1 Day Fraser Explorer Tour from Hervey Bay

Adults from $185

Explore the best of Fraser Island on this affordable 1 day Fraser Island tour that showcases the beauty of Fraser Island. Perfect for travellers of all descriptions!

​The 1 Day Fraser Island Explorer Tour from Hervey Bay will have you relaxing in the clear warm waters of Lake McKenzie, travel along the gorgeous 75 Mile Beach (seeing the wreck of the cruise ship Maheno on the way).

Swim along the amazingly natural Eli Creek with fish so tame they swim between your toes and more – all in 1 Day!

This is the perfect Fraser Island tour for those wanting an affordable 1 Day Fraser Island Tour. If English is your second language, we have MP3 guides available in Spanish, Italian, German, Korean and Chinese.

Just let our Sales and Reservations team know when you book. These can be picked up from the Ticket Hut with a small, refundable deposit of $20 per device.


  • Buffet Lunch
  • Experienced Tour Guide
  • National Park Fees
  • Ferry/Barge Transfer Fees
  • Courtesy Pick-up from Accommodation

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Availability: Daily

Season Calendar

Peak 16 Sep - 2 Oct 2017
Peak 21 Dec 2017 - 20 Jan 2018
Peak 24 Mar - 31 Mar 2018
Off-Peak All Other Times


​Please note Peak and Off-Peak Dates and Pricing

Ticket Off-peak Peak
Adults $185 $205
Children (4-14 yrs) $125 $135
Infants (0-3) Free Free


Group Size: 40 max

  • Custom Built 4WD Coach

Rated: 43210 (4.8/5 based on 37 customer reviews)

54321 We had the most wonderful day. The bus ride was better than any rollercoaster!! The driver Sean was the best educator of Fraser Island that we could have had and made the whole day such a good experience. Lunch was great. Lots of choice especially for me being Gluten Free. So enjoyed the plane trip and to see Lake MacKenzie from both the air and in it was extra special.
Chris`Trimblett — 22 March, 2017

54321 We had a lovely tour of Fraser Island with our tour guide Dave. We enjoyed everything from the walk through Central Station where Dave was very informative, loved having a swim in beautiful Lake Mc Kenzie. Buffet lunch was great. Seventy five mile beach was great fun. Also our pick up and drop off driver from our motel was very friendly. All in all so happy we decided to do this tour. Thank you for a lovely day
Ann Graham — 14 March, 2017

54321 Just returned this evening from a great one day tour of Frazer Island with Frazer Explorer. The organisation was spot on from the moment we were picked up from our accommodation at 7.30 this morning to our do off this evening at 6.30. Our bus driver on the island for the day was Peter whose commentary throughout the trip was informative and amusing and his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the island was exceptional. He made the whole experience very special. The bus journey over the sandy tracks was a real roller coaster ride and I would recommend a front seat for those who don't travel well. The lunchtime buffet offered something for everyone and was a very relaxed affair. Speeding down 75 mile beach was a novel experience and the sighting of dingo was a treat. Think that one must be trained to appear on cue :-) Thanks for a memorable trip to the staff of Frazer Explorer. Not cheap but what a great day.
Mike Graveling — 13 March, 2017

54321 We had a Fabulous day with your tour Steve our driver was brilliant and extremely informative We loved everything about the tour Being able to take a scenic flight over the Island was absolutely amazing Swimming in lake Mckenzie was beautifully refreshing Highly recommended Couldn't ask for a better day Thank you ???????? 26/2/17
David & Anne-Marie Allen — 27 February, 2017

43211 The tour was great - the sights are really worth seeing and swimming in Lake McKenzie was incredible. Unfortunately for us we were loaded onto a bus with broken air-conditioning, left there to sweat for 15 minutes, before being moved onto a bus with working air-conditioning. This put us behind for the day. Our tour guide/driver, Sean, spent half the day telling us how many people had died from various snake/dingo/spider/drop bear bites. It was a bit of a downer for the start of the trip. As an Australian I completely understand the importance of safety, but it did really worry by English boyfriend and I thought it was over the top. Other than that, it was a great tour and we mostly enjoyed it.
Jess — 23 February, 2017

54321 Excelent day out the high lights of the day would be lake mc kenzie and the flight that we took a an extra. Just amazing to see fraser island from the air
Malcolm Terry — 11 February, 2017

54321 Excellent day. Dave was a mine of information, easy to follow and fun to be with - in spite of his dreadful jokes ;) I would recommend this tour to anyone.
Richard Ponsonby — 1 February, 2017

54321 My 20yr old daughter and 15 yr old son enjoyed the day, with Murray as their driver very much. The only drawback they told me were the short times spent at Lake McKenzie and Eli Creek.
Fiona Schwegler — 31 January, 2017

54321 Superb day out with Steve, a great driver, guide and historian. What an island! Well worth a visit and would recommend taking up the offer of the 15 min flight for $80 to really top off the experience!
Lorraine — 28 January, 2017

54321 Awesome day made even better by our tour guide Dave. Funny informative and extremely knowledgable. Highly recommended
Gavin — 18 January, 2017


The below itinerary can change due to tides and weather.

Day 1

Depart from Hervey Bay


Pickup from your accommodation

River Heads Ferry


Where the ferry departs to Fraser Island as part of your tour or Kingfisher Bay Accommodation
75 Mile Beach from Indian Head — Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

75 Mile Beach

Cruise along the glorious 75 Mile Beach!

Wanggoolba Creek — Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Central Station / Wanggoolba Creek

Walk along the rainforest boardwalk

Lake McKenzie — Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Lake McKenzie

Spend 30mins+ here - enjoy a swim, sunbake or whatever you fancy!

Pile Valley — Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Pile Valley

Silent streams and ancient tall rainforest, experience the tranquil nature of Fraser Island.
Eli Creek — Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Eli Creek

Spend 30+ mins here - wade through the beautiful pristine creek & walk through the rainforest

Maheno Shipwreck — Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Maheno Shipwreck

Once a trans-Tasman liner – the Maheno was on her way to a Japanese ship wrecking yard in 1935 when

Pinnacle Coloured Sands

Of all Fraser Island’s beautiful sights the Pinnacle Coloured Sands are one of the most amazing.

Return to Hervey Bay


Dropoff at your accommodation

Tour Map

Our Tour Review

The Good

The Fraser Explorer tour from Hervey Bay is the most popular 4x4 tour from Hervey Bay probably because it is the best value and gets great reviews (and if you love a buffet lunch, it’s included free and you can go back as many times as you’d like!).

This tour sees most of the Fraser sites in a single day and isn’t too rushed, but there is still a lot to see!

This tour is also well suited to everybody, from infants (BYO carseat) to the more mature. The tour includes an optional short walk in the rainforest, but not compulsory. If you can climb 5 steps (to get in and out of the coach) and are OK in soft sand, you are all good to go for this great tour.

Availability is pretty good for this tour even last minute, but book early for Australian School holidays. This tour can be quite flexible with changing your dates to suit your itinerary or weather with 48 hours notice, so no need to hesitate - book early to be sure.

Things to Consider

Some people prefer smaller groups, but really, the larger 4x4 coaches are at times more capable than smaller passenger vehicles due to their longer wheel base.

The tour also doesn’t visit the Champagne Pools or Indian Head as these places are very remote and require an additional 2 hours of driving to reach (not enough time in the day!). If you are keen to see these places, we recommend you consider a 2 day tour from Hervey Bay.

Also exactly the same tour departs from Rainbow Beach and is $9 cheaper, so if you’re traveling the coast, consider this!

Our Recommendation

If you’ve only got 1 day to spare, and value is key, this is the tour for you.

Representing the cheapest one day tour from Hervey Bay, and popular for the included buffet lunch, its hard to go past this tour.

If you’re a bit more of a luxury traveler, for a couple more $ the Fraser Explorer Premium Tour is pretty much the same tour, just a smaller tour (max 18 guests), and a restaurant style meal – order from a menu. Also premium tour does not offer family rates, so tends to attract less children.

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