This is a commonly asked question by people who are driving their own 4X4 over to Fraser Island, and one that often leaves people in the lurch once they arrive. Before deciding whether or not to book a tour over to Fraser Island, there are some things to consider if you want to enjoy all that Fraser has to offer.
When people ask about visiting Fraser Island, they often get stumped on whether to access the largest sand island in the world exiting from Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay. There is plenty to consider, and we’ve nutted out the pros and cons of departing from both destinations! Whether you’re booking a tour, tag-along or are self-driving, here is what you need to know before planning your trip to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island, or K’gari, the largest sand island in the world, is located off the coast of Queensland Australia. With beautiful sand highways, breathtaking scenic lookouts and over 100 freshwater lakes and streams, Fraser Island should be on everyone’s bucket list when visiting Australia. If you’re wondering what the best time of year is to visit this national icon, look no further.
If you’re travelling along the Fraser Coast, a visit to Rainbow Beach should be on your to-do list. This small coastal town is surrounded by the Great Sandy National Park and is well-known for being one of only two places from where you can access Fraser Island but Rainbow Beach is an attraction in its own right. With so much to offer, here is our pick of the best things to do in Rainbow Beach!
Noosa is a vibrant seaside town popular with holidaymakers from all walks of life and only two hours north of Brisbane. From hostels to luxury resorts, takeaway to fine dining, Target to Seed, surfing to cruises - Noosa has it all. Soak up some sun, surf a wave or shop till you drop, here’s our pick of the best things to do in Noosa!
Teewah Beach is a 40km stretch of coastline near Rainbow Beach that attracts thousands of 4WD enthusiasts, surfers, campers and fishermen each year. Golden sand covers this wide ocean beach, sea eagles soar high above the dunes and lace monitor lizards scavenge below - this is wilderness camping at its best.
Rainbow Beach is a pristine 23km stretch of sand that attracts thousands of campers each year. One of the few places in Australia where you can legally drive along the beach, Rainbow Beach campers are treated to a stunning natural landscape bursting with colour and life. Swim in the clear warm water, sunbathe on the silky sand or BBQ until your heart’s content - Rainbow Beach is the ideal destination for a family camping holiday or a road trip with friends and is highly popular with anglers across the country.
If you’re visiting the town of Hervey Bay, the Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere is well worth a visit. Located in the Hervey Bay Regional Gallery building, this unique free attraction delves into the natural beauty and diversity of the Great Sandy Biosphere with eyecatching interpretive panels and displays.
Visitors to Hervey Bay will quickly become acquainted with The Esplanade (also known as the Charlton Esplanade). Stretching from Point Vernon to Urangan, The Esplanade is home to shops, cafes, restaurants, resorts, an exercise path, playgrounds and not to forget the beautiful beach.