Follow The Path of Australia’s Early Pioneers
First visited by Captain Matthew Flinders in 1802, the world heritage listed Fraser Island sits proudly with Uluru, Kakadu and the Great Barrier Reef as one of Australia’s most iconic destinations. Infamous for its many shipwrecks and rich in cultural heritage, the unspoilt natural diversity and exceptional beauty of Fraser Island remains unmatched – anywhere in the world.
K’gari (pronounced “Gurri”) is the name given by the Butchulla people and means paradise. According to Aboriginal legend, when the mighty god Beiral sent his messenger Yendingie with the princess K’gari down from heaven to create the land and mountains, rivers and sea – K’gari fell in love with the earth’s beauty and did not want to leave so Yendingie changed her into a heavenly island.
Due to Fraser Island’s sensitive environmental significance access is limited, especially to the northern beaches. Orchid Beach is the only village on the pristine and remote north side of the island and offers a rich biosphere of native wildlife and a completely unspoilt coastal landscape. The area’s immense sand blows and cliffs of coloured sands are part of the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world and they are still evolving. Vulnerable and endangered wildlife including dugongs, whales and turtles are regular sightings and a diversity of native flora and fauna is still being discovered.