Fraser Island tips?

To: David Adams <>
Subject: Fraser Island tips?
From: David Clark <>
Date: Sun, 5 Apr 2015 20:30:01 +1000

I made my first trip to Fraser Island in June 2013 and it was a wonderful
experience.  My only complaint was that our stay was too short.

We took our camper trailer and stayed in Dundubara Camping Area, one of the
Dingo resistant camping areas.  Dundubara is a little over half way along
the east coast so it's a good base from which to explore the northern and
central part of the island.  Unfortunately, very heavy rain in the months
before our arrival meant that the lakes were flooded and it was difficult
to access them.

One of the rangers told us that the best time to visit Fraser Island is the
end of August and start of September because the whales are migrating south
and can be seen from the headlands.  It is also the peak fishing season so
beach traffic and camping is at its highest.

One of the highlights of our visit was observing a Dingo drowning an
Echidna in the surf before eating it.  One of our neighbours from Dundubara
Camping Area said that he had been coming to Fraser Island for over 40
years and had never seen an Echidna there before.

I should also mention that an employee of the resort was attacked by a
Dingo while we were there.  She ended up in hospital and the Dingo was put
down; a sad result all round.  The resort does not give its employees an
induction and the young woman went to the beach by herself in an area where
a known rogue Dingo was active.  The Dingoes we saw ignored us and it is
quite bizarre to be driving next to an animal that behaves as if you're not

Apart from the Dingoes and Echidna, we saw goannas (the camping area is not
goanna resistant and there are heavy penalties for leaving rubbish, food,
unsecured eskies, etc at your campsite) quite a good range of coastal and
woodland bird species.



On Sun, Apr 5, 2015 at 11:48 AM, David Adams <> wrote:

> My wife and I are contemplating a trip to Fraser Island later in the
> year. We're considering staying at the Kingfisher Bay Resort. I've
> been hunting around for birding reports without as much luck as I
> hoped for. I remember that they run a bird week and see mention of
> Black-breasted Button-quails (!)
> Can anyone point me to reports on Fraser and/or Kingfisher Bay? I'd be
> very grateful for any thoughts, suggestions, or information. We don't
> have exact dates sorted so guidance on best months is also welcome.
> We're keen on snorkelling (sounds like a non-starter) and
> any info on swimming, hoping, and gliding creates
> is also welcome.
> Please feel free to post to the whole list since others will likely
> look at the archives over time for info.
> Thanks in advance for any help.
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