Fraser Island – Sailing Paradise
When one thinks of Australian destinations for yacht chartering, the ordinary response offered by the innumerable travel magazines and tourist maps out there is the iconic Whitsundays. However, for those who desire to gibe away from those well-canvassed channels, hiding below the Great Barrier Reef is the lush Fraser Island. Recognised in 1974 for its World Heritage value, Fraser Island and its marine environment continues to quietly enamor itself to those willing to explore its secluded beauties.
The island itself is a magnificent mosaic of plant communities, lakes, swamps, sandblows, wetlands, wildflower-strewn coastal heath and surf-kissed headlands. Here, mighty rainforests thrive upon the world’s largest pure sandmass and ancient trees survive climate pressures in a dynamic forest ecosystem underpinned by the island’s stunningly complex freshwater hydrology. Imposing cliffs of coloured sands, developed over aeons by the geological craftsmanship of wind and tide, loom high above pristine white beaches walked by the nation’s last wild dingoes.
In this overlooked paradise, endangered land and sea animals find sanctuary. Here, teeming shoals of both pelagic and reef fish share the blue depths with turtles, manta rays, dolphins and even the enigmatic dugong, who feeds upon the largest bed of seagrass in eastern Australia. With the arrival of winter, from late July to October, the aquatic community grows to include thousands of humpback whales, who choose these incredible waterways, to rest and play before migrating to the Antarctic. Soaring high above upon thermal currents, the majestic wedge-tailed eagle also allows its presence to be known.
Further below, kingfishers, hawks, kestrels, kites and sea eagles leisurely compete for the abundant prey. By day, the sand banks are lined with gulls and pelicans, and by evening, the hauntingly beautiful lament of the eastern curlew fills the fresh night air as it wades through glowing phosphorescent estuaries.
So, whether it is fishing, sailing, whalewatching, bushwalking, kayaking, swimming or birdwatching, the World Heritage-Listed Fraser Island and its beautiful waterways offer all one could ever want, and more besides. Making for an unforgettable vacation, our charterers can choose to sail the seabreeze toward the remote north of the isle, or hang down in the Great Sandy Straits and maybe anchor off the idyllic ecotourism hotspot of Kingfisher Bay Resort.
For enquiries, please don’t hesitate to contact us on phone 07 4125 5773.
Written by Mitchell Robson.