Five reasons why Fraser Island will be the royal favourite!
Our much-loved Fraser Island was the only Queensland stop on Harry and Meghan’s official Australian tour – how lucky were we??
K’gari, meaning ‘paradise’ by the island’s native Butchulla people, received the royal tick of approval from the Duke and Duchess, and without a doubt will be the #1 destination on everyone’s list!!
As Harry and Meghan continue their royal travels, check out why we think Fraser Island will be the royal favourite:
Harry and Meghan arrive on Fraser Island! Photography credit: Luke Marsden
1. The world’s largest sand island
World Heritage-listed Fraser Island really has it all – from crystal clear lakes, glistening freshwater creeks, golden sand dunes, pristine beaches that stretch on forever (75 miles to be exact!), as well as a total of 206, 970 acres of protected rainforest – not to mention one of the only places in the world where rainforests grow on the sand!!
2. From the rainforest to the royal plate
Meghan is known to be a real foodie, and Fraser Island was certainly going to serve up a royal treat. An array of native bush tucker ingredients are grown right here on Fraser Island, from native nuts and berries bursting with flavour, to the refreshing citrus of lemon myrtle, that are freshly picked by our Chefs.
The royal couple sampled a selection of dishes from Kingfisher Bay Resort’s Seabelle Restaurant, getting a true taste of our local Aussie fare. It doesn’t get more unique than that!
3. Secret Military Links
Prince Harry, at your command! As a military man himself, Harry is a passionate supporter of veterans around the world, as well as an ambassador for the Invictus Games, in Sydney.
Fraser Island has a secret military heritage that very few know about - during World War II the island was the training ground for an elite Z Special Unit, where they undertook jungle and amphibious training in preparation for missions into Asia.
Located on the western side of the Island, guests at Kingfisher Bay Resort can also learning about Fraser’s military connections, and is accessible via scenic walking trails.
4. Following in the royal footsteps
This isn’t the first time a member of the royal family have visited our shores!
In 1994 Prince Charles stayed at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island, which at the time was one of the first sustainable development projects in Australia.
From cruising along 75 Mile beach, to exploring the native beauty of the rainforest, and expressing his personal interest in the island’s ecology, it’s only fitting that his son, Harry and wife Meghan made a royal return to Fraser Island, to experience this natural wonder for themselves
5. A natural beauty
The Duchess is known to travel with tea tree oil in her carry-on, quoted as saying ‘it’s my little cure-all’.
In addition to the lemon-scented tea tree, and the iconic eucalyptus, Fraser Island is home to a range of other rare and native plant species. Guests at Kingfisher Bay Resort can embark on a Ranger-guided walk around the sprawling resort grounds, discovering the native remedies available, and learning how they were used within traditional Butchulla culture.
For a relaxing, back-to-nature experience, you get the royal treatment at the resort’s Island Day Spa. Using all organic products, it’s the perfect island retreat – especially after a day out on the sand tracks!
Soak up the tropical sunshine and experience all that Fraser Island has to offer! It’s a haven for nature-lovers and adventures seekers abound!