7 ways to do Fraser Island in 1 day
Fast track your Fraser Island adventure and forget the hassle of self-driving – we’ve got you covered with a range of tours that tackle the 1840 square kilometres of the world’s largest sand island on a time limit.
Whether you have sea legs, land legs or prefer not to use your legs at all, check out these 7 ways to enjoy a fleeting visit to this World Heritage Listed site.
1. Fraser Explorer Tours
Board a large bus that’s made for off-roading with jacked up wheels, big windows for spotting wildlife and silky-soft suspension to navigate the sand dunes, to criss-cross the island with a mix of beach and forest driving.
You’ll have the chance to take a dip in Lake McKenzie, the most famous of all the freshwater lakes on Fraser Island with its white silica sand and crystal clear blue water. Trips depart daily from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach.
2. Jet-ski hire from Aquavue
Sometimes the best views of Fraser Island are from the water where you can see the island in all its glory. My pick is from the saddle of a jet-ski from Aquavue as you power up the Great Sandy Straight. Don’t bother wearing a hat, it will blow off as you make waves in the calm waters of Hervey Bay.
With water this clear, you’ll have no trouble seeing some of the locals – turtles, stingrays and dolphins.
3. Tasman Venture catamaran tour
Get off the beaten track without the confines of a 4WD with Tasman Venture, a 20-metre catamaran taking remote Fraser Island tours. You’ll be one of only a few people who go to the rugged wilderness of the west side of the island, with its endless white sand and fringing forests.
Once you anchor, ramp up the adventure with SUPing, kayaking and swimming in the clear creeks. You’ll find this tour has a slower pace (read: you won’t be relying on other tourists to get back to the bus so you can see the next destination) and you’ll come home with photos that other people didn’t take during their time on Fraser Island.
4. Air Fraser Island scenic flight
You can book your scenic flight with Air Fraser Island from Hervey Bay or decide to fly from Fraser Island for the ultimate birds-eye experience.
5. Fraser Experience Tours (aka 1 Day Hummer Tour)
For the ultimate cool cat driving experience, Fraser Experience Tours roll out a fleet of pimped Hummers for their day tour to Fraser Island. The ride is smooth and comfortable and there’s a maximum of four guests per tour, so you’re guaranteed personalised service.
6. Segway Tour
Swap your four wheel drive for two wheel drive and give Segways a go on Fraser Island. Catch the ferry across to Kingfisher Bay, hire a Segway from the jetty before you make tracks down the Eastern Beach.
Once your land legs start getting tired, swap them for sea legs by hiring a canoe from the jetty hut and explore the Great Sandy Straight from the water.
7. Compass Helicopters scenic flight
For the ultimate James Bond experience, join Compass Helicopters for a scenic flight over the island. Departing from Hervey Bay Airport, you can fly over the Fraser Coast and the entire 120-kilometre length of the island.
In whale season, you can even see humpback whales on their annual migration from above.
If you find one day just isn’t enough to sate your Fraser Island cravings, why not maroon yourself for a few more days and check into Kingfisher Bay Resort or Eurong Beach Resort and book in for another tour on day two.
1: Pack your jewels to polish in the silica sand of Lake McKenzie.
2: *For the girls*: Wear a sports bra (it can be bumpy 4WDing).
3: Don’t forget sunscreen, insect repellent and water.