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Rainforest 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: 21 May 2024 and 31 Oct 2024)

Adventure through the abundant wilderness of the world's largest sand island on a Rainforest Eco Hike Tour!

  • 3 days of trekking across the unique landscapes of K'gari (Fraser Island)
  • 2 nights of camping at tranquil campsites surrounded by nature
  • See sand dunes, giant trees, historic sites, and lakes including Lake McKenzie
  • Pack-free hike where you only have to carry a small day bag
  • Experienced and knowledgeable guides to take care of all the logistics and planning

Immerse yourself in K'gari's Heritage-Listed nature on the 3-day, 2-night Rainforest Eco Hike with K'gari Walking Tours! This adventurous, pack-free walk combines comfort with a real, rugged wilderness experience. You'll hike around 45km around the world's largest sand island, passing lakes, sand dunes, ancient trees, and historic landmarks. The experienced local tour guides cover all the transport, meals, and camp set-up, including transporting your overnight bags from camp to camp so you only need to carry a small day bag. Those looking for an intimate experience with nature will love this Rainforest Eco Hike on K'gari!

Highlights:

  • 3-day, 2-night walking tour of K'gari (Fraser Island)
  • Admire beautiful sights on this World Heritage-listed island
  • Swim in Lake McKenzie and Lake Garawongera
  • See the Giant Satinay, Valley of the Giants, Central Station, and Pile Valley
  • Around 45km of total hiking with a local guide
  • Camp at remote wilderness campsites with all gear provided
  • Meals and drinking water included
  • Pack-free hike where you only need to carry a small day bag
  • All ferries and 4WD transfers included
  • Courtesy pick-up from accommodations in Hervey Bay

blue water and white sand at Lake McKenzie

Sample Itinerary

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Day 1

Walking distance: 18.5km total

Valley of the Giants

After meeting at the K'gari Walking Tours office at 7am, you'll board the ferry in Hervey Bay and cruise over to K'gari (Fraser Island). Your guides will transport you via 4WD over to the trailhead, and they'll take all your overnight bags with them to set up at the campsite. Once everything is all ready to go you'll begin your hike! The...

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Day 1

Walking distance: 18.5km total

Valley of the Giants

After meeting at the K'gari Walking Tours office at 7am, you'll board the ferry in Hervey Bay and cruise over to K'gari (Fraser Island). Your guides will transport you via 4WD over to the trailhead, and they'll take all your overnight bags with them to set up at the campsite. Once everything is all ready to go you'll begin your hike! The hiking tour begins in Valley of the Giants, a dense, magical part of the K'gari Great Walk. 

girls posing in front of a huge tree on K'gari

Badjala Sandblow and the Giant Satinay

During your trek through the rainforest, you can undertake two small detours to some amazing natural attractions. The first is the Badjala Sanblow, a vast expanse of shimmering sand that overlooks the K'gari coastline. The second side trail takes you to the Giant Satinay, one of the oldest and most colossal trees on the island. 

After hiking around 18.5km throughout the day, you'll arrive at the campsite in Valley of the Giants, where all your belongings, a cozy camp, delicious food, and cold drinks await you. 

Day 2

Walking distance: 15.6km total

Lake Garawongera

Upon waking under a canopy of trees, fuel up with some breakfast before continuing on your hiking adventure. As you walk through the island's unique landscapes, you'll pass Petrie's Camp which is a historic logging site. You'll also pass the Tallowood, another one of the island's most giant and ancient trees. 

Eventually, you'll arrive at Lake Garawongera. Cool off with a swim in the lake, kick your feet up, and enjoy another freshly prepared meal with a glass of wine. Listen to the serenity of nature, gaze up at the stars, and sink into a state of bliss. 

lake at sunset surrounded by rainforest on K'gari

Day 3

Walking distance: 9.5km total

75 Mile Beach and Central Station

Spend the morning having breakfast and swimming in the lake before setting off on your final day of hiking. Trek east over to 75 Mile Beach, the gorgeous strip of golden sand that spans the length of K'gari's eastern shore. From here, your guides will pick you up in a 4WD and drive you over to Central Station. Here you'll have some lunch before continuing your hike through the vibrant rainforests of Pile Valley. 

rainforest and blue ocean on the shoreline of k'gari

Lake McKenzie

Continue exploring the pristine, untouched forest until you reach Lake McKenzie. Arguably the island's most famous landmark, Lake McKenzie is a breathtakingly beautiful perched lake. You'll have some free time here to wander around the famous lake while snapping photos, swimming, and feeling the soft white sand in your toes. 

After soaking in every minute at Lake McKenzie, your guides will drive you back to the ferry on the western shore of K'gari. Feel free to grab a drink or watch the sunset at Kingfisher Bay Resort while you wait for the ferry to bring you back to Hervey Bay. 

Map of Rainforest Eco Hike Trail on K'gari

Our Delicious Sample Menu

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All meals are provided for the duration of the Rainforest 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 Rainforest 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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For the 2 overnight stays on the Rainforest Hike, you'll be staying at Valley of the Giants and Lake Garawongera 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...

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For the 2 overnight stays on the Rainforest Hike, you'll be staying at Valley of the Giants and Lake Garawongera 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 lakes, forests, and beaches
  • 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 on this tour?

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 does "pack-free" mean?

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?

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 can join 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 for the hike?

Definitely have good-quality hiking shoes with 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 through the K'gari wilderness?

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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