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Fraser Island Retreat
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Reviewed January 14, 2010

Went on a tour with the Fraser Island Company and stayed at Fraser Island Backpackers (at Happy Valley). We were two people in a lodge that could sleep four (one queen size bed and two single beds). The room was pretty basic, only the beds, a few lockers (to lock things if there are more people sharing) and a fan. No a/c, which was ok since it was not that hot (may be an issue if it is really hot) and we were pretty tired after a full day of activities.

There was also a small veranda outside the lodge and there was a nice pool at the hotel as well. The hotel also has a restaurant and small supermarket. We had meals included in the price and these were ok. In the restaurant there is also internet access and TV.

  • Stayed: January 2010
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Reviewed December 19, 2009

I stayed in Happy Valley on a Fraser Island Tour run by the Fraser Island Company. The lodge we occupied sleeps 4, but luckily there was only 2 of us in the room. All lodges were en suite and they were in a gated development, so no one not sleeping there could access the area. The beds were comfy and rooms were very clean. As I was on a tour, the food was provided for us, so not sure how the dinner etc. work if you come here on your own. In addition to the restaurant there is a little super market with some snacks and drinks to buy. I had a great time here and it was one of the cleanest on most quiet hostels I have ever stayed in.

  • Stayed: December 2009
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Reviewed February 18, 2009

The Backpacker staff was incredibly helpful and nice. The rooms are no frills but you will want to spend your time driving on the beach and hiking through the rain forests and sand dunes to the fresh water lakes. There is a full service restaurant and bar, and although comfortable and pleasant, it's mostly there for utility dining and drinking, and closes down rather early in evening. There's a kitchen and a laundry room, and a great little pool for evening dips. I would highly recommend buying some groceries in Hervey Bay before taking the ferry because there isn't much commerce on the island.

You will need to rent a 4wd vehicle from someone in Hervey Bay. I think you can also call this hostel, and they will pick you up and drive you around on tours if you're too scared to drive yourself. The 4wd vehicle is a bit expensive if not shared with a medium sized group. I rented a small suzuki jeep, and we got "bogged" a couple of times in some deep dry sand -- but just make sure to floor it through the dry stuff and you'll be fine. The bigger land rovers and trucks with higher ground clearance seemed to have an easier time than us and our tiny jeep. Make sure to call and talk with someone though, b/c you'll also need somebody to book you a spot on a car ferry and you'll have to take into consideration driving times cause you can't drive on beach during high tide.

We stayed here cause the other places on the island looked cheesy, were more than twice as expensive, and yet still looked to be a little bit dumpy. If you can afford it, it might be slightly more comfortable at other places, but it'll also be more crowded with tourist groups. We had an amazing time here. Highly highly recommended. Hostel staff was super friendly. Hope I can go back some day.

  • Stayed: February 2009, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Messyjesse
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Reviewed January 30, 2008

We stayed for 5 nights at the Fraser Island Wilderness Retreat, and had a fantastic time. We had a lodge overlooking the pool. The lodge was a large room with double bed, lounge & TV, and kitchen; with a separate bathroom and a small verandah. The lodge had a fan, which was adequate cooling for the weather at the time. Unfortunately the windows did not all have mosquito screens, so we had to close a lot of them at night. And of those that did, one fell down during one night, resulting in lots of bites for us! We made sure it was up properly after that. The kitchen was reasonably well stocked, although could use a cutting board, dish drainer, and some new sharp knives.

The Retreat is located in Happy Valley, mid-way up the east side of the island. It's a perfect location for accessing all areas of the island, as staying at either the top or the bottom of the island would make it too difficult to see the other end. The Retreat is accessible by both beach and inland tracks.

The Retreat has a small shop where you can buy certain foodstuffs and necessities, and a restaurant and bar with a delicious smelling bbq. We didn't eat there as we had a self-catering lodge, but did have some good cocktails and cheap jugs of beer at the bar. There was also a bbq provided for guest use. The Retreat shop also served as one of the very few places to buy (expensive!) fuel on the island, and guests were provided with a hose to wash down cars. We stocked up on food on the mainland before we crossed to the island, so we were able to live cheaply for the 5 days we were on the island, as food, alcohol and fuel are very expensive there. I would recommend anyone staying at the Retreat to do this.

We hired our own 4WD, at a special rate the Retreat organised for us with Safari 4WD hire at the time of the booking.

The only disappointment was that the Satinay bar wasn't really "happening" past about 8pm. It stayed open but no-one was there, which was a shame because it was a really great spot. In the end that didn't really matter as we had brought our own wine and beer to drink in the lodge.

Staying at the Retreat in an eco-lodge was really great. We stopped for lunch at the Kingfisher Bay Resort, and we were very glad that we stayed at the Retreat. It was a place for more independent travellers, and not so children-oriented, so was perfect for us.

  • Stayed: January 2008, traveled as a couple
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile
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Stayed: August 2017, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 4, 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2016, traveled with family
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Additional Information about Fraser Island Retreat

Address: Postan St, Happy Valley, Fraser Island, Queensland 4581, Australia (Formerly Fraser Island Backpackers)
Location: Australia > Queensland > Fraser Coast > Fraser Island
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 4 B&Bs / Inns in Fraser Island
Price Range: $100 - $154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Fraser Island Retreat 2.5*
Number of rooms: 9
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