K'gari (Fraser Island), QLD

 Australia

Immerse yourself in this dazzling gem of an island with sandy beaches and lush rainforest.

Trip duration:
5 days

Challenge duration:
5 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
March to November

Accommodation:
Twin-share in 3-star resort

Hiking K'gari

Discover the world's largest sand island by foot and 4WD at the World Heritage-listed K'gari.

You’ll traverse an incredible variety of landscapes, from white sandy beaches and rock pools to coastal headlands and lush rainforests with some of the world’s largest ferns. At every turn, you will have opportunities to spot wildlife in their natural habitats like dolphins, turtles, goons, bandicoots and more. Your time away on Fraser Island will open your eyes to the wondrous and astonishing treasures of Australian landscape, flora and fauna.

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Take on the challenge of trekking K'gari, the largest sand island in the world
  • Encounter an array of native flora and fauna taking a sensory journey from the sand dunes to the rainforest you won’t be disappointed
  • Explore your own backyard here in Australia
  • Raise vital funds for your chosen cause and make friends with like-minded people when you travel for good

 

Trip notes

Day 1: Depart Brisbane for K'gari

We have an early start this morning, departing Brisbane and heading north along the Cooloola Coast. Along the way we will witness the wonder of Red Gorge and the Cooloola Coloured Sands, before spotting Double Island Point Lighthouse and National Park. We will make a stop at Rainbow Beach for lunch and a quick dip before continuing on to Hervey Bay. From here, we board a 30-minute ferry to K'gari. As we cross the calm but deep waters, keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, sharks and stingrays. Once we’ve arrived to the world’s largest sand island, enjoy a 4WD tour and a relaxing 5km trek through the forest to Lake Wabby. This evening, we settle into our accommodation for the next 4 nights and enjoy our first team dinner together. 

Transfer Time: 4 hours

Trekking Time: 1-2 hours 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Lake Boomanjin & Central Station Rainforest

After breakfast we begin the southern Great Walk to Lake Boomanjin, the world’s largest perched lake. As we pass coastal heath swap and woodlands, keep a look out for kangaroos, goannas, bandicoots and bar shouldered doves. We’ll enjoy morning tea in the forest under the shade of Pink Bloodwood trees and Moreton Bay Ash. We then 4WD to Lake Benaroon and Lake Birrabeen, with their white sandy beaches. We then continue on to Lake Jennings. The cool air of the rainforest awaits over the hills as we pass old logging forest and hoop pine and witness the beauty and unique ecosystem of Central Station Rainforest, where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we continue on to Lake McKenzie. This evening before dinner, you may wish to enjoy a sunset beach walk. 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Eli Creek & Lake Allom

We begin the day by 4WD to our first beach of the day in the early morning, a favourite time to spot dingoes and sea eagles. We make a stop at One Tree Point and Rainbow Gorge to learn about the flora and fauna unique to this area and stories of the early townships on the island. Once we arrive at Eli Creek, the largest and fastest-flowing creek on the east coast, we walk along the creek boardwalk, along the banks of the river and relax in the shade. We continue to the shipwreck of the Maheno, which was beached on K'gari in 1935. Next up, we make our way to Lake Allom. From here, you can often spot freshwater turtles! 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: North K'gari

Today we head further north on the island. We begin at Indian Head, gazing over the beach to the south, the headlands to the north and, if you’re lucky, spot turtles, sharks and rays in the ocean below. From here, we continue along the sand track to the beach and then on to the boardwalk. This boardwalk is situated on top of Middle Rock Headland, with great views of Champagne Pools and Waddy Point. We stop for a swim in the Champagne Pools, before hiking further to Waddy Point. We finish the day at Orchid Beach, before returning to our accommodation for our final night together. 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Govi Creek and return to Brisbane

For our final day, we enjoy a short hike to Govi Creek, nestled between melaleucas and sedges and across a wooden bridge. We travel north to the mouth of the creek and return via the old sand mining track. After this, it is sadly time to return to civilization as we return to the barge and arrive back in Brisbane around 5-7pm. Please do not book flights to depart before 9pm.

Trekking Time: 1-2 hours

Transfer Time: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 1: Depart Brisbane for K'gari

We have an early start this morning, departing Brisbane and heading north along the Cooloola Coast. Along the way we will witness the wonder of Red Gorge and the Cooloola Coloured Sands, before spotting Double Island Point Lighthouse and National Park. We will make a stop at Rainbow Beach for lunch and a quick dip before continuing on to Hervey Bay. From here, we board a 30-minute ferry to K'gari. As we cross the calm but deep waters, keep an eye out for dolphins, turtles, sharks and stingrays. Once we’ve arrived to the world’s largest sand island, enjoy a 4WD tour and a relaxing 5km trek through the forest to Lake Wabby. This evening, we settle into our accommodation for the next 4 nights and enjoy our first team dinner together. 

Transfer Time: 4 hours

Trekking Time: 1-2 hours 

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Lake Boomanjin & Central Station Rainforest

After breakfast we begin the southern Great Walk to Lake Boomanjin, the world’s largest perched lake. As we pass coastal heath swap and woodlands, keep a look out for kangaroos, goannas, bandicoots and bar shouldered doves. We’ll enjoy morning tea in the forest under the shade of Pink Bloodwood trees and Moreton Bay Ash. We then 4WD to Lake Benaroon and Lake Birrabeen, with their white sandy beaches. We then continue on to Lake Jennings. The cool air of the rainforest awaits over the hills as we pass old logging forest and hoop pine and witness the beauty and unique ecosystem of Central Station Rainforest, where we stop for lunch. In the afternoon we continue on to Lake McKenzie. This evening before dinner, you may wish to enjoy a sunset beach walk. 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Eli Creek & Lake Allom

We begin the day by 4WD to our first beach of the day in the early morning, a favourite time to spot dingoes and sea eagles. We make a stop at One Tree Point and Rainbow Gorge to learn about the flora and fauna unique to this area and stories of the early townships on the island. Once we arrive at Eli Creek, the largest and fastest-flowing creek on the east coast, we walk along the creek boardwalk, along the banks of the river and relax in the shade. We continue to the shipwreck of the Maheno, which was beached on K'gari in 1935. Next up, we make our way to Lake Allom. From here, you can often spot freshwater turtles! 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: North K'gari

Today we head further north on the island. We begin at Indian Head, gazing over the beach to the south, the headlands to the north and, if you’re lucky, spot turtles, sharks and rays in the ocean below. From here, we continue along the sand track to the beach and then on to the boardwalk. This boardwalk is situated on top of Middle Rock Headland, with great views of Champagne Pools and Waddy Point. We stop for a swim in the Champagne Pools, before hiking further to Waddy Point. We finish the day at Orchid Beach, before returning to our accommodation for our final night together. 

Trekking Time: 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Govi Creek and return to Brisbane

For our final day, we enjoy a short hike to Govi Creek, nestled between melaleucas and sedges and across a wooden bridge. We travel north to the mouth of the creek and return via the old sand mining track. After this, it is sadly time to return to civilization as we return to the barge and arrive back in Brisbane around 5-7pm. Please do not book flights to depart before 9pm.

Trekking Time: 1-2 hours

Transfer Time: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The K'gari trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 5-6 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is at a 3-star beach resort based on twin share. The resort has a variety of facilities such as swimming pools, a restaurant, bakery, general store, bottle shop, tennis courts, a BBQ area as well as fully equipped guest laundry facilities. The resort is dingo-fenced.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental and includes toast, cereal, tea, coffee & juice. You can expect cold meat & salad rolls/wraps, cold drinks, fruit, muesli bars & biscuits for lunch. Dinner is served at the resort restaurant and options include burgers, salads, fish & chips, etc.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

Located in southern Queensland, K'gari attracts maritime subtropical weather which means that for almost every day of the year you will be welcomed by warm and humid weather accompanied by a cool ocean breeze.

In autumn (March to May) average temperatures range between 15 - 25°C, with lower humidity and less rain than in summer. In winter (June to August), the weather is generally dry and mild with temperatures between 11 - 22°C. Early mornings and nights can be crisp, but overnight lows rarely drop below 9°C. The spring climate (September to November) is similar to autumn. Leading into summer, the temperatures begin to rise (as well as the humidity levels). Average temperatures range between 15 - 25°C. Warm, sunny days are tempered by cool sea breezes (it can still get a little cold at night).

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You might not be able to use your phone while out walking – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! Phone and mobile internet reception are available at the resort. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points are available at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-Star resort based on twin share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre & post tour accommodation in Brisbane
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Expenditure of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow approximately AU$100-150 to cover any beverages and meals not included in the trip cost, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. There are no ATMs on Fraser Island, however the resort has EFTPOS facilities.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

Your adventure is ranked a moderate 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are specifically designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The K'gari trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. It is essential that you prepare for this challenge. 

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84 take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure?

We will provide you with basic information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. We recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 5-6 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like?

Accommodation on this adventure is at a 3-star beach resort based on twin share. The resort has a variety of facilities such as swimming pools, a restaurant, bakery, general store, bottle shop, tennis courts, a BBQ area as well as fully equipped guest laundry facilities. The resort is dingo-fenced.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

What to expect

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental and includes toast, cereal, tea, coffee & juice. You can expect cold meat & salad rolls/wraps, cold drinks, fruit, muesli bars & biscuits for lunch. Dinner is served at the resort restaurant and options include burgers, salads, fish & chips, etc.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

What weather can I expect?

Located in southern Queensland, K'gari attracts maritime subtropical weather which means that for almost every day of the year you will be welcomed by warm and humid weather accompanied by a cool ocean breeze.

In autumn (March to May) average temperatures range between 15 - 25°C, with lower humidity and less rain than in summer. In winter (June to August), the weather is generally dry and mild with temperatures between 11 - 22°C. Early mornings and nights can be crisp, but overnight lows rarely drop below 9°C. The spring climate (September to November) is similar to autumn. Leading into summer, the temperatures begin to rise (as well as the humidity levels). Average temperatures range between 15 - 25°C. Warm, sunny days are tempered by cool sea breezes (it can still get a little cold at night).

Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You might not be able to use your phone while out walking – but don’t worry; it’s all part of the experience! Phone and mobile internet reception are available at the resort. 

Will I have access to electricity?

Electricity points are available at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

Costs and payments

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in 3-Star resort based on twin share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Local guides
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Airfares
  • Airport transfers
  • Pre & post tour accommodation in Brisbane
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Expenditure of a personal nature including alcoholic beverages, tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow approximately AU$100-150 to cover any beverages and meals not included in the trip cost, souvenirs, gifts and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. There are no ATMs on Fraser Island, however the resort has EFTPOS facilities.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have travel insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

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Responsible Travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.
Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.
Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral. 
Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.
Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.
Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here

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