Where is Fraser Island (and how to get there)

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Almost every traveller to Australia will have heard of Fraser Island. The largest sand island in the world is blessed with pristine lakes, unique wildlife and beaches for roads. But you may well be asking, where is Fraser Island? Followed swiftly by, what’s the best way to get there?


Where is Fraser Island? Well, to start the island is perfectly located

Fraser Island sits almost slap bang in the middle of the east coast, around 350km north of Brisbane and almost equidistant between Sydney in the south and Townsville in the north. This perfect location has meant the island has been a popular stopover on the east coast route for many years, this coupled with a World Heritage-Listed status, stunning landscapes, unique wildlife and the chance to drive your heart out along a 75mile beach has made it a top destination. 

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map of australia

Making the drive from Sydney

Most travellers start tackling the east coast usually head north from Sydney, hitting Fraser Island a few days or weeks later. A straight drive from Sydney to the two jumping off points to the island, namely Noosa and Hervey Bay, will take between 11-13 hours. You could feasibly drive it over two days or take a bus and enjoy the scenery along the way.


Spend some time in the Noosa everglades along the way

Noosa is a popular place to catch a ferry to Fraser Island, but this charming tropical town is well worth a day or two of your time. It’s also home to the Noosa everglades, one of only two everglade systems in the world. Hanging out for a day or two kayaking the peaceful waters spotting wildlife along the way and camping in the bush is a fantastic experience. 

noosa everglades

Must do sights heading north from Sydney to Fraser Island

Other places not to be missed on the route north from Sydney are Byron Bay, a bohemian beach town famous for its perfect surf breaks and alternative lifestyle scene, and the Lone Pine koala sanctuary just outside Brisbane where you’ll come face to fur with Australia’s iconic bear. Brisbane is also a vibrant city with great nightlife and a top foodie scene! 

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byron bay surfers

Must do sights heading south from Cairns to Fraser Island

Conversely if you’re heading south from Cairns an absolute must see is the Whitsunday Islands, a collection of 74 idyllic paradise islands surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef and probably one of the most rewarding cruises you’ll ever take! Airlie Beach is the place to stop to join a boat tour for a night or two. Another worthy stop over is Mission Beach. Just a couple of hours south of Cairns, Mission Beach is actually a collection of four villages which all face a 14km stretch of pristine golden sand beach. It’s a great place to hang out for a night and chill out on the beach, or if extreme sports are more your bag it’s also one of the top places in the state to skydive.

the whitsundays
pristine body of water next to the rainforest

So, where is Fraser Island? It’s in the heart of the action on the east coast and a magical place to arrive after experiencing all this iconic coast has to offer along the way!

Written by Kate Moxhay at katemoxhay.com