Meg Forbes is a mum, freelance writer, and photographer living in the Redlands, South of Brisbane.
Published July 13th 2020
Stunning beachfront glamping, 4x4 driving and adventures
Beachcamp Eco Retreat on World Heritage-listed K'Gari / Fraser Island is run by Drop Bear Adventures and offers beachfront glamping with a variety of adventure tours. Drop Bear Adventures and the Beachcamp Eco Retreat, work closely with the Butchulla, who are the Traditional Custodians of K'gari / Fraser Island.
Immerse yourself in K'Gari, the world's largest sand island, at Beachcamp Eco Retreat and Dropbear Adventures
There are also two adjoining, fully equipped, kitchen areas with food storage cupboards and fridges. The spacing of these two kitchen areas allows guests to maintain social distancing during their stay at Beachcamp Eco Retreat. There is also an outdoor fire pit for campfire chats and marshmallow toasting and a wood-fired pizza oven.
Two spacious kitchens support social distancing between guests
Fenced camping, glamping and resort stays are considered essential to many of K'Gari's visitors. The main reason for this is the many beautiful wongari, or dingoes, that roam the island. The wongari have called K'Gari home for between 3000 - 8000 years and are now recognised as the purest of their species in Australia.
Beautiful wongari are often seen along the beach outside Beachcamp Eco Retreat
While many visitors to K'Gari hope specifically to see the beautiful wongari and these are frequently present on Eurong Beach outside of the fenced camp area, it is important to keep some distance from them at all times. Sadly, many wongari have been fed by tourists and as a result some have become quite bold around people.
As beautiful as they are, it is important to remember that wongari are wild and should never be approached
Other wildlife often seen around the Beachcamp Eco Retreat includes Burad, or white-bellied sea eagles, that hunt along the beach and surf, other birds of prey such as eastern ospreys, and dolphins out in the breakers. Occasionally humpback whales can also be seen during their annual migration from June to October as they head to their breeding grounds in Hervey Bay on the western shore of K'Gari.
A burad (white bellied sea eagle) soaring above Beachcamp Eco Retreat at sunset
Situated at Eurong, Beachcamp Eco Retreat is ideally placed for guests wanting to experience many of K'Gari's highlights. Spectacular Boorangoora ("waters of wisdom"), also known as Lake McKenzie, is only a 13Km drive from Eurong. This perched lake, famous for its intense blue water and the pure white silica sand of its beach, contains only rainwater and is cool and clear to swim in.
Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie), where the clouds seem to float on water
Eli Creek is another nearby attraction, just 25Km along the beach from Eurong. This fast-flowing creek has a boardwalk that allows guests to hop in (bringing a floatation device such as a small tube adds to the fun!) and float back down to the beach again.
Drop Bear Adventures offers a range of adventure tours and activities. These include free activities for guests staying at Beachcamp Eco Retreat such as boomerang lessons, star gazing and wildlife walks, as well as guided day and night beach walks where guests learn about K'Gari's rich history and fragile ecosystem. Other tours include 3 day adventure tag along tours that include quality camping gear, automatic 4x4 vehicles, great food, and passionate tour guides. Alternatively, guests can tailor their own private tours in consultation with Drop Bear Adventures. A range of equipment is also available for guests to hire, including stand-up paddleboards, rubber rings, bodyboards, sandcastle building kits and fishing rods.
Free guided tours when staying at Beachcamp Eco Retreat include wildlife walks and stargazing
A four-wheel drive vehicle is necessary for driving on K'Gari, and Drop Bear Adventures offers suitable, easy to drive automatic vehicles for hire from their head office in Noosa. At low tide, these vehicles can often be driven from Noosa along the beach almost the entire way to the Manta Ray barge at Inskip Point. All of their vehicles include a recovery kit and an audio guide. Packages that include vehicle hire, return barge between Inskip Point and K'Gari and glamping are available on request. Although the barge crossing is quick (and doesn't need to be booked in advance, with the Manta Ray running across the channel all day), it isn't unusual to see dolphins on the way across, or wongari on the K'Gari shoreline.
Driving along the coloured sands of Rainbow Beach is a beautiful way to start your K'Gari adventure!
It is best to time the start of beach journeys within two hours of low tide, so that there is enough time to reach your destination while there is plenty of firm sand for driving on. Tide times and weather for Inskip Point can be checked here.
Beach driving is easy in Drop Bear Adventures' fully automatic hire vehicles
Beachcamp Eco Retreat and Dropbear Adventures offer a range of accommodation, guided tours, vehicle and equipment hire packages to suit many of K'Gari's annual visitors. With Australians being encouraged to holiday at home and our international borders closed to tourists, there's never been a better time to stay with them on beautiful K'Gari.
Closed international borders mean this is the perfect time to experience the pristine beauty of K'Gari