Where is Fraser Island?

Picture yourself standing in the soft golden sands, immersed in the lush Australian rainforest, surrounded by ocean’s pristine waters-this is Fraser Island. A wonderland bursting with unspoiled swimming spots, sand dunes, and unique wildlife. It is one of Australia’s most popular attractions, bringing over 350,000 travellers each year. But where exactly is it?

The History of Fraser Island

Fraser island’s original name was ‘K’gari,’ an indigenous word meaning paradise. The Butchulla people were the local aboriginal community on this island and have been living on the island for more than 5,500 years. The name change to ‘Fraser’ came in 1836, after the arrival of Europeans. It was to honour the late Captain James Fraser, who endured a shipwreck along with his wife and crew. The Captain and crew surviving the crash by swimming ashore to the Island, coming face to face with the local indigenous community. Unfortunately, Captain Fraser never made it off the island, with two retellings of his death. Eliza Fraser, the captain’s wife accused the Aboriginal people murdered him. While a surviving crew member stated that the captain’s death was from natural causes. To this day, his death is still a mystery, but the island has been known as Fraser Island ever since.

How you can get to Fraser Island

The island sits just off the coast of Queensland’s coast, north of Brisbane. There are many ways to get to Fraser Island, but deciding which can be tricky, and can depend on where you are coming from. You will always have to take a ferry, departing from either Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. If you are in the mood for a quick journey, hop on a direct flight from either Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane. These all land at Hervey Bay, the Brisbane flight (which is the most popular,) takes around an hour. If you’re travelling from Brisbane, and you have a car, you can drive there yourself. Simply head out of town on the highway to Hervey Bay. Otherwise, we suggest taking a tour which will bus you from Brisbane to the ferry, and organising your tickets so you won’t have to wait in line.

What do to on Fraser Island?

The island is jam-packed with interesting activities for any kind of traveller. Take a day, a weekend, or even a couple weeks to discover the sandy island. Regardless of whether you’re looking for a relaxing break amongst the spectacular backdrop or a more upbeat adventure, the Island has you covered. Immerse yourself in the Australian nature as you bush walk through lush rainforest, plunge into the crystal-clear swimming spots, or simply marvel at the stunning scenery on top the towering sand dunes.

Check out our Fraser Island Day Tour today!

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