Fraser Island

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, containing a diverse range of features that are of exceptional natural beauty. We all know that you can 4wd it, but did you know that there are over 96kms of walking trails!

Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at is widest point. It is an heritage-listed island located along the southeastern coast in the Wide Bay-Burnett region, Queensland. The freshwater lakes on Fraser Island are some of the cleanest lakes in the world. The turquoise waters surrounding the island contain an abundance of sea life and depending on the time of year you may be able to see the Whales as they make there way down our beautiful coast.

Price: $1660.00 per person (Twin Share)

Duration: 4 Nights/ 5 Days

Trek Ratings: Activity 2&3 / Conditions 3 / Accommodation 3 / Training/Preparation 4

Best Season: April – October

Country Visited: Australia

Trip Start: Hervey Bay

Trip Ends: Hervey Bay

Trip Route: Hervey Bay – Fraser island – Hervey Bay

Trip Style: Guided Trekking, pack free, Camp supported

Activity: Trekking

Activity Per Day: Approximately 6-7 hr walking

Day 01 Arrival into Hervey Bay
Day 02 Ferry to Fraser Island – Trek 13.5kms to Camp 1
Day 03 Fraser Island – Trek 14.1 kms to Camp 2
Day 04 Fraser Island – Trek 15.1 kms, then Ferry return to Hervey Bay
Day 05 Depart Hervey Bay for home

Day 01 ARRIVAL INTO HERVEY BAY
Arrive at leisure today and check into your hotel.

There are many things to do in Hervey Bay such as Whale watching (seasonal), walking along the esplanade, Wetside Water park, Turtle Discover tours, Art Galleries. The day is yours to spend as you like. About 5.00pm we will gather in the bar of our hotel to discuss the next days departure and how the trek will unfold.

Overnight at Hotel

No meals included

Day 02 Ferry to Fraser island – Trek 13.5kms
Start your adventure with an experience of a lifetime, be privately transferred in a 4WD to the Fraser island Great Walk trail head at Dilli Village, the access point to begin the hike. Before departure hikers are able to leave their overnight bags with the support guide to be dropped at the first nights camp later in the day. This lets hikers carry day packs with necessities, such as water, snacks and rain jackets. Begin the first 6.3km hike through spectacular forest to Lake Boomanjin. Once arrived enjoy the lake and eat your packed lunch. After lunch continue hiking another 7.2km to Lake Benaroon where the support guide welcomes you with cheese board, cold beer and wine, camp set up and dinner prepared.

Overnight at Campsite
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 03 Trek to Camp 2 – 14.1 kms
Wake up to the peaceful serenity of the bush, enjoy a light breakfast and morning swim in the lake before embarking on the second day of the hike. In the morning you will hike 7.5km, via Lake Birrabeen to Central Station, where a cooked lunch will be provided, by the support guide. After lunch you will then hike 6.6km to Lake McKenzie, via Basin Lake. Once you’ve reached Lake McKenzie your support guide will welcome you with your camp set up, enjoy a peaceful afternoon swim and watch the sunset. Sip on a cool beer or glass of wine, while you enjoy your per dinner nibbles. Your guide will have your meal ready prepared to cook up and enjoy under the stars around the camp table.

Overnight at Campsite
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included

Day 04 Lake Mckenzie to Jetty hut – 15.1km. Return to Hervey Bay

Early morning sunrise on the beautiful famous Lake McKenzie and start the morning with a fresh swim and quick breakfast before beginning the last day of hiking. Your support guide will meet you before setting off on the 12km hike to Lake Wabby, where you can enjoy a bush picnic lunch at the Lake Wabby lookout, before descending down to the sand dune and the sparkling emerald lake. Take a relaxing swim in Lake Wabby and enjoy before taking a short walk 2km out the the Eastern Beach of Fraser Island where the 4WD transfer awaits. The 4WD will take you back to the Kingfisher Barge landing where you will be able to enjoy an afternoon drink at the Jetty Hut before boarding the barge at 5pm to return to Hervey Bay! On our return we will join up for dinner (own cost) and celebrate our fabulous days hiking on Fraser Island.

Overnight at Hervey Bay Hotel
Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05 – Depart Hervey Bay for home.
Make your way to the Airport. (transfers not included)

Sept 18 – 22, 2020 – Sold Out

Sept 25 – 29, 2020

Oct 9 – 13, 2020

Oct 23 – 27, 2020

Minimum numbers of 4 required, please contact us for more details or if you have a private group

Cost Includes

5 Day fully escorted tour
All transfers to and from the Island
Hervey Bay Accommodation – Hotel ( 2 nights per and post trek)
Trek – Accommodation in semi-permanent campsites – set up for you each night
Meals as indicated – includes a pre dinner drink and nibbles on arrival into camp each night.
Detailed Risk Management Plan
Public Liability Insurance

Cost Does not Include

International and Australian domestic flights
Airport transfers
Travel insurance
All items of a personal nature, including trekking equipment
Meals other than those specified on itinerary
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on ‘Price Includes’ section.

Recommended Equipment

Trekking

 Jacket, breathable with hood
 Soft Jacket, fleece or soft-shell
 Long Sleeve Shirt
 Short Sleeve Shirt
 Hiking Pants (convertible to shorts recommended)
 Fleece Pants
 Shorts
Skins (optional)
Underwear, briefs (moisture-wicking fabric recommended)
Gaiters or Spats (optional)
Bathers
Afternoon / Evening Clothes
 One lightweight set of non-walking clothes. These are the clothes you will change into after the days walk.  We recommend a short sleeve shirt and second pair of shorts – you will generally arrive at your day’s destination early afternoon when it is still warm.
 Polar Fleece or one warm woolen jumper (not too bulky) and long pants. These are to protect against mosquitoes at dusk, and cold at night.

Headwear

 1 – Brimmed Hat, for sun protection, Sunglasses
 1 – Bandana (optional)

Footwear

 1 – Hiking Boots/walking shoes with spare laces
 1 – Gym Shoes/sandals/thongs, to wear at camp (optional)
 3 – Socks, comfortable

Accessories

 Camel pack / Water bladder. This is mandatory as it is critical that you maintain hydration at all times.
 Water bottles for spare capacity and to mix up supplements. We recommend total water capacity to be around 2 – 3 litres
 Backpack Cover, waterproof (optional)
 Poncho, during rainy season (optional)
 Towel, lightweight, quick-dry (optional)
 Plastic Bags, various sizes, to keep gear dry and separate

Sleeping

 A sleeping bag is provided.
 A silk or cotton liner or light sheet (for hot coastal conditions)

A sleeping mat is provided.
 A Small pillow and slip is provided.

Twin share tent is provided

 

Equipment
 Trekking Poles (optional)
 Head lamp, with extra batteries
 Daypack, for you to carry your personal gear while trekking

Soft bag ( sports type bag) for your overnight gear to be transferred in from camp to camp. NO SUITCASES

Other

 Toiletries
 Prescriptions and basic first aid kit for blisters, bites etc.
 Sunscreen
 Lip Balm
 Hand Sanitiser, Insect Reppellent
 Toilet Paper – Long drop toilets, NO running water or showers
 Snacks, light-weight, high calorie, high energy (optional) we provide snacks and biscuits.
 Camera, with extra batteries (optional)

Portable power pack as no access to electricity on the island

What level of fitness do I require?

Your experience is directly related to your level of fitness!!  It is very important to prepare yourself for the challenge ahead.  We have a recommended training schedule on our website, this is a guide only.

Please contact us for information on training walks in Melbourne, Adelaide and Cairns.

Fatigue, overheating and dehydration are conditions that you need to avoid and be aware of on the trek. Lots of fluid with re‐hydration formulas such as Gastrolyte will help. You must train in the clothes that you intend to wear whilst trekking! It is also very important to make sure that you have good walking boots.

Good footwear is important for a successful trek. Prior preparation is the key to a successful trek.

Getaway Trekking reserves the right to refuse participation or retire any trekker/s if they are deemed to be unfit or unprepared to complete the journey.

What should I wear on the plane?

Wear appropriate clothing; if you are travelling from a cold environment carry a lightweight set in your hand luggage that you can change into when you arrive.

Can I stay a little longer?

Getaway Trekking includes in your trek price pre and post trek accommodation in Hervey Bay. If you require extra nights’ accommodation please let us know and we can book this for you.

Do I need travel insurance for this trek?

Domestic Travel Insurance is a policy that provides cover for travel to Australian states, territories and islands within its maritime borders. It can provide cover for cancellation due to illness or injury, lost, stolen or damaged luggage, cancelled flights, rental vehicle insurance excess, personal liability and other unexpected circumstances.

Insurance does NOT cover any medical expenses when you are travelling within Australia. When you are in Australia, any medical costs would need to be covered by Medicare, your private health insurance or out of your own pocket.

It is actually legislated by the Australian Government that travel insurance companies are unable to provide cover for medical expenses within Australia for Australian residents and citizens, who are eligible for Australian Medicare. The intention is for any medical costs to remain under Medicare or Private Health.

Please note that ambulance services are state run services and Medicare does not necessarily cover you for ambulance trips.

Whilst a domestic travel insurance policy does not provide cover for medical expenses, it can provide cover for Cancellation due to a medical situation

What is the accommodation like?

We stay in semi permanent campsites that are set up for us each night.  The campsites do not have toilets or showers.

When is the trek briefing?

Your Trek Leader will run a briefing at your hotel the night before your trek. This informative session is designed to let you know of departure times, changes, ask questions etc. It also allows you to get acquainted with the rest of the group if you’re not already.

Do I need money on the trek?

You are in a remote area where there is no opportunity to purchase any goods.

Are there Communications on the trek?

We carry a satellite phone on our treks.  The purpose of the satellite phone is for emergency use only. It is used to ring in to the office with updates, GPS position or used in an emergency.

As there is no electricity along the trek we cannot charge the battery.  The Trek Leader may only switch the phone on a couple of times a day (to save the battery).  The battery is fully charged before the trek starts.

The satellite phone is not to be used by our trekkers for personal use.

If a trekker wants to keep in touch with family or work whilst they are trekking they need to bring their own satellite phone.

Standard Mobile phone coverage is weak and may not be available during high wind or bad weather.

How can I be contacted if there is an emergency at home?

If an emergency requires your attention the following procedures should be followed. It must be understood that communications in these areas is not guaranteed due to weather and other environmental conditions.

  1. Your family member contacts our office (who will assess if it is a genuine emergency; a sick cat would not fit this criteria!) The sat phone is required for “on track” emergencies and battery life is limited.
  2. Our office will text a message to the satellite phone; when the trek leader initialises the phone at 6.00pm each night, he / she will receive the message and immediately contact the office for instructions.

What happens with food?

Food and Menu

Produce
The best quality fresh produce and ingredients are sourced locally in season. We take care to provide healthy meals for our walkers and cater for many dietary needs upon request. Delicious hearty meals and snacks provide you with all the energy required to sustain you on your walking adventure. We take care when selecting meals to ensure that a healthy meal is available to walkers!
Menu
We offer a range of menu options for breakfast, lunch and dinner which may differ depending on the hike length. These could include:

  • Breakfast; Banana bread, yogurt (v – coconut yogurt), fresh fruit, muesli, porridge or Australian Bush food cereal, milk (dairy, soy, almond on demand) and a selection of teas, coffee and juice.
  • Morning tea (on the trail); A selection of trail mix, fresh fruit, energy snacks, coconut water
  • Lunch (pre-packed); A mix of sandwiches, wraps or burgers with a mix of high protein options (meat/ falafel etc.) fresh salad and condiments.
  • Afternoon tea (at camp); Cheese, crackers, dip, fruit platter, assorted drinks.
  • Dinner; A high protein and carb dish, such as a pasta dish (pesto chicken and/ or mushroom) or curry with rice (massaman curry, beef or tofu). Complimentary glass of wine (red/ white) or beer.

Vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and other dietary options available (please ask in advance). Please not this is a guide only and menu items may change or be temporarily unavailable. 

Should I take electrolytes and how much water is enough?

You will need to carry a minimum of 2 litres of water on you. It is essential you hydrate in this environment. Your Trek Leader will advise the best places to fill up your water. It is essential that you take electrolytes/Gastrolyte/Hydrolyte etc with you.

Dehydration can become a major issue in all hot environments.  It is very important to keep drinking fluids on the trek. Because of the higher level of activity, temperature and humidity you will tend to sweat more. With the increased fluid intake and sweating you also tend to flush out of your system essential minerals, salts etc. This is why it is important to use electrolytes, salt replacements and Glucose type products. Water will be available to refill bladders/bottles in camp each day. Water purifying tablets can be taken as a precaution. With the different environments, conditions, food and water, upset stomachs, vomiting and diarrhea can occur. Please ensure you bring adequate medication as per our personnel first aid kit.

Are there opportunities for me to shower?

The campsites do not have showers.

Are we supported on this trek?

Throughout this trek we will be fully supported by a support vehicle. This vehicle will take all your luggage from one overnight stay to the next so all we need to carry is our day pack.