There is a lot of beauty to be seen on Fraser Island. White sand beaches, large sand dunes and lush rainforests cover the island. It’s remote and undeveloped, providing a beautiful escape from the city hustle. Here are the top five attractions on Fraser Island that should not be missed!
Lake Mackenzie is one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever visited. It’s crystal clear and reflects the blue sky perfectly! Cold and refreshing, I thoroughly enjoyed laying in the shallow water until my hands became pruny like raisins!
It’s a very unique lake because it’s completely made up of fresh water from rainfall. There are no streams or rivers connecting this lake to any other water source!
It’s a great spot to relax and lay out on the beach. This is one of the safest places to swim since there are no connections to the ocean. You are not allowed to bring any food to the beach side because of the dingo’s, but there is a large fenced off picnic area near the parking lot.
The Maheno Shipwreck
The Maheno Shipwreck is right on 75-mile beach. If you drive north towards Indian Head you will see it on your right-hand side. It’s hard to miss!
Built in 1905, this luxurious ship was used to transport people between Australia and New Zealand. When WWI hit, there were other needs for ships other than luxury travel. Therefore, the ship was turned into a hospital for wounded soldiers. By 1935, it’s uses exhausted, the ship was sold to wreckers in Japan. However, on its way, the ship broke off the main shipment in a storm and drifted to Fraser’s Islands sandy shores.
At first people tried to repair the ship and take it out to sea once more, yet the ship was beyond repair. It was left abandoned on the shores. Now it’s seen as a historical site according to Australia’s laws and it will not be moved. It’s been left to be weathered by natural elements and to be admired by curious travelers!
Here you can see Indian Head in the distance. Some people say it was named "Indian Head" because it looks like a head while others say that Captain Cook named it after the aboriginals he saw on the island.
Indian Head is notable for its aboriginal history. Historically, it used to be a sacred meeting place of the Butchulla people who lived on the land up to 20,000 years ago. They named the island “K’gari” or “Paradise”.
Indian Head is unique for its stunning panoramic view as it juts out of Fraser Island. It’s located at the very end of 75-mile beach (the main beach that everyone drives on).
Here, if you’re lucky, you may be able to spot some wildlife such as dolphins, sharks or even humpback whales during whale season. One of the groups we passed, said they even saw a sea snake!
The Champagne Pools are a great place to swim and lay out in the sun. They are named after champagne for the bubbles the waves create when they crash onto the other side.
The pools have a natural rock that provides as a barrier from the ocean. Although ocean water can get in and becomes trapped in the rock pools, anything big (such as a shark or sea snake) can’t get over. Keep in mind that there are a lot of sharks around Fraser Island because of the high activity of fishing on the shore. It’s not recommended to swim in the ocean directly.
*Side note about driving to Champagne Pools: there is a parking lot near the Champagne Pools and we saw many people drive there. Our rental car company suggested we park our car at the end of 75 mile beach and hike over the hill (that Indian Head is located on) and then walk across the beach to the Champagne Pools. Many cars get bogged in the sandy inland stretch between the two beaches.
The Wungul Sandblow is right behind a campsite near the Coloured Sands. You wouldn’t even know that it was there, unless you knew to look for it!
Walk through the campsite until you find a hiking trail - there is a map at the campsite you can refer to. While on the trail you will come to a fence. This fence is to keep dingo’s out of the campsite. Make sure you close the fence door behind you as you continue onto the sandblow.
I am unsure how far the sandblow really goes, however we walked on it for at least 20 - 30 minutes. After conquering one sand ridge the curiosity of what lies after the next ridge was just too tempting! We walked until we were high enough to see the ocean behind us. We walked one way and turned back, however there is a loop that you can hike which takes about 2 hours.
Throughout the walk, you don’t completely feel like you are in the desert because there are trees on either side of you. Look out for little dingo paw prints on the sand as you walk!
Note that the sun is unrelenting and it’s easy to lose your way if you’re not careful. There is a marked path so make sure to look for the signs and bring lots of water with you!
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