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K’Gari (Fraser) Great Walk

The K’Gari Great Walk will be a memorable way to complete your practice and qualifying adventurous journeys for your Duke of Edinburgh award. Hike through a remarkable ecosystem and watch the landscape change as you trek across the island. You will see stunning coastlines, be immersed in beautiful bushlands and camp under the stars with your hiking group.

Highlights

Accomplish your practice and qualifying Adventurous Journeys

Hike the world’s largest sand island

Camp under uninterrupted stars with your friends

Cook delicious camp stove meals to keep you fuelled for long days

Swim in the stunning water to cool off after your hard work

Day 1: Welcome to Rainbow Beach

Your program leaders will meet you upon arrival and you can expect a warm welcome to the program. Today will be spent making our way to Rainbow Beach and preparing for your adventure. After some lunch and orientation to allow you and your leaders to get to know each other, you’ll head to your accommodation. The rest of the afternoon will be spent preparing for your adventure, waterproofing gear and making final packing adjustments.

Overnight: Rainbow Beach

Day 2: AJ Practice (Day 1): Fraser Island - Here we Come!

This morning you will make our way on the vehicle ferry over to Fraser Island and towards the trailhead of the Fraser Island Great Walk.

Today’s walk begins at Dilli Village and finishes at Lake Boomanjin. A total of 6.3km walking time, which will take you approximately 3 hrs. Your walk will take you through melaleuca and scribbly gum forests, past the Wongi Sandblow and finishing up at Lake Boomanjin, the largest perched lake in the world!

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 3: AJ Practice (Day 2): Lake Boomanjin to Lake Benaroon

Today you’ll make your way around Lake Boomanjin’s north-western beach, following a ridge line to open woodland areas of blackbutt and brushbox. As you head into the lush rainforest areas with staghorns and kauri pines, you’ll descend down along the shoreline until you reach the walkers camp at Lake Benaroon. This 7.2km hike will take you approximately 3.5hrs of walking time.

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 4: AJ Practice (Day 3): Lake Benaroon to Central Station

You’ll begin your morning following the shore of Lake Benaroon, passing by Lake Birrabeen and along the old logging road towards the tall forests and sand dunes. As you make your way down into the historic Central Station the vegetation will change back into kauri pines and palms. Today’s hike is 7.5km and will take a similar time of 3.5hrs; settle into camp and enjoy the night at Central Station where there’s opportunities to learn about Fraser Island’s history.

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 5: AJ Practice (Day 4): Central Station to Lake McKenzie (Via Pile Valley)

Today will be your biggest day so far, with an 11.3km hike (4.5hrs), you’ll make your way to the beautiful Lake Mckenzie. Beginning along the boardwalk past Wanggoolba Creek, you’ll continue through Pile Valley and finish up in shady rainforest at Lake McKenzie.

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 6: Rest Day at Lake Mackenzie

Today will be a rest day at Lake Mackenzie between your practice and qualifying AJ’s. Enjoy a sleep-in and lazy breakfast around camp before soaking up the sun on the white sands of the lake. Spend time debriefing and reflecting on what you’ve learned over the last 4 days, then prepare for the qualifying AJ that starts tomorrow!

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 7: AJ Qualifying (Day 1): Lake McKenzie to Lake Wabby

With a hiking time of 5 hours today, you’ll hike 11.9km to make your way to Lake Wabby. Your hike today will pass through some of the island’s most spectacular tall open forest and rainforests. Along the way you’ll pass the Lake Wabby lookout where you can take in the views of the lake and Hammerstone Sandblow. As you make your way along the shoreline of Lake Wabby, you’ll arrive into camp to spend the night at the deepest lake on Fraser Island.

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 8: AJ Qualifying (Day 2): Lake Wabby to Valley of the Giants

Today you’ll be up early to make your way from Lake Wabby back into the closed forest of the central high dunes. As you walk along the ridge, stop to take in the views of the Badjala Sandblow before descending down into the Valley of the Giants. Here you’ll pass through some of the largest living trees on Fraser Island. Tonights walkers camp is in the heart of this valley and after a big day of 16.2km (approximately 7.5hrs) you’ll be pleased to set up camp, rest and reflect on the journey so far and prepare for the next big day.

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 9: AJ Qualifying (Day 3): Valley of the Giants to Lake Garawongera

Today will be 13.1km of hiking (approximately 6.5hrs) passing through open forest and heathland to head towards Lake Garawongera. Along the journey, you’ll follow Bogimbah Creek where some of the earliest logging camps and forestry trail sites exist on the island. Tonight will be your last night on the trail, soak in the fresh air, enjoy some group reflection time and prepare for your final day.

Overnight: Fraser Island

Day 10: AJ Qualifying (Day 4): Lake Garawongera to Happy Valley

You’ll follow the north-western shore of Lake Garawongera this morning before entering into the open forest of the east coast dunes. As you continue along the track, you’ll finish up your 6.6km hike (approximately 3.5hrs) in the seaside village of Happy Valley.

This afternoon you will make your way to the ferry and back to Rainbow Beach.

Overnight: Rainbow Beach

Day 11: Return to Sydney

Your final day will be spent travelling back to the Sunshine Coast Airport to fly home.