K'gari (formerly Fraser Island) - A natural phenomena
Inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list in 1992, the island was recognised for its natural values, ongoing ecological and biological processes, and as an example of superlative natural phenomena. This pristine environment is characterised by ancient dune systems, over 100 freshwater lakes and rainforests growing from the sand.
Only 3.5 hours' drive north of Brisbane, travellers are escaping to this protected paradise to explore the diverse landscapes and great outdoor experiences on offer... an unforgettable Australian adventure awaits.
The ever-changing landscapes of K'gari (formerly Fraser Island) are home to a varied range of flora and fauna, creating a wildlife-spotting utopia by land, air and sea. Visitors seek to witness an array of wild inhabitants, most notably, Wongari - the island's most famous residents, and the purest strain of dingoes in Australia.
A myriad of coastal and migratory bird species soar through the skies, while the rhythmic ribbits of acid frogs echo through the wetlands and armies of soldier crabs scuttle along the shore. Sea turtles, stingrays and the elusive dugong glide through the waters of the Great Sandy Strait, joined by the humpback whales from August until October. A true wonderland, to say the least.
Great Sandy Biosphere
Awarded Biosphere Reserve status in 2009, this places the Great Sandy Region in the same class as the Galapagos Islands, Central Amazon, the Everglades and Uluru. The area consists of a series of small islands, and a mosaic of habitats including seagrass meadows, sandflats, mangroves, coral reefs and rocky shores, creating the perfect environment for numerous species of marine life. Experience these pristine landscapes aboard a Sea Explorer cruise, from Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Whale Heritage Site
K'gari (formerly Fraser Island) resides within the Fraser Coast region, which for years has been regarded as one of Australia's most coveted whale-watching locations. Recognised in 2019 for its responsible and sustainable practices, Hervey Bay was crowned the world's first Whale Heritage Site!
Annually between the months of August to October, Platypus Bay, off the western coast of Fraser, is the playground for thousands of humpback whales, on their annual migration from the Antarctic. These calm, sheltered waters offer a safe haven for the whales to rest, play, and nurture their young - using this sanctuary to teach their calves important life skills before they begin their journey south once more.
Prepare for a heart-stopping phenomenon and a wildlife display that will rival anything you’ve witnessed before. As the only known landmass that breaks a whale’s migratory journey, thousands of these majestic creatures travel up Fraser Island’s east coast, before venturing down into the bay.
As the whale-watching boat heads out onto the water, guests are advised to be on the lookout for sprays from blowholes, tail slaps or breaches off into the distance. Before long, keen eyes will no doubt spot a pec fin waving, or a majestic deep dive, signifying that a pod is nearby.
Naturally inquisitive creatures, the whales also love to people-watch, just as much as travellers love to marvel at these gentle giants. Claps, whistles and waving often pique the humpback’s curiosity, and may see them approach the boats, also known as ‘mugging’. Better yet, bear witness to a breathtaking, 40-tonne aerial demonstration as these oceanic giants surge from beneath the waters’ surface, making an almighty splash.