Honestly, people, this is not worth the hype. We read so many articles in magazines and books about how great this place was. Yeah, it is really cool architecture and it is nice staying some place that is eco-certified. And the island is cool if you can afford the incredible price tags to get out and see it. But that's about it.
Here's the deal: VERY few options for food, nowhere to walk to, no room service, lukewarm "hot tub," very expensive.
They do plan some activities, but they gouge you for them. And, on top of that, they are only outdoor activities. So just pray that it doesn't rain or even threaten rain-- it rained or looked overcast our entire stay and while we are generally happy people who can entertain ourselves, we were miserable. There was nothing to do (2 channels on the television, no books, no stores to buy books or games, no games available incl. cards, no bars, limited restaurant hours, one store that is woefully understocked in food and drinks) and they don't even TRY to provide entertainment or activities for guests during the rain. A few times activities were scheduled, but it was looking like rain so they just cancelled them "just in case."
Also, this place is SO HARD to get to. We had done a lot of research, but still weren't prepared for exactly how hard it was. Once you get to Hervey Bay, the ferry schedule is intermittent, hard to figure out, and runs every couple of hours. To get off the island and the resort- same thing. You either leave super early in the morning or super late at night.
Honestly, it's not worth the money. Consider staying at the bay & going for a long day trip to Fraser Island and getting a 4WD vehicle (taking the earliest ferry there and the latest ferry back).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the bush overlooking the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait, this award-winning ecotourism resort on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is the perfect base to explore the world's largest sand island. The resort incorporates the 152-room Mercure Kingfisher Bay Hotel, self-contained two and three bedroom villas and houses, and a 174-bed Wilderness Lodge for groups. Resort Rangers also guide a variety of four-wheel-drive coach tours or personalised tours of the island. Access to Fraser Island is by ferry only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island
- Kingfisher Bay Hotel Fraser Island
- Kingfisher Bay Fraser Island