February 26, 2016

10 reasons to spend a weekend on Fraser Island

As the clock creeps towards knock off time on a Friday afternoon, your thoughts starts to float towards the weekend. That glorious 48 hours to fill with anything you want to do. You can go anywhere and do anything- catch up with friends, try a new restaurant or see a movie... but a lot ofthe time our weekends get filled with things we should do (like cleaning or washing or ironing) instead of what we could do. So,if you need a few reasons you should spend a weekend on Fraser Island here's a few to get you started... 

1. Fine dining

If your weekend 'to do' list usually includes dining at a new restaurant, experiencing new taste sensations or visiting the local farmers' market to discover local produce- you can do all that and more at the award-winning Seabelle Restaurant at Kingfisher Bay Resort. 

The chefs at Seabelle deliver sophisticated cuisine with a bush tucker twist and have crafted a sensational menu that features Hervey Bay scallops, kangaroo and even crocodile.  They also use native ingredients, some of which grow on the island, to season and add a Fraser flavour to traditional dishes such as salt with pepperberry calamari and lemon myrtle tart. 


2. Chefs offer up tasty tips 
Chefs also regularly team up with the resort's rangers for Bush Tucker Talk and Taste presentations. These sessions allow guests to sample the unique flavours of native Australian bush tucker while rangers explain their ecological origins and historical uses and chefs demonstrate how the flavours are used in the Seabelle kitchen. 

3. Fishing 
 There aren't too many fishing spots in the world that can cater to almost all conditions, but Fraser Island comes pretty close. 
The protected waters on the western side of Fraser Island are a great place to throw in a line off the jetty and catch the odd bream while the eastern side lures keen anglers in from far and wide with some of the best beach fishing conditions in the world. 



4. Crystal clear lakes
It's fair to say that in Queensland we are spoilt with some of the best weather AND the best beaches
Before we wave goodbye to another glorious summer, there's still plenty of time to soak up some sun, take a walk along the gorgeous white sand beaches and take a dip in the crystal clear water of the freshwater lakes on Fraser Island- there really is nowhere like it in the world. 




5. Exploring 4WD style
If your idea of a great weekend involves getting outdoors, taking a break from the daily grind and trying your hand at something new- Fraser Island is your ideal weekend getaway destination. If you have a four-wheel-drive, a decent map and a sense of adventure there are more than 1500 kilometres of off-road tracks all over the island and plenty of incredible spots to explore. If you don't own a 4WD you don't have to miss out, you can book a guided island tour or hire one for the weekend



6. 75 Miles of Beach
Easily Queensland’s best “highway” Fraser Island’s Seventy-Five Mile Beach is gaining a well-earned reputation as a must-visit destination with plenty of attractions to stop and enjoy along the way. Home to the iconic Maheno Shipwreck and the incredible Pinnacles Coloured Sands, the beach is also one of Australia’s few beach airstrips.



7. Pristine rainforest
The rainforests on Fraser Island are unlike any you will see anywhere else in the world- it is one of the only places on the planet where trees grow out of sand at an elevation of 200 metres.Two of Fraser Island's unique features are its biodiversity and its ability to sustain an incredible array of vegetation in sand.This is one of the reasons Fraser Island was recognised by UNESCO alongside the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru as one of Queensland's five World Heritage-listed areas. 

8. Incredible sunsets 
We all want time to move just a little slower on the weekends and when you're sitting on the Jetty or on the beach at Kingfisher Bay Resort with a cold drink in your hand and the sun starts to set you can almost feel time slow down a gear- it's one of the few places on Australia's East coast where you can sit and watch the sunset over the ocean. 
Relaxing with a few mates, or taking in the view with that special someone, is the perfect way to finish the day on Fraser Island. 


9. Nightlife  
When the sun goes down the show is only just beginning- it might sound like a cliche but there really is something magical about gazing at the night sky and seeing millions of stars. If you're bringing the kids for the weekend, the Kingfisher Bay Resort's Junior Eco Rangers program includes an awesome range of night activities including stargazing, night walks and campfire stories.  



10. Wildlife
Fraser Island is home to thousands of species of animals and marine life including turtles, dugong, possums and - of course- the iconic Fraser Island dingo. Each year an estimated 10,000 whales also take time out of their migration along Australia's Eastern coastline to wallow in the warm, protected waters off Fraser Island. These giants of the ocean arrive in August each year providing the ultimate in Australian wildlife encounters. 

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