways, forests, and marshes. Bring your family out for a day of exploring nature as you go on a canoe trip through the Noosa Everglades. You'll get to cruise along the tranquil networks of rivers on a stable boat with a knowledgeable local guide who will educate you about the local flora and fauna. They get out on a sturdy canoe and paddle through the serenity of the Noosa Everglades!

Aerial view of the peaceful streams in the Noosa Everglades

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