ABOUT FRASER ISLAND
Fraser Island is a spectacular unspoiled paradise of sweeping beaches, breathtaking rainforests,
natural lakes and wonderful scenery that justifies the World Heritage Listing. Fraser Island is just off
the Queensland coast of Australia and only 3 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane or flights can be
arranged for you to fly in and land on the beach. Fraser Island has an abundance of freshwater perched and
window lakes. Lake Boomanjin is the largest perched lake in the world covering some 200
hectares and has a shoreline of melaleuca trees.
Lake Mc Kenzie with its wonderful white sandy beach and crystal clear waters is very popular along
with Lake Wabby, Basin Lake, Lake Allom, Lake Bawarrady and Ocean Lake to mention a few.
The rainforests are really amazing with huge
trees and lush wild undergrowth. Central Station, the site of the original forestry camp set up in 1920 is
now a beautiful picnic ground with walking tracks along the palm and fern lined Wanggoolba Creek and
on to Basin Lake.
From the stark contrast of the rainforests to the desert like sandblow at Rainbow Gorge to a swim in
the one millions gallons of spring water that flows out of Eli Creek into the ocean, the shipwreck of the
Maheno, blown ashore in a cyclone in 1935, the brilliant coloured sands at The Pinnacles, experience
the wonders of driving along the beach north to Indian Head, first sighted and named by Captain Cook
and the Champagne pools and on to Orchid Beach and much more including the long haul if you wish
to visit the lighthouse at Sandy Cape built in 1881.
The interaction of sand, vegetation and water makes this island a unique environment with over 800
species of plants and 200 species of birds. Bush-walking on Fraser Island is a wonderful experience with
many signed tracks to follow through different parts of the island, from beaches to rainforests.
Beach Fishing is very popular here on Fraser Island with the Tailor runs in the winter along with
Whiting, Bream, Flathead and Dart the most popular species all the year round. Whale watching is another
wonderful sight with the Humpback whales coming into Platypus Bay on the north western side of the island between
August and November but can also be seen from other parts of the island as they travel up the coast.
Fraser Island is steeped in history with over 2000 Aborigines living here hundreds of years ago. The first white man,
Matthew Flinders arrived here almost 200 years ago at Bool Creek near Sandy Cape in July 1802. The Island was known
as "K'gari" by the Aborigines until 1836 when Captain & Elisa Fraser were shipwrecked in the
"Sterling Castle" on the Swain Reefs and drifted on to the island. The name was
changed by the white settlers and many things have happened since, but the island still remains in excellent condition for you to fall in love with and experience the natural beauty.
FRASER ISLAND -
A JEWEL IN AUSTRALIA'S CROWN