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Five siz­zling spots for a bar­be­cue in Queens­land

CEN­TRAL STA­TION FRASER IS­LAND

A bar­be­cue at Cen­tral Sta­tion may con­jure im­ages of try­ing to light a We­ber amid a horde of com­muters while the loud­speaker an­nounces the late ar­rival of the 8.35 ser­vice. But this Cen­tral Sta­tion, in the heart of the world’s largest sand is­land, is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

Once home to a log­ging camp, it’s now a shady pic­nic area, with elec­tric bar­be­cues, where you can take a break from the rigours of ex­plor­ing Fraser.

If you’ve been four-wheel driv­ing along 75 Mile Beach (speed limit 80 kilo­me­tres per hour), snaking around the in­land tracks (speed limit 35 kilo­me­tres per hour), trekking through rain­forests, slid­ing down sand dunes and swim­ming in lakes, you’re prob­a­bly go­ing to work up a healthy ap­petite – so don’t skimp on the snags.

Is­land high­lights in­clude the wel­come cool of emer­ald-green Lake Wabby, sur­rounded by for­est and dunes, and stream-fed Lake McKenzie, where the clear­est wa­ter this side of an Evian ad is framed by a white sil­ica sand beach.

Don’t miss The Cathe­drals (spec­tac­u­lar coloured sand cliffs) and the Ma­heno ship­wreck, which has been qui­etly rust­ing away on 75 Mile Beach since a cy­clone blew it ashore in 1935.

Known as K’gari, or par­adise, to the Butchulla peo­ple, World Her­itage-listed Fraser Is­land is a re­mark­able place with wildlife that in­cludes whales off­shore and din­goes on land.

You can camp or stay in a re­sort, take your own ve­hi­cle or join a tour. If you fancy catch­ing your own bar­be­cue in­gre­di­ents, bring some tackle. Fresh­wa­ter fish­ing isn’t al­lowed on the is­land but plenty of peo­ple throw in a line off the beach. The Great Sandy Strait, be­tween Fraser Is­land and the Fraser Coast, is full of fish. Head for Sandy Cape, Waddy Point or In­dian Head for tai­lor, dart, mack­erel and more. NEAR­EST PUB 15KM King­fisher Bay Re­sort King­fisher Bay, Fraser Is­land; king­fisherbay.com NEAR­EST BUTCHER 45KM Uran­gan Butch­ery Shop 6, 734 Boat Har­bour Drive, Uran­gan (on the main­land); (07) 4128 9889 vis­it­fraser­coast.com

A view of 75 Mile Beach from In­dian Head on Fraser’s east coast (above)

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