Set within beautiful natural surroundings on World Heritage listed Fraser Island, Kingfisher Bay Resort offers its guests a comfortable nature-based tourism experience.
This eco-tourism resort attracts more than 145,000 guests every year, drawn in by the natural bush surroundings and incredible attractions of Fraser Island.
Designed to integrate with and have minimal impact on its natural environment, the resort buildings at this Fraser Island accommodation are built below the tree line and are limited to two storeys. The stilted foundations allow the island wildlife to go about their daily business uninterrupted.
But that’s not to say that you will camping out in the bush at night. Far from it! This Fraser Island resort offers all mod cons across a range of accommodation options.
There’s also facilities galore, including a wide range of restaurants, swimming pools and even a spa!
Without a doubt, Kingfisher Bay Resort is the best choice for accommodation on Fraser Island, whether you are visiting for a couple of days or longer. Read on to read our full Kingfisher Bay review.
Bedtime at Kingfisher Bay Resort
There is a wide range of accommodation on offer at Kingfisher Bay, including hotel rooms, villas, houses and lodges to suit all group sizes and budgets.
We stayed in a Family Resort Room, which comprises two adjoining hotel rooms. This was perfect for our family of four and with each room comfortably sleeping three people (they have two queen beds and two singles), this would be good for larger families too.
Our hotel rooms were in the Wallum-Lagoon wing, which was very handy for getting to reception, the pool and the Maheno restaurant. We also loved the orchestra of wildlife that burst forth from the lagoon at night.
Each room had its own bathroom and private deck, and also came with TV and air-conditioning.
Other good options for families, particularly for longer stays are the villas. These are available with 1 to 3-bedrooms and come with fully fitted kitchens, laundry facilities and plenty of space with separate lounge and dining areas. Some also have spas on their private decks.
The loft villas allow for even more personal space, but are only recommended for children aged 6 and up, due to the steep loft staircase.
For large groups, there are beach houses that sleep up to 15 people and for something a bit more fancy, you can opt for an Executive Villa, which sleep up to 6, and was the accommodation of choice for Harry and Meghan during their Fraser Island visit.
Dinnertime at Kingfisher Bay Resort
There is a good choice of restaurants at Kingfisher Bay, from fine dining to bar meals.
The signature restaurant is Seabelle, a fine-dining affair featuring modern Australian cuisine with a focus on seasonal local produce and seafood. Seabelle is also renowned for its bush-tucker infused dishes, for something a bit different.
If you can’t decide what to eat on the a la carte menu, then opt of the degustation and let the chefs feed you over five courses.
The main restaurant is Maheno, named after the fateful ship that lies rusting on nearby 75 Mile beach. This all day restaurant has a choice of indoor and outdoor seating, with the outdoor decking overlooking the swimming pool for that holiday feel.
A short walk down towards the ferry pier brings you to the Sand Bar & Bistro, a fun and casual restaurant dishing up Aussie bar favourites, such as pizzas, burgers and chicken parmigiana.
There’s also a swimming pool here and a small games arcade to keep the kids entertained.
Our favourite place for sundown cocktails was the Sunset Bar. It has the perfect location on the beach and and you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to come here and watch the sun sink into the ocean every evening.
Playtime at Kingfisher Bay Resort
There is always something going on at Kingfisher Bay. There’s a very comprehensive schedule of activities so you need never be bored here!
The rangers are kept busy with hosting guided walks (including bush tucker walks and night-time wildlife walks), Segway tours, archery, canoe paddles and giving presentations on the local wildlife.
If you are visiting Fraser Island during school holidays, the resort offers a really fun Junior Eco Rangers programme, both during the day and at night. Aimed at kids aged 5 and over, the program revolves around eco and wildlife activities, with such fun adventures as campfires, night walk adventures, games and movies.
Our kids loved exploring the island by night with torches and spotting all kinds of nocturnal animals… while we enjoyed dinner at Seabelle restaurant, ideal!
There are also several walking tracks around the resort for you to take a little self-guided nature walk. The entire resort (except the beach) is set within a dingo fence so you don’t need to worry about meeting a wild dingo on your walk.
If you prefer some ocean fun, then you can hire kayaks, stand up paddleboards and fishing rods at the Sunset Bar.
If you just want to hang out and relax, then there is a choice of swimming pools, including two at the main reception area, just near the Maheno restaurant, and one at the Sand Bar & Bistro.
There is also the Island Day Spa for some on-site pampering, offering up a range of relaxing treatments using all-natural Australian products.
In the ‘hood
A full-day guided 4WD Beauty Spots tour sets off every morning from Kingfisher Bay Resort to discover the highlights of Fraser Island, including visits to Lake McKenzie, the Maheno and 75 Mile Beach.
If you don’t have your own 4WD to explore the island, then I can definitely recommend joining one of these tours to see the best of the best of Fraser Island. You can also hire 4WD vehicles here if you prefer to explore on your own.
Another highlight of visiting Fraser Island is joining a Hervey Bay Whale Watching tour. Hervey Bay is renowned for being the best place in the world to go whale watching.
Boats leave directly from Kingfisher Bay Resort throughout whale watching season (July to November). This was definitely a highlight for us, so don’t miss out if you are here during whale watching season. You can read more about our whale watching tour here.
Getting to Kingfisher Bay Resort
To get to Kingfisher Bay Resort, take the ferry to Fraser Island from River Heads, located just 20-minutes south of Hervey Bay.
The barge to Kingfisher Bay Resort takes around 50 minutes. You can check into the resort at their mainland check-in at River Heads and your luggage will be taken care of from there.
You can take your car onto the barge, or choose to leave it in the secure lock-up at River Heads. It is only recommended to take your own car if you have a sturdy 4WD vehicle.
You can learn more about Kingfisher Bay Resort by visiting their website here.
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Disclaimer: Mum on the Move were guests of Kingfisher Bay Resort. All opinions, as always are honest, and our own.
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