GO WITH THE FLOW ON FRASER
Sprawling over 166,000 hectares, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is officially the largest sand island in the world. That adds up to more than 100 freshwater lakes to float in, 120km of beach highway to explore and countless opportunities for nature lovers. You can access the island from the Fraser Coast, a three-hour drive north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway, before getting better acquainted on a guided or selfdrive tour. Fraser’s famous resident dingoes compete with the blue hues of Lake Mckenzie for most photogenic attraction, with the Maheno shipwreck and coloured sand cliffs close runners-up. It is the only place in the world where rainforests grow from the sand, at elevations of more than 200m. Escape the heat under a cool canopy of soaring satinay trees, kauri pines and giant king ferns. The satinays, or Syncarpia hillii as they are officially known, are a spectacular sight and some are more than 1000 years old. Kingfisher Bay Resort’s touring arm, Fraser Explorer Tours, transports guests daily to this unique landscape, via custom-built 4WD coaches. Eli Creek — the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island — is another refreshing natural find. Immerse yourself in its clear freshwater and float down the swiftly flowing stream from the bridge at the far end of the boardwalk.