length

6 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

From $285 pp

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6 Days

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difficulty

Moderate

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trip cost

From $285 pp

'Adventure in a box'

Independent Adventures

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • On the trail
  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • Inclusions
  • The Essentials
  • Walking App
  • FAQ's
  • Positive impacts

Overview

K’gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk

Hike through ancient forests, over stunning sand blows and swim in perched lakes—formed by depressions in the coastal dune landscape—on the world’s largest sand island.

The K’gari Great Walk on Fraser Island takes you through an incredible range of environments: from clear sandy beaches to perched lakes and through forests with thousand-year-old trees that have somehow stayed strong in the sand. This walk is a delight for anyone seeking encounters with wildlife (the island is famous for its dingoes) and to stand next to massive trees, and on mountains of moving sand, in awe.

The K’gari Great Walk takes around six days to complete, though add on two days if you plan to hike the first two days to the starting point. Most hikers stay in camping areas run by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, enjoying their basic facilities. It’s a true bush experience!

Fraser Coast shipwreck

Highlights

Get ready for

  • Towering rainforests and forests of eucalypts
  • Crystal clear lakes to take a refreshing dip in including Lake Boomanjin, the world’s highest perched lake
  • Sharing Fraser Island with the wongari (dingo)
  • Possibly catching sight of migrating humpback whales
  • Rainbow-coloured sands and vast sand dunes
  • Pristine stretches of beach
  • Camping under the stars in nature

 

Lake McKenzie, Fraser Coast

On the trail

The Experience

The Fraser Island Great Walk track is predominantly solid paths made of compact sand with leaf coverage, with a few sections of soft sand. There are a few steepish sections but mostly it is quite flat. The tracks are well marked and generally easy to follow if you are just doing the main trail. There are some extra sections for experienced hikers that aren’t as well signed. There are some parts where you will encounter sandy roads built for 4WDs. While the trail itself is reasonably well marked there are a few points at which a
map is invaluable to make sense of the listed trails. RAW Travel’s app will be provided to you as a navigation app for when you’re on
the main track, showing your position in real-time on the trail and the position of huts and campsites.

Itinerary

K’gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk

CLASSIC 6-DAY ITINERARY AT A GLANCE

The full K’gari Great Walk has no set daily itinerary and is dependent on your personal time frame and physical capabilities. There are eight ‘walkers only’ designated campsites along the way that need to be pre-booked. Seven of these are on the main walk while the eighth is only used if you do the two-day extension walk at the start, as described in Side Trips, below. It’s not necessary to stay at each campsite.

The 6-day daily itinerary below is based on staying at the most preferable and interesting campsites, with a short last day to accommodate time to get off the island. When taking the 6-day itinerary below, catch a taxi or get a lift with a 4WD driver straight to Dilli Village. If you do this, depending on how early you can get to Dilli Village, you may need to stay overnight here before starting your walk. Possible campsites at shorter distances are in brackets. There are only private campgrounds at Dilli Village, and you’ll need to book these directly, or contact RAW Travel. 

 

It is also possible to do an eight-day itinerary by starting walking from Hook Point where the ferry drops off and taking 2 days to reach Dili Village.

Notes: Estimated time is based on a walking speed of approximately 3km per hour. Possible campsites at shorter distances are in brackets.

Day 1: Dilli Village to Lake Benaroon (13.5km)

The trail starts from Dilli Village on what you will find for most of the rest of the walk- compact sand with foliage coverage.  The path goes through scribbly gum woodlands and after about 4km out from Dilli Village you will come across the Wongi sand blow on your right. Take the time to scramble up for some great views. The path continues for another 2km through eucalypt forest before reaching the largest perched lake in the world and largest lake on Fraser Island, Lake Boomanjin. Known for its reddish hue that it gets from the tea trees that surround it, Lake Boomanjin is a wonderful place for a dip if you have the inclination but it is shallow.

There is a hikers campsite here if you want to break up the day and extend your trip by a day. There are also showers here but you would have had a shower at Dilli Village so probably no need. After hugging Lake Boomanjin for 2 km the path continues on flat ground through very tall forests of blackbutt and brush box for another 3.5 km before coming upon Lake Benaroon, your home for the night. The campsite is a further 1.5 km around the lake. After you’ve set up camp, head down to the lake for a dip or to just take in the sunset.

Day 2: Lake Benaroon to Lake McKenzie (14.1km)

Today starts out with a 1 km walk continuing around Lake Benaroon. The path here is quite overgrown. Lake Birabeen then appears on your left and you hug the shoreline for another 2-3 km. This portion of the walk can be very busy due to its proximity to Central Station, a hub for hikers, 4WD’s and day trippers alike. A further 3 km or so of easy walking on an old logging road will bring you to Central Station where it’s possible to have a shower if you’re so inclined. Bring gold coins if you plan on doing this. This is also the only point along the walk apart from Dilli Village where you can offload your trash. The bins are at the back of the 4WD campsite, not the hikers campsite.

There are two alternatives from Central Station to Lake McKenzie with the one via Pile Valley being about 4 km longer. This would make for a very long day. To go via Basin Lake head west out of Central Station and follow the easy path through varying forests for about 3.5 km before you hit the lake. Basin Lake is a lovely small lake that is inaccessible to 4WD’s so is usually quiet. A great place for a swim. 

Continue on from here for another 4 km before arriving at the stunning Lake McKenzie. Your campsite is near the start of the lake. This is one of the few campsites that is surrounded by a dingo fence. Lake McKenzie itself might be very busy with day trippers, depending on what time you arrive, but as it nears sunset the numbers thin out and you may even end up having it all to yourself!

Day 3: Lake McKenzie to Lake Wabby (12km)

Today is an easy day’s walk with few points of interest to stop at along the way. With this in mind, take the time to really take it all in. Get up early to catch the sunrise over Lake McKenzie, go for a refreshing dip, then jump back in the sleeping bag for a sleep in! You have all day to walk the 12 km so why head off first thing?

The path begins like most other days, hugging Lake McKenzie for a kilometre or so before heading into dense, tall forest. It’s a mostly flat day again but this time there are no lakes or blow holes to distract you. After another 3km you will cross the Northern Road and it’s another 8 km from there to your campsite. The campsite is about 500 metres short of a lookout for Lake Wabby itself so once you’ve settled in take a late afternoon stroll to the lake and the two sand blows beyond it. Lake Wabby is a nice tranquil place for a swim but be warned, there are wobbegong sharks in it! They’re harmless enough but could give you a nasty nip if you start poking them.

Day 4: Lake Wabby to Valley of the Giants (16.1km)

Today is the longest day’s walk on the whole hike but well worth it. You might want to start early today after yesterday’s sleep in. Today you don’t go back to Lake Wabby (hence the need to visit it the day before), but rather turn off before reaching it and continue along a path that mounts some challenges occasionally as there are some fallen trees and foliage across the path that needs negotiating. You may need to do some scrambling over or around these obstacles.

The path today starts back in the shady, dense forest of the central high dunes. At about the 12 km mark there is a wonderful lookout over the Badjala sandblow. From here you descend through a valley between sand dunes that are covered with rainforest. As the name suggests, as you get closer to camp you will find yourself among some of the largest and most breathtaking trees you could come across. The campsite is right in the middle of the Valley of the Giants with the Giant Tallowood tree closeby and worth seeing.

Day 5: Valley of the Giants to Lake Garawongera (13.1km)

Today’s walk begins with a continuation of the breathtaking giant tree forest. You will then pass through brushbox and satinay trees and on to open forest and heathland. At the 6 km mark there is a possibility for a sidetrip on a path to the left, along the Bogimbah Creek, to visit an historic site which is the site of some of the oldest logging camps on Fraser Island. 

Back on the path, the walk continues through beautiful piccabeen palm forests with lovely views down into the valley and creek below. Eventually you will come to your campsite, just short of Lake Garawongera. Set up camp and head down to the shallow lake for a beautiful sunset view.

Day 6: Lake Garawongera to Happy Valley (6.7km)

Alas, all good things must come to an end and today is a short walking day to Happy Valley to give you plenty of time to make it back to the mainland. The walk again hugs the shoreline of the lake to start with and then continues along a ridgeline before coming out to open forests with a last sandblow on your right as you approach Happy Valley. Today’s walk is mostly along firetrails so isn’t as tranquil as the rest of the walk.

In Happy Valley, as you wait for your pre-booked taxi to arrive, you can get a meal and a beer to celebrate your achievement completing Fraser Island’s K’gari Great Walk. Then it’s a drive back to either Hook Point (if going to Rainbow Beach) or Kingfisher Bay (if going to Hervey Bay).

8 day itinerary

The 8-day itinerary of Fraser Island’s K’gari Great Walk starts with two extra days at the start of the walk beginning from Hook Point where the boat drops you off and adding 25km. It could also be done as one long 10 hour day to produce a 7-day itinerary for very fit walkers.

Hook Point to Jabiru Swamp (15.3km)

The first two days on this itinerary aren’t officially part of the Fraser Island Great Walk, which starts properly at Dilli Village on day 3. If you don’t want to walk these two days you will need to book a taxi or try and get a lift from the barge drop off point at Hook Point through to Dilli Village. Upon landing from the barge walk 500 m east along the beach to where the road splits into two single lanes and the trail head is about 40m along on the right. 

The path is partially an access road and while not as soft as day 2, the sand is still looser than the rest of the walk. It mostly goes through swampland before arriving at the remote Jabiru Swamp campsite. Please note that the water supply is 700 metres from the campsite so maybe refill and treat your water along the trail. 

Jabiru Swamp to Dilli Village (10km)

Optional: Jabiru Swamp to Dilli Village (10km)

Although this is a short day as far as distance goes, it is one of the most taxing as it’s along what is basically a continuation of the access road where the sand has been churned up and is soft underfoot compared with the rest of the walk which is on compact sand. The road hugs the coast but not actually along the beach. 

It’s a straight line into Dilli Village with little variation or attractions along the way apart from undulating hills and the occasional creek to cross. You will have to cross some stepping stones for these so this, along with the hilly and sandy terrain, make walking poles or walking sticks a real bonus for this section. You will finally arrive at Dilli Village where you can treat yourself to a shower, a fire and even a BBQ!

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K’gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk

Fast Facts

Length:
75km / 100km
Duration: 6 days  / 8 day option 
Grade: 3
Route type: Linear trail, from A to B
Start: Dilli Village (or from Hook Point to add two days)
End: Happy Valley
Location: Fraser Island
Closest towns: Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay

Fast Facts

Length:
75km / 100km
Duration: 6 days  / 8 days option 
Grade: 3
Route type: Linear trail, from A to B
Start: Dilli Village (or from Hook Point to add two days)
End: Happy Valley
Location: Fraser Island
Closest towns: Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay

Inclusions

What's Included?

Included

 

  • Our detailed guide to hiking Fraser Island’s K’gari Great Walk – contains all the essential information you need to know in advance
  • 6 days worth of food for your adventure; breakfast, lunch and dinner each day – delivered straight to your home
  • Our own range of Lightweight, highly nutritious meals that are locally sourced, delicious and easy to carry & cook ( freeze dried and dehydrated)
  • Our ‘state of the art’ Navigation app to guide you on the track; showing huts, campsites and all points of Interest along the way
  • Delivery to your door* of our ‘Adventure in a box’ food parcel
  • Our ‘Get fit for hiking’ e-guide for backpacking adventures
  • 10% GST included

* Additional $35 delivery charge for locations in NT, WA and Northern Queensland

Not Included
  • Transfers or transport, ferries to Hervey Bay / Fraser Island
  • 6 nights campsites fees which includes your National Park entrance
  • No equipment included
  • 4 WD taxis to Dilli village are paid locally as are the foot passenger ferry fees
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The Essentials

Information Guides

Our essential information guides give you everything you need to know – and none of the information you don’t – to prepare well for one of these hikes. We cover off all transport and transfers with contacts, full equipment lists tailored to each walk, and safety factors to consider that can be unique to each track. We give you the information you need to know about water and where the best accommodation is before and after your trip, plus overviews of Aboriginal & European history and wildlife you can expect to encounter.

It saves countless hours of trawling through websites, guidebooks and forums to get to the essential information you need to know, so you don’t forget to factor in anything for your adventure.

App

Walking App

Finding your way

Our unique RAW Travel walking app has been designed to help you navigate easily on the trail. Simply download your map with the link we send you and you’ll be able to follow your route with ease, showing your location in real time without any internet connection needed. The app has many great features; it shows you weather forecasts localised for each of your overnight stops, detailed information on each campsite/ hut and what facilities are available there so you don’t need to carry our trail guide. There are important reminders, safety information, videos and emergency contact information for your route. It also has a unique audio feature that can tell you about places and points of interest as you approach them on the trail.

FAQ's

Need to Know

How fit do I need to be?

This walk is moderate and suited to people of reasonably good hiking fitness and experience, used to carrying a full pack and confident with navigating their way on a trail in a remote location.

  • Always choose a walk that suits your experience level, fitness and stamina.
  • Do not undertake a route beyond your abilities.
  • If you suffer from a medical condition that could make the walk risky for you, reconsider if the walk is right for you.
Can you hire gear and equipment locally?

There are a number of outdoor gear hire companies in Queensland that can help outfit you with equipment for the walk. Including one based nearby in Rainbow beach and one in Brisbane, contact details are given in our guide.

How do you access the trailhead?
Flights

Hervey Bay is the closest airport to Fraser Island. Qantas flies here from Brisbane so if you are flying from other major cities you will need to connect through Brisbane. Alternatively, you could fly to Brisbane (multiple airlines) and hire a car to get to Hervey Bay. It is a scenic 3–4-hour drive.

Transfers

Fraser Island is accessible by boat/barge. Barges leave from River Heads (15 minutes from Hervey Bay) or Inskip Point (15 minutes from Rainbow Beach). The barge from River Heads takes you to Kingfisher Bay while the one from Inskip Point takes you to Hook Point, the nearest one to the start of the walk proper at Dilli Village. If you have a car you can drive to these departure points easily and park there long term. If you don’t have a car you will need to catch a taxi to either point. 

More details will be provided in your guide.

What's involved with an Independent adventure?

Independent adventures place you at the centre of the experience, giving you the confidence to be a self-reliant walker on the trail. We take care of the research needed and give you all the essential information relating to the trip ( a task that seasoned walkers can tell you often takes many hours to get the correct information) so you can be thoroughly prepared and confident that you have  everything you need for your adventure. We give you all the contacts &  details to nearby transportation, accommodation and hire services,  highlight any risks to be aware of and how to mitigate them.

The food prep is a major hassle of many hikers trips and we solve that for you. We prepare all the food that you need for your trip, all pre-measured and dehydrated / freeze dried to take away the weight but keep the freshness. Our meals are reviewed by Nutritionists to provide the right daily nutrition and energy for your demands of the walk. And our ingredients are prepared from the best local ingredients here on the Mornington Peninsula, cooked to order and freeze dried fresh – not sitting on a shelf for years at a time!

Once you arrive at the trail it’s all over to you the adventure begins!  You are free and independent to create your own experience the way you want it. We provide you with an app to help you navigate in real time on the trail and give you the campsite locations and points of interest but you are completely autonomous & self – supporting on the walk.  These trips are best suited to people who relish that sense of liberation and freedom that comes with being self-reliant and don’t need the back up of a leader or group travel. Independent Adventures are different from our other self – guided walking trips as there are no briefings, transfers or local support from RAW Travel staff. It’s just you and nature out on the trail!

Can you walk this trail solo?

Yes, if you are an experienced and confident Bushwalker. We strongly recommend that you carry a PLB for emergencies though.

  • Let a reliable family friend or family member know of your exact plans and when you intend on returning. They should raise the alarm with the police if you haven’t returned or contacted them by the time you indicated. 
  • Download the free Triple Zero Emergency+ app to your smart phone before you go.
  • Record your intentions with national park authorities.
  • Fill in logbooks where provided which will help authorities locate you if you are reported missing or in an emergency situation.
What are the camping areas like?

On Fraser Island there are hike-in campsites at seven locations along the walk including Lake Boomanjin, Lake Benaroon, Central Station, Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie), Lake Wabby, Valley of the Giants and Lake Garawongera. There is an eighth campsite at Jabiru Swamp, which is halfway between Hook Point (where the ferry drops you) and Dilli Village, the start of the K’gari Great Walk. Both Central Station and Jabiru can be booked throughout the year, while the others are not able to be pre-booked from November to February.

All hiking campsites must be pre-booked. Keep a record of your booking on your phone (or carry printed copies).

Campsites are basic (no electricity or lighting) with few facilities. Toilets are up to 200m away and there are no toilet facilities at Jabiru Swamp. 

Here’s what you’ll find:

  • Access to untreated water. Water access is 700m away at Jabiru Swamp.
  • Composting drop toilets (no toilet paper provided).
  • Elevated seating platforms.
  • Dingo-proof fences around most of the QPWS campsites. There are dingo boxes for provisions at other campsites.
Best walking season?

Fraser Island is subtropical, and the best time to walk here is spring and autumn. These seasons have milder temperatures with less rain. Winter is a possibility, with temperate temperatures averaging in the low 20s. It’s also the season for fishing and whale watching.

Due to the risk of fire, it is not usually possible to pre-book campsites for the whole trail from November to late February.

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Positive impacts

Social and environmental

All our adventures are fully carbon offset so that you know your travel has minimal impacts. Hiking itself is a low impact activity but we offset the cost of all our office operations and food production as well, so you can be satisfied that you have chosen a form of travel that is both good for you and good for the planet. Each year we also plant trees on behalf of every customer who has travelled with us, aiming to build towards a carbon positive effect with our operations.

As a B-Corp a focus on local community is an important part of who we are. We are committed to buying locally and source our produce from growers here on the Mornington Peninsula. We care about people in our community and for every meal pack you buy with us we donate a meal to a homeless support charity, to spread some love and share good food with those who need it most.

 

TRIP date selection

when would you like to travel?

Please select your preferred dates for on-demand trips or select a scheduled date for group departures. If you have booked a self-guided trip please understand that because your trip date is on demand and we must check availability of all properties on your chosen dates before it can be fully confirmed

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