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Known for being the world’s largest sand island where the only way around is to drive by four-wheel drive down the seventy-five mile beach, anyone planning to take a trip to K’gari will not leave disappointed.
75 Mile Beach
It’s an adventurer’s paradise.
But what if you only have a day free in your Australia itinerary? What is the best way to explore Fraser Island in a day?
In this guide, we reveal how you can embark on a Fraser Island day trip and list the best day tours you can take.
Is A Fraser Island Day Trip Worth it?
Eli Creek spilling out onto 75 Mile Beach
But first, is Fraser Island worth visiting for one day? If you’re only able to do a day trip to Fraser Island, you won’t be able to see everything, so you’ll need to be ok with that before visiting.
However, many people do it, and it’s possible to see a lot of the highlights in one day if you’re prepared to drive fast and get up early.
We do think that Fraser Island is best seen over two or three days. If you have more time at your disposal, it would be wise to spend more time here so you can really take it all.
Why is Fraser Island so special?
Indian Head – Fraser Island
Places To Visit on Fraser Island
If you only have one day on Fraser Island, be sure to visit the below places.
The Champagne Pools are a natural swimming hole off 75-mile beach, between Waddy Point and Indian Head.
These natural pools sit right on the water’s edge and are great for swimming since a rocky formation protects them from the rough waves of the ocean.
Grab your towel and your swimming costume and cool off in these refreshing pools.
The Pinnacles are an example of the natural beauty of Fraser Island. These natural limestone structures that were formed 25,000 – 30,000 years ago. They were formed after the sea receded back into the ocean, leaving behind a deposit of shells.
When the coastal winds removed the sand, these unique pillars were left exposed.
They are a marvel to witness.
The National Highway (75-Mile Beach)
The Maheno Shipwreck
Best Fraser Island Tours for One Day
If you want to make the most out of your Fraser Island day trip, then booking a tour is a great way to see it all and learn about the formation and history in a short amount of time.
Plus you get to enjoy the comfort of being taken around, instead of stressing to fit everything in.
Here are some tours we recommend…
Kingfisher Bay Resort Day Tours
Kevin our tour guide
I can’t believe Fraser Island is just sand.
Self drive with Aussie Trax Hire car. Rental prices start from $175.
Full day Beauty Spots Tour (4WD bus tour takes in Lake McKenzie, Central Station, Pile Valley, 75-Mile Beach, Eurong Beach, Eli Creek, The Maheno, The Pinnacles coloured sands). Full day tour includes lunch, morning tea and national park fees. $160 adults, $110 for children and $495 for a family of 4.
Full day Champagne Pools Tour (4WD Bus tour takes in the eastern beach sites including 75-Mile Beach, Kooloro Sandblow; Indian Head; Champagne Pools; Stonetool Sandblow and Red Canyon). Full day tour includes lunch, morning tea and national park fees. $160 adults, $110 for children and $495 for a family of 4.
Personalised Tour of Fraser Island is only restricted by tides and time – if you have particular interests (like bush walking, bird watching etc), your guide will tailor your itinerary to suit. Tours take place in a Resort 4WD and include a gourmet lunch hamper. Price $1100 for full day including National Park fees, lunch, personal driver, vehicle permit, morning and afternoon tea.
Fraser Explorer Tours (For those not staying on Fraser Island)
If you don’t plan on staying on Fraser Island, then Fraser Explorer Tours operates one and two-day tours of the island leaving from Hervey Bay, Rainbow Beach, the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and Brisbane.
These are the best tours for those looking to take a Fraser Island day trip as you can be picked up and dropped off at the place you are staying.
Each one-day tour of Fraser Island is led by an experienced local guide, and takes you to sights such as Lake McKenzie, the UNESCO World Heritage-listed ancient rainforest, Central Station, Eli Creek, The Pinnacles, along the 75 Mile Beach, and to the iconic Maheno Shipwreck.
K’gari Explorer Tours (Coach Tours)
If you enjoy coach tours, then K’Gari Explorer Tours offers a full day coach tour leaving from Hervey Bay.
Explore the island on a 4WD bus and visit sights such as Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, 75 Mile Beach, The Pinnacles, and the Maheno Shipwreck.
While you’re exploring, your local guide will provide expert commentary on the sights. If you don’t speak English, then you can download a free app that will give you a tour in your own language.
You’ll get to stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and learn about the ancient plants and fauna, such as king ferns, ghost gums, and pine trees.
This tour comes with all the ferry transfers and transport included. They will pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation.
Air Fraser Island (For Scenic Flights)
It’s a stunning flight with beautiful views over beach, sand dunes, coastal forest, and even a butterfly shaped lake that can only be seen from above.
Air Fraser Island run 15-minute joy flights from 75 Mile Beach all day long for $80 p/p.
Tasman Ventures (Whale Watching Experience)
If your plan is to visit Fraser Island for whale watching only, then you might enjoy the whale watching cruises from Tasman Ventures.
Tasman Venture cruises are known to get you up close to the whales (when booking the tour during whale season, of course).
Departing from Hervey Bay Marina you’ll pass through the Great Sandy Strait and past remote islands before heading to a popular playground for whales off the coast of Fraser Island.
Keep your eyes open for dolphins, turtles, dugongs, birds, and dingoes on their amphibious watercraft, which can drive right onto the beach.
The watercraft will take you to Wathumba Creek, Awinya, or Bowarrady Creek, followed by opportunities to snorkel with turtles, go kayaking, tubing, sand dune climbing, or simply walk on the beach.
They also serve morning tea, afternoon tea with biscuits as well as a full lunch. Snacks, soft drinks, and beer are available on the boat too.
Discovery Fraser Island Tours from Noosa
If you’re staying in Noosa and fancy taking a Fraser Island day trip, then the one day tour by Discovery Fraser Island Tours might be the best option for you.
Just like the other tours on this list, you will enjoy a 4WD adventure on Fraser Island, driving down the 75-mile beach to check out sites like Lake McKenzie, the ancient rainforest, Central Station, Pile Valley, and Wanggoolba Creek.
But this tour has the added thrill of driving along the Great Beach Drive, a beach highway from Rainbow Beach to Noosa.
Guests will be picked up from your hotel, and driven along the Great Beach Drive through Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park, before taking the ferry over to Fraser to explore some more.
Then you will travel back to Noosa via the beach highway.
What an adventure!
FAQs About Visiting Fraser Island
Here is what people usually ask us about visiting Fraser Island…
Where is The Best Place to See Dingoes on Fraser Island?
Dingoes travel for 45km a day in search of food, so it’s likely you will see them anywhere on Fraser Island.
It’s estimated there are 20-30 packs of dingoes, so you should keep an eye out for them at all times.
When Is The Best Time to See Whales on Fraser Island?
Humpback whale migrating past Indian Head
We saw plenty of whales from 75 Mile Beach, from the lookout at Indian Head, and on a whale watching tour from Hervey Bay – the whale capital of Australia. (It’s on the west side of Fraser Island)
Final Thoughts on Fraser Island Day Trips
Video of Fraser Island
Watch our video of our experience at Fraser Island here…
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