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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.