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Fraser Island and Whitsunday Logistics

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Fraser Island and Whitsunday Logistics

TA,

Thanks in advance for your help. Our trip to Australia is coming together. From Sydney we will have seven days to add another destination or two. Ideally I would like to work in Fraser Island and The Witsundays (Airlie Beach). Two part question:

1) Logistically, what's the best plan to visit both (ie. Fly to HVB then train to Brisbane airport then flight to HTI then ferry to AB then flight back to Sydney via HTI)?

2) If you had to pick either Fraser Island or Whitsunday, which one would you visit? We like beach time, snorkeling, hiking, a nice selection of restaurants, and amazing natural wonders.

Thanks,

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1. Re: Fraser Island and Whitsunday Logistics

Well you will only get amazing natural wonders and some walking on Fraser. All the others are in the Whitsunday pile.

Fraser is very undeveloped.

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2. Re: Fraser Island and Whitsunday Logistics

Hamilton Island and Airlie Beach in the Whitsunday area are very developed, lots of people and lots of eating places. Fraser Island has one major resort, and a few motel type places, long stretches of surf beach, no snorkeling, and I think is best accessed by four-wheel drive day trip from Noosa.

It very much depends on your style of travel, Fraser is much more of a wilderness area. Whitsunday Islands are easily accessed by boat, either charter or public. There is no coral type reef near Fraser.

A good idea would be to have a look at both places on Google Earth, and set it to show hotels, resorts, roads ect, and you will get some idea of what the differences are. The surf beach on Fraser is used as the road.

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Thank you for your responses. However, I probably should have limited my post to a 1-part question as the more important question is what is the easiest and most sensible way to travel between these destinations considering our limited amount of time. That part of the 2-part question seemed to have been overlooked.

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4. Re: Fraser Island and Whitsunday Logistics

You still don't give any idea of your style of travel, that would help a lot. Do you want to do public bus or private limmo? Small charter plane, drive yourself?

If you want to go to Airlie Beach, then fly into Proserpine airport, from any major city. It is an $18 ride on a shuttle to Airlie Beach. Hamiltom Island airport is a $45 ride on a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Then fly to Brisbane, rent a vehicle and drive to Noosa, 2 and a half hours, next day do a full day four-wheel drive bus adventure to Fraser Island, next day drive back to Brisbane. Or you could drive to Rainbow Beach from Brisbane and get the ferry over to Fraser Island, but not with a regular car, pay your National Park fees, and drive up the beach for a bit.

But there are lots of good restautants at Noosa, it is a very up-market area, and a good beach at Noosa for beach time. Fraser Island is at least one full day, and another day to get there and away.

You would need the best part of a day to train from Maryborough to Brisbane airport, there are no commuter trains on that line from Maryborough to Brisbane.

I hope that is not too confusing. Your 7 days is a bit tight to really enjoy these two areas.

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