Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island. It stretched 123 kilometres along Queensland's southern coast. It is separated from the mainland by the Great Sandy Strait.
The World Heritage listed island is exceptionally beautiful with long, uninterrupted white beaches, flanked by coloured sand cliffs, over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured, some clear and blue. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing creeks. It is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found. Wallum heaths are of great ecological significance, and provide stunning wildflower displays in spring and summer.
Wetlands have rare patterned ferns, mangrove colonies, seagrass beds and somewhere around 40,000 migratory shorebirds. Rare or endangered species include dugongs, turtles, Illidge's ant-blue butterflies and eastern curlews.
The island is reached by ferry and a four-wheel drive vehicle is a requirement. There are plenty of campsites with views of the ocean and migrating whales.
A magical way to enjoy Fraser Island is on board the 32 metre MV Discovery. Experience the luxury wilderness cruise of a lifetime without totally blowing your budget. The craft takes just 24 passengers in 12 cabins.
Discovery is part of World Heritage Cruises, a family-owned and operated business founded in Tasmania in 1896. Five generations of the Grining family have the art of cruising down to a fine art.
From Hervey Bay Airport, you are transferred to Discovery and served wine and canapés en route to Platypus Bay. The first anchorage is off Wathumba Creek on Fraser's isolated north-west coast.
Live-aboard overnight cruising in Hervey Bay Marine Park's protected waters gives passengers the chance to see whales, dugongs, dolphins and turtles in undisturbed tranquillity in early morning light and the soft light of dusk. In the stillness of night, the whale song can be heard through the ship's underwater hydrophones.
During daylight hours, kayaking and excursions to isolated beaches are on offer. Personally guided tours of Fraser Island's hidden secrets, a scenic flight over the island and a visit to Kingfisher Bay Village ensure your visit will always be remembered.
Snorkelling, fishing and swimming can be enjoyed with ease from Discovery's transom. A barbecue lunch is served before heading to Moon Point where the fish are always biting. It is also a serene place to drop anchor overnight.
3½ hours north of Brisbane.
World Heritage Cruises four-day trips cost $1995 per person twin share. Accommodation, meals, activities and a stopover at Fraser Island are included. Cruises operate between June and September. Gordon River cruises operate on Mondays and Fridays between October 20, 2006 and April 20, 2007.
Virgin Blue has flights to the Fraser coast.
- Sydney, $79
- Melbourne, $179
- Adelaide, $199
- Perth, $319
There are limited seats, which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are Internet only and one-way. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at October 19, 2006 and are subject to change.
Prices quoted are correct on October 19, 2006
World Heritage Cruises
Box 193 Post Office
Ph: (03) 6471 7940
Fax: (03) 6471 7431