Kingfisher Bay Resort (KBR) has so much to offer families as a home base to explore Fraser Island. With its eco-design it sits in harmony with the surrounding landscape and has become just ‘part of the furniture’ for the abundant wildlife in the area.
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What sets it apart?
KBR is located on the Western side of Fraser Island where the ocean is calm
This means you can swim in the ocean here (which is dangerous on the Eastern side). You can also paddle a kayak (which you can hire from the resort) or just let the kids chase soldier crabs along the beach at low tide without having to worry about 4WD vehicles zooming past!
The Villas have everything you need
We stay in a self-contained two-bedroom villa because it means we can bring and prepare our own food, do our own washing and have space to just hang out. The villas we have stayed in have been adequately equipped and clean. You will find a laundry with a sink, washing machine (including a few sachets of washing liquid) and a dryer. The kitchens are generous in size and include an oven, full size refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, all the cutlery, utensils, plates and cooking gear you would usually need. Importantly, the villas we have stayed in have all been in a lovely location with ocean views. Great for watching the sun setting from the deck. You can also have your luggage delivered directly to your villa and then back to the barge at the end of your stay.
Getting there and getting around is easy
The resort has barges that leave River Heads (20 mins south of Hervey Bay) and the journey across to Fraser Island takes about 50 minutes. All the details about the barge can be found here. We booked our barge when we booked our accomodation.
The KBR mainland reception is in a small shopping complex at River Heads. After checking your luggage into reception you wait for a bus to take you down to the ferry terminal. There is a great fish and chip shop where you can have lunch as well as a pharmacy and a few other shops.
You can book a secure (but not undercover) car park for $20 per night when booking your accomodation (that’s what we did). Alternatively, you can take your vehicle over on the barge.
There is a 4wd hire company based at the resort… We have hired a vehicle through them a couple of times and have always had a good experience. I would recommend weighing up the value of bringing your own car seat if your kids need one as they are quite expensive to hire.
Another option is to take a Beauty Spots 4wd bus tour. It will take you to all the must-see locations on Fraser without having to drive yourself or worry about the tide times… plus they feed you!
Getting around the resort itself is easy… You can walk everywhere but there is also a regular minibus that does a circuit around the resort.
You can find information about tide times here.
There is lots to do at the resort itself
You can go on guided nature walks, hire a kayak, swim in the pool, drink cocktails while watching the sunset… There is just so many activities on offer. For a full list of things to do at Kingfisher Bay Resort click here.
It also has it’s own jetty! This is great for spotting marine life during the day and night as well as for fishing. My kids enjoyed spotting schools of fish off the jetty and you can also take a torch and spot rays feeding in the shallows at night.
There are great opportunities for education
During the school holidays, KBR offers a Junior Eco Rangers Program. This fun and educational program has the added bonus of it gives you (the parents) a break from the kids! While we don’t usually go during school holidays we do take advantage of a couple of the free guided walks around the resort (open to all guests). My kids love the guided walks and enjoy learning about some of the interesting wildlife and plants native to the island… and usually get to taste some bush food.
There is a range of dining options
If you don’t feel like cooking, the resort offers everything from formal dining to relaxed hot chips by the pool. There is also a general store that offers a small range of groceries (island prices of course). If, like us, you stay in a self-contained villa then you can easily bring a few days worth of food with you.
For more information about Kingfisher Bay Resort visit their website.
A note about dingos… KBR has an exclusion fence to keep dingos out of the resort. We only saw one dingo on our last visit and that was from the jetty and the dingo was foraging on the beach for a few minutes before disappearing into bushland.