Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) day-use area
Don’t go past the chance to see Fraser’s own ‘Eden’, endeared for its size, crystal-blue water and pure fringing sand.
- High clearance 4WD
- Lookout (constructed)
- Toilets (non-flush)
- Wheelchair access (may require assistance)
- Photo credit: Briony Masters © Queensland Government
- Photo credit: Rob Cameron © Queensland Government
Set in the historic heartland of the island, Boorangoora is a must-see for all island visitors.
Unpack your picnic lunch in the fragrant shade of the scribbly gums, blackbutts and bloodwoods and read about the Butchalla Aboriginal people’s connection to this lake and their country.
With your towel and camera (and your kayak if you have one!), head off down one of the sandy paths to the lake. You won’t be able to resist the clear blue water, ringed by pure white sand. Marvel at the precise reflection of the sky on the lake’s smooth surface as you float in the cool water.
This park is part of the Fraser Island World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of coastal dune landform development and evolutionary history.
Getting there and getting around
The Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) day-use area is on K'gari (Fraser Island), 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay and about 300km north of Brisbane.
- The day-use area is on the Central Lakes scenic drive, 8.7km north of Central Station and 25.2km west of the Eastern Beach scenic drive at Cornwells Road.
- The Central Lakes scenic drive is not suitable for trailers and the Eastern Beach scenic drive is only accessible 2hrs hours either side of low tide.
Getting to K'gari
You can get to the island by high clearance 4WD, on foot, by plane or with a commercial tour.
Check the K'gari (Fraser Island) conditions report for the latest information on access, closures and conditions within the recreation area.
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- Your high clearance 4WD must have low range functions.
- Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
- Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
- A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.
From Inskip Point (15mins from Rainbow Beach)
- At the end of the bitumen on Inskip Point Road, reduce tyre pressure, engage 4WD and drive 500m onto the beach.
- Drive onto the Manta Ray barge for the 10–15min trip to Hook Point on the southern tip of K'gari (Fraser Island), and the start of the Eastern Beach scenic drive.
- Bookings for this barge are not required.
From River Heads (east of Maryborough)
- Travel 10.6km along River Heads Road to the Fraser Island Barges landing area.
- The trip to Wanggoolba Creek on western K'gari (Fraser Island) takes 30–45min.
- The trip to Kingfisher Bay on western K'gari (Fraser Island) takes 50mins–1hr.
- These barges run at fixed time and bookings are essential.
- Walkers can board a vehicle barge to the island (details above) or arrive by plane.
- Flights leave from Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
By private vessel
- Access K'gari (Fraser Island)'s sheltered western coastline by private vessel. The eastern coastline of the island is extremely hazardous and exposed to very rough ocean conditions.
- Launch your boat at one of the many boat ramps on the mainland between Tin Can Bay and Burnett Heads. There are no boat ramps on K'gari (Fraser Island).
- See Maritime Safety Queensland's Beacon to Beacon Guides for the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay for detailed navigational maps.
- The waters adjacent to Fraser Island are in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
- If you're heading out on the water make sure you know your zones so you can follow the rules.
- Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.
- You can join a range of tours that leave from a variety of centres.
- For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.
The toilets and picnic facilities are wheelchair accessible with assistance. The sand in the car parks and on the tracks is very soft and powdery and can be difficult to navigate. There is no wheelchair-access to the lake.
Before you visit
Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie) day-use area is open 24 hours a day
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
For more safety information see Visiting K'gari safely.
- Park Alert - Detour Northern Scenic Road partial closure 22 June to 22 December 2021
- Park Alert-Tukkee Wurro (Indian Head) walking track temporary closure 14 June to 31 December 2021
- Planned Burns - Kingfisher South East and Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie), K'gari (Fraser Island). 25–29 July 2021
- Partial opening - K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk 18 May to 31 July 2021
- Dingo (Wongari) Seasonal Information 1 June to 31 August 2021
- Smoke Alert - K'gari (Fraser Island) 19 April to 31 August 2021
- Beware crocodiles
- Be dingo-safe
- Beware marine stingers (jellyfish)
K'gari (Fraser Island) conditions report Updated 23 Jul 2021
Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report—always check it before you visit.