Most Fraser Island tours include a stop at Eli Creek, conveniently located just inland from 75 Mile Beach. Follow the waterfront boardwalks to admire views over the creek, spot wildlife such as wild dingoes and exotic birds in the surrounding rainforest, then head down to the waterfront to cool off in the clear waters. The creek is a hugely popular swimming spot in summer and many tours also offer the chance to float down the creek in a tube.
Visit with a guide to learn more about the Aboriginal myths and legends that surround Eli Creek, and taste water fresh from the creek: with more than 4 million liters of fresh water running through the creek each hour, Eli Creek is said to have some of the purest waters in the world.
Things to know before you go
Fraser Island has soft sandy roads accessible by 4WD only. All vehicles brought to and driven on the island require special permits. Don’t forget your swimsuit. The shallow waters of Eli Creek are ideal for children and non-swimmers. The Eli Creek boardwalk is accessible for wheelchairs and strollers.
How to get there
Eli Creek is located along 75 Mile Beach, on the east coast of Fraser Island. To reach the creek, follow the Eastern Beach scenic drive, accessible only by 4WD. Ferries to Fraser Island land at the west coast ferry terminal, from where it’s about a two-hour drive to the creek.
When to get there
It’s possible to visit Eli Creek year round, although the waters are typically too cold for swimming during winter. Be sure to check tide times before setting out: driving along the beach is only possible at low tide.
75 Mile Beach
A drive along the sand-covered highway of 75 Mile Beach is the star attraction of Fraser Island. It’s a thrilling road trip with far-reaching ocean views, flanked by rocky headlands and lush bushlands. Along with Eli Creek, popular stops include the Maheno Shipwreck, which lies marooned on the beach; the Hammerstone Sandblow, with its towering sand dunes; and the colored cliffs of the Pinnacles. Further north, take a dip in the Champagne Pools then admire the views from Indian Head.