FROM BRISBANE OR GOLD COAST G4 18 “FRASER ISLAND ADVENTURE” – Premium, Gold & Platinum Class – 3 Days

LAKE MCKENZIE, SERIOUS 4 WHEEL DRIVING THROUGH DUNES, RAINBOW BEACH, COLOURED SANDS, 75 MILE BEACH AND INDIAN HEAD Tour Code G4 18 -   ()

LAKE MCKENZIE, SERIOUS 4 WHEEL DRIVING THROUGH DUNES, RAINBOW BEACH, COLOURED SANDS,

75 MILE BEACH AND INDIAN HEAD  

ANOTHER AUSTOUR G4 UNIQUE EXPERIENCE BY 4WD – 3 Days

G4 = Minimum/maximum 4 clients private charter travelling in a top of the range

4WD vehicle with specialist driver/guide

Introduction

Fraser Island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km2. It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia. With your 4 WD you will cross the sand dunes and travel along the edge of the ocean to discover views and special sites, not usually on the tourist schedule, enjoy the experience of some serious 4 wheel driving. The itinerary is flexible to meet your personal tastes.

Gold Coast & Brisbane to Fraser Island By Ferry – Check In Kingfisher Bay Resort Day 1

Depart Gold Coast 7.00 am, Brisbane 8.00 am. Travel direct to Hervey Bay to join the ferry to Fraser Island. Lunch on arrival then your island adventure begins with a drive through the sandy tracks, walk along beautiful creeks amongst the massive trees and end the day with a swim or just relax at the world’s most beautiful perched lake. Your destination is Kingfisher Bay Resort, a luxury 4 star resort, where you stay for 2 nights.

  • Drive Brisbane/Gold Coast to River Heads (About 4.5 hours including morning tea stop).
  • Hervey Bay Ferry – Beautiful views across Hervey Bay and to the island.
  • Serious 4 wheel driving – Through the island’s sand dunes.
  • Central Station – Stroll through the rainforest along the crystal clear creek on the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk.
  • Pile Valley – Wander through the impressive satinay trees (massive trees on sand!).
  • Lake McKenzie – Famous, stunning turquoise-blue fresh water lake with a beach of white sand almost as fine as talc.

Highlights:

Fraser Island: is a heritage-listed island located along the southern coast of Queensland, approximately 200 kilometres north of Brisbane. The length of the island is about 120 kilometres and its width is approximately 24 kilometres. It was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992. The island is considered to be the largest sand island in the world at 1840 km2. It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.

The island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, wallum and peat swamps, sand dunes and coastal heaths. It is made up of sand that has been accumulating for approximately 750,000 years on volcanic bedrock that provides a natural catchment for the sediment which is carried on a strong offshore current northwards along the coast. Unlike on many sand dunes, plant life is abundant due to the naturally occurring mycorrhizal fungi present in the sand, which release nutrients in a form that can be absorbed by the plants. Fraser Island is home to a small number of mammal species, as well as a diverse range of birds, reptiles and amphibians, including the occasional saltwater crocodile.

Kingfisher Bay Resort:

The resort believes in“Ecologically sustainable tourism that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation”

Kingfisher Bay Resort is a fully integrated, large-scale ecotourism resort, opening in 1992 setting benchmarks in ecotourism, which have been used by ecotourism ventures worldwide. The resort has won nine Queensland and six Australian Tourism Awards.

The resort is designed to give people an enjoyable nature based tourism experience on World Heritage listed Fraser Island while creating minimal impact on the environment. Enjoy the tranquility of one of Australia’s leading ecotourism resorts.

Meals:
morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Kingfisher Bay Resort 4 star

Sand Dunes & Beach, Serious 4 Wheel Driving, Wilderness Scenery - Nature at its Best Day 2

After a morning stop by a beautiful sand blow and lake, today’s itinerary will take you to the various sites along 75 Mile Beach. You are now on the Great Beach Drive – one of the world’s longest and most beautiful beach drives.  This is an amazing feeling on an iconic, perfect Aussie beach. Various stops along the beach include the beautifully coloured Pinnacles (coloured sands) and Maheno Shipwreck. Take a swim in the crystal clear water of Eli Creek. Walk around headlands with stunning views along the coast and look for various sea lifeLake Wabby – Giant sand blow (moving dune) sweeps down into the green coloured lake.

  • Lake Wabby – Giant sand blow (moving dune) sweeps down into the green coloured lake.
  • Serious 4 wheel driving – Through the island’s sand dunes.
  • 75 Mile Beach Driving – Cruising at up to 80 kph along one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. This is a very unique experience and highlight for many.
  • Eli Creek – Beautiful crystal clear freshwater creek flows through vegetated banks and right out to the beach.
  • Maheno Wreck – Used in WWII and shipwrecked on Fraser shortly after.
  • Indian Head – Distinctive rocky cliff which acts as a lookout where you can watch for stingrays, sharks and sea turtles coasting along.
  • Champagne Rockpools – Beautiful natural rock pools as water flows over into the stunning turquoise blue rock pool.
  • Waddy Point – Catch sweeping views across the headland of ocean and beach.
  • The Cathedrals – A stretch of 35km of remarkable cliffs of coloured sands.

 

Highlights:

Fraser Island Dingoes: The survival of the Fraser Island dingoes relies on three management factors—education, engineering and enforcement. Fraser Island dingoes are part of the island ecology, and are protected by law. The Dingo Conservation and Risk Management Strategy for Fraser Island uses dingo-deterrent fencing, enforcement (fines) and education campaigns to protect people and to help the dingoes retain a natural way of life. On Fraser Island, dingoes are normally a golden sandy colour. Adult dingoes on Fraser Island stand more than 60cm high, about 1.2m long and have an average weight of around 18kg.

Maheno Wreck: is the most famous of Fraser Island’s wrecks and has become a landmark attraction. Built in 1905, the SS Maheno was one of the first turbine-driven steamers. She plied a regular route between Sydney and Auckland until she was commissioned as a hospital ship in Europe during World War One. She also served in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. In 1935, she and her sister ship the Oonah were sold to Japan for scrap. The rudders of the boats were removed and they were being towed toJapan. When they reached Queensland Waters, a cyclonic storm snapped the tow chain and the Maheno drifted helplessly onto Fraser Island’s ocean beach

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner
Accommodation:
Kingfisher Bay Resort 4 star

Lakes, Wilderness, Unique Scenery & Adventure ~ Return via Noosa & The Sunshine Coast Day 3

In the morning drive through the forest and past a couple of beautiful lakes on a less populated inland track. Spend time wandering around the pretty lakes or go for a swim. At the southern end of the island you will enjoy more beach driving before your ferry to Rainbow Beach. You are now at the Cooloola section of the Great Beach Drive with massive sand dunes coming straight down to the beach drive – a stunning site. See more coloured sands before your last ferry to Noosa North Shore. Your final drive is through the Sunshine Coast back to Brisbane or Gold Coast

  • Lake Boomanjin – World’s largest perched dune lake with beautiful white sands.
  • 75 Mile Beach Driving.
  • Ferry to Rainbow Beach – A short ferry ride to the mainland.
  • Rainbow Beach – Enjoy a great lunch in this chilled out beach town.
  • Cooloola National Park – Stunning 4WD beach driving, right next to the waves and past massive, colourful sand dunes.
  • Red Canyon & the Coloured Sands – Many shades of these beautifully coloured sands.
  • Noosa North Shore to Brisbane/Gold Coast – 2.5 hours including ferry. Option of visiting Noosa if time permits.
  • Arrival at your hotel approximately 5.00 pm Brisbane 6.00 pm Gold Coast

Highlights:

Rainbow Beach: is a coastal town in the Wide Bay – Burnett region of Queensland, Australia, east of Gympie The town’s name derives from the rainbow-coloured sand dunes surrounding the settlement; according to the legends of the Kabi people, the dunes were coloured when Yiningie, a spirit represented by a rainbow, plunged into the cliffs after doing battle with an evil tribesman. Much of the sand colors stem from the rich content of minerals in the sand, such as rutile, limonite, zircon, and monazite. A black dune of limonite sands, overgrown by dune vegetation can be found north west of the main town.

Cooloola National Park: Part of Great Sandy National Park, this region features untouched beaches, large sand dunes, heathlands, rainforests, swamps, creeks, freshwater lakes and mangrove forests. Great Sandy National Park is divided into two sections. The Cooloola section is situated on the coast between Noosa Heads in the south and Rainbow Beach in the north and covers 18,400 hectares. The Fraser Island section encompasses almost all of the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island situated north of Rainbow Beach, covering 56,000 hectares.

Red Canyon & Coloured Sands: The colours are caused by the leaching of oxides and the decay of vegetation that coats each grain of sand, causing bands of colour.

Underlying parts of the windblown sand masses of Fraser Island and Cooloola are coloured sands — the visible parts of older sand that have bound with clay into a weakly consolidated mass. The yellows, browns and reds (rusty colours) are colours created by iron-rich minerals in the dune sands which, over thousands of years, stain the sand a complex array of tones and hues. Spectacular sculptures emerge where wind and rain erode the sand mass, exposing this soft older core. These can be seen at Rainbow Gorge and Cathedrals, where the Pinnacles and Red Canyon are striking Fraser Island examples.

Meals:
Breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea
Prices Adult Child
Premium Class N/A N/A
Gold Class $2,765 $2,215
Platinum Class $3,125 $2,500
Safari Class N/A N/A

Prices valid to 31st March, 2017.

Departs: Daily

you choose your departure date, year round (excluding 23rd  December to 1st January)

Your tour cost includes:

  • Pick Up and Drop Off from your hotel in Brisbane or Surfers Paradise
  • The provision of a modern, top of the range four wheel drive vehicle.
  • The services of an experienced and accredited specialist driver / guide.
  • The provision 4 star accommodation–twin share basis.
  • Family Room accommodation if children are travelling.
  • Morning and afternoon tea.
  • The provision of breakfasts, lunches and  evening meals.
  • Welcome drink prior to evening meal.
  • The payment of all accommodation, visits, attractions, ferry and entry fees as per itinerary.
  • Expert interpretation of the natural and cultural environment from a specialist guide

Not Included: 

  • Travel to/from Brisbane/Gold Coast
  • Evening supper.
  • Single accommodation – available on application.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Provision of alcohol with meals except where stated on itinerary.
  • Travel insurance

Special Note: Travel insurance is highly recommended – refer Bookings/Travel Insurance. Austour Tour special group rates are applicable. Please read Austour’s Conditions of Travel.

Child: up to and including 16 years of age and sharing with two adults.

Accommodation and itinerary may change on a seasonal basis depending upon road access and client discussion before departure.

Please contact our reservation team regarding enquiries and bookings.

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Testimonials

“Amazing tour!!!”
Tim was friendly and really knew the area. He definitely made our time in Fraser Island memorable. I wouldn't hesitate to do another tour with him!!!! Jackie C USA