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Champagne Pools boardwalk
Named for the champagne-like effect of ocean waves cascading over rock walls, these tidal pools are a fizzy delight.
- Journey type
- 700m return Start and finish points are the same and the traveller must return via the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 30min walking time.
- Grade 3 walking track
- High clearance 4WD
- Lookout (constructed)
- Toilets (non-flush)
- Photo credit: © Lise Pedersen
- Photo credit: © Sarah Haskmann
- Photo credit: Darren Jew © Tourism and Events Queensland
Head along the boardwalk that hugs the side of a rocky headland and take in the stunning coastal views towards Indian Head before arriving at the pools.
Hollowed from masses of volcanic rock, these fabulous ocean-level pools are best at mid-tide, when breaking waves create a natural, bubbly spa.
If conditions are safe, pop in the pools for a refreshing dip. At low tide take the steep (and slippery) steps down to the secluded beach and let the kids play on the sand. Keep an eye on the ocean as turtles, dolphins, manta rays and, when the season’s right, humpback whales are seen from here.
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 Champagne Pools boardwalk is on K'gari (Fraser Island), 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay and about 300km north of Brisbane.
- The boardwalk is on the Eastern Beach scenic drive about 21.2km north of the Dundubara camping area.
- The Eastern Beach scenic drive is only accessible 2hrs 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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
Before you visit
Champagne Pools boardwalk is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- Temporary closure of Beach camping zone 4 (Guluri, Eli) and 5 (Maheno, Wahba) due to increased wongari (dingo) activity 10 September to 14 December 2020
- Wildfire Alert - Camping and road closures 25 October to 4 December 2020
- Wildfire Alert: Road Closures 25 November to 4 December 2020
- Wildfire Alert-K'gari Great Walk 24 November 2020 to 24 January 2021
- Lake Wabby scenic drive impassable to Pile Valley road 10 June 2020 to 1 January 2021
- Lake Garawongera scenic drive impassable to Poyungan road 10 June 2020 to 1 January 2021
- K’gari (Fraser Island) RESTRICTED VISITOR ACCESS due to fires 27 November to 13 December 2020
- Warning - Marine stingers K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Sandy National Park 01 November to 31 May 1 November 2020 to 31 May 2021
- Dingo (Wongari) Seasonal Information - Whelping Season 20 October to 4 December 2020
- Beware crocodiles
- Be dingo-safe
- Beware marine stingers (jellyfish)
K'gari (Fraser Island) conditions report Updated 27 Nov 2020
Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report—always check it before you visit.