The historic heart of Fraser Island is Central Station on Wanggoolba Creek. Wanggoolba Creek was a Butchulla woman’s area and birthing place where men were excluded. This large clearing was later the headquarters of Fraser Island’s forestry operations from 1920 until the late 1950s. An old logging village was also located here from days when tree felling was permitted on Fraser. Central Station, Fraser Island was once home to around 30 houses and a school was also built for the children of the loggers. Today the picnic area reflects the island’s forestry past. The mature Kauri Pines, Bunya Pines, Satinays and Flooded Gums were planted 95 years ago to create a display botanical garden.
Wanggoolba Creek Central Station Fraser Island
Crystal-clear, freshwater Wanggoolba Creek, Central Station flows through the rainforest. The primitive and rare king fern Angiopteris evecta growing here is found nowhere else on the island. The crystal clear silently flowing freshwater creek is home to a number of species of fish, turtles and eels. It is a starting point for short or long walks and features a boardwalk along the silently-flowing, crystal-clear Wanggoolba Creek, fringed with rainforest…a great place on a hot day.
Come with us on a Fraser Island Day Tour and let us take you on a guided tour of this amazing sand island. Spend time at Central Station, swim Lake McKenzie and see for yourself the amazing wildlife and ecosystems on this beautiful island.