The benefits of outdoor education are well established – it fosters critical thinking, leadership skills, evaluating risk taking and promotes positive mental wellbeing among students.
Fraser Island offers the most unique eco-learning opportunities in South-East Queensland. What better destination could there be than the world’s largest sand island and a World Heritage Listed site situated so close to Brisbane!
Imagine immense dune systems shaped by millions of years of wind, water and waves. Large, clear freshwater lakes formed through varying degrees of natural action and huge rainforests growing only in sand – there are so many opportunities for immersive learning on Fraser Island school camps:
Read on to discover all the amazing experience options that a school camp on Moreton Island has to offer!
Fraser Island, also known by its Aboriginal name of K’gari, covers 851 hectares and is the largest sand island in the world. Where else can you get a school camp so close to Brisbane that has:
It’s not hard to see why schools and colleges come from all over Australia to see this fun filled adventure classroom!
Trailblazer Tours is an eco-accredited tour company who have been providing quality school camps for many years and is backed by our sister company Australian Sunset Safaris. We boast:
There are so many options for studying on Fraser Island limited only by your imagination. Below we have summarised the main options that we have seen utilised during our many school camps. If you have another requirement just drop us a line and we will custom build your perfect itinerary!
Biology & Environment
Fraser Island presents a unique opportunity for biology studies in a closed environment. With Vegetation on the island displaying an unusual level of complexity and major changes in vegetation communities occurring over relatively short distances, it is an easy place for educators to bring up discussions about plant and animal communities & environment. Fraser also contains half of the worlds perched lakes, a rainforest growing only on sand and a multitude of unique flora and fauna existing almost untouched by human interference. And of course, we can’t forget the dingoes which present a challenge for the wildlife and island authorities.
Fraser Island presents a unique opportunity to investigate the impacts of nature based recreation and effects of human impact. Having a reasonably long history of human occupation ranging from Aboriginal land owners, European settlement, logging operations, WW1 use and the application for a sand mining establishment, students are able to investigate and inquire to formulate discussion regarding the continued protection of the island.
Sustainability & Tourism
Fraser Island presents a unique opportunity to study the eco-tourism operations on the island and how they may be impacting the long-term sustainability of Fraser Island. Our professional guides will provide eco-commentary throughout your Fraser Island school camp and can answer all the investigative questions your students may need to ask to formulate ideas and opinions. Where possible we will arrange an Eco talk by a Fraser Island ranger who will talk the students through the impacts of humans and vehicles on the island, and the plans that are in place to ensure the longevity of the island and eco systems.
History & Culture
Fraser Island is rich in nature and history. From the first inhabitants who called the island K’gari over 30 000 years ago to the devastation and deportation of the European settlement phase. Students will learn about how Fraser Island was named through the bizarre story of Eliza Fraser, why the Aboriginals called her K’gari, who were the Z-force commandos of World War 2 and why were they on Fraser Island and more! The main historical points of Fraser Island include:
Physical Education Camps
Where better to take your P.E and fitness Camp than to Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. There are a multitude of physical activities available and we can support your requirements for extra hiking / physical activity.
Download : Fraser Island School Camp Booklet for more information.
Fraser Island presents an amazing array of eco-adventure experiences which will have your students buzzing from sun up to sun down. With a multitude of amazing natural environments, students are easy to keep entertained and teachers are able to tick off the "curriculum" list. The locations and experiences listed below are included in your package for 3+ day school camps. If there is something you would like to add to your itinerary, please talk to us and we will endeavour to tailor your package to your learning outcomes.
The development of rainforest vegetation on coastal dune systems at the scale found on Fraser Island is considered unique. Central Station is the location of the historical logging operation and the cause for the extensive settlement of Europeans. Your students will be given an insight into the flora, fauna and history of the area and will visit Pile Valley, Woongoolba Creek and Central Station. For groups studying human impact, we are able to visit the on-site camping facilities and discuss the impacts in this area. This tour includes:
Fraser Island has over half of the world’s natural perched lakes, and is the site of the world’s largest unconfined aquifer on a sand island. The dynamic interrelationship between the coastal dune sand mass, aquifer hydrology and the freshwater dune lakes presents a unique learning opportunity for your students.
4 wheel driving up windswept coastal beaches is one of the main attractions of a trip to Fraser Island and gives a rare opportunity for students to spot coastal wildlife and see examples of the geological processes that formed the island. Below are the main stops along a tour up the Eastern Beach driving along the famous 75 mile beach.
3 Day Fraser Island Sample Itinerary
For more itinerary examples, please download the Fraser Island School Camp Booklet or give us a call to discuss your specific needs – we’re more than happy to tailor an itinerary to your learning outcomes.
Our school camps include a FREE Cooloola National Park tour upgrade!
For more itineraries and options, please download the Fraser Island School Camp Booklet.
We stay at the famous Eurong Beach Resort, right on the eastern beach of Fraser Island. The resort is only accessible by four-wheel-drive and is situated in the perfect location to form our base camp.
Students are accommodated in 4-6 share rooms and teachers will be housed in comfortable units with ensuites. The resort boasts great facilities such as:
We pride ourselves on providing the best transport options available for our school camps, and can move groups of up to 180 all at once in our custom-built 4WD coaches. All vehicles are air conditioned and suitable for on-road and off-road travel. Features of our service include:
Yes absolutely! We offer trips to multiple destinations such as Moreton Island & Fraser Island, Fraser Island & The Great Barrier Reef, Moreton Island, Gold Coast theme park and a night in Brisbane! These combined trips are perfect for interstate schools who may have a little further to drive.
We sure do – we have a safety and risk assessment handbook which will be sent to you upon booking.
Because we include a Free Cooloola National Park tour as part of our school camps, you will be 4WDing only a couple of hours after you depart from Brisbane. We head across and 4WD up through Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach before taking the ferry across to Fraser Island – this cuts out a lot of boring bitumen driving and the students will be on the sand much sooner. The estimated actual time to hit Fraser Island is around 4 hours in total but we will break this up with plenty of rest stops.
No! We provide enough vehicles for everyone to have a seat. This means that we pack so much more into our tours and make sure that students are out on the island for the optimum amount of time.
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For educational groups travelling on a fully facilitated camp with Trailblazer Toursor sub-contractors there is no longer a need to complete forms for exemption of national park usage fees. Schools & educational groups will now be automatically exempt from these fees. Where the aforementioned group is taking a vehicle, they will be eligible for fee exempt vehicle permits and should contact camping support (email@example.com) to obtain their relevant permits. This is the responsibility of the group taking the vehicle.
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