OK, you’ve got a 75-mile-long beach to choose where to pitch your beach towel, but if you’re looking for the best stretches of white sand on the world’s largest sand island, head inland. The beaches around the island’s lakes, notably Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen, are Fraser’s finest. (McKenzie’s beach has been ranked among Australia’s best.)
Surf-fishing, particularly along the northern part of Seventy-Five Mile Beach, has been a favorite pastime for decades. It’s here, from about July through October, when tailors (a bit like a kingfish) run in vast numbers, some reaching 25 to 30 pounds. Bring the barbie…
You won’t see any kangaroos on the island, but along with some familiar friends (wallabies and flying foxes) and birds (about 230 species, from rainbow lorikeets to rare ground parrots), you’ll probably spot some of Fraser’s dingos – which are considered some of the purest wild dogs in all of Australia (thanks in large part to being isolated on an island).