- 2-day tour of Fraser Island by 4WD, from Hervey Bay
- Walk through the rainforest at Wanggoolba Creek and over sand dunes at the Hammerstone Sandblow
- Refresh yourself in the pristine waters of Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Champagne Pools and Lake Wabby
- Motor along Seventy-Five Mile Beach to visit the Maheno shipwreck and the Pinnacles
- Hike the headlands at Indian Head for magnificent coastal views
- Stay overnight at the Fraser Island Retreat in the township of Happy Valley
- Small-group tour limited to 15 ensures personalized attention from your guide
What You Can Expect
Experience the fun of piloting a 4WD vehicle in the sand as your small group travels in two 4WD vehicles on what is known as a "tag-along." Your professional guide drives one, and you and your group members take turns driving the other as you follow your guide for a fun (and bumpy!) ride across the terrain. (Please note: In order to operate two vehicles on this excursion, there must be a minimum of eight people in the group.)
You'll stay overnight in a well-equipped cabin at the Fraser Island Retreat in the township of Happy Valley and enjoy dinner at the Fraser Island Retreat's restaurant.
Two lunches, one dinner and one breakfast are included, as well as all transportation and overnight accommodation. Be sure to pack light; there is limited space to carry gear on the vehicles. The guides supply coolers and ice and you're welcome to bring alcohol, but skip the glass bottles, which are prohibited on Fraser Island.
After early morning pickup from Rivers Head Ferry Landing or Hervey Bay, catch the ferry to Fraser Island. When you disembark on the island, your 4WD motors along sandy tracks through the rainforest to the shores of idyllic Lake McKenzie. Refresh with a swim or simply relax on the white sandy beach. Next, drive to Central Station, once the hub of the island’s timber industry. Hear from your guide why Fraser Island’s wood was so valuable and check out the king ferns, ghost gums and pine trees as you follow your guide on a stroll at Wanggoolba Creek.
Cruise along Seventy-Five Mile Beach, keeping an eye out for the island’s wild dingoes. Stop at the Maheno shipwreck and snap photos of the iconic beach relic. Then head to the multicolored sandstone cliffs known as the Pinnacles, where your guide shares the geology and Aboriginal legends of the location.
Dip in the Champagne Pools, a natural sandy pool protected from crashing surf by a rock outcropping. Dry off and continue to Indian Head where you can walk along the headlands and soak up stunning views. Look over the water for dolphins, sharks, turtles, rays, and, from July to November, migrating humpback whales. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach.
Afterward, travel in your 4WD to Eli Creek where you can walk upstream and then enjoy floating down the gentle current back to the beach. Wrap up your day with dinner at the Fraser Island Retreat as you relax after a full day seeing the sights.
Overnight: Fraser Island Retreat, Fraser Island
Day 2: Fraser Island – Hervey Bay (B, L)
Start your morning with a full breakfast with pancakes, eggs, bacon, cereal, and yogurt, among other tasty options. Afterward, your guide takes you to a huge sand dune called the Hammerstone Sandblow. Hike over the sands and head to Lake Wabby, which happens to be the deepest lake on the island. Jump in the water for a refreshing dip, and take advantage of some free time to enjoy the scenery. Nibble on a delicious lunch including grilled sausages before returning to your vehicle to catch an afternoon ferry back to the mainland. Your tour ends when your guide returns you to your Hervey Bay hotel in the early evening.