All accommodation is twin share (except when camping) – single supplement applies ($500pp)
Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and road conditions. Whilst your guide will always try to run to the scheduled itinerary, it may be necessary at times to change the itinerary slightly to ensure passenger safety.
Due to the nature of our tours, we recommend you bring clothing that is suitable to the destination including swimming gear and comfortable walking shoes; along with your required toiletries, a towel, camera and extra money for snacks, alcohol or activities.
You should also bring a small day pack with hat, sunscreen, water bottle, torch and insect repellent (Bushmans).
We also recommend you bring any medication and/or motion sickness tablets (if required),
We would also like you to bring your own pillow, because everyone likes their own pillow, and a sleeping bag to suit the climate you are travelling through.
Your baggage must be limited to one (1) duffel-style bag (max. 60ltr) per person for your clothing and personal effects; along with one (1) soft duffel-style bag for your sleeping bag and pillow.
DAY 1: Monday – Orchid Beach (L,D)
Fraser Island, the traditional home of the Butchulla people, sits 15km from the coastline of Queensland.
It’s Queensland’s largest island and the biggest sand island in the world, making it an off-road paradise.
The island packs into 120km rainforests, eucalyptus woodlands, mangrove forests, swamps, sand dunes, fresh water lakes and coastal heaths. It’s home to a small number of mammals, (including Dingoes!), a diverse range of birds, reptiles and amphibians, earning its World Heritage listed status in 1992.
Today you’ll take a leisurely flight with Air Fraser from Redcliffe Aerodrome (north Brisbane) up the beautiful Southern Qld Coastline and out to Fraser Island where you will land on the Orchid Beach airstrip.
Here, you will be met by our Adventure Australia Treks & Tours Team and transferred to your accommodation at Orchid Beach. After a briefing we’ll head off, taking in the sights of Marloo Bay and Waddy Point and then on to lunch on the beach under Indian Head.
After lunch we’ll walk up Indian Head and visit the exquisite Champagne Pools for a swim, before returning to Orchid Beach for the evening. We might even call in to the ‘trading post’ for a refreshment or two with the locals.
Our team will look after you in the evening with great food and a few yarns around the fire.
Accommodation: Orchid Beach
DAY 2: Tuesday – Orchid Beach (L,D)
Today after a hearty breakfast we’ll discover the ‘beach less travelled’ , driving north to the very tip of Fraser Island, the Sandy Cape.
Along the way we’ll visit Ocean Lake and traverse the infamous Nykala Rocks (not for the faint hearted off-roader) but you’ll be in good hands with our experienced guides and capable vehicles.
Get your cameras ready because the scenery on the Cape drive is unbelievable and depending on the tides not a bad spot to go fishing.
Upon reaching the Cape, we’ll drive around the tip where we’ll stop at the entrance to the Sandy Cape Lighthouse, to enjoy lunch on the beach, a short hike up the dunes to the historical lighthouse.
This active heritage-listed lighthouse is the tallest in Queensland. Built in 1870, it was the second major lighthouse to be built in Queensland. It is one of two lighthouses in Australia to be constructed using bolted prefabricated segments of cast iron (the other being Bustard Head Lighthouse, near Seventeen Seventy).
The lighthouse site offers spectacular sweeping views of Fraser Island. After sightseeing and photo opportunities, it’s a pleasant drive back to Orchid Beach.
Accommodation: Orchid Beach
DAY 3: Wednesday – Eurong (B,L,D)
This morning we’ll head south along 75 Mile Beach. This magnificent stretch of sand is a gazetted highway with vehicles travelling in both directions contending with tides, creek crossings, traffic and terrain, whilst keeping an eye out for dingos, fisherman and aeroplanes. Yes, the beach also doubles as an air strip for the island’s pilots.
First stop is the Pinnacles, stunning multi-coloured cliffs of red, yellow, brown and orange sands, The Pinnacles are the result of thousands of years of staining to the sand by Hematite in clay.
We’ll then make our way to the SS Maheno Wreck.
On 25 June 1935, the former luxury liner, while being towed to Osaka to be broken up, was caught in a strong cyclone 80kms off the coast of Queensland becoming beached on the east coast of Fraser Island. During WWII the wreck served as target bombing practice for the RAAF and was used as an explosives demolition target by special forces from the Fraser Commando School.
Continuing down the coast, we’ll stop and stretch our legs and explore the boardwalk of Eli Creek. It is perfect for a swim in the crystal waters or simply relax and enjoy the atmosphere.
We’ll enjoy lunch at Eli Creek then continue south to our final stop for the day at Eurong Beach Resort. Here we’ll enjoy fabulous poolside accommodation, great meal choices, hot showers and friendly hospitality from the Eurong staff.
Accommodation: Eurong Beach Resort
DAY 4: Thursday – Kingfisher Bay (B,L,D)
After breakfast at the resort, we’ll travel south to Dilli Village, where we’ll head inland through the beautiful lakes district to our first stop at the majestic Lake Birrabeen. Lake Birrabeen is a picturesque example of a perched lake, sitting 80m above sea level. The sand that rings the lake is pure white and, as the lake gradually deepens, the water appears to turn an incredible shade of blue.
It’s then on to our lunch stop at Central Station. Central Station is located on Wanggoolba Creek. This creek was a sacred area for the Butchulla woman, where men were excluded and your guide will tell you a little of the traditional history of this area. Central Station was in later times to become the headquarters of Fraser Island’s forestry operations from 1920 until the late 1950s. An old logging village was also located here from days when tree felling was permitted on Fraser.
Then it’s on to Kingfisher Bay Resort via the Pile Valley & the historic Postans Timber Mill as we make our way across to the western coast of the island and our final stop for the day at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Kingfisher Bay Resort is the only resort on the western side of the island, and is nestled amongst the tree-covered dunes on the edge of the Great Sandy Strait. It’s the perfect spot to relax after your trip and ideal for swimming, canoeing, sailing, fishing and boating or a sunset wine and cheese platter at the Jetty Cafe. Dinner tonight is in the restaurant and the menu selection is impressive.
Accommodation: Kingfisher Bay Resort
DAY 5: Friday – Brisbane (B,L.D)
After a leisurely breakfast, we leave Kingfisher Bay Resort and make our way to the ferry which will take us back to Hervey Bay. From here, we’ll make our way back to Brisbane with a leisurely drive down the coast to Brisbane.
Our guides will deliver you to either the Redcliffe Aerodrome, Brisbane Airport or to the City, depending on your requirements.