The world’s largest sand island, measuring 1840 square kilometres, Fraser Island is a sparkling gem in the Queensland tourism story, flush with natural attractions, flora, fauna and culture and history.
Boasting more than 120km of ocean beaches, not all are safe for swimming but there’s plenty of natural experiences on Fraser Island to keep even the most ardent adventurer entertained in this pristine paradise. Accommodation ranges from eco resorts to holiday homes and campsites.
The local Aborigines, the Butchulla people, were the first to inhabit the island, with the last Indigenous resident leaving in 1904. European involvement on the island is believed to date back as far as 1521 to a Portugese explorer. Clay pipes found at Indian Head point to Dutch navigators in the 17th century.
In 1799, explorer Matthew Flinders discovered that Fraser Island, was, in fact an island and not part of the Hervey Bay peninsula. But it wasn’t until 1836, when Captain James Fraser was stranded on the island with his wife Eliza, that the island was named after her.
Whatever your take on history, Fraser Island has always been a popular destination and remains so today with its natural rainforest, beautiful freshwater lakes and sand formations.
4WD enthusiasts adore Fraser Island for its 75 Mile Beach, a gazetted highway, along which you will find the crystal clear freshwater Eli Creek, which is ideal for swimming.
Fraser Island is also home to an incredible amount of wildlife including 47 species of mammals, more than 354 species of birds, and 79 species of reptiles which include 19 species of snakes alone.
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