Have more time to explore Fraser Island on a 3-day tour with an expert guide. Traveling by 4WD-vehicle, stop at Cooloola Recreation Area on your drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. Savor Fraser Island's highlights: a dip in the pristine waters of Eli Creek, Lake Birrabeen and Lake Wabby; rainforest walks to see Pile Valley, Wanggoolba Creek and the Hammerstone Sandblow; and zipping along Seventy-Five Mile Beach to Pinnacles and the Maheno shipwreck. Your tour includes two nights of private or shared accommodations at a beachside resort with most meals included.
Day 1: Gold Coast or Brisbane – Fraser Island (D)
Meet your coach in the Gold Coast or Brisbane. En route to Fraser Island, 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. Stop to grab lunch (own expense) before snapping 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.