Magnificent Fraser Island, Naturally Beautiful
Fraser Island, situated adjacent to Hervey Bay, Queensland is the largest sand island in the world.
Named after shipwreck victim Eliza Fraser this World Heritage listed sub tropical island has a truly amazing array of natural wonders including beautiful rainforests, pristine lakes, endless surf beaches, immense sand blows, cliffs of coloured sands, crystal clear streams and vast stretches of mangroves.
The Island is 125km long and over 160,000 hectares in area. It was formed during the ice age when the prevailing winds transported the vast quantities of sand from New South Wales and deposited it along the coast of Queensland forming the island as we know it today.
In this fragile eco system the rainforest consists of huge satinay and brush box, kauri pines, piccabeen palms and the rare angiopteris fern which is one of the largest ferns in the world. All this growing in pure sand ! There are some wonderful walking tracks through these areas to enable visitors to appreciate the unique beauty of the island.
There are a number of lakes on the island each with their own individual character - from lakes stained red with tannin to others with pure white sand and crystal clear water. Swimming in these lakes is memorable experience.
Fraser is also home to over 200 species of birds along with a variety of mammals, wallabies, snakes, possums, turtles and flying foxes.
Now listed as a World Heritage site, Fraser joins the ranks of the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru and Kakadu National Parks as being of universal significance as the largest coastal dune system and sand island in the world and for its special environments. As a precious part of Queensland's natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate, enjoy and respect.
Pristine Lakes and Crystal Creeks
If sand is the key to how Fraser Island was formed, then water has been the reason it has become so special. The combination of environments, particularly the rainforests, have established through Fraser's wealth of freshwater sources. View our Fraser Island Lakes and Creeks pages.
Fraser Island Environmental Behaviour Code
To maintain the natural beauty of the lakes on the island, please ensure you observe the following guidelines:
- Do not pollute waterways with soaps or detergents.
- Power boats and vehicles are not permitted in the lakes.
- Do not feed dingoes or other native annals.
- Boil all water taken fiom natural sources on the island.
- Respect the peace of the other visitors.
- Take only photos. Leave only footprints.