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Sunday Star-Times - - Escape Expat Tales - Aimee Ruka, House of Travel Kerik­eri

I’m keen to visit Fraser Is­land in Queens­land. Where would be the best place to base my­self and what’s the best way to ex­plore?

If I were you, I’d base my­self in Her­vey Bay. It’s a two-hour-and-20-minute drive from Sun­shine Coast Air­port and the main gate­way to Fraser Is­land.

The is­land is ex­tremely re­mote so not easy to ac­cess by four-wheel-drive. Your best bet is to book a full-day boat tour with a com­pany based in Her­vey Bay.

Most boat trips travel to the east coast of Fraser Is­land and a few go west – these are par­tic­u­larly good if you want fewer peo­ple around.

The 60- to 90-minute each-way boat tours usu­ally an­chor the main boat and trans­port you to beaches via a small speed­boat, which is re­ally good fun. You can hop off for snorkelling, ba­nana-boat­ing and kayak­ing.

There’s usu­ally a bar­be­cue for lunch fol­lowed by an af­ter­noon of swim­ming, climb­ing sand dunes and sun­bathing on un­touched beaches. Fraser Is­land is home to three species of dol­phin, which surf the waves inches from your boat.

If you’re short on time, en­joy a 30-minute bird’s-eye view of Fraser Is­land in a small, seven-seater plane.

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