The tranquil azure blue waters of Lake McKenzie lend this swimming hole a striking beauty, not only to look at,
but to embrace wholeheartedly with a dip under the midday sun. The island is actually one giant sand dune,
apparently the largest island of its kind in the world.
Above: Lake McKenzie
(Source: By Sensenmann
- Own work
, Public Domain, Link
The lake is perched on top of the dune and as a result
has a bed of fine white sand that cushions the feet. If you are normally afraid of creepy crawlies in the water,
have no fear at Lake McKenzie The lake is slightly acidic, and whilst it is safe to swim in, almost nothing lives
in the water which makes it some of the cleanest water in the world. The guide on my tour group suggested that
the water is particularly good for polishing jewellery because of its unique chemical properties. There are over 100 lakes on the island.
Lake McKenzie is the best for swimming, but you can also try
Lake Boomanjin, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek or Lake Allom if you have more time. Look out for the native dingo population,
which is one of the purest in the country.
Other Information Before You Go:
Fraser Island, roughly 300 km north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast
If you have your own 4WD take a barge from Inskip Point or River Heads.
A popular travel option is to take a guided tour on a 4WD bus, which you can organise from anywhere
along the Sunshine Coast. You can also fly from Hervey Bay or Maroochydore
Public toilet, bbqs, camp sites
Entry to Lake McKenzie is free, but there are fees charged by the Parks and Wildlife
Service to enter Fraser Island.
Maximum water depth:
Greater than 2 metres
Minimum swimming proficiency required:
Prohibitions including whether you can bring your dog:
Very limited natural shade and some constructed shelters. Bring a beach umbrella.
Always open. You need a permit to camp on the island or to bring a private vehicle (4WD) onto the island.
Accessible toilets at the lake
There are 45 campgrounds on Fraser Island, which you can book for a fee through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife
Service. Camping is very popular on the island, so it is strongly suggested that you book well in advance. If you don't want
to camp on the island, you can try
accommodation in nearby Hervey Bay
which is the main ferry terminal for reaching the island.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service
The rest of the island, including the thrill of driving on the surf beach.
Before you head out, make sure to read the
swimming safety information
and check with the managing authority for any current change of conditions.
The marker indicates the approximate location of the beach that I visited.
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