Fraser Island Nature's Classroom
We think there is no better place for students to learn about the great outdoors than on the world's largest sand island - Fraser Island. Bursting with natural and cultural history, geology and unique flora and fauna, Fraser is the perfect choice to take learning out of the classroom and into the outdoors.
49 From $ per student per day ? d n a l s I r e s a r F y Wh Biology Geography Ecotourism T: (07) 3032 2816 previous Hospitality History & Culture Leadership Marine Studies Team Building rbay.com W: kingfishe kingfisherbay.com @ es al us ed : E F: (07) 3221 3270 enquire now next Why Fraser Island? Bursting with natural history, geology and culture, Fraser is the perfect choice to take learning out of the classroom and into the outdoors. Our Ranger Guides would love to share their knowledge; so let us custom design an itinerary to suit your needs. Geography • Visit our shifting sandblows • Canoe through mangrove swamps • Study sustainable development on Fraser Island Biology • Visit Pile Valley and Wanggoolba Creek. • Study nocturnal creatures • Observe leaf, plant and tree ecosystems and track identification Ecotourism and Hospitality • Back-of-house tours • Ecotourism benchmarks Leadership and Team Building • Raft building • Low ropes course • Outdoor Laser Tag • Orienteering History and Culture • Learn about Aboriginal history • European settlement and logging Marine Studies • Study Humpback Whales • Eco systems and inter-tidal zones • Marine creature adaptations res the sh o ie Exp lore n e K Mc z of La ke previous enquire now 3 next Why Fraser Island? The History World Heritage-listed Home to the Butchulla people who have lived here for over 5,500 years and originally called the island Kâ€™gari (meaning paradise), Fraser Island is filled with a rich cultural history, which is evident in its archaeological sites, middens and ceremonial bora rings. European history credits its discovery to Captain James Cook, who sailed by in May 1770. Fraser Island is a UNESCO Biosphere reserve and was inscribed as a World Heritage site in 1992 â€œin recognition of its outstanding natural universal valuesâ€? including complex dune systems that are still evolving; perched dune lakes (the second highest concentration in Australia) and rainforests that grow in sand - the only place in the world where they do this at elevations of 200m. On Fraser Island rainforest grow s completely in sand previous 4 enquire now next Why Fraser Island? The Landscape The Flora and Fauna Fraser Island has been two million years in the making and combines mangrove forests, wallum heath and peat swamps, eucalyptus woodland, sand dunes, coastal heaths and rainforests into an area just 1840km squared. Perched, Barrage and Window lakes are in abundance and silent running fresh-water creeks are fed from a natural aquifer that takes 100 years for the water to filter through. The two rocky outcrops, on Fraser’s eastern beach, were formed by volcanic activity 80 million years ago. Whales, dugongs, dolphins, birds, dingoes, reptiles, amphibians and fish – the island is home to a diverse array of native terrestrial and water fauna. The island’s flora is equally diverse from mangrove colonies to open woodland and dense subtropical rainforest growing completely in sand. A natural choice when it comes to studying the animal and plant kingdom. Fire plays an important role in bu sh regenera ti on previous enquire now 5 next Exploring the island 4WD learning adventures Sit back and relax in air conditioned comfort, whilst our experienced tour guides take your group to the most interesting sites the island has to offer. Choose from our range of itineraries, or let us custom design one to suit you. Half Day Itinerary • Drive along Fraser Island’s sand tracks to Central Station, a former forestry camp, with an excellent interpretive centre. Your guide will talk about the rainforest and the exotic King Ferns - the largest fern in the world with fronds that can reach up to 5m. • Walk the banks of Wanggoolba Creek, and learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit this region. • Visit Lake McKenzie, Fraser’s most beautiful fresh-water lake. Take a swim in the crystalclear waters or just chill out on its white sandy shores. Your guide will include a talk about the formation of perched lakes and the significance to the ecosystem of Fraser Island. Exp lore in ou r custom-d esigned 4W D bu ses Our guides will regale you with their knowledge of the natural history, geology and culture of the island. previous 6 enquire now next Exploring the island 4WD learning adventures Full Day Itinerary • Includes the half day itinerary plus: • Drive up the famous 75-Mile Beach to see the coloured iron oxide sands of The Pinnacles and the wreck of the Maheno. Your guide will provide some interesting facts about her life as well as the history of other shipwrecks around Fraser Island. Study the effects of rusting, the creation of an artificial reef and the creatures that have now taken over the wreck. • Visit Pile Valley via the inland forestry tracks, where Fraser’s famous Satinay trees grow in sand, one of only two places in the world. See the tall, majestic Satinay trees that were used to line the banks of the Suez Canal and to rebuild The London Docks after World War II. at in spires c la ss room th An ou tdoor • Stop for a swim in Eli Creek or wade through the cool, fresh water or enjoy the surrounds from the boardwalk. Your guide will enthrall you with information about the underground fresh water supply to Fraser Island, its source and the volume that flows into the ocean each day. previous Visit famous Eli where fresh water flows 75-Mile Beach at a rate of 4.2 million litres every enquire now 7 Creek on to about hour. next Exploring the island The Lakes and Creeks Tour • Hike to Basin Lake, which is set high in the dunes and learn about this black water perched lake. • Drive along Fraser Island’s sand tracks to Central Station, a former forestry camp, with an excellent interpretive center. Your guide will talk about rainforest, flora and fauna and logging history of the island. • Walk the banks of Wanggoolba Creek, and learn about the flora and fauna that inhabit this region. • Visit Pile Valley, via the inland forestry tracks, where Fraser’s famous Satinay trees grow in sand - one of only two places in the world. See the tall, majestic Satinay trees that were used to line the banks of the Suez Canal and to rebuild The London Docks after World War II. • Visit Lake McKenzie Fraser’s most beautiful fresh-water lake. Take a swim in the crystalclear waters or just chill out on its white sandy shores. Your guide will include a talk about the formation of perched lakes and the significance to the ecosystem of Fraser Island. previous 8 Discover wh y Wa nggoolba Creek is cal led the gho st creek Fraser Island surrounded by salt water and formed entirely by sand, supports more than 100 freshwater lakes and numerous creeks. enquire now Fraser Island has the second highest concentration of dune lakes in Australia next Exploring the island The Eastern Beach and Dunes Tour • Stop for a swim in Eli Creek and wade through the cool, fresh water or enjoy the surrounds from the boardwalk. Your guide will amaze you with information about the underground fresh water supply to Fraser Island, its source and the volume that flows into the ocean each day. • Drive up the famous 75-Mile Beach to see the coloured iron oxide sands of The Pinnacles and the wreck of the Maheno. Your guide will provide some interesting facts about her life as well as the history of other shipwrecks around Fraser Island. Fascinating marine creatures cling to the edges of a half-wet, half-dry environment, with amazing adaptations which allow them to survive. Experience Mother Natures Jacuzzi at The Champagne Pools. E li c reek flow Fra ser Is la nd s ou t of ’s water ta ble • Climb Indian Head, one of Fraser Island’s three rocky outcrops. Indian Head is the most prominent landmark on 75-Mile Beach. The 60-metre high rocky bluff was created by volcanic activity about 50 – 80 million years ago. • Study Marine Biology at The Champagne Pools - an entirely different ecosystem can be observed around the tidal rock pools. previous tu ra ll y Pools are na C hampa gne k pools formed roc enquire now 9 next Exploring the island Island Formation Tour • Trek through the dunes to emerald-green Lake Wabby, one of many window lakes on the island, yet the only example of a barrage lake, where the shifting sands of Hammerstone sandblow threaten to engulf the lake altogether. Learn why the lake is green compared with Lake McKenzie or Basin and Boomanjin lakes. • See Fraser’s shifting sands at - Hammerstone Sandblow - one of many sandblows on Fraser Island - study the sand geomorphology and geology. • Swim in the clear fresh waters of beautiful Lake Birrabeen, another perched freshwater dune lake, compare its ecology with that of Lake Wabby and learn about the formation of the lake systems on Fraser. Find out about the controversial sand mining history on Fraser Island. is an active Ston etool Sa ndblow mobile sa ndblow La ke B ir ra bee previous 10 n is 7m d ee p enquire now next Walks and talks with our Eco Rangers Join our Kingfisher Bay Resort Rangers on a guided one-hour nature walk and learn about the Australian bush and how the Butchulla and early European settlers used it for both food and medicine. Discover the bird and animal life and find out about the history of the island. Butchulla Walk Bird Watching Walk K’Gari, meaning ‘paradise’, is the Aboriginal name for Fraser Island. Learn about Butchulla legends and culture. See midden remains in the sand dunes, discuss the legend of Fraser Island’s formation, taste bush tucker, learn about the roles of men, women and children in Aboriginal clans. Fraser Island is home to 354 species of bird life including the rarely seen Powerful Owl. Some migratory species come from as far away as Siberia. Learn when and where to find some of Fraser Island’s bird life. Our know le dge wil l make le ab le ra ngers ar ni ng fu n Join our Rangers as they teach the basics of bird watching. previous enquire now 11 next Walks and talks with our Eco Rangers Eco Tourism Walk Night Spotlighting Kingfisher Bay Resort has set benchmarks in ecotourism. The resortâ€™s architectural design, infrastructure and activities minimise the effects on the environment, conserve energy and minimise waste. Come behind the scenes and see how we operate our sewerage treatment plant and how our worms help us recycle. Put on your sneakers, bring a torch and join the search for our unusual nightlife. See insectivorous bats socialising and feeding around the resort lakes; learn about the stars in the southern sky; or see the rare acid frogs of Fraser Island and how they have adapted to survive. Bush Tucker Walk On Fraser, our bush provided foods and medicine for both the Butchulla and early European settlers. Learn how to identify this rich source of Australian food; find out how it can be used in every day life; and, taste the flavours of the bush. rfect unds are pe Resort gro ks for eco wal Turn the spotlight on sugar gliders as they move from tree to tree. previous 12 enquire now next Walks and talks with our Eco Rangers Beach Walk Mangrove Walk Wallum Walk At every low tide the inter-tidal zone emerges as the water recedes and the sand flats becomes land and, as such, its creatures have had to adapt to survive. Walk along the beach along the beach towards McKenzie’s Jetty, an old logging site, and discover the animals and plants that inhabit this zone. Dundonga Creek has a fascinating mangrove colony, which plays a vital role in sustaining the marine ecosystem. There are eight mangrove species in this one area. Discover how mangroves differ form other plants; find out how they adapt to a salt environment and learn about the sands of the North White Cliffs and their significance in the island’s formation. Walk through the lakes system and wallum heath near the resort. On this walk you’ll learn about the link between the animals and plants in this area and look at the role fire plays in a wallum community. is colon y s e v o e r s p eci ma ng la nd ’s er of b i rd s I r F ra se o a n u m b t h om e The Wal lu m is an ec o system un coa stal sout ique to h-ea st Q ue into n ort h en sland ext -ea ster n ending New Sou t h Wales This area is home to many wonderful creatures that survive the tidal change from sea to sand. previous enquire now 13 next Walks and talks with our Eco Rangers Berrillbee Trail The Berrillbee walk takes you through the open forest and different plant communities around the resort. Learn about the logging history of Fraser Island and hear old logging yarns. Marvel at the diversity of life and scenery. Great Sandy Straits Walk The views on this walk through open forest are superb and the lookout is a great vantage point to see the islands of the Great Sandy Strait. Discover what animals live in this type of forest and learn about the formation of Fraser Island. Fraser Island Slide Show See the spectacular beauty of Fraser Island. Learn about the flora and fauna. See native wildflowers, dingoes, lizards, echidna, snakes, birds of prey, humpback whales, dolphins, dugong and rays. Youâ€™ll also find out why there are no koalas, kangaroos or emu on the island. Discover t h e symbi otic rela ti on sh ip between plan t life and fu ngi ol ph in s mp-ba cked d hu c ifi c Pa od In Fra ser ies found near ec sp e on e ar previous 14 enquire now next Ranger or self-guided extended walks Z-Force Unit circuit hike Lake McKenzie circuit hike Beerillbee circuit hike Time: Time: Time: 3 hours 5-7 hours walking 2 hours Grade: Medium Grade: Medium Grade: Medium Suitable for: All ages Suitable for: All ages Suitable for: All ages Track type: Well defined sand track, bitumen, woodchip track Track type: Well defined sand track, some soft sections, 3 dunes to climb Track type: Well defined sand track Seasons: Year round â€“ Tide dependant Seasons: Features: Special Unit ruins bring Z to life the experience of commando soldiers from six countries training on Fraser Island during WWII. Features: Spring wildflowers abound on these open and closed forest tracks, including three species of Xanthorrhea (grass trees), native orchids and many bush tucker plants. Walk beneath all ten species of gum trees found on the island and enjoy myriad acacias and leptospermums. Ant and Antlion activity displaying coloured sands. Diversified habitats from wallum to open woodland and rainforest, freshwater creek and a spectacular lake for swimming. Features: Amazing views of the Great Sandy Strait from the lookout point. All year round â€“ Tide dependant Seasons: Year round tina y nd Sa la Is r ra se ley The F in Pile Va l d is fou n previous enquire now 15 next Make learning fun A few ideas to get your school group itching to learn more • Learn about eco tourism at Kingfisher Bay Resort including our recycling programs, sewerage treatment and worm farm. • Sit around the campfire, toast marshmallows and learn about the history Fraser Island, including dreamtime stories, stargazing or just reflect on your day. • Learn about our inter-tidal zones and investigate the crabs, worms, molluscs and crustaceans that call this area home. Discover the amazing adaptations they have made to an environment where their survival is threatened alternately by parching and flooding, oxygen and salt. Discover beaches, wetlands and everything in between. • Discover beaches, wetlands and everything in between. • Play environmentally themed games and learn traditional indigenous folklore. • Canoe through our mangrove colony and discover the rare and threatened birds, insects and animals that take refuge in this very sensitive environment. Sha re st ories a nd t a rou nd a n op en c oa st ma rshma llow s a mpfire ex Kingfisher Bay Resort only. Some activities may be weather or tide dependant. Campfires are not permitted during total fire bans. previous 16 enquire now next Make learning fun A few more ideas... • Make a food web of mangrove ecology. • Emulate the Butchulla Clan for the day, and work out how to survive here – food, hunting and gathering, shelter, defense, health, recreation. • Have a silent listening party (from the canoes, or on the beach). • Attempt a sand sculpture, or some bush art and craft. al na ti ves g for noctu rn in ht lig ot sp Go • Hear about our logging of the island, the story of Eliza Fraser and whale migration. • Create a feast of the senses – a night time activity where your group will experience and identify flavours whilst blindfolded. • Learn about the lives of our nocturnal creatures and go spotlighting for bats, sugar gliders and frogs. • Try your skills in our fishing clinics and learn about green zones and legal limits. • Leadership and Team Building activities can be tailored to suit your purposes, including orienteering, laser skirmish and raft building. • Back-of-house hospitality tours and talks. • Test your balancing skills on our low ropes course. Learn about leaf, plant, tree, ecosystem and track identification. ex Kingfisher Bay Resort only. Some activities may be weather or tide dependant. Campfires are not permitted during total fire bans. previous enquire now 17 next Exploring the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park Whale Watch Cruise - Ex Kingfisher Bay Resort In our neck of the woods the humpbacks aren’t just passing through on their way to their breeding grounds each August through October – they’re actually taking time out in the pristine waters off Fraser Island to socialise, have some fun, learn some essential lifeskills and nurture their young. Why not take time out in your itinerary and enjoy a fun day out in the Great Sandy Marine Park where you’ll have the photos and whales video to prove it. • Season August to October • Cruise departs the resort daily • A hydrophone lets you listen to the live underwater sounds of the male humpbacks • Wheel chair access, children’s activity books and refreshments are all part of the service • Whale information available in English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Chinese, Japanese and Korean • Advanced Eco Accreditation. • The skipper and staff on board provide expert commentary Our underwater viewing camera beams images onto screens around the boat. Whale watch in calm waters previous 18 enquire now next Exploring the Great Sandy Strait Marine Park Adventure Cruise - Ex Kingfisher Bay Resort Spot a friendly pod of dolphins or the many dugong who feed on the seagrass beds in the straits in the morning. Our cruise offers 360 degree viewing levels, and some cruises even have boom netting off the back for the more adventurous - it’s a cruisy time and fun for the entire group. • Season November to July • Swim, boom-net or snorkel • Cruise departs the resort daily • Cultural and historical commentary. • The region is alive with bird and marine life • Visit Pelican Bank, McKenzies Jetty or Big Woody Island ee dolphins, turtles, dugong S and other marine life. have ’s dol ph in s and Fra ser Sand y Strait s in ph ol d reat Ris so ’s d in t he G been sp otte previous enquire now 19 next Where do we stay? Kingfisher Bay Resort - The natural difference Kingfisher Bay Resort, located on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, offers the perfect balance between education, fun and adventure. The resort, on the western side of Fraser Island has capitalised on the island’s natural surrounds, creating a living classroom for student groups of all ages. Its all about nature on Fraser Island giving your school group the opportunity to ‘think outside the square’ and go on a learning adventure that will explore all their senses. Lod Wildern ess sh in na ti ve bu previous 20 The Wilderness Lodges Resort Hotel Room Our comfortable Wilderness Lodges promise a good night’s rest on Fraser Island. These timber lodges are surrounded by gum trees, bush plants and native birds, so you’ll still get your nature fix. Enjoy the best of the bush from the private native-timber deck, or soak up the smells and sounds of the land as you wander our timber walkways. Each lodge has quad-share bedrooms with full insect screens. Bedrooms have ceiling fans to keep you cool during summer and heating for those winter nights. Linen, blankets and bath towels are provided and there are separate male and female bathrooms - each with two showers. When the day is done, stretch out in air-conditioned comfort on the queen or king-single beds and reflect on a day well-spent. Ask about upgrading to bay view or spa rooms. Our lodges have an open lounge area that’s perfect for breakaway group activities or socialising, as well as a small kitchenette with fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. ges are set Resort Hotel rooms sit light ly on the land enquire now next Where do we stay? Eurong Beach Resort - In the dunes on 75 Mile Beach There aren’t too many beach resorts that can boast that they’re literally built in the dunes atop one of the world’s best beaches…but Eurong Beach Resort can. Set on Fraser Island’s famous east coast – it’s an easy ferry trip and four-wheel drive from Rainbow Beach, Wanggoolba Creek or Kingfisher Bay Resort. Eurong is undoubtedly one of Queensland’s most scenic resort locations, but who would’ve thought this large sandy isle could support so much life. Eurong Beach Resort Our accommodation is perfect for keeping your group in one common area. Quad rooms sleep up to a maximum of four people in single beds with private bathroom facilities - so no queuing for the showers in the morning. Rooms are conveniently located close to the main restaurant complex and swimming pool area and are only a short walk to the beach. fo r a m ou s f s i d s h i ng r Is la n Fra se a t bea ch fi e its gr previous enquire now There’s ple nty to do w h en c la ss is ove r 21 next Where are we? Sandy Cape Sandy Cape Lighthouse Fraser Island is located along the southern coast of Queensland approximately 290km north of Brisbane. Queensland Fraser Island South Pacific Ocean Brisbane Rooney Point Approximately 120km in length and 24km wide, it is the largest sand island in the world; the largest island in Queensland and the sixth largest island in Australia. Sydney Ngkala Rocks Ocean Lake Platypus Bay Orchid Beach Waddy Point Access is by vehicular ferry from River Heads (Hervey Bay) and the journey takes approximately 50 minutes each way. Wathumba Creek Legend Champagne Pools Indian Head National park 4WD track No beach driving Great Walk Southern Lakes scenic drive Great Sandy National Park Lake Garawongera scenic drive Barge Route Red Canyon Hervey Bay is well serviced by air, rail or road. 4WD Camping Zone Dundubara Lake Allom Bush Camping QPS Information Centre (emergency medical assistance only) Moon Point Ranger station The Pinnacles Knifeblade Sandblow Shop, gas, ice Maheno Wreck Yidney Scrub Hervey Bay Boat access Fuel Eli Creek Toilets Lake Garawongera Parking area Suitable for caravans Yidney Rocks Rainbow Gorge Kingfisher Bay Resort Mainland Reception River Heads Wanggoolba Creek Central Station Private accommodation Telephone Lake McKenzie Poyungan Rocks Picnic table Barge landing Lake Wabby Lake Birrabeen Police station Eurong QPWS Information Centre Ambulance Lighthouse Lake Boomanjin Water (treat before drinking) Dilli Village Garrys Anchorage Access ramp to Hook Point inland road Hook Point inland road 0 5km 15km 10km 20km Note: Distances may vary depending on tyre pressure and wheel slip in soft sand. rait Coolooloi Creek Scale Distance Chart (in km) y St and at S Gre 75-Mile Beach is a gazette beach h ig d hwa y and an ai rstrip Do not swim in the ocean Hook Point Inskip Point 133.5 108.5 97.5 106 111 77.5 63 102.5 77.5 66.5 75 80 46.5 32 94.5 69.5 58.5 67 72 38.5 24 70.5 45.5 34.5 43 56 31 20 28.5 58.5 33.5 22.5 14 44.5 36 25 19.5 8.5 11 Eurong 48 35.5 14.5 39 8 31 Sandy Cape Orchid Beach Indian Head Cathedral Beach Happy Valley Kingfisher Bay Central Station Dilli Village Rainbow Beach Barge tickets and permits available from Shell Service Station previous 22 enquire now next W: kingfisherbay.com firstname.lastname@example.org ed E: 70 32 21 32 ) (07 T: (07) 3032 2816 F: