how to see k’gari (fraser island), australia in a 4x4

K’gari, as it was originally called by Australia’s aboriginals before it was discovered by white settlers, now more commonly known as Fraser Island, was one of the coolest trips I’ve done here. That and the Great Barrier Reef trip gave easily been the most unique to Australia - trips you can’t just take anywhere. from 4x4 driving on the beach, to gorgeous freshwater lakes and natural lazy rivers, this Fraser Island guide will walk you through everything you need to see on the island!

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Being the largest sand island in the world, K’gari is not very settled which is lucky for us as it’s very important part of the Butchulla aboriginal culture to keep its untouched natural beauty. It helps that there’s not many people that live permanently on the Island outside the aboriginal tribes who still live there and treat the land so well. That being said, there’s not a ton to do on the island - you visit it for its natural beauty. 

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You can opt to rent a 4x4 and drive yourself on a recommended route, or go with a guided tour (still driving yourself -or- with a driver!) We went with some friends and joined a 3 day/2 night Dropbear Adventures tour, which was about 30 people in total broken up into 4 cars with one guide. It was a great way to see the island, because the company knew the best routes, taught us how to drive on the sand, cooked all our meals, and setup camp. We just had to show up! Dropbears tours have a lot of backpackers, most ranging within their 20s. There are lots of tour companies so make sure to look into which tour group is best for you! If you opt to explore the island on your own, check out 2 of the eco friendly resorts on the island - Kingfisher Resort and Beachcamp.

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