Lake Mckenzie

Lake Mckenzie: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

1. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Full-Day Coach Tour

Join a guided day tour of Fraser Island and visit a curated itinerary of highlights such as Lake McKenzie, 75 Mile Beach, and the Maheno Shipwreck, with return ferry transfers included. Let your driver traverse the tracks and tides to ensure an enjoyable experience on the world’s largest sand island. Begin your adventure with pickup from your Hervey Bay accommodation, or make your own way to River Heads. Take a 40-minute ferry ride to Fraser Island, keeping a look out for dolphins, turtles, and other marine life. Once on the island, follow your local guide to see the stunning natural sights. If English is your second language, download the free foreign language app prior to the tour and use it offline for audio commentary. Learn fascinating facts about the island’s history, and its flora and fauna. Travel in an air-conditioned bus to Central Station, a former logging station. Then stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk to discover the ancient king ferns, towering ghost gums, and pine trees. Continue to Lake McKenzie and swim in the crystal blue waters or relax on the sandy beaches. Next up is the Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Choose to take a flight over the island (at an additional cost), or float down Eli Creek. Visit the Maheno shipwreck and enjoy a photo stop at the rusting wreck of the Maheno. Also, see The Pinnacles colored sands, and learn how these formations were created. Board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads, and get dropped off at your accommodation.

Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

2. Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

Start your day from the convenient meeting point in Noosa or with a courtesy pickup from select hotels. You will travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you travel toward Fraser Island. Following a quick stop in Rainbow Beach, board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. Then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you'll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. You'll journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters.  You can cool off with a swim, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch, you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and exciting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest growing out of the sand.  It will then be time to start making your way back towards Noosa with another drive down the beach highway and a brief stopover in Rainbow Beach. 

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

3. From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the 2 days you’ll travel in in air-conditioned comfort between sites. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why Fraser Island was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie, and as an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into the amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Beach Resort). At the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

From Rainbow Beach: Fraser Island Tour with Lunch

4. From Rainbow Beach: Fraser Island Tour with Lunch

Start your day from the convenient meeting point in Rainbow Beach and travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you travel toward Fraser Island. Board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. Then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you'll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. Journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters.  You can cool off with a swim, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch, you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and exciting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest growing out of the sand.  It will then be time to start making your way back toward Rainbow Beach. 

From Hervey Bay: 3-Day K'gari Getaway with Guided 4WD Tour

5. From Hervey Bay: 3-Day K'gari Getaway with Guided 4WD Tour

Uncover the best spots of the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island with a local guide on a 3-day trip from Hervey Bay. Enjoy transfers from Hervey Bay, a ferry ride to the island, stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort and K'gari Beach Resort, 2 breakfasts, 1 resort lunch, and 1 picnic lunch. Start your getaway in style, with a pre-night stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Choose from triple, double, and single room options. Relax on the island and enjoy full access to the resort facilities, in preparation for your 3-day tour. Led by a guide, hit the sand tracks on a 4WD. Enjoy time exploring both coasts of the world’s largest sand island on this eco-adventure. Tick off all the favorite K'gari locations including the crystal-clear Lake McKenzie, and the towering rainforest of Pile Valley. Spend your second night in K'gari Beach Resort with a deck and kitchenette all to yourself. Enjoy breakfast at the resort in the morning, and head out on another day of island exploration. During your 4WD tour, in addition to the most coveted sites, uncover some of the destination's lesser-known but equally spectacular spots, such as the hidden oasis of Lake Wabby and Hammerstone Sandblow.

From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

6. From Rainbow Beach: K'gari, Fraser Island 2-Day Coach Tour

Gear up for two full days of fun and adventure on K'gari (Fraser Island). Your guide, a Fraser Island expert with local knowledge and a passion for the island, takes all the hard work out of navigating tides and terrain. Drive across sand tracks to explore beautiful, natural spots and listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history and flora and fauna in air-conditioned comfort. Keep your eye out for dingos and migrating humpback whales (July-November).   Depart Rainbow Beach at approximately 8:00 AM and travel to Inskip for the barge crossing to Hook Point on Fraser Island. On the island, check out the displays at Central Station and discover a former logging station. Stroll along the boardwalk of Wanggoolba Creek to uncover ancient king ferns before hiking through Pile Valley’s subtropical rainforest to see the island’s famous satinay trees.  Enjoy a revitalizing swim in the fresh, crystal-blue water of Lake Mckenzie. Then relax on the sandy white beaches of this picture-perfect dune lake. At Seventy-Five Mile Beach, tour the sandy highway, the “spine of Fraser Island,” running from Hook Point to Great Sandy Cape. During the journey, treat yourself to an optional scenic flight over the island.  Relax on the sandy banks of Eli Creek, wade through the shallow waters, or drift downstream on the fastest-flowing creek on the island — sure to revitalize your mind, body, and soul. Learn the intriguing history of Maheno Shipwreck, a once-proud passenger liner that was washed ashore in 1935 during a cyclone. The Pinnacles Colored Sands are one of Fraser’s most magical locations; hear about how these dreamy cliffs came to be.  See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Stimulate your senses in the Champagne Pools with a dip into a natural ocean jacuzzi. At Lake Wabby, swim in the emerald-green window lake and explore the only example of a barrage lake on Fraser Island, after trekking across the shifting sands of Hammerstone Sandblow.  The tour concludes with departure from Fraser Island on the second day at approximately 4:30 PM, arriving back at your accommodation in Rainbow Beach between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

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What people are saying about Lake Mckenzie

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 244 reviews

The tour was great!! I was so excited for this trip and the tour made it even more enjoyable that I imagined. After staying in hostels and living off instant noodles for weeks, it was a luxury to stay at this resort and eat so much delicious food! The transport was comfy and air conditioned. We saw the best places and had an excellent tour guide! Dave was friendly and extremely knowledgeable, he really made our trip special! It was both relaxing and busy at the same time, despite being in a large group I didn’t feel rushed or short for time at all. Thank you so much for a wonderful time :)

We had a fabulous day tour with Jarrod as our guide. He was so knowledgeable and taught me a few things I didn't know. We had so much fun in the 4 wheel drive bus looking at all the wonderful sights on the island. We can highly recommend this tour. You won't be disappointed

Wow. What a spectacular place. I felt very safe with the guides driving and good commentary with plenty of adventure. The beach drive was my favourite

Great way to experience K'gari without feeling too pressured. I do not think a day tour would be enough to experience this fantastic island.

We had a great day with our guide Mike. We got to see some of the Fraser Island highlights and Mike was very informative.