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Published September 19th 2016
A little luxury never hurt anyone
Fraser Island is a stunning World Heritage Listed island, located in Queensland off the coast of Hervey Bay. It is a popular destination for campers and 4WD enthusiasts due to its sandy terrain, diverse and magnificent landscapes and unique wildlife. But it is also possible to have a luxurious holiday on Fraser Island with all the comforts of home, at Kingfisher Bay Resort.
Kingfisher Bay Resort is an ecotourism resort located on the west coast of Fraser Island. The resort has been designed to provide visitors with a nature-based tourism experience while creating minimal impact on the environment.
If you are imagining an "eco-resort" as having only basic amenities, you couldn't be further from the truth. Kingfisher Bay Resort offers four-star accommodation and all the fantastic facilities you would associate with a top class resort.
We had the pleasure of staying in a two bedroom villa at the resort in July this year. The villas are situated amongst the bush towards the back of the resort. They are fully self-contained and offer the privacy you don't often get in a hotel room, yet you still get full use of the resort facilities included.
The kitchen was well-equipped with a microwave, dishwasher, oven and gas stove and with plates, glasses and cutlery. It allowed us to eat in for breakfast and lunch when we wanted to. If you are eating in it is advisable to bring your own groceries with you. The villa also featured a reverse cycle air-conditioner.
From the moment we arrived the professional and friendly staff of the resort were happy to help and look after us. Apart from the 2 bedroom villas, the Kingfisher Bay Resort offers a range of accommodation options including hotel rooms, loft villas, 3 bedroom and executive villas, group accommodation in a lodge and even a holiday house. For more information click here.
From the villa you can access the main resort via sealed roads or along a boardwalk. The walk is not far, only a few minutes. Within the resort, you will find four resort pools, restaurants and bars, tennis courts, water sports, day spa, the Wallum boardwalk and a general convenience store selling souvenirs and a small range of grocery items.
An important aspect of the resorts eco-tourism activities is that they are involved in interpreting the natural environment for their visitors and guests. This is done by offering free ranger guided walks on a variety of subjects such as bird watching, mangroves, the marine environment, Aboriginal culture and bush tucker. We had the opportunity to join the Bush Tucker Talk which we found really interesting and informative.
There is a daily schedule of activities at the resort starting from early morning through to the evening such as the Junior Eco Rangers activities, segway tours, guided canoe paddles and guided or self-guided walks.
You can walk to the beach from the resort via the Wallum boardwalk. It is a pretty walk through the wallum heath with native plants and wildflowers in abundance. The beach overlooks the Great Sandy Strait and is the perfect spot for a scenic sunset or to watch the fascinating soldier crabs at low tide.
The beach and jetty are the perfect choice to enjoy a dazzling sunset
The Kingfisher Bay Jetty is also a dazzling location both by day and by night. The Jetty features the Sunset Bar, offering food and refreshments and is the perfect place to end a day of exploring on Fraser Island.
There are a few options for eating out at the resort. The Seabelle restaurant is open for dinner only and offers a bush tucker inspired a la carte menu.
The Maheno Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a more relaxed menu than the Seabelle. We dined here one evening and chose meals from the Buffet Carte menu, where starters, salads, vegetables and desserts were chosen from the buffet while the main was chosen from the menu. Our family ordered the Oven Roasted Emerald Valley Lamb Rump, BBQ Pork Back Strap Steak, Beef Slider and the Pan-fried Chicken Breast and we were not disappointed with the food - it was delicious.
The other restaurant within the resort is the Sand Bar which offers relaxed bar and bistro dining. It is open for lunch and dinner and is located near the beach and jetty. The menu includes burgers and salads, pizza and pasta, schnitzels and seafood.
We found the resort was a great place to base ourselves while exploring the island. After a full day of exploring, it was nice to come back and relax in a little luxury. If you want to get out and explore the island but don't have your own 4WD vehicle, you can book day tours from the resort reception.
Our only disappointment was that we couldn't stay longer. We only had 3 nights on the island and it was nowhere near long enough to explore everything we wanted to see. While we did get to see some of the top attractions, there is still so much more on our To Do list for Fraser Island and we can't wait for our next visit.
Lake McKenxie is one of the must-see attractions on Fraser Island
Kingfisher Bay Resort is located on the west coast of Fraser Island. The quickest way to get there is via a ferry from River Heads. For more information about the resort please click here.
To book accommodation in a villa please click here.