The Rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley

Fraser Island boasts a paradise landscape filled with lush rainforests, sprawling white sand beaches, and stunning sea views. At the heart of it all sits Central Station, which is often dubbed the gateway to the island’s incredible natural beauty.

Here, rare plant life and mesmerising rainforest scenery carve a backdrop to many adventurous and relaxing pursuits. It’s amazing that such an ecosystem has been able to thrive for thousands of years, as Fraser Island is renowned for its sand dunes which lack mineral fertility.

Central Station and the surrounding Pile Valley were originally logging camps. Today, logging is prohibited in the area because it is now listed as a World Heritage Site and must be protected.

Things to Do in the Rainforest

Take a Walk

Taking a bushwalk through the undergrowth is one of the most popular things to do in the Central Station Rainforest. There are several walks that leave from the area, taking you along Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk, past Basin Lake, and through the satinay trees of Pile Valley.

Have a Picnic

Enjoy a bite to eat against the stunning backdrop of the rainforest while taking a break for a morning of exploring.

Go Camping

Camping at Central Station gives you the chance to soak up the natural beauty in the area, including the abundance of exotic plant and animal life that calls the island home.

The Animals of Central Station Rainforest and Pine Valley

The animal life is one of the biggest draws of Fraser Island and, by extension, Central Station Rainforest and Pine Valley. The rainforests on the island were once home to a herd of Brumbies (or feral horses) until they were taken elsewhere at the start of the 20th century.

There are still plenty of dingoes to be spotted, though, as well as a number of other native species that find shelter and food in the rainforest and its surroundings.

The birds of the rainforest are a sight to behold, too. Circling the towering canopies, you might be able to catch a glimpse of the Plumed Frogmouth, Red Goshawks, Glossy Black Cockatoos, and Turquoise Parrots.

Fraser Island really is a haven of natural beauty, from the pristine beaches, to the lakes, rainforests, and beyond. At Central Station, you can see some of the most mesmerising scenery of the island, where ancient rainforests taper out into sand dunes and the shimmering sea.