Four-wheel-drive this world-famous sand island or soak up locations such as Lake McKenzie and Pile Valley on a Fraser Island great walk.

A back-of-the-ute camping trip to Fraser Island, one of Australia’s best 4WD destinations, is a rite of passage for Queenslanders. Bounce across the dunes on a guided tour or take your own vehicle if you prefer to roam – and don’t hesitate to get out on foot. Fraser Island Hiking  leads expeditions along the 90-kilometre Fraser Island Great Walk, taking in freshwater Lake McKenzie, the king ferns and creeks of Pile Valley and the towering satinay trees of the Valley of the Giants. There are two-, three- and four-day itineraries that cover every option from pack-free or self-guided walks to luxury hiking trips.

Where to stay

With a mix of accommodation styles, from standard hotel rooms to luxury hilltop villas with spa baths on the balcony, Kingfisher Bay Resort has something for everyone. Villas have a minimum stay of two nights (three in peak season).  

How to get there

It’s a three-hour drive north from Noosa Heads to Hervey Bay, where there’s a 50-minute ferry transfer to Kingfisher Bay Resort. Driving on the island is 4WD only but, unless you’re experienced, take a tour instead.

SEE ALSO: A Local's Guide to the Sunshine Coast: Activities

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