Fraser Island is absolutely one of the most beautiful locations in all of Australia.
However, it does have quite a fearsome reputation for several reasons.
Keep your eyes peeled
Dingoes are native to Australia and around 30 packs of them call Fraser Island home. While the chances of being attacked are relatively rare, like many animals they can become dangerous if they feel unsafe or threatened. It is recommended that when travelling on Fraser Island you are in a group and ensure to take necessary precautions to minimise your risk of coming in contact with dingoes. You will most likely see them on your journey, however, like most animals, they will be unphased and carry on their business.
Dangerous Marine Life
Fraser Island beach is often described as “the most dangerous beach in the world”. This is obviously due to the dingoes that roam on the island, as well as being a popular hangout for great white sharks, jellyfish and poisonous sting rays. It is not recommended to swim in the beaches, as you never know which one of these deadly creatures may pay you a visit. Attacks are few and far between, but the possibility is always there. A big reason as to why Fraser Island is considered dangerous is because it is incredibly remote. There is actually nowhere on the island to seek medical advice in the event of an accident, therefore precaution is vital. If you feel like a dip, there are several freshwater lakes and creeks that are safe for swimming!
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world and despite being known for its soft texture, sand can actually be quite dangerous. It has been known to be hazardous to tourists for a number of reasons including those daredevils who dive into the lakes of Fraser Island without realising that the sand at the bottom is rock hard. There are no actual roads on Fraser Island and to make your way around you will need a 4WD to drive on the sand roads, this can lead to some pretty serious accidents.
Absolutely still worth the visit!
Although all these possible dangers may sound daunting, do not let that deter you from the beauty that Fraser Island holds. The white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and breathtaking scenery in every direction will leave you in awe of nature. Fraser Island is truly a unique destination, and although there are some possible dangers, like anything, you have to risk it to get the biscuit!
What is there to do on Fraser Island?
Immerse yourself in a land full of incredible wildfire and beauty. Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island and is a haven of natural delights any traveller will enjoy.
Venture to this famous island and enjoy some of the best attractions this place has to offer.
75 Mile Beach
If you are a hard-core four-wheel driving enthusiast, look no further, as the 75-mile beach is one of the best driving beaches in all of Australia. Stretching along the east coast of Fraser Island, the beach acts as an attraction as well as a gateway to other nearby destinations. Speed down the sand in your 4WD, winding along the wide expanse and spraying the sea water high above you as you swerve through the soaking sand. See both swimmers, walkers, and cars all inhabiting the sand at once, an unusual sight to see at any beach.
Visit Eli Creek for a tranquil adventure. The creek is famous for its clear, fresh water that flows from the coast to Hidden Lake. A pastime favourite for locals and tourists is to float on the top of the water, letting the creek glide you down the stream. Simply relax your muscles and marvel at the surrounding wildlife as you drift through the water. Stop at one of the many picnic spots along the way to enjoy a lunch within the greenery.
The Lake is famous for its ability to heal any aches or pains you have. Soak in the clear blue water and emerge feeling better than ever. This is from the surrounding tea trees, the oil from the trees is said to be a magical cure for a range of ailments. Have your worries and pains melt away as you float in this clear sapphire water. Whether you choose to visit the lake for its refreshing waters, the unique wildlife, sightseeing or simply to lie in the soft sands, you will certainly not be disappointed.
See up to 72 different colours covering the cliff tops along the beach. This area is rich in aboriginal culture, so make sure you stop and learn about the famous Dreamtime story that explains this colourful wonder.
For a slice of history, visit the Maheno Shipwreck. This rusty crumpling ship is found on Fraser Island’s sandy shoreline. Said to have been swept up to shore in 1925 after a cyclone. Come at sunrise or sunset and watch the rusting orange metal contrasts brilliantly with the stunning beach scenery.
Imagine yourself walking along the pure white sand dunes by the deep green waters of Lake Wabby. This marvellous World Heritage listed site is home to an array of freshwater flora and fauna in and around the waters. Out of the forty dune lakes on the Island, it is by far the deepest, going down 11.4 metres.
The small collection of large rock pools along the coast of Fraser Island is one of the Island’s hidden gems. Much larger than the normal rock pools, the name ‘Champagne’ comes from the waves that crash against the rocks, making the pools simmer with bubbles much like the Champagne drink. Cool off from the Aussie heat and discover the wildlife within these natural spas.
As the biggest sand island in the world, it’s no surprise Fraser Island is home to some of the most unique and diverse wildlife in the whole of Australia.
The varied selection of landscapes and scenery make up a number of habitats for a range of different creatures, from the iconic dingo to prehistoric lizards that hide away in the shade of the ancient trees. This makes any Fraser Island tour a memorable experience for wildlife lovers.
The Animals of Fraser Island
Today, there are almost 50 different species of mammal that live on Fraser Island, including the swamp wallaby, the sugar glider, and the small-eared mountain possum.
When it comes to reptiles, Fraser Island seemingly has it all. The most common sightings are of the sand monitor and the lace monitor, but there are a whopping 80 species of reptile and a further 19 species of snake that call the island home. Keep your eyes peeled in open woodland spaces and picnic areas, as these are the most likely spots to catch a glimpse of the lizards and snakes. Elsewhere, there are a number of rare frog species to look out for, including the elusive “acid” frogs that set up home in the swamps.
The waters surrounding the island are home to some incredible creatures, too, and are a big draw for scuba divers and snorkelers looking to explore the island from a different perspective. As well as dolphins and dugongs, there are turtles, rays, and a whole host of colourful fish species. If you’re lucky enough to visit between July and November, keep a look out for the majestic humpback whales as the migrate to warmer waters.
And when it comes to birds, Fraser Island is spoilt for choice. There are over 350 species of birds that live on the island thanks to its diverse selection of food sources. Some species are incredibly rare, so keep your eyes peeled overhead as well when exploring.
The Plants of Fraser Island
A large part of the island is made up of undulating sand dunes formed over thousands of years by the elements. In these parts, you can see plenty of salt-tolerant plant species, including Spinifex, she-oaks, and coastal pandanus. Further away from the water’s edge, you can find species like eucalyptus, scribbly gums, satinay, brush box, and kauri pine, and in the valleys between the sand dunes, there is a lush rainforest that thrives in the unique climate and plays host to species like the angiopteris fern.
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