Enjoy a nature-based minibreak from Noosa on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Exploring the world’s largest sand island by 4WD is a real adventure. Take a dip in the brilliant turquoise Lake McKenzie or swift-flowing Eli Creek but remember to stay out of the water on rugged 75 Mile Beach (the conditions can be treacherous and the island’s coastline is known for sharks). The beached shipwreck of the Maheno is fascinating, as are the vivid green rainforests and sweeping dunes of the island’s interior. Around the resort, the Junior Eco Ranger program is ideal for families. From August to October, don’t miss a whale-watching cruise.
Eat and drink
Start with sunset drinks at the Jetty overlooking the beach and ocean and, on at least one night, reserve a table at Seabelle, Kingfisher Bay’s fine-dining restaurant, where the menu incorporates elements of bush tucker and Australian flavours. Maheno Restaurant is open all day for casual or poolside dining; it’s the best pick for families.
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).
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.