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Visiting Fraser Island with kids is awesome! I spent many weekends camping on Fraser Island as a young child and over 30 years later, the magic and novelty still hasn’t worn off!
Visiting Fraser Island with kids is incredibly easy. Older kids will moan and groan a little about the lack of internet (depending whether you camp or stay at a resort), but the opportunity to explore and experience the awesome natural attractions that Fraser Island has to offer will soon distract them.
Fraser Island is one of the best places in the world to unplug and experience true natural wonder!
Getting there and getting around
Access to the island is via barge either on Fraser Island Barges (departs River Heads) or Manta Ray Fraser Island Barges (departs Rainbow Beach). You will need a 4WD to get around the sandy tracks of Fraser Island. If you don’t have your own, there are plenty of 4WD hire options from Hervey Bay.
If 4WDing is not your thing, don’t worry, there are plenty of tour operators willing to show you a great time! Tours can be booked here:
Where to stay
You can either camp or stay in cabin, hotel or house style accommodation on Fraser Island.
If camping, I love the Dundaburra camp grounds due to it’s dingo fence and proximity to the awesome Wungul Sandblow. It also has a little shallow freshwater creek that flows into the ocean out front. The nearest shop is 7km down a sandy highway so the kids don’t ask for things that cost money. Out of sight out of mind!
If camping is not your thing, there is also some great accommodation with all the usual facilities on offer. Kingfisher Bay Resort is popular as the barge lands there. I personally prefer to stay at Happy Valley due to its central location along the famous ‘beach highway’. The owners and staff go out of their way to help and make you feel welcome here. Eurong Beach Resort is also another great option.
If either camping or driving on Fraser Island, you will need to get a permit through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. You can get your permit here.
Some interesting facts to read before checking out my blog posts on Fraser Island!
- Fraser Island was formally recognised in 1992 when it was included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
- Fraser Island is the biggest sand island in the world, stretching for more than 122km, expanding to 22km at its widest point and covering 1840sq km.
- Wangoolba Creek is home to the giant King Fern which at up to 8m in length, reputedly has the largest fronds of any fern on earth.
- Fraser Island has half of the world’s perched lakes and also the worlds largest perched lake, Lake Boomanjin.
- For at least 5,000 years, the island was the traditional homeland of the Butchulla people who named it “K’gari”, after the legendary spirit princess who helped to create the island.
- Eli Creek releases 4.2 million litres of water an hour.
- Fraser Island’s Valley of the Giants has trees more than 1200 years old and greater than 4m across the trunk, all of which are growing in sand.
- The dingo populaton on Fraser Island is regarded as the purest strain remaining in Eastern Australia.
- Seventy-Five Mile Beach is a gazetted highway (even though its a sandy beach) with a speed limit of 80km.
My blog posts on Fraser Island with kids
Content is coming in the next day or two! I have just returned from exploring Fraser Island and will be adding posts every couple of days. Stay tuned!