The world's largest island sand mass, named Fraser Island after a lone shipwreck survivor from the 19th century, is located a 4-hour drive and ferry ride north of Brisbane. This is not the type of place where motorboats and Gucci sunglasses thrive; You're more likely to find great peace and serenity in the freshwater lakes, the unique rainforest that sprouts from sand dunes, and the company of dingos as they seek out water sources.
For hikers, there are opportunities to explore this wilderness as soon as you're off the ferry; just take the 8 km (5 mile) trek from the ferry drop off to Lake Mckenzie, a beautiful perched lake with white silica beaches. A much lengthier option would be the Fraser Island Great Walk, a self-sufficient trek through a week of sand dunes, pristine lakes, and mangrove and eucalyptus forest. There are a number of adventure tours operating here if you’re interested in exploring the option of a guided trek.
Considered a World Heritage site, Fraser Island is a must for those looking to escape into an untouched and uncommon world. There are amenities on the island and a lot of camping locations (Central Station, Cornwells Break, etc.), just be sure to apply for the necessary permits. For further information, we've included the official park website.