As a Sydneysider, I’m telling you right now that you absolutely cannot visit Australia without visiting Queensland, and Fraser Island is one of the many islands just off Queensland’s coast. Being the biggest sand island in the world and with tropical climates, it’s an important place when you think of the word: “biodiversity”! With 1,840km² of sand, Kingfisher Bay Resort is by far the most popular and possibly the biggest resort. It was voted ‘Best Beach Resort in Australia’ by the Discovery Travel Channel and has won six Australian Tourism and nine Queensland Tourism Awards. You can stay in: hotel rooms, a variety of villas (one bedroom loft villas, two bedroom standard villas, two bedroom spa villas, two bedroom loft villas, three bedroom spa villas, executive villas), house, lodge. Basically, that list showed the variety of accommodation options at Kingfisher Bay Resort, and for more information, click here.
The four of us stayed in a 2 bedroom standard villa, which was equipped with a fully equipped kitchen, full laundry facilities, a colour TV (with a range of DVDs too!), Foxtel (which definitely kept me occupied while a tropical cyclone was happening outside), bath/shower, hair dryer, air conditioning and an iron.
The resort offers 5 options for dining, from a fine dining restaurant with a view, to simple cheese platters while you sit underneath a jetty hut; the choice is yours. I thought the restaurants were going to be a lot more expensive than on the mainland, because they would have to import all their food. To my great surprise, they were about the same price as on the mainland.
Needless to say, we supported the small island’s economy and ate every meal at a restaurant (when we could’ve brought raw food into our room and cooked everything from scratch). For more information on dining options, click here.
The resort also offers a range of cruises, eco tours and education tours at an additional price. We went on their most popular ‘Beauty Spots Tour’, which had a custom designed four-wheel drive that took you to the top natural attractions of Fraser Island. The tour also included a tour guide and a buffet lunch. Don’t forget to bring your swimmers with you on this tour, almost every stop calls for a dip in the pristine ocean.
The resort also has activities running for the whole day, some are free and some are at an additional cost. They print all these activities out in their weekly schedule with all the information you need including time, place to meet and cost (if any).
They also have a village centre for you to stock up all your essentials, or even do a bit of souvenir shopping.
Best of all, the resort offers multiple daily barge services that leave from River Heads on mainland right to the door of the reception. There is no fuss in it whatsoever!
I travelled with my family of four, and saw many other people of the same demographic too. We also saw a coach of Contiki travellers as we went on our barge departing from River Heads. The resort was also preparing for a conference while we were there. All in all, Kingfisher Bay Resort seemed to have all the facilities and services to cater for everyone.