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Fraser Island (K’gari) for family holidays

When it comes to accommodation offerings, K’gari has options for both remote camping aficionados and those who enjoy the finer things in life

The world’s largest sand island, World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island) offers surprises at every turn and when it comes to accommodation offerings it has options for both remote camping aficionados and those who enjoy the finer things in life. However, for families, the presence of dingoes poses an additional challenge.

The magic of K’gari is evident from the moment you arrive on the island. From shifting sand blows, crystal clear waters, and the local dingos (Wongari), K’gari is unlike any other place on earth.

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Fraser Island is well known for its population of wild dingoes, which are a protected species in Australia. While they generally avoid humans, in recent years there have been some instances of dingo attacks on the Island.

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To reduce the risk of dingo attacks on Fraser Island, Queensland Parks recommends that children aged under 16 years not be left alone while on K’gari and choose to stay in areas with dingo deterrent fencing.

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AccomNews takes a look at the best accommodation options for families looking at the best ways to experience the magic of this World Heritage-listed island. 

Kingfisher Bay Resort

Kingfisher Bay Resort was put on the global stage in 2018 when Harry and Meghan stayed there during their whirlwind trip to K’gari.

This eco-resort has dingo-proof fencing and boasts amenities including four swimming pools, a massage and beauty centre, and a prime position right on the water’s edge.

The food on offer at Kingfisher Bay Resort is another highlight, with a “rainforest to plate” concept on offer. Foodies are bound to be keen to sample the Indigenous ingredients and bush tucker that take pride of place on the menu. 

Cathedrals on Fraser

Cathedrals on Fraser not only provides a dingo-free space to rest your head at night. From family cabins to permanent tents and unpowered campsites- there is a range of accommodation options to suit all.

Cathedrals on Fraser also boasts one of the only shops on the island, as well as a cafe serving hot food and coffee. 

And don’t fret, those unwilling to go without their creature comforts can also find hot showers at Cathedrals on Fraser.

K’gari Beach Resort

K’gari Beach Resort (formally Eurong Beach Resort) has a range of accommodations to suit every budget, as well as a number of restaurants on site.

Located close to tourists hot spots like Lake McKenzie and the Pile Valley rainforest, K’gari Beach Resort provides a comfortable haven to rest and relax after a day of adventures. 

And for those hot days in the Queensland sun, K’gari Beach Resort has an epic lagoon swimming pool for the whole family to enjoy.

Photo by Frankie Dixon on Unsplash

Here are some additional tips to enjoy a safe family holiday on K’gari:

Plan ahead:

Make sure to research the island and plan your itinerary before you go. Familiarise yourself with the roads, trails, and conditions on the island, and make sure you have a map and adequate supplies.

Drive carefully:

If you plan to drive on the island, make sure you are familiar with 4WD driving and the conditions on the island. Always wear your seatbelt, drive at a safe speed, and avoid driving on the beach at high tide.

Stay in designated areas:

There are designated camping and picnic areas on the island, and it’s important to stay within these areas. This will help you avoid potentially dangerous wildlife and protect the fragile ecosystem.

Be aware of wildlife:

Fraser Island is home to a variety of wildlife, including dingoes, snakes, and spiders. Keep a safe distance from these animals, and never feed or approach them.

Stay hydrated:

The climate can be hot and humid, so it’s important to stay hydrated. Bring plenty of water with you, and drink regularly throughout the day.

Be prepared for emergencies:

Make sure you have a first aid kit, a fully charged phone, and a plan in case of emergency. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.

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