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“Peaceful environment”

Central Station Rainforest
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$147.29*
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Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Hervey Bay
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Reviewed January 27, 2014

Lots of history around Central Station, great place for a picnic lunch. Coupled with a relaxing walk along the boardwalk beside Wanggoolba Creek it is a place not to be missed.

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Reviewed January 17, 2014

Nice place to camp with shorter drives to Lake McKenzie and Lake Birabeen. Good amenities and there is about an hour or two worth of activities at the station itself. Lots of mossies/bugs around dusk, but the seem to settle a little after that. Cicada noises too, but that is camping!

Here is a short video of our trip in Feb 2013.
http://youtu.be/Wh1elLdi80c

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

What a beautiful place, Fraser Island, a short ferry ride off the Queensland, Australia coast. We were 3 brothers on a 4 day adventure, arriving in plenty of time to catch the 4.00pm ferry from Riverheads to where Wanggoolba Creek meets the ocean. There are several times available throughout the day, the 4.00pm being the last of the day from our particular departure point. Ferries take pedestrian and automobile traffic and the island has no paved roads so pedestrians have to arrange transport from there or expect to do a lot of walking.
Half an hour in our four wheel drive utility Toyota, along sand roads in the interior brought us to our destination, Central Station campground. Overnighters have a choice of Kauri or Satinay campgrounds and we chose the latter, a beautiful forest setting amongst towering Satinay pines. The camp sites are nicely located and have nearby washing up areas and toilet/shower facilities. In theory $1 will buy you a hot shower but when we were there, even after paying, all we got was cold showers. Our first night allowed us just enough time to set up camp and prepare our evening meal (vegetable stew in a can) before darkness fell around 6.30-7.00pm accompanied by a magnificent chorus from the Cicaddas followed by 30 minutes of cackling Cockatoos and duelling Kookaburras. The camp is fenced off to protect from dingos but there was plenty of wildlife to catch our interest. As I said, Cockatoos and Kookaburras are plentiful, but we were also visited frequently by large monitor lizards, giant skinks and on one occasion a marsupial rat and baby. Our primary reason for visiting the island was to do some hiking and accordingly the next few days were occupied by some great walks, first day to Basin lake, next day through the Pile valley. Our route both days took us via the boardwalk by the Wanggoolba creek, which we walked partially before cutting off. Nice uphill walk to Basin lake, an uninteresting perched lake, a couple of hundred meters (yards) across. Highlights included a stand of white barked ghost gum trees and a close up encounter with a 36" monitor lizard. The walk through Pile Valley was my favorite, lush tropical forest alongside the Wanggoolba creek, then up and over the hills back to the camp site. It was a fascinating trip requiring us to negotiate fallen trees blocking the path and climb long stretches of hillside and cross sandy gullies.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

Fraser Island is truly amazing, and only an island like this can offer such amazing contrasts in nature, offering not only sandy beaches as far as the eye can see, but also a tropical forest in the middle of the island with a charming clear water brook, so pure you can actually drink from it. Watch out for the dingos and take your trainers, flip flops are uncomfortable to wear in this great walk among the trees.

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Reviewed November 22, 2013

being local, we have visited fraser island many times, however not for a few years. we were disappointed to see that central station has been ill-maintained. all the beautiful information boards are faded and looking tired.. while of course the creek is 'natural', there are many many palm leaves and dams of built up leaf and stick debris which makes the whole place look shabby. please just tidy this section up that tourists pay SO much money to come and visit - it wouldnt take much to have it looking amazing.

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