How many shipwrecks are on Fraser Island?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 02/17/2022

Reading time: 2 mins

Fraser Island is Australia’s quintessential island paradise: a tropical wonderland of gorgeous shorelines, refreshing lakes, lush rainforest and abundant wildlife.

Not only is Fraser Island a natural paradise, but it is also an adventure-lover’s dreamscape, with 4WD-ing, multi-day hiking and kayaking all on the fun-filled agenda!

One of the sites that makes Fraser Island so spectacular – and one that is always at the top of the Fraser Island itinerary – is the Maheno Shipwreck, the only shipwreck found on the Fraser Island’s shores.

The Maheno Shipwreck has been wedged into the island’s sandy shore for over 75 years, and is today one of the ultimate tourist attractions for when you’re making your way down the impressive 75 Mile Beach.

The shipwreck is just one of the many experiences that makes Fraser Island a joy to visit, alongside these other incredible adventures:

Rainforest hiking

Fraser Island is largely covered in dense rainforests where the trees have actually grown up from the sand – the only place in the world where this happens!

And, of course, whenever there is good rainforest there is some pretty spectacular rainforest hiking, too. There are numerous hiking options on the island, with single day strolls stretching out to week-long adventures for avid land traversers, all of which takes you through the stunningly lush island forests…

Lake McKenzie

They say that swimming at Fraser Island is not the wisest choice you’ll ever make: the waters can be rough and the currents worse. Luckily for us, however, that doesn’t count out an abundance of island swimming options, the best of which is that of the sparkling Lake McKenzie!

Lake McKenzie always ends up being a Fraser Island favourite: it’s the place where you can kick back, relax, enjoy sublime lake shores and refreshingly blue waters, most of all to allow that island time to float on by…

Dingo spotting

Fraser Island’s most famous non-human resident has to be that of the dingo, and despite its antiquated reputation for being rather ruthless, the dingo is actually an elusive creature, making spotting one a worthwhile experience whilst on Fraser Island.

You don’t have to actively seek out the island’s dingo population – but you may just happen to spot some on your rainforest hike or when kicking back at Lake McKenzie – you just have to keep your eyes peeled!

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.