Where can you see native animals at Fraser Island?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 05/09/2019

Reading time: 3 mins

Explore the beaches and bushland of Fraser Island and come across some of the most unique animals living within it!

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in existence, stretching out 123 kilometres down and 23 kilometres across. One of the most fascinating facts in this world heritage listed site and that apart from being the largest, it is the only sand island to have a full rainforest growing on top of it. Now home to lush greenery covering the majority of the island. And where plants go, animals follow, with a range of biodiversity hidden within the trees.

  • Dingoes

    Undoubtedly Fraser Island’s biggest mascots, the dingoes! These dogs may look similar to a normal domestic dog, but they are ferocious and wild creatures spending hundreds of generations in the wild. Fraser Island is home to the most precious in the country, for they are completely pure dingoes. Over the years the introduction of domestic dogs into Australia has resulted in crossbreeding to occur lessening the dingo’s purity. Fraser Island is home to the purest dingoes alive as they allow no other dog types to step foot on the island. Right now, there are only 25 to 30 packs of Dingoes on the island, each with about 3 to 12 dingoes per family. However, if you do see these creatures, make sure to keep a safe distance, as they are more than willing to attack anyone who gets too close.

  • Whales

    If you are travelling to Fraser island between July to November, make sure to try to spot the Humpback Whales. They migrate along the east coast of Australia during this time, stopping in the shores of Fraser Island to rest for a short period before heading back again. You can see them from whale lookout points on the island or even set out on a whale cruise to see them up close and personal.

  • Turtles

    Another unique creature in Fraser Island waters is both freshwater and sea turtles. The island is home to numerous clear freshwater lakes home to Krett’s River Turtles. These turtles have short-necks and broad shells and can easily be seen through the clear green water. If travelling out to the shallow seas, you can spot the famous Green sea turtles and loggerhead turtles, even seeing them at night on the beach where they lay their eggs.

  • Echidnas

    This unusual looking creature is probably one of Australia’s most mysterious creatures. Not usually seen in the wild, being usually nocturnal and their small bodies hiding in their burrows and bushes.  However once seeing them in person, you will truly understand the truly unique beauty of them. With their spiky bodies, long-snouted nose, and egg-laying abilities, you will truly be in awe.

  • Reptiles

    There are so many reptiles on Fraser Island, 79 to be exact, it’s hard to note just one. With slithering snakes, gigantic lizards, rare frogs, and ancient species all roaming the island. Head to the watering holes to see the frogs, dry hot rocks to spot the lizards, and long grass fields to see any snakes.

Related article: How many dingoes are there on Fraser Island?

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.