48 Hours on Fraser Island – what to do and where to go

Spending just 48 hours on Fraser Island, Australia, doesn’t seem like enough time – and of course you could spend much longer there – but a 2-day trip is still enough to get a feeling of what the world’s largest sand island has to offer and go home very happy.

Mr and Mrs Romance - 48 hours on Fraser Island

It’s great to be back on Fraser Island. For me this was to be my third time to Fraser and for Mrs Romance her second. When we were there before, we went with a group of backpackers in a rental 4×4.

Since we last visited, the self-drive option that a lot of backpackers took up has been abolished. Gone are the days of squeezing up to a dozen 20 year-olds into the back of an over-loaded Land Cruiser.

And that’s a good thing.

There’s much less traffic on the island, there are fewer incidents (there were a number of fatal accidents involving self-drive backpacker camping trips until the ban), and therefore a much nicer experience for those now visiting this incredible place.

But with an area over 123km long and 23km at it’s widest point, what’s the best way to get a comprehensive overview of Fraser Island in just 48 hours?

How to make the most of 48 hours on Fraser Island

Mr and Mrs Romance - travel guide - 48 hours on Fraser Island

Where to stay

Camping is still a popular way to spend the night on Fraser, and it is a unique experience, but even better is the experience of lying on a soft bed in a room with fly screens and air con.

Kingfisher Bay Resort

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The largest, most established hotel on the island, Kingfisher Bay Resort is just down the road from Kingfisher Bay and the ferry terminal.

It’s an early example of an eco resort, so it’s been designed to be as low-impact as possible, but it’s still very comfortable with all the mod cons you’d expect from a 4-star resort.

The rooms are very large and are more like chalets – each with its own balcony.

What to do

There are a hundred and one things to do on this magnificent island. Here’s a quick run-down of what we did.

Sunset over Kingfisher Bay

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to do on Fraser Island - Kingfisher Bay sunsets

There’s a short boardwalk from the resort to the beach. People set up picnics on the sand to watch the sun go down. Alternatively, pull up a seat at the little bar on the jetty.

Segway ride

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to do on Fraser Island - Kingfisher Bay segway rides

If you have a spare 30 minutes and $75, have a go on the Segways on Kingfisher Bay beach. Book them at the bar on the jetty. You can only go about 500m up the beach and back, but they’re great fun.

I managed to fall off mine and break it, and dragging it the full length of the beach wasn’t fun at all, but then – as Mrs Romance reminded me – I was ‘skylarking around’.

Bush tucker school

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In the resort, the head chef of the Seabelle restaurant delivers a class on all different native Australian food. You get to taste some of these special ingredients, most of which are found locally in the area.

4×4 bus tour of the island

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Mr and Mrs Romance - What to do on Fraser Island - 4x4 tours rainforest walk
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It’s funny, when Mrs Romance and I were here last, we looked down our noses at these buses on their giant wheels. Pah! Who’d want to do that?

I would! Thinking about all the accidents and really how uncomfortable it was in the back of those Land Cruisers, it’s a no-brainer for me now. Being high up in the safety of the bus with a professional driver who can tell you loads of interesting things about the island… and there’s no stress about being late, where to find food, where to camp… no. I’ll take the bus, thanks.

Our driver was excellent and the Beauty Spots tour, which goes for about 6 hours, shows you the best sights. There’s a second tour to Indian Head and Champagne Pools you can do the next day, or create your own personalised tour.

The bus tour also includes a great bushwalk through the rainforest in the middle of the island, which we’d highly recommend.

Scenic flight

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If we had to pick a highlight of the trip, it’d have to be the flight over Fraser Island. It’s the only place in the southern hemisphere (with only one other in the world) where you can take off and land a commercial plane on the beach.

The flight lasts for about 15 minutes and is $75 – the same price as the Segway. So if you only have $75 to spare, save it for the flight. It’s a little, family-run company, and it’s definitely an experience not to miss out on.

Where to eat

If you take the 4×4 bus tour, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is all included, so it’s only really breakfast and dinner to worry about on your 48-hour trip.

For breakfast, go for the buffet at the Kingfisher Resort. It’s pretty good actually.

Seabelle Restaurant

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to do on Fraser Island - Seabelle restaurant

Go for dinner in the Kingfisher Bay Resort’s restaurant Seabelle. Most of the things in the bush tucker class are used in the Seabelle’s menu. As there were four of us at dinner, we tried a range of different things on offer. I’ve got to say, by dessert we’d all almost given up. We were stuffed – and very pleasantly so!

Where to stay and where to eat in Hervey Bay

Back on the mainland, there are many options available in Hervey Bay at many different budget levels.

Best Western Quarterdecks Retreat

Where to stay in Fraser - Best Western Quarterdeck Hervey Bay

The Best Western Quarterdecks is close enough to the marina to walk to and is a bit like a little village, and some people do seem to live there permamently.

Our ‘room’ was enormous. It was a 3-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom split-level apartment, perfect for three couples or a large family. It even had a media room on the top floor and a full laundry next to the kitchen.

We talked about getting a few friends together and staying in a place like this for a week. It would be perfect.

There are some amazing rates online – especially if you’re sharing with a group of people.

Bistro Aubergine

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to do in Hervey Bay - Bistro Aubergine

We had dinner in Bistro Aubergine, which is right on the marina about 10 minutes’ walk away, and has a great menu.

Café Balaena

Next door to Aubergine is Café Balaena, which can knock up a pretty good breakfast and the coffee’s not too bad either.

Boats to go whale watching leave from the marina too, so you’re in the perfect spot to do that. Humpback Whale watching is something we’ll never forget doing – here’s our write-up on our experience aboard the Freedom III.

Mr and Mrs Romance - Whale watching - Hervey Bay Fraser Island

Mr and Mrs Romance - What to do on Fraser Island

The Fraser Coast really is a must-see area of Australia. The history and natural beauty here is fascinating. We’d love to come back again and explore more of the area, and we think you should too!

Have you been to Fraser Island? Would you go on a scenic flight in a small plane? What are your thoughts on dingos? Tell us in the comments!

Images by Mrs Romance. We travelled as guests of Tourism and Events Queensland.

14 Comments

  • Reply September 26, 2014

    Nick Deane

    Looks like you both had an amazing time at Fraser Island. I’ll have to try the segway ride around the beach and some of the delicious local foods. Thanks for the share!
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    • Reply September 26, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Fraser Island’s amazing, Nick. Such a unique place.
      Definitely have a go on a segway – though I’d recommend doing it somewhere away from friends, family, in fact anyone who might know you now or in the future; you feel like a bit of a fool at first. But it’s a lot of fun!
      Cheers
      Jim

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  • Reply October 1, 2014

    Swah

    You guys looks like you had an incredible time! The segway ride and bush tucker school looked particularly fun, whilst the scenic flight a little terrifying 🙂
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    • Reply October 1, 2014

      Mr Romance

      It was amazing, Sarah. Loved the segway thing – so random – and the bush tucker school was really interesting. It’s interesting that both Mrs R and Alexx had a fear of small planes but they were fine going up on the scenic flight. You guys had a pretty good time out whale watching while we were out among the dingos!
      Jx

  • Reply October 6, 2014

    Talia

    Oh wow, so much great stuff! I would love to do that bush tucker school! So many great things to do! A trip to Hervey Bay & Fraser is definitely going to have to happen in my near future!
    And thanks for linking up with Wanderlust guys!! Love your blog, and I hope you’ll link up again next month. 🙂
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    • Reply October 6, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Fraser really is lovely, Talia. Well worth a visit. We could’ve spent a lot longer up there than just two days, that’s for sure!
      See you next month!
      Jx

  • Reply October 6, 2014

    Serena Star Leonard

    Cool post! I haven’t made it up to Fraser Island yet but it is definitely on the list! Especially as it is getting cold in Ireland haha! The bush tucker food thing looked so interesting and I would normally give the flight a miss, but your photos look beautiful!
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    • Reply October 8, 2014

      Mr Romance

      Hi Serena! Fraser’s excellent – well worth a trip. The bush tucker’s great – we were really surprised how tasty everything was! And that scenic flight was bloody awesome. Well worth the money… and Mrs R’s initial terror of course!
      Jx

  • Reply October 13, 2014

    Bele @ BlahBlah

    Lordy this looks amazing. I can’t believe I haven’t been yet. I think I’m slightly cursed because I tried to go a couple of times and haven’t been able to for one reason or another, but you’ve inspired me to give it another try x

    • Reply October 16, 2014

      Mr Romance

      No way, Bele!! You’ve got to give it one more go. Such a cool place. Your boys would absolutely love it too. So much to do and see. Such a beautiful place.
      Jxx

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