Ever been in a rainforest growing out of the sand? Nope? Then you should add Central Station on Fraser Island to your bucket list! You will feel like you have arrived in a tropical paradise, enormous ancient trees, stunning fernery and crystal clear rivers. Yep this place has it all!
How to get to Central Station
Central Station is located inland on Fraser Island close to Lake McKenzie. The easiest way to get there is by heading north on the beach once you get off the barge and driving to Eurong. From Eurong you can take an inland signposted track all the way there.
We suggest you also download offline Google Maps of Fraser Island before you go as it has the inland tracks built into it and you can use your GPS as normal without phone reception. Having never driven on sand, we were slightly worried about driving inland, however as long as you have your tyre pressure down and take it easy you will be fine. If not, there’s plenty of 4WD lovers around who can help you out if seriously stuck.
What to know about Central Station
Central Station was originally an old logging station in the 1920’s and still has a few buildings standing. The best part of Central Station however, is the collection of short walks from it. There, deep in the rainforest you will feel instant peace and calmness. The sound of birds fills the air as you get closer to Wanggoolba Creek, a silent pristine clear creek gently flowing through the sand, surrounded by dense rainforest.
Make sure to keep an eye out for the 1000 year old satinay tree which is apparently as wide as three bulls standing side by side!
Where to stay on Fraser Island?
To save you the serious struggles of searching for the best accommodation options on Fraser Island, we have compiled a list of them for you.
This internationally renowned hotel was actually visited by Prince Harry and Megan when they came to Fraser Island. This luxurious rainforest retreat has 152 rooms with large private decks overlooking sea, bush or lakes.
If the Kingfisher is out of your price range, the Eurong Beach Resort offers similar facilities right on 75 Mile Beach. It is also relatively close to many attractions. It’s the perfect comfortable base for seeing the entire island.
For the true authentic ‘camping experience’ on Fraser Island, look no further than the Cathedrals. With options from 1-3 Bedroom cabins, 1-2 Bedroom Permanent Canvas tents, or campsites for your own gear – you’ll be sure to find something for you!
If you haven’t already we highly recommend you check out our Ultimate Fraser Island Guide.