Fraser Island Beaches
Queensland's Fraser Island is a favourite for many adventure travellers. The world's largest sand island, Fraser is simply bursting with natural attractions. From amazing wildlife to shimmering creeks to four-wheel drive adventures, Fraser Island has it all. Fraser Island has over 120 kilometres of ocean beaches but due to extra strong rips and sharks, not all of it is safe for swimming. However, Fraser's beaches are still a highlight thanks to the unique natural attractions they house, including coloured sand formations and diverse marine life.
Cathedral Beach is Fraser's eastern beach, located 10 kilometres north of Happy Valley. It is home to Fraser's famous shipwreck called the Maheno. Before it met its fate during a cyclone, the Maheno was a trans-Tasman liner on its way to a wrecking yard in Japan!
Indian Head is best described as a natural aquarium. From here you can watch tiger sharks, stingrays, manta rays dolphins and fish swimming in the crystal clear water at the base of the cliffs. Needless to say, swimming in the water here is unsafe, but watching these creatures from above on the rocky outcrop is amazing. The Champagne Pools, close to Indian Head, are also worth a look. Named after the effect of the foaming sea, which overflows and bubbles at high tide, the area is partially shielded from the ocean by volcanic rock. Swimming is safe from here.
If you want to enjoy a light aircraft ride over Fraser Island, then head to 75 mile beach. The beach is the island's runway and planes regularly depart from here. It's also Fraser's main four wheel drive highway, so it's not the spot to sit and sunbake. The largest sand island in the world, Fraser Island is 160 kilometres long and 22 kilometres at its widest point. The highest sand dune on Fraser Island reaches up 244 metres, but most are about 100 - 200 metres above sea level.
Fraser's coloured sand formations are examples of the island's beautiful natural attractions. Found at Rainbow Gorge and the Cathedral, the coloured sands are the result of clay bonding with older sands, creating colourful formations. The yellows, browns and reds come from iron-rich minerals that stain the sands over time. The Pinnacles and Red Canyon are perfect examples of this beautiful natural process.