Stretching over 123 kilometres along the southern coast of Queensland, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, and was inscribed on the World Heritage List in recognition of its natural values as an outstanding example representing ongoing ecological and biological processes and as an example of superlative natural phenomena.
It is a stunningly beautiful, every changing sandscape that offers holiday makers a variety of experiences in the great outdoors; romantic beachside escapes for honeymooners; fun family holidays; couples retreats; hiking holidays; 4WD adventure holidays; time out lazing poolside sipping cocktails; and best of all its only 45 minutes from the Hervey Bay mainland.
Fraser Island features complex dune systems, which are still evolving, and the array of dune lakes is exceptional in terms of number, diversity and age. The highest dunes on the island reach up to 240 metres above sea level. Forty perched dune lakes can be found on the island. A surprising variety of vegetation grows on the island, ranging from coastal heath to subtropical rainforests. It is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres.
Virgin Australia and QantasLink operate direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane to the Fraser Coast. You can then hop aboard the ferry for the 50 minute trip across to Fraser Island. For 4WD access to Fraser Island, take a barge at Inskip Point on the northern end of Rainbow Beach (1 hour 40 minutes south of Hervey Bay) or from River Heads (20 minutes south of Hervey Bay).