Discover Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island can be found off Australia’s East Coast. Fraser Island is one of the most popular four-wheel driving destinations in Australia.Traveling North from Gympie you will find an abundance of natural wonders including the fantastic Fraser Coast and relaxing coastal towns such as the town of 1770 and beyond.On our very doorstep lies Fraser Island that stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares it is the largest sand island in the world. Catch the barge, it only takes 10 minutes from Rainbow Beach.
Boasting a collection of unique eco systems and stunning scenery, Fraser Island is truly a precious resource with World Heritage listing. Discover expansive sand dunes and endless beaches on the coast, to lush tropical rainforests and crystal clear fresh water lakes. The island is home to an abundance of native wildlife including Australia’s purest strain of dingoes, wallabies and possums, numerous reptiles and over 350 species of birds. Fraser Island's World Heritage listing ranks it with Australia's Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef. Fraser Island is a precious part of Australia's natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate and enjoy.

From Inskip Point to Hervey Bay, the Great Sandy Strait is perfect for fishing, crabbing and prawning. Boating along the Strait is a popular pastime.Each year tens of thousands of migrating sea birds pass through this Ramsar wetland. Dugongs, turtles and dolphins play in the calm waters and Humpback whales can be seen near Hervey Bay during their yearly migration. Ferries run between Carlo Point at Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay. Catch one across the bay to experience the wonder of dolphin feeding.

Access the Great Sandy Strait from public boat ramps at Tin can Bay, Cooloola Cove and Carlo Point at Rainbow Beach, where you can arrange houseboat, bbq pontoon and canoe hire. The seaside townships line the shores of the Great Sandy Strait and are perfect for a few days rest and relaxation. Enjoy gorgeous white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise water and views to Fraser Island. Discover wild flowers, tea trees, galahs and sea eagles amongst the native flora and fauna. There is an actual highway (Seventy Mile Beach) that runs along the surf side of the island. Travelling inland via four-wheel drive you can explore the meandering sand tracks that link the beautiful lakes and rainforests. Four-wheel drive hire and tours of Fraser Island are available from Rainbow Beach. The Great Sandy Biosphere contains significant natural assets including the largest unconsolidated coastal sand mass and sand island in the world and the tallest and most complex rainforests growing on sand in the world.

Real Experiences

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Adventure can be found everywhere, from beneath the water, on the water, on land or in the air.  With Mary Valley Country being acknowledged as the last natural playground in South East Queensland, it adds to the rich choices of adventure found on the Cooloola Coast.

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A number of world-class events occur throughout the year from the coast, city to the country. A diverse selection of events celebrate the environment, food, wine, music, art and culture.

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Restored buildings from the gold rush era add character and charm to Gympie. Take a heritage walk or drive past traditional shop fronts and historic buildings to view glorious examples of 19th century architecture. The region has a strong cultural and artistic community which is supported by a stunning Regional Art Gallery in the city centre, events and festivals celebrating the region's diverse heritage.

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With the diverstiy of landscape that makes up the Gympie Cooloola region visitors have many options from coast to country, beach to bush, mountains to mudflats.

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A variety of markets occur throughout the region including growers markets which provide the buyer with fresh local food.

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Getting there

BARGE: 10 minute barge trips run continuously between Inskip Point at Rainbow Beach and Hook Point on Fraser Island from 6:00am to 5:30pm each day.
Mantaray Barge:
Entry to Fraser Island is conditional on having a camping permit. For maps and camping
permits go to or call 13 74 68.