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Top 5 Must Do Things on Fraser Island(K'gari)

Updated: May 25, 2022

We took our 4x4 on an Epic tip to Fraser Island for its first off road experience. During a fun packed 2 weeks we discovered how to get the usually overcrowded Lake McKenzie to ourselves, what to do if your confronted by a pack of dingoes, the delights of Eli Creek, Lake Wabby, Champagne Rock Pools and beach camping. Check out the full episode on our Video, CLICK HERE..

1. Lake McKenzie

Lake McKenzie (Boorangoora) is the most visited natural site on the island, with crystal blue-waters and stunning white-sand beaches, it's easy to see why. Sadly, many people come away disappointed as their vision of awe-inspiring beauty is ruined by the crowds of tourists.


We got up really really early and left our camp on the east coast as soon as we could, knowing we had an hour of offroad driving across the island to reach the lake.

We pulled into the empty carpark, quickly grabbing our towels, paddle boards and GoPro we headed straight down to the lake. We were astonished to be able to admire the beauty of this place without a soul around.

This was one of the highlights of the trip and an unforgettable experience.

Fun Facts About Lake McKenzie

  • 1,200 m long and 930 m wide

  • It's a 'perched' lake, which means it only contains rainwater

  • It covers an area of 150 hectares

  • The water in the lake is so pure, it's unsuitable for many species.

  • It's apart of the Great Sandy National Park.

2. Eli Creek

Eli Creek acts as a lazy river with fast flowing clear freshwater in picture perfect surrounds. Floating down from the end of the boardwalk is an exhilarating experience. It's great fun to take a inflatable and try to navigate yourself around others as the current pulls you along.

Top Tip- Do NOT attempt to drive across the creek in your vehicle at high tide as fast flowing water can gauge out deep channels.

Fun Facts About Eli Creek

  • Largest creek on eastern beach of Fraser Island

  • Pours 80 million litres of freshwater everyday into the ocean

  • Naturally filtered water, soft sand filters the rainwater, you can even drink it!

3. Champagne Rock Pools

After parking your 4WD head along the boardwalk, this is where you will see your first view of the Champagne Rock Pools. Take in the scenery as you stroll along and make your way down to the pools.

These naturally formed rock pools create a jacuzzi as each wave crashes over the rocks and creates a bubbling spa, as the seafoam fizzes. It really does feel like your in a spa, so refreshing. Keep an eye out for large waves, these can knock you off your feet. Only swim in the rock pools, as the ocean has strong currents, marine stingers & sharks.

Fun Facts About Champagne Rock Pools-

  • Hollowed from masses of volcanic rock.

  • Best at mid-tide.

  • Naturally formed rock pools.

  • Turtles, dolphins, manta rays and humpback whales can be seen from here.

4. Lake Wabby

Lake Wabby absolutely blew our minds at how beautiful it is and was well worth the 4.1km walk. You start the walk off through forest which opens up to the stunning Hammerstone Sand blow.

After the walk it's so refreshing to have a swim in the freshwater, green colored lake.

We discovered that if you sit really still tiny little fish surround you and start nibbling your dead skin, it's like having a spa. If your lucky you can also see beautiful catfish swimming around.

Fun Facts

  • Fraser Islands deepest perched lake, 11.4 meters.

  • 13 species of fish habitat these waters, including Honey Blue-Eye, Rainbow Fish and Catfish.

  • Within a hundred years from now, Lake Wabby may longer exist as the giant sand blow slowly moves into the lake.

5. SS Maheno Shipwreck

You just cannot pass on the opportunity of a photo of the SS Maheno shipwreck, washed ashore during a cyclone in 1935. Great to capture a few snaps during mid tide as the waves crash into the slowly deteriorating wreck. Wonder about its heyday as a ship used by the New Zealand Naval Forces during World War 1 as a hospital ship, which included 8 wards and 2 operating theatres.

Fun Facts-

  • Length 122m

  • First launched in 1905

  • Was bound for a Japanese wrecking yard when she met her stormy end.

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