How does a little bit of luxury sound amidst one of the most unique and pristine parts of Australia?
When you think of exploring Fraser Island in Queensland, the world’s largest sand island, you’re mostly thinking adventure off-road 4-wheel driving and a bit of beach camping with wild dingoes – the ultimate adventure.
I was a little bummed we didn’t have the high-clearance 4wd vehicle needed to do it. Driving around Fraser was high on the bucket list of things we wanted to do on our year long road trip around Australia.
But my disappointment vanished quickly when I arrived at my alternative.
Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island
Kingfisher Bay Resort is on the quieter western side of Fraser Island, right where the car ferry from River Head drops you off ($50 return adult $25 child).
At first I thought we were missing out by staying on the western side because the action seemed to be on the wild and rugged eastern surf side.
But, I liked the softer experience – the calm waters, the surrounding bush, the hard, flat sand and the magnificent sunsets.
People come rushing from all over the island at around 4:30pm to catch the sun going down. The unassuming Jetty Hut is where they flock to grab their sundowners – bottles of champagne and platters of prawns, cheese and crackers are on offer.
If you’re going to experience Fraser Island, you need to do it properly – it’s one of those once-in-a-lifetime things.
Let’s check out what makes Kingfisher Bay Resort an amazing place to stay on Fraser Island.
Incredible Sunsets at Kingfisher Bay Resort
Yep. So we enjoyed the sunset with the platters and the drinks as well.
Cheese and prawn platter with ice cold beer and cider. As you’re right on the beach the girls had fun building sandcastles while the sun set.
Dining at Kingfisher Bay Resort
There are two choices for meals at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Buffet dinner and breakfast at Maheno Restaurant.
I’m not a huge fan of buffets and I was worried about overeating so I went for the buffet only instead of combining it with a meal. I wish I did it with the meal instead. There weren’t that many options for me being gluten free, so a meal would have been better and I wouldn’t have overeaten.
The buffet breakfast at Maheno had plenty of options and was of standard buffet breakfast style. The restaurant of an evening does alternate between buffet and a la carte, depending on season.
The a la carte at the Seabelle Restuarant
We recommend splurging for a meal at the Seabelle Restaurant. The head chef has drawn inspiration from Fraser Island’s indigenous Butchulla tribe – crafting his menus to blend seasonal, local produce, fresh seafood, Australian bush tucker and island living.
You must stop at the bar before dinner for some bush inspired cocktails. Some of your favourite cocktails with a twist, including local indigenous ingredients.
And then instead of dessert, go for the affogato. It was the first time Craig had it and we both loved it (yes I snuck a bit of his)
Bush Tucker Talk and Taste experience
We enjoyed experiencing the Bush Tucker Talk and Taste experience the Kingfisher Bay Resort puts on every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday for $15 a head.
It was fascinating to hear about indigenous berries, fruits, leaves readily available to us in the bush to be used in cooking. We recommend doing this experience just before you eat at Seabelle as many of the dishes prepared will include the foods you hear about in the talk.
The chefs presented a selection of foods in their natural, raw state and explained where you can find these foods, and cooked some dishes with them in front of us, using croc, roo, and emu, which we then sampled. It was delicious. If you’re a foodie, this is definitely the talk for you.
Babysitting at Kingfisher Bay Resort
How did Craig and I get to actually have time alone to enjoy all that beautiful food at Seabelle? A baby sitter of course!
Kingfisher Bay offers a babysitting service for guests. Fiona came to our villa to spend a few hours with the girls and they totally loved her. She took them for a walk around the property and through the resort gardens, pointing out the many different indigenous plants.
So while we were having our bush cooking experience smelling lemon myrtle and tasting quandongs they were in the garden doing the same. Kalyra can still recognise some of those plants when were are out in the bush now. I’m so grateful she had that experience.
Activities at Kingfisher Bay Resort
Kingfisher Bay Resort has a range of activities and tours on offer throughout the day.
We experienced a guided 4wd tour of the island taking in the highlights of Fraser with our friendly and knowledgeable guide. If you prefer to self-drive you can rent your own 4wd and go at your own pace.
You can hire Segway’s to use on the beach. It was the first time I had been on one, and I was a little shaky at first but soon got the hang of it and LOVED whizzing up and down the wide beach.
We could easily watch the girls as they played on the sand and we got some time to play together on the Segway’s and the girls loved chasing after us.
Segways are $30 for 30 minutes, or you can join a one-hour eco adventure tour with a ranger for $79
Resort rangers lead complimentary guided walks to help you get to know a little more about Fraser Island, including talks on the importance of mangroves, Aboriginal culture, bush medicine and food, and the dingoes of Fraser Island.
There are plenty of walking trails around Kingfisher Bay resort that are less than three hours you can do yourself.
Accommodation at Kingfisher Bay Resort
Our tree-top executive villa was like a small three-story split-level house. We loved it, especially its location set high on the tree-covered sand dunes. I just wish we had more time to relax inside it we were so busy exploring beautiful Fraser Island.
It was spacious and comfortable with three bedrooms, a huge lounge room with gas fire, a dining room, laundry and a full kitchen.
Kingfisher Bay resort has different accommodation types ranging from two and three bedroom villas, multi-share Wilderness Lodges, resort hotel rooms, and Kingfisher Houses.
Villas start at $268 per night, hotel rooms $188 and houses $600.
Consider booking your stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort through our preferred partner, Booking.com. You get free cancelation on most rooms and a best price guarantee
The swimming pools are pretty awesome. The girls actually convinced me to get into the water for a swim. (I hate cold water) I didn’t last long before escaping to the heated spa which suited me better.
It was a beautiful, relaxing outlook and we enjoyed our last twenty minutes there before our ferry came to whisk us to Hervey Bay.
When we return to Queensland I so want to go back to Fraser to spend a much longer amount of time. My dilemma now is whether to go for the bush bashing adventure or just hideaway with a little more comfort and relaxation at Kingfisher Bay.
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The Fraser Island Facts:
- Fraser Island is approximately 4 – 4 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane.
- Kingfisher Ferry has six services to the resort each day from River Heads and return. Address: Shop 7/54, River Heads Shopping Village, River Heads Road
- QantasLink operates daily services from Brisbane to Hervey Bay/Fraser Coast airport.
- For full details on staying visit KingfisherBayResort.com
Many thanks to Kingfisher Bay for hosting our stay in partnership with Tourism Queensland.