K'gari, Queensland © Tourism and Events Queensland
Guide to K’gari
- Getting to K'gari
- When to visit
Go wild on the world’s largest sand island; it’s a trip you’ll never stop cherishing.
An island made entirely of sand, World Heritage-listed K’gari (formerly Fraser Island) offers surprises at every turn. Within minutes of landing on K’gari, you’ll feel its magic. Drive on wide-open beaches with the wind in your hair, marvel at shifting sand blows, swim in iridescent waters and witness playful marine life just metres from shore. Complete with a blend of holiday resorts and wilderness camping, there’s an adventure for everyone on K’gari.
Formerly known as Fraser Island, the area was reverted back to its traditional name in the language of the local Butchulla peoples, K’gari . The name is derived from an Aboriginal Dreaming story about a goddess named K'gari who fell in love with the earth and never wanted to leave.
- Traditional name: K’gari (pronounced 'GAH-ree', 'GUR-rie' or 'Gurri')
- Indigenous Peoples: Butchulla people
- Traditional languages: Butchulla/Badjala language
- How to say g’day in Butchulla: Galangoor D’Buthbee
Because there’s no bridge that connects K’gari with the mainland, you’ll need to take a ferry or scenic flight from either Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach.
- Ferries depart from River Heads (20 minutes south of Hervey Bay) and Inskip Point (just north of Rainbow Beach), and carry both passengers and 4WD vehicles
- Ferry services only take about 30 minutes depending on your departure and arrival locations
- Air Fraser Island operate daily flights to K’gari from Hervey Bay Airport and Sunshine Coast Airport
It’s important to note that only 4WD vehicles are allowed on K’gari. You can hire one, or book a tour and let someone else do the driving.
Due to its proximity to the Tropic of Capricorn, the temperature on K’gari is balmy year round. The summer months see the most rain, so be sure to bring a lightweight raincoat if you’re travelling during this time.
K’gari is a wildlife playground, offering whale watching during the winter months and dingo pups between June and November (always keep your distance!).
- High season: Spring (September to November)
- Low season: Winter (June to August)
- Don’t miss: The annual whale migration (late June to early September)
Formerly known as Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island is now officially named K'gari.
K'gari is the island's traditional name in the language of the local Butchulla peoples. The recent change to the island's name reflects the depth of culture and history that, paired with unparalleled natural beauty and wildlife, make any visit to K'gari a truly unmissable experience.
Watch the video to learn more about the name K'gari.