• Length: 20km

  • Duration: 5-6hrs

  • Grade: 3

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Kingfisher Bay Resort

  • End: Kingfisher Bay Resort

  • Location: Fraser Island Great Sandy National Park

  • Closest Town: Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island

  • Distance from CBD: 313km

  • State: QLD

  • Latitude: -25.389714

  • Longitude: 153.028842

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Kingfisher Bay Resort - Lake McKenzie is a 20km, grade 3 return hike, located in the Fraser Island Great Sandy National Park, Queensland. The hike should take approximately 5-6hrs to complete.

Hike Summary

Kingfisher Bay Resort to Lake McKenzie is on Fraser Island Great Sandy National Park and is a stunning destination.

At Kingfisher Bay Resort, walk to the right of the Village Store and go past the fuel bowsers, up the bitumen road and exit to the sand track on your left marked Beerillbee Trail / Lake McKenzie / Dundonga Circuit. The track is quite steep and sandy and this will take you out of the resort valley.

Continue to follow the signs to Lake McKenzie. At the ridge top, veer to the right and follow the track downhill to a junction with bollards and a track marker. Turn right following the fire trail to Dundonga Creek and then uphill to the crossing of Cornwells Break Road. Cross the road and follow the marked walking track to junction of Sleeper Hill Fire Trail. The climb up Sleeper Hill is long, but gentle. On the southern descent, cross Lake Wabby Road. Follow the fire trail cross the road and follow the walking track to Lake McKenzie Road and go through the National Parks boom gate and to Lake McKenzie picnic area.

Have lunch at Lake McKenzie and relax in the crystal clear blue water ringed by pure white sand and fringing Blackbutt forest. Lake McKenzie is a perched lake and is purely rain water fed. It is one of Fraser Island's premier attractions. Most of the walking track itself is compacted sand and the surface is not too difficult to traverse.

About the region

Long beaches, dramatic coloured-sand cliffs, natural sandblows, rocky headlands and pristine freshwater lakes and streams are some of K'gari's (Fraser Island’s) spectacular natural features. Fraser Island, off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast, is the world's largest sand island, stretching over 120km. Panoramic viewpoints include Indian Head, a rocky outcrop on the island's easternmost tip, and the Cathedrals, a cliff famous for sculpted ribbons of coloured sand. It's a camping and ecotourism destination, with beaches and swimming sites at Lake McKenzie, Lake Wabby and other freshwater pools.

Getting there

To get to Fraser Island, the Kingfisher Bay Ferry has three return services which depart River Heads (20 minutes south of Hervey Bay) daily and land at Kingfisher Bay Resort on the western side of Fraser Island. Bookings at www.fraserislandferry.com.au

At Kingfisher Bay walk to the right of the Village Store past the fuel bowsers, up the bitumen road exit to the sand track on your left marked Beerillbee Trail / Lake McKenzie / Dundonga Circuit.


Bring a towel and swimmers to enjoy a swim at Lake McKenzie. There is limited mobile phone reception except at Kingfisher Bay Resort. Camping is available for hikers at Lake McKenzie (part of the Fraser Island Great Walk). Bookings can be made through the Queensland Department of National Parks, Sport and Racing.
Be Dingo Safe - don't approach or feed dingoes.

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