Fraser Island’s local Aboriginal people, the Butchulla, were among the early innovators, using this particular Fraser Island spot as fish traps. These days, you’ll find tourists flocking to what are now known as the Champagne Pools, for the bubbles which are formed when the waves crash over the rocks.
What makes this spot so special is that Fraser Island’s eastern beach is generally not safe for swimming with its strong currents and shark sightings, so this is the only site on this part of the island in which to take a cool dip. They are situated near the Waddy Point bypass.
Another cool pool worthy of a mention on the island’s eastern side is Eli Creek, a freshwater creek which runs directly into the ocean.
An entire village of more than 50 beautifully restored buildings, the village of Herberton – an old tin mining town – is an incredible tribute to Australia’s past. Allow plenty of time to marvel at the incredible detail of this outdoor museum as you wander through the old school house, bank, toy shop and chemist.
The only distillery in Tropical North Queensland, Mt Uncle is set among banana, avocado and macadamia trees. Wonder the grounds with the peacocks; visit the cellar door for a taste of its award-winning spirits and liqueurs; or drop by the restaurant for a spot of lunch.
More than 500 years old, and only a short drive from Yungaburra, the curtain tree fig is a fascinating display of nature and a must-see attraction of the Atherton Tablelands.