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Fraser Island is an adventurer’s paradise, a place where lush hinterland and subtropical rainforest meet endless sandy beaches and pristine freshwater lakes and creeks. A popular way to explore Fraser Island is by 4 wheel drive vehicle. If you are travelling without a 4WD do not despair as there are a great selection of Fraser Island tours from Hervey Bay. These tours highlight the beauty of Fraser Island and give insight into the creation and fascinating history of this truly remarkable part of Queensland.
Top tips for Fraser Island tours from Hervey Bay
The only way to explore Fraser Island is by 4WD, the roads are nothing more than one lane tracks which are made from soft sand. The roads are deeply rutted with tyre tracks and it does take a degree of skill to drive on them. The best way to get the most out of Fraser Island trips is to leave the driving to the professionals and relax by taking a tour.
There are a variety of Fraser Island day tours from Hervey Bay. Which Fraser Island tour you choose will depend on your budget and length of stay. Keep in mind the number of Fraser Island activities when planning the best tours Fraser Island has to offer.
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Comparison Chart for Best Hervey Bay to Fraser Island Tours
To help you choose which Fraser Island Tour is right for you, we have compiled a snapshot of the the popular Fraser Island tours along with a brief description of what’s included. Below in the article is a detailed overview of each tour.
|All-Inclusive Fraser Island Day Tour||1||Fraser Island’s highlights with guide. Visit Eli Creek, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Maheno shipwreck, Lake McKenzie plus more. Lunch included.||See|
|Remote Fraser Island Experience||1||Explore the remote areas of Fraser Island on this full-day cruise. Swim with turtles at Wathumba creek, kayaking, paddle boarding or snorkelling at the island’s beaches and bays. Includes buffet lunch.||See|
|Remote Fraser Island & Whale Experience||1||Snorkelling, kayaking, hiking, tubing and walking at various locations on the remote west coast of Fraser Island. Get up close with humpback whales.||See|
|All-Inclusive 2-Day Fraser Island Tour||2||Includes overnight accommodation at a lodge on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Dinner, Breakfast and lunch each day. Visit Lake Wabby, Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley and more.||See|
|3-Day Fraser Island Resort Package||3||Round-trip ferry, all accommodation at Kingfisher Bay resort & 3 meals. Visit rainforest trails, Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Seventy-Five Mile Beach and much more.||See|
Fraser Island Day Trips From Hervey Bay
This guide will help you choose the best Fraser Island day trip from Hervey Bay. This selection of Fraser Island 1 day tours gives a variety of experiences that range from active to the more laid back, the choice is yours.
While visiting we chose to take the All-Inclusive Fraser Island Day Tour. This fabulous attraction packed day tour is perfect for those on a tight timeframe and gives great insight into the history, evolution and stunning beauty of the island.
This is possibly the most comprehensive of the Fraser Island one day tours. Throughout the day our guide Butch shared a wealth of knowledge which only accentuated how totally unique the island truly is.
Highlights of our Fraser Island tour from Hervey Bay.
- Fraser Venture ferry ride to and from the island.
- Swim in the crystal clear waters and explore the white sandy beaches of Lake McKenzie.
- Explore the subtropical rainforest & Wanggoolba Creek
- Visit Central Station
- Relax with lunch at the Eurong Beach Resort
- Explore the boardwalk and float down picturesque Eli Creek.
- Drive along Seventy-Five Mile Beach
- See the coloured sand cliffs of the Pinnacles
- Visit the wreck of the S.S. Maheno
We were left thoroughly charmed by Fraser Island and guarantee you will want to spend more time exploring this fascinating island. If you have time, we highly recommend taking one of the multi day Fraser Island tours from Hervey Bay.
This is one of the more action packed Fraser Island 1 day tours. Leaving from Great Sandy Straits Marina this tour takes you on a cruise past Big Woody Island and Pelican Bank. Along the way be on the lookout for turtles, dolphins, fish and stingrays.
Walk along bright white sandy beaches and enjoy swimming, snorkelling and hiking at various locations on the West Coast of Fraser Island. This is one of the most popular Fraser Island tours from Hervey Bay for those who like an adventure holiday.
Tour highlights include.
- A scenic cruise to Fraser Island
- Relax on the beach or go swimming, snorkelling or kayaking
- Discover Fraser Island’s wild side on a bush walk
- Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch
- Lookout for sea eagles, turtles, dolphins & dingoes
When it comes to whale watching tours Hervey Bay is the place to be. Get up close and personal with majestic humpback whales (between July & October) and discover the hidden parts of Fraser Island on Tasman Venture.
This Fraser Island 1 day tour will have you hiking, swimming, snorkelling and kayaking in various locations on the remote west coast of Fraser Island.
Multi Day Fraser Island Tours
There is so much to see when visiting Fraser Island. If you have time, consider taking multi day Fraser Island tours as the longer the stay the slower the pace giving you more time to enjoy the wonders of this beautiful island.
Fraser Island (K’gari) was paradise to the local Butchulla people and when you visit you will understand why. The island features over 100 freshwater lakes, gigantic sand dunes and lush rain forests.
Let expert guides take you to some of Fraser Islands hidden gems. Visit Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley and the Hammerstone Sandblow. Swim in the pristine waters of Eli Creek, Lake McKenzie, the Champagne Pools, and Lake Wabby.
Stay overnight at Eurong Beach Resort on Seventy-Five Mile Beach and explore the Pinnacles and the wreck of TSS Maheno on this fun and informative 2-day tour.
Highlights of the tour are.
- Central Station
- Explore the rainforest around Wanggoolba Creek and Pile Valley
- Swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie
- Cross the Hammerstone Sandblow to reach Lake Wabby
- Climb to the top of Indian Head for stunning views of the shoreline
- Stay overnight at Eurong Beach Resort
- Wade or drift down the shallow waters of Eli Creek
- Visit the wreck of the TSS Maheno
- See the coloured sand cliffs of the Pinnacles
- Swim at the Champagne Pools
- Take in views from Indian Head
This 3-day package offers beachside accommodation at Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay Resort. Here you can enjoy Fraser Island at a leisurely pace with a combination of guided tour and spare time for beach walks and swimming.
Set off on a full-day 4WD sightseeing tour to Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek and Pile Valley. Drive down the seemingly endless Seventy-Five Mile Beach to the wreck of TSS Maheno, the Pinnacles and Eli Creek.
This tour is good value as it includes a full-day guided tour, ferry tickets, three meals and two nights’ accommodation. There is also free time to immerse yourself in the relaxed beauty of the island.
Highlights of this tour include.
- 3-day tour Fraser Island package from Hervey Bay
- Includes three meals & accommodation
- round-trip ferry and full-day sightseeing tour
- Swim in the clear waters of Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek
- Visit 75 Mile Beach, the wreck of the TSS Maheno & the Pinnacles
- Enjoy King Fisher Bay Resort amenities
- Nature walks around the resort
About Fraser Island
Fraser Island is located near the city of Hervey Bay in Queensland Australia. Hervey Bay is an ideal holiday destination as it has a superb subtropical climate, is famous for the whale watching season between July & October and is the gateway to Fraser Island.
Hervey Bay is 282 km (3 ½ hours’ drive) north of the state capital of Brisbane. Hervey Bay to Fraser Island is a 35 minute ferry ride.
The island is known as K’gari (paradise) to the Butchulla people, the traditional owners of the land. For more than 5,000 years the Butchulla people lived in harmony with nature, respecting the land and sea by taking only what was needed and allowing the land to rejuvenate by moving with the seasons.
Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The island was formed through biological evolution and a unique set of geological processes which created a diverse ecosystem that supports tall rainforests, banksia woodland and mangroves. For the island to have evolved this astounding range of plant life in such poor sandy soil is nothing short of a miracle.
Sandblows drift across the island and over time have produced a range of coloured sands. The islands picturesque lakes and creeks are fed by clean, crystal clear waters that are produced by the islands natural sand filtration system.
Looking for accommodation in Hervey Bay?
Most people visiting Fraser Island start their tour from Hervey Bay. This is especially true for those taking a one day tour of Fraser Island. Tours begin early with pick up times starting from 7:30 am. If you are visiting the area a night in Hervey Bay before your tour is advisable.
There is a huge range of Hervey Bay accommodation to choose from with accommodation styles ranging from resorts to apartments and hotels.
Last Words on Fraser Island tours from Hervey Bay
We live in Bundaberg which is less than 2 hours from Fraser Island. We have always put off visiting Fraser Island as something we would do in the future. Now that we have been I truly regret this and wish that we had visited years ago.
Our Fraser Island tour must go down as one of our favourites, it is a fascinating place, where natures handiwork created a paradise of breathtaking beauty. If you have dreams of visiting Fraser Island, visit sooner rather than later. I am sure you will be intrigued by the life story of this ancient UNESCO World Heritage site.
Have you been to Fraser Island? What was your favourite place to visit? Feel free to leave a comment.
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