Fraser Explorer Tours

Bucket list family adventures on Fraser Island

World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is home to diverse landscapes, unique wildlife and an array of truly spectacular natural wonders. Whilst it may be the world’s largest sand island, it’s located just off the mainland of Hervey Bay, and is regarded as one of the top bucket list destinations on the Fraser Coast.

Having grown up in the region, and lucky to have this island paradise right in their backyard, long-time locals and Fraser Coast ambassadors Dan and Steph, set out to now share this special place with their daughter Emmy.

Fraser Coast Ambasadors Steph & Dan

So how do travellers get to the world’s largest sand island?? With full-day 4WD tours departing daily from Hervey Bay, Fraser Explorer Tours was the perfect choice, with Ch 7’s Chris Parsons coming along for the ride. Take a look behind the scenes at their family adventure…

At Fraser Explorer Tours, the team of expert local guides are there to share their immense knowledge of the island, navigate the sandy terrain and to showcase the top spots along the way. Having lived and worked on Fraser Island for over 22 years, resident tour guide and photographer Peter Meyer was on board, to lead the way.

Fraser Explorer Tours Guides

First up on the itinerary; one of the island’s most renowned locations…Lake McKenzie!
Fed entirely by rainwater and with idyllic turquoise hues, this freshwater lake is by far one of the most desired swimming spots in Queensland, and a nostalgic location for many travellers.

Lake McKenzie

Dan reminisced many family holidays of diving into the crystal-clear depths as a child, to now relaxing lakeside, as his own daughter, Emmy, built sandcastles by the shore. There’s over 100 freshwater lakes on Fraser Island, but nothing quite compares to this blue beauty.

From here, the crew continued their journey and watched in awe as the landscape changed before their eyes. What was previously dense, native bushland is now a lush, towering canopy of palms and sky-high satinay trees.

Here in the heart of the island, lies Central Station and Pile Valley rainforest – a tranquil setting of centuries-old trees, and one of the only places in the world where rainforests grow from sand at elevations of more than 50 metres. A natural wonder in every sense of the word.

Pile Valley Forest

Traversing across-island, Dan, Steph and the crew are greeted with yet another spectacular sight – the vast, golden stretch of 75 Mile Beach. Cruising past the rolling waves and tall, multi-coloured dunes, the Fraser Explorer bus makes its way up the coast, towards one of the island’s most famous landmarks…

75 Mile Beach

Did you know… 75 Mile Beach is classed as an official Australian gazetted highway!
From the inland tracks to the eastern beach, our 4WD buses are equipped to easily navigate the changing conditions, ensuring travellers can just sit back, relax and enjoy the views!

75 Mile Beach

The bus makes a stop along the eastern beach, and nestled in the sand, lies the historic hull of the Maheno Shipwreck.

Maheno Shipwreck

Once a luxury cruise liner, and later converted into a hospital ship during World War I, the Maheno was struck by a cyclone, washing ashore onto Fraser Island in 1935. Eighty-five years later and these rustic ruins remain a highlight on every Fraser Island itinerary.

While the Maheno is also a top location to catch some tailor, tour guide Pete showed the crew that there’s no shortage of bait as well…teaching Dan, Steph and Emmy his secrets on how to dig for pippies! With some expert guidance, it wasn’t long before Emmy was finding them herself!

Fraser Island

The final stop for the tour is Eli Creek! With over 4.2 million litres of water flowing down into the ocean every hour, it’s the largest creek on the east coast, and undoubtedly the perfect spot for a float!

Eli Creek

Dan and Chris set the challenge of who could reach the end first - weaving along the creek’s twists and turns. While Dan may have taken out the title, the ultimate verdict was that there’s no better way to round-out the day in paradise!

Eli Creek

So what is it about Fraser Island that makes people wanting to keep coming back? According to Dan and Steph; “It’s that sense of freedom, exploring the wide-open spaces and breathing in the beautiful fresh air – there’s nowhere else quite like it!”

Follow Dan, Steph and Emmy’s footsteps and get set to explore the best of Queensland for yourself! Hervey Bay is just a 3.5-hour drive from Brisbane, and with tours departing daily, so you’ll be island side in no time!

Fraser Explorer Full-Day 4WD Tours:

  • Departs daily from Hervey Bay (River Heads) and Rainbow Beach
  • Tours include ferry transfers, with pick-up/drop off at your local accommodation.
  • Full-day guided tour exploring the island’s iconic sights, with lunch included
  • Custom-built 4WD coaches, to travel in air-conditioned comfort
  • Suitable for all ages (travellers 8 years old and under require a front-facing car seat, in accordance with Queensland road rules)

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