Fraser Island World Heritage Listed National Park, Queensland

Fraser Island Conservation Tour – 5 days

Grab hold of this opportunity to help conserve and explore the spectacular, World Heritage Listed Fraser Island

Located in Queensland’s Great Sandy Region, Fraser Island is renowned for its natural beauty, with its long uninterrupted white beaches, strikingly coloured sand cliffs, over 100 freshwater lakes and ancient rainforests. Stretching over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point, it is the largest sand island in the world. Help conserve this magnificent, world-famous national park. Conservation activities include marine debris surveys to help protect marine wildlife, flora and fauna monitoring, construction and maintenance of walking tracks, and habitat restoration to restore the islands natural ecosystems. There will also be plenty of time to explore some of the islands famous sights – spot Dingoes on 75 Mile surf Beach, float down Eli Creek, learn about the Maheno Shipwreck ‘s history, walk through rainforests and along stretches of beautiful beaches.

Highlights:

  • Discover the world’s largest sand island – Fraser Island Great Sandy National Park
  • Spot Dingoes on the famous 75 Mile Beach
  • Visit freshwater lakes, the Pinnacles and Maheno Shipwreck
  • Meet and interact with Park Rangers
  • Beautiful rainforests and beaches
  • Hands-on conservation activities helping protect this World Heritage Listed National Park

Duration: 5 days /4 nights
Departs: 8.00am Brisbane
Price: from $860 AUD per person
Tour inclusions as noted below

Itinerary

Day 1 Brisbane – Fraser Island

8.30am Meet your Conservation Volunteers Australia host Brisbane or Maroochydore pickup location and depart for Fraser Island. We’ll spend the first day travelling through the spectacular sights and beaches of the Fraser Coast. Keep your eyes open for dingoes, kangaroos and whales (in season) as we 4WD along Fraser Island’s 75 Mile Surf Beach. In the afternoon we check into our accommodation before dinner. Meals: Dinner

Days 2 Fraser Island Conservation and Exploration

Spend the day participating in hands-on seasonal conservation activities to help protect this world heritage island. Activities may include marine debris removal, habitat restoration, track maintenance or environmental bio control. You’ll also see some of the islands famous sights from sub-tropical rainforests to sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres and beautiful uncrossed beaches. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Days 3 Fraser Island Conservation and Exploration

Spend the morning participating in hands-on seasonal conservation activities.  In the afternoon we explore some famous sights including the coloured sand formations of The Pinnacles, the Maheno Shipwreck, and crystal clear fresh water pools like Eli Creek or Lake Mackenzie. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Days 4 Fraser Island Conservation and Exploration

Spend the day participating in hands-on seasonal conservation activities to help protect this world heritage island. Activities vary seasonally and typically include marine debris removal, habitat restoration, track maintenance or environmental bio control. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 5 Fraser Island – Brisbane

Breakfast, pack up and our final 4WD adventure along the beautiful Fraser Island beaches before our ferry back to the mainland and trip back to Brisbane. Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

The Itinerary and activities may be subject to change based on seasonal weather conditions and tides.

Grade

Expect a moderate amount of physical activity. Conservation activities involve active-hands on projects and potentially walking on soft, uneven sand. We take regular rest breaks and you also are encouraged to monitor yourself to determine your need for a time-out. Fraser Island is a sand island and travel for this project will be in an air conditioned 4WD.

Group Size

  • Maximum 8 people per group
  • Minimum age for participation is 14
  • Participants under 16 are to be accompanied by an adult
  • Departure is guaranteed, subject to 3 people travelling

Conservation Impact

Fraser Island (K’Gari) is a world heritage-listed island located approximately 280 kilometres north of Brisbane along the south-eastern coast of the state of Queensland, Australia. Covering an area of 184,000 hectares it is the largest sand island in the world. It is also Queensland’s largest island, Australia’s sixth largest island and the largest island on the East Coast of Australia.

Fraser Island is home to more than 230 species of birds, one of the largest and most varied populations in Australia, and 25 species of mammals including the purest breed of Dingoes found in eastern Australia. It’s also the only place in the world where tall rainforests grow on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The Great Sandy Strait, separating Fraser Island from the mainland, is listed by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention), protecting variety of endangered, threatened and rare wetland ecosystems and wildlife including sea-grass beds, dugongs, turtles and up to 40,000 migratory shorebirds. Over the course of this trip, you’ll lend a hand to help conserve Fraser Island National Park. Assist with a variety of hands-on seasonal conservation and monitoring activities including marine debris clean-up and cataloguing, environmental rehabilitation, weed management, environmental bio-control programs, track maintenance and clearing. Depending on the conservation priorities at the time of your trip, you may be involved in one or a variety of these activities.

Location and Transportation

You will be transported in a 8-seat sideward facing 4WD

Accommodation and Meals

Camping with communal bathroom facilities. Twin share tents and camp mattresses provided. Please bring a camp pillow, sleeping bag and bath towel.

Three meals a day and snacks are provided. Meal-preparation is a shared responsibility, with different participants taking turns helping to manage the meal preparation and clean-up. Don’t worry if you’re not a great cook, as everyone can do something to help, even if it’s just chopping vegetables!

Prices

All prices are for 5 days, per person.

Camping: $860 per person

What is included

  • Experienced Conservation Volunteers team leader
  • Return transfers from Brisbane to Fraser Island
  • 4 nights’ camping accommodation (tents & sleeping mat provided)
  • Meals as indicated
  • Conservation activities and equipment
  • Scheduled sightseeing activities on Fraser Island and national park fee

What’s not included

  • Travel to Brisbane city departure point
  • Breakfast, lunch on day 1 and dinner on day 5
  • Laundry, medical expenses, personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature
  • Visa and passport charges
  • Departure, airport and airline charges
  • Travel insurance
  • Souvenirs, any additional tours or activities.

 

 

Equipment and Clothing

Luggage is strictly limited to a maximum of 15kgs – the following items are essential:

  • Backpack
  • Long trousers
  • Strong boots*
  • Wide-brimmed sun hat
  • Sleeping bag, bath towel and camp pillow
  • Sunscreen – choose high protection
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Wet weather clothing
  • Work (gardening) gloves
  • Personal drink bottle
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunglasses

*Conservation Volunteers recommends strong work or walking boots that will protect your feet and ankles – make sure they are comfortable!

Be prepared for the weather – temperatures and conditions vary seasonally. Fraser island is a subtropical climate and temperatures.

Average coastal temperatures range from 22 to 28 degrees Celsius in December and 14 to 21 degrees Celsius in July, although it can be more extreme inland. Wettest months are January to March with drier months in winter/spring. Please bring the appropriate clothing (and sleeping bag) for the climate in the area and time you have chosen to visit. Using a quality guidebook or talking with your travel agent will help.

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