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When I mentioned that my expectations for Fraser Island were sky high, they should have been higher because when I say that the last few days have probably been the best in my life, it's no exaggeration! FRASER ISLAND WAS EPIC!!! It didn't look that way to begin with though, when I originally booked my trip, I was told I would be driving a 4x4 …
We crossed on the ferry from Hervey Bay to Fraser Island to begin our 4 x 4 trip of the beautiful island (largest sand island in the world). We went to Lake Mckenzie, Central Station, Lake Wabby, Eli Creek, the Pinnacles, Indian head, Lake Birrabeen and bushwalked through the rainforests. The highway is 75 mile beach, as they have no roads- only …
Mit kleinem Gepäck (den Rest lassen wir im Bus und die Wertsachen bei der Campingplatz-Reception) werden wir um halb acht abgeholt. Mit einem Transfer-Bus geht’s über die Fähre auf die grösste Sandinsel der Welt: Fraser. Anschnallen ist Pflicht, denn der Bus mit Vierradantrieb braust dem Strand entlang. Da die Flut die Fahrspur auf der …
Today is going to be a short entry. Partly because I'm writing this blog two days after the event, partly because it as it was relatively uneventful day and also because I'll save some of my writing energy about our tour of Fraser Island. The day was one of the earlier starts. We skipped breakfast at the hotel and were in the car and out the road …
During my research of Australia. Fraser Island was on everyone list to visit therefore I bought Cooldingo Eco Tour package consisting of 2 nights at Hervey Bay YHA Hostel and 2 nights/3days on Fraser Island with accommodations at Kingfisher Resort. Fraser Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized in 1992. It is the largest sand island in …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsKingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island
A great way to stay on Fraser, nice Lodges, a fun club and a short bus ride to lovely pool and jacuzzi by the lake. Cool dingos was the best trip I ever did, and this resort helped make it
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My review of this resort is in two parts- one from the perspective of an able bodied guest and another reviewing disability access.
Part 1: They won't tell you this on the ferry over, but if you are arriving on the 6.30pm one, my advice is to sort out where you are going to have dinner and go there without waiting for your bags to arrive at your room. If you wait, you may well miss out as the kitchens close at 8.30.
Rooms are comfortable, spacious and ours had a very generous balcony area. Delightful to sit out there in the evening and listen to the frogs and in the morning and listen to the birds. Unfortunately, you may be next door to, or above the balcony of someone who enjoys a fag or two (that's a cigarette for non-Aussies) and their rising smoke may spoil the fresh air.
Linen was a nice quality, except there was only 1 wash cloth between 2 ppl,
There are pools for young and not so young: the resort does have lots of families especially during school holidays, but the lower pool generally had space for lap swimmers to get their fitness swims in. The water temperature is fine after a couple of laps, but a bit cool for wooses like me.
Food here can be a bit monotonous- appreciate the fact that transporting ingredients here is difficult, but I would not have wanted too many more days for the meals alone. Main ingredients feature at the two restaurants and their treatments is almost identical. The buffet breakfast was seriously overpriced- $20pp for the full breaky, but you can do better by having a toasted sandwich or bacon and egg roll at the cafe near the village shop where they make a jolly decent cappuccino, piccololatte and mocca.
We took the full day beauty spots 4 WD bus tour of the island the day after we arrived. That certainly shook the city out of us. There hadn't been rain on the island for a while and that made the tracks much more bumpier than usual, great fun for a while, but physically tiring if you are a 'back of the bus' person. Next day you will discover stomach muscles you never knew you were engaging! The offer of a light plane flight over the island was tempting, and it did give you the perspective of how large the island was. Also took a peek at a couple of migrating whales and the perched lakes from the air. It didn't cover as much area as I thought it would, so you don't really 'see' the island. What can you expect in 15 minutes anyway?
Most of the fun stuff to do , such as hooning along the beach highway and going up far north to see other sites would be better done with your own 4WD vehicle, there are some that can be rented on the island. Taking one you hire with the major rental companies is a bit risky as the insurance is void for driving on the beaches.
Dingoes aren't as common as you would believe, so unless you plan on lying out on the sand covered by a bag of snags, you should be safe from mauling.
The walks through the changing areas of cubtropical rainforest are something I would do more of.
Part 2: Increasingly I believe there should be an international standard ranking disability access for hotels. It is difficult to travel to fairly remote locations as you can't take your gear- the shower seat is difficult for anyone with no torso muscles or balance issues.
Slippery too, be careful of that. I suggested the resort invest in a shower/commode chair as the toilet is not positioned so that a wheelchair can get close to it for a transfer. Use the toilets off the main reception area instead.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island
Overpriced and over rated!
My wife and and I, plus two friends recently stayed at the Kingfisher Bay resort. We had great expectations of a quiet eco-tourism experience. Our expectations were far from met: our three bedroom unit was located right next to the round -bout where ALL the traffic coming in from or going out to the ferry had to pass. It seemed that every time we sat out on our patio a ferry was just coming or leaving and the area was busier than Grand Central Station at rush-hour! Hardly the peaceful retreat that we had expected, despite the place being three-quarter empty!
The food was also very expensive and of very average quality. Staff were minimally helpful.
Fraser Island is a great place to visit, but stay at one of the other resorts.
A great place to stay
Stayed here at one of the villas in 2002 and had a wonderful time.Yes, the service was a bit patchy -we couldn't get into the seafood buffet despite being guests because they sold it out weeks in advance to day trippers - very poor!But we had good service in the fancy restaurant, and found assistance with 4WD drive hire and canoe hire excellent.Yes, you are a bit trapped here unless you take a tour or book a 4WD, but the kids loved the resort, especially the heated pool, and the villas are superb. Definitely stay here again.
Disagree, we got great service
We had a fantastic time and the staff were very helpful. I agree the food at the buffet is overpriced but there's always the cafe style food at the bar by the beach.
The resort and accommodation is very impressive, but unfortunately I agree with the comments that the staff are extremely unhelpful. Also be warned that it is difficult to get out of the resort without transport/booking on a tour. I visited during what was admittedly a busy period, and all tours and 4WDs were fully booked. It would have been nice to have been warned about the need to pre-book when I made the reservation (some months previously). When I pointed this out to the desk manager he was indifferent to the point of being rude.
On the contrary-Service was faultless
We had a fantastic time, did absolutely everything, hired 4wd, used Junior ranger Club, ate, drank, swum, sailed etc etc.
Service was great everywhere - Pool Bar staff especially. Great food - reasonable prices. Can't say enough - will return again!
Nice Digs, Terrible Service
This is a beautifully situated resort on Australia's lovely Fraser Island. The buildings are 10 years old and are very well designed. However, the resort fails abysmally due to its exceedingly poor service. Tourism is supposed to be a major industry in Autralia's sunny Queensland. Yet, the locals we encountered had virtually no training, often were wise *****--to put it mildy, and seemed more bent on partying than working. Our son saved a drunken staff member from falling off the back of a trolly one night on his way to the pub frequented by the younger set. The food in the many venues available was far from what you would expect at a "four star" resort. Worse, the resort store lacked sufficient provisions for us to cook our own meals. If we wanted a lumber camp, we would have stayed in B.C. By the way, lose "No worries"--you've got more than I can even begin to list here.
Nice accomodations, bad service
The resort & pools are nice but service is poor. Food in the main restaurant is served buffet style and it's really bad. Everything is out of a can!
4WD rentals are expensive. It's cheaper to rent off the island and put the car on the ferry.
Resort is really great eg location, facilities etc but the staff really let the whole package down. They lack the customer service skills you would expect from a resort of this calibre. Front desk staff seemed disinterested and lots of mistakes happening eg giving out keys to the wrong rooms, luggage being sent to the wrong area, missed wake up calls etc. Think if the management looked at the whole customer service area and focused on the attention to detail they could really have a first class resort.
I liked Kingfisher,I had heaps of fun during my stay,even thou it was abit over priced,I plan on returning during my next trip to Oz,cheers!
Not worth the money
Fraser Island is wonderful and should be experienced. However, Kingfisher Bay is overpriced and the service was quite abysmal.
Examples include bags being delivered to the wrong room, missed wake up calls, messages not delivered and just an overall lack of what you would expect from a quality resort. If you can experience Fraser Island with one of the lower priced options on the island, I believe you would be much happier.