The largest sand island in the world, entirely set apart as a World Heritage Site since 1992, Fraser Island is a large island just off the coast of the tropical state of Queensland. This is one of Australia’s most popular and traveled-to destinations, notorious for its massive stretches of white beaches, sand cliffs, hundreds of lakes, rainforests, rivers, sand dunes, and more. The native Aborigines have long known the islands as K’Gari, which translates literally to “Paradise”, a word which describes Fraser Island down to the last minute detail.
There is only one way to get around on Fraser Island, and that’s by four wheel drive. Visitors either have to bring their own 4WD vehicle or rent one, and the only way from the mainland is by ferry or plane. It is absolutely vital to pay attention to the rules; since Fraser Island is one giant World Heritage Site, there are some fairly stringent regulations when it comes to accessing the beauty of the island, including permits for all vehicles. In addition, if you plan on doing any camping while you are enjoying the island life you have to have a permit, and while you can do all of this on your own, not everyone is an adventurer, and there are plenty of guided tours that include accommodations, all the way from cabins with your basic amenities to 4-star resorts.
Regardless of how you choose to explore the island, Fraser is packed full of unique sights such as Lake MacKenzie, Lake Wabby, the Champagne Pools, or the Maheno shipwreck. It is also full of more than just a little bit excitement, from the shark-infested waters off the Indian Heads area to the sometimes-aggressive dingoes that roam the island, albeit in small packs. All in all, Fraser Island is accessible to every level of traveler, and whether or not you have an adventure holiday or just a sight-seeing trip really depends on you.
Hervey Bay is a beach-side city located in south east Queensland. It has become something of a hippy hangout in recent years.
The town, whose population is approximately 50,000 inhabitants…