Lake Wabby is a popular swimming spot but, unlike most of the lakes in Fraser Island’s Great Sandy National Park, it supports numerous fish species--including the rare honey blue-eye-- due to the lack of acidity in the water. You might even catch a glimpse of turtles while you swim. As the westward-moving sand dune that borders it will swallow Lake Wabby within the next century, you should take the opportunity to swim now before it disappears.
Many multi-day tours of Fraser Island include visits to Lake Wabby, typically allowing enough time for a swim. This is a great way for those without 4WD vehicles—or those not keen on driving off-road—to see the island’s highlights.
Things to know before you go
*Due to the delicate ecosystem of Lake Wabby, sunscreen or bug spray should not be worn if you plan to swim. *There are restrooms near the parking lot. *As with elsewhere in Fraser Island, beware of dingos. *If planning to camp nearby, apply for a permit before you visit.
How to get there
Fraser Island is accessible by 4WD vehicle only (permits are required). If coming from the southern tip of Fraser Island, where the ferry docks, turn right onto 75 Mile Beach, which runs the length of the east coast, and follow it to Eurong Resort. The hiking trail to the lake begins at the parking lot 2.7 miles (4.3 kilometers) north of Eurong, near One Tree Rocks camping area—it takes around 40 minutes.
When to get there
You can visit Lake Wabby any time of day year round, though an early visit will beat the crowds. The early morning is also appealing for the sight of the mist rising from the surface of the lake and perhaps even spotting a few dingo paw prints in the sand.