length

6 Days

difficulty

Moderate

trip cost

From $2880 pp

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length

6 Days

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difficulty

Moderate

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trip cost

From $2880 pp

Guided walk

Destination Specialists

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • On the trail
  • Itinerary
  • Map
  • Inclusions
  • Accommodation
  • Your leaders
  • 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.

K’gari is the place name the Butchulla local Indigenous people and traditional owners have for Fraser Island. We will be walking in their footsteps with a sensational guided trip through the highlights of the K’gari Great Walk through this semi-tropical island, taking in its incredible forest, lakes and wonderful beaches. We will stay in comfortable accommodations at the K’Gari and Kingfisher bay resorts centrally located on either coast of the island.

Fraser Island’s unique topography and geographical placement make it a rich and unique gathering of diverse terrains and nature reserves. Despite being the world’s largest sand island—a notoriously poor source of nutrients for plants—towering rainforests and thick woodlands intersperse stunning beaches, sand blows and vast sand dunes. With over 40 pristine lakes thrown into the mix, Fraser Island is one of the most biodiverse places on earth hence its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List!

While the walk isn’t overly strenuous, a certain level of fitness is definitely recommended. Winter is a hive of activity on Fraser Island. Humpback whales migrate in July fed by the massive schools of fish found offshore at this time. Also, dingo pups start poking their cute heads out of their dens, but don’t get too close! Average temperatures are still around the 22°C mark with overnight average minimum temperatures around 13°C (with no sandflies!)

On our return to Hervey Bay we will finish off with an afternoon whale watch and sunset cruise, taking advantage one of the world’s best locations to encounter Humpback whales up close. This promises to be an extraordinary trip but places and departures are limited so book ahead to ensure your spot!

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Highlights

Get ready for

  • Towering rainforests and forests of Kauri Pines
  • Walking past Crystal-clear lakes you can swim in
  • Seeing Fraser Island’s wongari (dingoes)
  • Views of migrating humpback whales
  • Rainbow-coloured sands and vast sand dunes
  • Pristine stretches of beach and wreck of The Maheno ship
  • Staying in comfortable resorts

 

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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 on the main trail. There are some parts where you will encounter sandy roads built for 4WDs. The trail is shaded in many parts with a good canopy of rainforest overhead and has many beautiful sections, which make for a unique walking experience While you start and finish at beachside places, the majority of the walk is inland and unaffected by tides.

Itinerary

Daily details

Day 1: Transfer to Fraser island; Walk Dilli Village to Lake Boomanjin (6.3km, 2–3 hours)

We meet early this morning in Hervey Bay for the drive to the ferry about 20 minutes away and take the morning boat over to land us at Kingfisher bay, our first stop in Fraser Island where we’ll take brunch and have our briefing for the week ahead. Afterwards we drive across the centre of the Island, stopping at the gorgeous Wangoolaba Creek rainforest boardwalk and the giant trees of Pile Valley before reaching our first accommodation is at Eurong.

The afternoon walk begins with a drive along the Eastern Beach highway to reach the start of the Great Walk at Dilli Village. The trail starts from Dilli Village on what you will find for most of the rest of the walk- compact sand with varied 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. We will continue the walk through eucalypt forest to reach Lake Boomanjin, the largest perched lake in the world.

Known for its reddish hue that it gets from the tea trees that surround it, Lake Boomanjin is a wonderful place for your first dip in K’gari’s lakes if you have the inclination. Then we will transfer by vehicle back at sunset to our hotel accommodation in Eurong.

Overnight: Eurong (K’Gari Beach Resort)

Meals: L

Day 2: Lake Benaroon to Lake McKenzie (14.1km, 5.5 hours)

Today begins with a transfer to the shores of Lake Benaroon with its kauri pines, staghorn, and palm lilies where we start with a 1km walk around Lake Benaroon. The path here is quite overgrown. Lake Birabeen then appears on our left and we hug the shoreline for another 2–3 km. This portion of the walk can be busy due to its proximity to Central Station, a hub for hikers, 4WDs and day-trippers alike. A further 3km or so of easy walking on an old logging road will bring us to Central Station.

We walk via the Basin Lake, heading west out of Central Station and following the easy path through varying forests for about 3.5km before reaching the lake. Basin Lake is a lovely small lake that is inaccessible to 4WDs so is usually quiet. A great place for a swim.

Continue on from here for another 4km before arriving at the stunning Lake McKenzie. 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 we may even end up having it all to ourselves!

Tide depending, we may take a trip this afternoon to see the wreck of The Maheno further up the Fraser coast from Eurong. The Maheno has a fascinating history and was once used as a hospital ship at Gallipolli Cove in WWI.

Overnight: Eurong (K’Gari Beach Resort)

Meals: B, L

Day 3: Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) to Lake Wabby (11.9km, 4–5 hours)

Today is an easy day’s walk with few points of interest to stop at along the way. 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 8km from there to Lake Wabby itself passing by the Hammerstone sandblow. 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 touching them.

Overnight: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Meals: B, L

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 12km mark, there is a wonderful lookout over the Badjala sand blow. 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 close by and worth seeing.

Overnight: Kingfisher Bay Resort

Meals: B, L

Day 5: Return to Hervey Bay; Afternoon and Sunset Whale watching cruise

This morning we enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the beautiful Kingfisher bay resort before we jump back on the ferry to the mainland and say our good byes to the extraordinary environment of K’gari.

We’ll transfer into town and drop our bags at the accommodation before our next adventure starts, a whale-watching tour in probably the world’s best place to see Humpback whales up close at this time of year. Hervey Bay has long been established as the whale-watching cruise center of Australia. We’ll be watching breaching, tail slapping, spy-hopping, and majestic Humpback whales in their natural environment; sometimes so close to the boat you could almost touch them. Afternoon tea will be served on the boat today.

Overnight: Hervey Bay

Meals: B, L

Day 6: Depart Hervey Bay

Check out from your accommodation by 10am for your onward arrangements in Queensland.

Possibility of whale watching cruise today if it was cancelled the prior day due to bad weather.

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K’gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk

Fast Facts

Length:
48km
Duration: 6 days  / 4 days walking 
Grade: 3
Route type: Linear trail, from A to B
Start: Dilli Village 
End: Valley of the Giants
Location: Fraser Island
Closest towns:  Hervey Bay

Inclusions

What's Included?

Included
  • Guided walk with 2 experienced RAW travel leaders / drivers
  • 2 nights twin share accommodation at K’gari resort in Eurong, Fraser Island
  • 2 nights twin share accommodation at Kingfisher bay resort, Fraser Island
  • 1 night twin share accommodation in Hervey Bay
  • 4 cafe breakfasts and 5 lunches; daily snacks and morning tea
  • Return ferry transfers to Fraser Island
  • 4WD car transfers each day to the trailheads and excursions
  • Whale watching afternoon and sunset cruise in Hervey Bay
  • National park fees for Fraser Island
  • 10% GST included
  • Carbon offset and native tree planted for each client
Not Included
  • Breakfast on day 1
  • Dinners each day not included and taken at the accommodation
  • Travel insurance
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Accommodation

Where we stay

We stay for two nights each at K’Gari Beach Resort in Eurong and two nights at Kingfisher Bay Resort. The resorts are based on the central part of the island, on opposite coasts so you get a  variety of scenery and sunsets. Both resorts have good facilities, with their own swimming pool for a refreshing dip at the start or end of your day and onsite bars/ restaurant. The eco-friendly resorts both offer spacious rooms with a balcony, offering fantastic views of the natural surroundings. We also have one night in Hervey Bay on our return in accommodation in town.

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Your leaders

Experienced Guides

Your leaders on this trip will be Fred Paton and Dave Reynolds (RAW Travel’s owner). Both are highly experienced walk leaders and share a passion for Fraser Island and its natural treasures. Fred has walked the K’Gari Great Walk several times and will be leading the walking sections while Dave will provide back-up, transfers and meals support. Both Dave and Fred are very capable 4WDers, which is required to navigate the sandy roads of the island.

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. 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.
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 to 4-hour drive.

What will the weather be like?

Fraser Island is subtropical, and winter is a pleasant time to visit, with temperate temperatures averaging in the high teens, low 20s. Fraser Island gets rain year round but August is a time of low rainfall, averaging 64mm for the month. It’s also the season for fishing and whale watching.

What about Sandflies and Dingoes?

At the time of year we are walking in winter sandflies are not a concern. Dingoes are present throughout Fraser Island but do not pose a threat to groups of walkers taking sensible precautions. Information boards are posted throughout the Island on how to safely experience Fraser Island and its wild dingo population without any undue risk of harm.

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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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07/08/2023 - 12/08/2023
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14/08/2023 - 19/08/2023
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