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  • Location: Brisbane, Australia
  • Duration:  3 days (approx.)

Spend several days exploring the natural wonders of Fraser Island with an expert guide, including a visit to Cooloola Recreation Area on the way. Enjoy guided walks through the rainforest at the Hammerstone Sandblow, Pile Valley, and Wanggoolba Creek; splash in the pristine waters of Eli Creek, Lake Birrabeen and Lake Wabby; and zip along Seventy-Five Mile Beach by 4WD vehicle to see Pinnacles and the Maheno Shipwreck. Stay at a beachside resort on this adventure to an island paradise.

Highlights

  • Three-day tour of Fraser Island by 4WD from the Gold Coast or Brisbane

  • Visit Cooloola Recreation Area to admire its colorful red sandstone formations and wide-open beaches

  • Learn about the rainforest and former timber industry at Wanggoolba Creek, Central Station and Pile Valley

  • Dip into Lake Birrabeen, Lake Wabby and Champagne Pools

  • Get great photo ops at the Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head, Red Canyon and Rainbow Beach

  • Spot wildlife such as kangaroos, dingos, humpback whales, dolphins, rays and turtles

  • Choose from a range of accommodation options at a resort located on 75-Mile Beach

What You Can Expect

3-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

Lake Birrabeen, Fraser Island

Over millennia, sand drifted from mainland Australia to Fraser Island, forming the world’s largest sand island. Today, you can find 800-feet-tall (250-m) sand hills brushing the sky, freshwater lakes and creeks, and the only rainforest that grows directly in sand. Once you visit, it’s easy to understand why the Aboriginal people named it K’Gari, or paradise.

Check in for two nights at Eurong Beach Resort, a beachside resort located on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. With motel-style accommodation, you can choose a private twin or single room. Alternatively, you can book an affordable shared 4-person room. Two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners are included.

Itinerary

Day 1: Gold Coast or Brisbane – Fraser Island (L, D)

Meet your coach in the Gold Coast or Brisbane. En route to Fraser Island, stop for a brief visit to nearby Cooloola National Park. Spot kangaroos on the Noosa North Shore and go off road in your 4WD vehicle to cruise along Teewah Beach. Snap photos of the brilliant sandstone at Red Canyon and, weather permitting, the colorful sands set against an ocean backdrop at Rainbow Beach.


After taking in colorful Cooloola, zip over to the Fraser Island ferry for a short ride to the island. Upon arrival, your 4WD vehicle sets out to explore the island, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage list. Fraser Island is also known for its resident population of wild dingos — keep a lookout for them as you go!


Drive down the sandy highway of Seventy-Five Mile Beach to the Hammerstone Sandblow, a giant sand dune that sits next to Lake Wabby. Follow your guide on a walk over the sands to arrive at an emerald lake for a refreshing swim.


In the late afternoon, check in to your room at Eurong Beach Resort and then rejoin the group for dinner at the restaurant. Afterward, take a nighttime stroll on the beach or sip a drink at the bar.


Overnight: Eurong Beach Resort, Fraser Island


Day 2: Fraser Island (B, L, D)

Hang on while the 4WD coach motors along Seventy-Five Mile Beach to the Yidney Dripping Rocks and the Maheno Shipwreck where you can snap great photos of these iconic sights.


Then continue to Eli Creek, which runs from the island’s interior to the ocean. For fun, splash upstream then float back to the beach on the creek’s gentle current.


After cooling off in the creek, tuck into a picnic lunch provided by your guide. When you have refueled, drive by the Pinnacles. Your guide recounts aboriginal legends about these rocky outcrops that glow in hues of red, yellow, and orange.

Next, continue to admire the Champagne Pools, a series of tide pools tucked into rocky coves. After inspecting the fragile ecosystems, walk along a rocky headland to Indian Head and get amazing views over the ocean. You may spot dolphins, turtles, rays, sharks, or even the humpback whales that migrate here from July to November.

Wrap up the afternoon with a hike to Rainbow Gorge, passing through coastal scrub and cypresses to reach the fantastical landscape of the gorge and Kirra Sandblow. If conditions do not allow for visits to Indian Head or Rainbow Gorge, you may instead go to Lake Garrawongera. After coastal day adventure, head back to the resort a leisurely evening including dinner.


Overnight: Eurong Beach Resort, Fraser Island


Day 3: Fraser Island Brisbane or Gold Coast (B)

Set out after an early breakfast for Pile Valley where you follow your guide into the rainforest. Note the satinay trees, a popular choice for timber due to their resistance to fire and termites. Hear more about Fraser Island’s importance to the timber industry at Central Station, the former headquarters for logging on the island.


Next, meander along a boardwalk that skirts Wanggoolba Creek. Walk through king ferns, ghost gum and pine trees and watch as the clear water of the creek ‘disappears’ as it ripples over the sandy bottom.


Take a scenic drive to Lake Birrabeen for a refreshing swim and relaxation on the sandy lakeshore. Then return to Eurong Beach Resort for a late lunch (own expense) before boarding the ferry to return to the mainland. Relax on the drive back to Brisbane or the Gold Coast after a memorable trip to Fraser Island.

From USD $ 378.61

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