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Blue Lakes Eco Hike 3D2N

FROM: $980
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Departure Times

Departs: 7:00am - Tuesdays, Saturdays
Returns: Please Enquire - Thursdays, Mondays

Departure Point: Hervey Bay

Pricing Options

$980 AUD / Person - Adult (Between: 27 Mar 2024 and 31 Oct 2024)

Spend 3 days and 2 nights hiking, camping, and swimming in the natural beauty of K'gari (Fraser Island)!

  • 3 days of moderate bushwalking covering around 45km in total
  • Visit pristine lakes including Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby, Lake Birrabeen, and more
  • Small group tour of only 2-6 participants
  • Pack-free hike so you don't need to lug around heavy bags and gear
  • All meals, camping equipment, and expert guidance included

Experience a less touristy and more adventerous side of the world's largest sand island on the Blue Lakes Eco Hike with K'gari Walking Tours! Perfect for moderately fit hikers who love to get off the beaten path and spend time in nature, this 3-day, 2-night tour covers the southern section of the K'gari Great Walk. Pass 5 beautiful freshwater lakes, relax at 2 remote campgrounds, and enjoy stunning views of the Heritage-Listed rainforest.

A pack-free hike with K'gari Walking Tours means there is a support team that will take care of all the camping set up and supplies as well as food prep and storage. They will also transport your overnight bags between campsites so you only have to hike with a small day pack! This is ideal because with 3 days and 45km of ground to cover, you'll want to stay energized and ready to go!

Highlights:

  • 3-day, 2-night hiking tour on K'gari (Fraser Island)
  • A moderate trail that covers 45km in total
  • Expert guides to lead the way
  • Camp at Central Station and Lake McKenzie campgrounds
  • All camping gear, equipment, and meals included
  • Visit multiple freshwater lakes on the island with swimming opportunites
  • See the famous Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby
  • Explore less touristy lakes like Lake Birrabeen and Lake Benaroon
  • All transport provided, including ferries and hotel transfers in Hervey Bay
  • Small group tour with a maximum of 6 hikers

girl with hat looking up at the K'gari Rainforest

Sample Itinerary

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Day 1

Walking distance: 13.5km total

Depart Hervey Bay and head to Dilli Village Trailhead

After meeting with your guides and finishing the check-in process at the K'gari Walking Tours office in Hervey Bay, jump on the ferry and get a private 4WD transfer to the start of the hike. You'll begin at Dilli Village, which is also the starting point for the K'gari Great Walk. This 3-day, 2-night tour...

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Day 1

Walking distance: 13.5km total

Depart Hervey Bay and head to Dilli Village Trailhead

After meeting with your guides and finishing the check-in process at the K'gari Walking Tours office in Hervey Bay, jump on the ferry and get a private 4WD transfer to the start of the hike. You'll begin at Dilli Village, which is also the starting point for the K'gari Great Walk. This 3-day, 2-night tour covers the southern parts of this iconic hike!

girl taking photo of sunrise on the K'gari ferry

Lake Boomanjin

From the Dilli Village Trailhead, it's a 6.3km walk through the lush forest tracks to Lake Boomanjin. You'll stop for lunch at Lake Boomanjin, which is the largest perched lake in the world! This gorgeous lake rarely has any crowds and is known for its refreshing waters that are stained red from tannins from the surrounding trees. 

Lake Benaroon Campsite

After Lake Boomanjin, continue hiking for 7.2 until you reach Lake Benaroon. This is another beautiful K'gari lake that isn't normally visited by tourists so you can enjoy some peace and quiet at your campsite. The crew will have already transported your overnight bags and set up camp, so you can just relax, tuck into a cheeseboard and some dinner, and chill out under the stars. 

Day 2

Walking distance: 14.1km total

Hike to Central Station

Your second morning begins with a delicious breakfast at the campsite and a swim in Lake Benaroon to start your day on an energizing note. You'll spend the morning hiking towards Central Station, stopping at the picturesque Lake Birrabeen on the way. After about 7.5km, stop at Central Station in the heart of the rainforest. Admire the magnificent, ancient rainforests as you feast on a cooked lunch. 

rainforests growing in the sand on K'gari (Fraser Island)

Lake McKenzie Campsite

Your day continues with more epic bushwalking trails as you make way for Lake McKenzie. You'll cover 6.6km with a stop at Basin Lake before arriving at K'gari's most famous lake. With its glistening white sands and vibrant sapphire waters, this amazing perched lake is worth all the hype. Wrap up your day with a tranquil swim and refuel with more freshly prepared meals. Then lie back in your tent and get some much-needed rest before the final day of your K'gari walking tour!

Day 3

Walking distance: 15.1km total

Sunrise at Lake McKenzie

Soak in the bliss of a pastel sunrise over Lake McKenzie, go for a swim, and eat some breakfast. It's time for your biggest and final day of hiking! It's a 12km hike to Lake Wabby, the deepest lake on K'gari. 

woman standing near tree at Lake McKenzie

Lake Wabby

Upon arriving at Lake Wabby, you can admire the views from Lake Wabby Lookout and have a picnic lunch before heading down to the emerald-coloured lake for a swim. Feel the soft, golden sand of the Hammerstone Sand Blow in your toes and let the freshwater lake soothe your hard-working legs. 

From Lake Wabby it's a 2km walk to the Eastern Beach where you'll be picked up in a 4WD and transferred over to Kingfisher Bay Resort. Treat yourself to a cocktail and relax as you wait for the ferry to bring you back to the mainland. 

K'gari Blue Lakes Eco Hike Map

Our Delicious Sample Menu

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All meals are provided for the duration of the Blue Lakes Eco Hike, including:

  • Day 1
    • Picnic lunch 
    • Cheese platter on arrival at your campsite
    • Dinner (fish teriyaki stir-fry or chicken pesto/tomato pasta)
    • Glass of wine or beer
  • Day 2
    • Light breakfast
    • Cooked lunch
    • Snacks and nibbles
    • Glass of win...

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All meals are provided for the duration of the Blue Lakes Eco Hike, including:

  • Day 1
    • Picnic lunch 
    • Cheese platter on arrival at your campsite
    • Dinner (fish teriyaki stir-fry or chicken pesto/tomato pasta)
    • Glass of wine or beer
  • Day 2
    • Light breakfast
    • Cooked lunch
    • Snacks and nibbles
    • Glass of wine or beer
    • Dinner (fish teriyaki stir-fry or chicken pesto/tomato pasta)
  • Day 3:
    • Light breakfast
    • Picnic lunch

Dietary requirements can be catered for, just let us know at booking! Drinking water is also provided throughout the tour. 

Please note this menu is subject to change. 

cheese board and white wine at a campsite

Accommodation

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Campsites: Central Station and Lake McKenzie

For the 2 overnight stays on the Blue Lakes Eco Hike, you'll be staying at Central Station Hikers Camp and Lake McKenzie Campground. 

Both campsites offer a remote bush camping experience with limited amenities and lots of natural beauty. There is no p...

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Campsites: Central Station and Lake McKenzie

For the 2 overnight stays on the Blue Lakes Eco Hike, you'll be staying at Central Station Hikers Camp and Lake McKenzie Campground. 

Both campsites offer a remote bush camping experience with limited amenities and lots of natural beauty. There is no phone reception or electricity, and the only amenities at the site are picnic tables and drop toilets. Showers are not available either, so take advantage of your lake visits and opt for a swim in the pristine waters to freshen up!

The support team will head to your campsites and set everything up while you're hiking. Each campsite will provide you with:

  • Tents
  • Sleeping bags
  • Comfy sleeping mats
  • Blow-up camp pillows
  • Pillow slips

rustic campsite in the rainforest at Central Station

Departs/Returns

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All K'gari Walking Tours depart from the office in Hervey Bay at 6 Southern Cross Circuit, Urangan.

Transfers from your accommodation in Hervey Bay are included so please arrange those during booki...

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All K'gari Walking Tours depart from the office in Hervey Bay at 6 Southern Cross Circuit, Urangan.

Transfers from your accommodation in Hervey Bay are included so please arrange those during booking. 

Please meet at the office at 7am for safety briefings and check-in. Vehicle parking and bag storage for larger items is available at the office. The group will depart from the office around 8am for the ferry and 4WD transfers to the start of the hike on K'gari (Fraser Island). 

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What To Bring

  • Soft, overnight bag (to be transferred to the camp by the guide, no suitcases please)
    • Warm overnight clothes
    • Hiking clothes for the next day
    • Towel
    • Sleeping bag liner or pillow if you wish (we provide a blow-up camp pillow and slip)
    • Toiletries
    • Medications
    • Head torch
    • Portable charger (no electricity at the campsite)
  • Day pack to carry during the hike (please wear good hiking shoes as well)
    • Camera
    • Phone
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Su...

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What To Bring

  • Soft, overnight bag (to be transferred to the camp by the guide, no suitcases please)
    • Warm overnight clothes
    • Hiking clothes for the next day
    • Towel
    • Sleeping bag liner or pillow if you wish (we provide a blow-up camp pillow and slip)
    • Toiletries
    • Medications
    • Head torch
    • Portable charger (no electricity at the campsite)
  • Day pack to carry during the hike (please wear good hiking shoes as well)
    • Camera
    • Phone
    • Hat
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • Swimmers
    • Towel
    • Insect repellent
    • Reusable water bottle

What's Included

  • 3 day, 2 night walking tour of K'gari (Fraser Island)
  • Around 45km total walking distance
  • Pack-free walk (you only carry a small day bag)
  • Support team to carry and transport all the gear
  • See the southern end of the K'gari Great Walk
  • 2 campsites with all equipment provided
  • All meals and snacks during the tour
  • Drinking water
  • Detailed information including maps, safety briefing and walking info
  • National park permits and fees
  • All transport including ferries to the island and 4WD transfers
  • Pre-arranged pick-up from hostels/hotels in Hervey Bay

What's Extra

  • Anything you wish to purchase at Kingfisher Bay Resort while waiting for the ferry transfers back to the mainland

Terms and Conditions

Important Information:

  • This tour includes around 45km of moderate hiking so is suitable for hikers with experience and moderate fitness levels
  • Please wear good quality hiking shoes with support
  • Operates March - November
  • Terrain includes a mix of forest and bush tracks
  • There are limited facilities at the campsites and limited mobile service
  • The team uses Garmin Rino 2-Way Radio/GPS Navigator with Sensors for our pack-free hikers to communicate with the guide or use in an emergency. These devices also have GPS navigation so our team can locate you in an emergency. 

Your Responsibilities:

You must reconfirm all booked tours prior to travel as specified on your voucher. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Fraser Tours / Mr Travel, and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and vessel check-in agent before boarding of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. 


Prices/Extra Costs:

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. Surcharges over peak holiday seasons may apply. 

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Travel Risk/Insurance:

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 


Merchant Fees:

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other: 

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change. The most recent versions can be found online on the relevant product pages. 

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations

Client Cancellations:

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No cancellations, refunds, or date changes within 7 days of departure date. No shows or client cancellations made within 7 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price.

Open dated vouchers must book a minimum of 2 weeks prior to departure. 

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations:

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store.


Refunds:

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Fraser Tours/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Accountability/Misconduct:

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based off of feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Fraser Tours/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Thank you for booking with our East-Coast travel experts here at Mr Travel / Fraser-Tours.com . If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours please get in touch.


Frequently Asked Questions

Are there age restrictions?

There is an age limit of 12 years and over. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There are no upper age restrictions for walkers with suitable ability, however walkers with medical conditions should check with the operator before booking.

What is a pack-free hike?

On a pack-free hike, a support team will transport your overnight bags to and from the campsites. The team will also take care of all the camping equipment and set-up, as well as food prep and storage. So all you have to carry is your small pack for the day including your camera, phone, sun protection, swimmers, etc. (See "What To Bring" for more details).

 

What level of fitness do I need for the Blue Lakes Eco Hike?

This 3-day walking tour includes about 45km of hiking through southern and central K'gari with roughly 13-15km covered each day. The trails are moderate, but you will cover a lot of ground over 3 days so a decent level of fitness is required. 

 

How many people will be on the tour?

These walking tours take anywhere from 2-6 guests. The tour will not run with only 1 hiker, so the minimum is 2 guests and the maximum is 6. 

What shoes should I wear?

Good-quality hiking shoes are recommended. You'll want ankle support and good traction so your feet stay stable and comfortable while hiking 45km! You can bring sandals or other comfy shoes to wear at the campsite in the evening if you wish. 

Is it safe to hike on K'gari?

The K'gari Walking Tours team takes safety very seriously. No one hikes alone and everyone is in a group with an experienced tour guide. The support team also uses the Garmin Rino 2-Way Radio/GPS Navigator with Sensors for our pack-free hikers to communicate with the guide or use in an emergency. These devices also have GPS navigation so our team can locate you in an emergency. 

 

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