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Fraser Island Tourism

By Jocelyn Jones @jocelynjones140

Fraser Island TourismFraser Island is basically a heritage-listed island. It is located along southern coast of Queensland in Australia. The island is about 200kms north of Brisbane. Its a locality within Fraser Coast Region. Fraser Island is considered as the largest sand island in the whole world. It is even the largest island of Queensland, the sixth largest island of Australia and the largest island on East Coast of Australia.
There are many mangrove forests, rainforests, sand dunes, eucalyptus woodland, peat swamps and wallum in the island. People have been dwelling here for about more than 5000 years. Long time before but for a short while, the place was known as Great Sandy Island. However, it became popular as Fraser because of the stories of a shipwreck survivor whose name was Eliza Fraser. Today, it is a popular tourist destination with a lot of things to see and do.
There are more than 100 freshwater lakes in Fraser Island and some of them are the cleanest ones in the world. Lake McKenzie is the largest perched lake and is the jewel of the island. It has crystal blue waters & white sands. And Lake Wabby is the deepest one on the island and has the most aquatic life of all lakes. Catfish and freshwater turtles can sometimes be seen swimming here. Indian Head is also a popular tourist spot. Tourists climb to the top of this rocky outcrop and look down into the ocean for spotting turtles, dolphins, rays and sharks. There are other attractions as well like Champagne Pools, Eli Creek, Maheno shipwreck, Coloured Sands, Central Station and Wanggoolba Creek.
Dingoes were also very common once but now they are endangered. The island is now famous for having more than 300 species of birds. There are even 25 species of mammals living here. Humpback whales from Antarctica come to sheltered waters of Platypus Bay with their new calves between July to August. So, this is the best time to see whales. There are many tour operators who operate from Hervey Bay and offer packages to tourists. They offer great Fraser Coast accommodation, whale watching tours and adventure trips on an affordable cost.
Vehicular access to this island is only by ferry; thereafter 4-wheelers for transporting around the island. And for this, there is the option of renting a 4WD vehicle. 
So, what are you waiting for? July to August is the best time to visit this island. Plan a tour and book one of the best Fraser Island Packages Hervey Bay before it gets too late!

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