The jewel of Fraser Island would have to be Lake McKenzie. The vivid bright blue water and pure white sand feels like you have stepped foot into Instagram, but even better! For those searching for the perfect photos of your Australian adventure, this place satisfies a lot of the criteria! Whether your there by there with the family and kids or by yourself, everyone is sure to love this picturesque beauty.
How to get to Lake McKenzie
Lake McKenzie is a staple on every tour, however by driving yourself there you have the freedom to spend the day whilst avoiding the crowds. The easiest way to get to the lake 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 Lake McKenzie
Yes, it seriously looks like that, no filters are needed! And to add to the lakes allure it is the perfect temperature of 23 Celsius and it is completely fresh water! Yep, that’s right you could even drink it! All of this on an island completely made of sand, surrounded by rainforest
There are over 40 freshwater ‘perched’ lakes on Fraser Island, however this one definitely takes the prize as most incredible water. The lakes are above sea level and lined with a layer of sand and plant matter, sealing the water in. Water so pure that just 3 species of fish can survive in it and barely any plant life, this only adds to its pristine clarity. Water like this is found all over Fraser Island, even in the spectacular Eli Creek.
Don’t say we didn’t warn you though, seriously try and get here as early as you can, by 10am there is hundreds of people lining the beach, fresh off tour busses. We got there at about 9 and were amongst a handful of people there, which made it feel all the more secluded – plus our photos didn’t have anybody in them!
The sand is reminiscent of the white sands of the Whitsundays or other idyllic pristine tropical islands. This fine silica sand is apparently a good substitute for body scrub or even toothpaste, but don’t blame us if you end up with a mouthful of sand!
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.