No trip to Fraser Island could be complete without a trip to the Champagne Pools. These natural pools by the sea’s edge are filled with solar heated ocean goodness and the best spot to spend a day! This is the only place recommended to swim in the ocean on the island in order to avoid the sharks.
How to get to Champagne Pools
The Champagne Pools are located near the top of the island around Indian Head, roughly 95 km north along 75 Mile Beach from the barge drop-off at Hook Point. It’s a fairly easy drive straight up the beach until you reach Indian Head. From here there’s a short inland track around the headland, this part is fairly deep sand and well known for causing many a driver to get stuck.
We’re not 4wders by any means, so take this with a grain of salt but… we stuck it in 4-L, had the tyres down to 18, driving at a constant pace and we were totally fine. You pop out at another beach and drive along this for 5 minutes, then a final 4wd climb up the dune to the starting point of the walk.
From there, there are signs to the Champagne Pools which are a 10 Minute walk away and a short staircase down. On the way you will go past a viewpoint of Indian Head.
We suggest you also download offline Google Maps of Fraser Island before you go as it has all the points of interest of Fraser Island and the tracks so that you can use your GPS as normal without phone reception. If you made it onto Fraser Island with your vehicle this drive will be no worries at all.
What to know about the Champagne Pools
After the short walk, if it’s a hot day, you’ll be basically running down the stairs to the enticing turquoise water! The pools are fed from the ocean waves crashing into the rocks and the water naturally heats up to the perfect temperature! It was refreshing to get Salty for a change after experiencing the stunning freshwater Eli Creek and Lake McKenzie!
Like most spots on Fraser Island, try get here early before the tour bus crowds. You could easily spend the whole day relaxing on the sandy banks by the pools enjoying the sunshine!
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.
Kingfisher Bay Resort:
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.
Eurong Beach Resort
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.
Cathedrals on Fraser
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.