I'm from Mackay- and went to this year's Harvey World Travel Expo- everyone that entered the expo had to fill in a little slip and put it in the draw, to possibly win some holiday or other -I hadn't won anything much in my life other than a bottle of rum and a packet of Wagon Wheels, so I wasn't expecting anything. but a week or two later, I got a call; my prize: two nights at fingfisher, on fraser island, barge transfer to and from, full buffet breakfast.
Even though it was prize, we were treated very well- even after with a misunderstanding with the transport to the barge, we weren't made to feel terrible for our mistake.
The people at reception were very nice and helpful- every time we asked them something, they answered every query with a smile.
It was like staying in a giant tree house- and I say that with absolute affection - our breakfasts were absolutely incredible- there was a MASSIVE array and variety (due to an earlier leg of our trip, I gave the toast, scrambled eggs and bacon a wide berth- this is no slur on the quality I saw, with the fluffy eggs and crispy bacon)- in both hot and cold sections there was no shortage.
I didn't feel like we were being rushed- Mom's only complaint was the salt and pepper shakers didn't work, and I had to get one from another table, but that's really a very minor irritation.
We went to the general store/ souvenier shop- and spent up big- there were so many beautiful things there.
We went on a bush medicine walk- it was good and informative - and we went to the cafe for lunch [they have different places for different budgets, which is good]. there was a photographic gallery inside- and they were just spectacular pieces, we'd end up getting 4.
We dressed for our night walk, walked to the jetty to take pictures of the sunset, then went to Seabelle for dinner (pricey, yes- but we wanted to experience the whole bush tucker thing- and they were INCREDIBLE). Mom's calamari and crocodile entree was INSANELY good- our mains were another level of brilliant. unfortunately, to make our bush walk, we had to pass up dessert- or so we orginally thought- Mom decided to ask- they're open til 9- and we could eat til 9.30, so we went on our excursion- disappointingly, there were virtually no animals and it was impossible to take pictures at night- we saw fish jumping out of the water, but we didn't get to snap them.
We got back and got dessert- and we were kind of glad that we went on our walk first, considering how filling dinner was - the choc wattleseed tart was to die for.
Our room was nice and well appointed - I have no complaints, except that I wish we'd stayed another day.
I wrote a thank-you note before we left, to show how much we appreciated the warm and professional welcome and treatment we got.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the bush overlooking the calm waters of the Great Sandy Strait, this award-winning ecotourism resort on World Heritage-listed Fraser Island is the perfect base to explore the world's largest sand island. The resort incorporates the 152-room Mercure Kingfisher Bay Hotel, self-contained two and three bedroom villas and houses, and a 174-bed Wilderness Lodge for groups. Resort Rangers also guide a variety of four-wheel-drive coach tours or personalised tours of the island. Access to Fraser Island is by ferry only. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Kingfisher Bay Resort Fraser Island
- Kingfisher Bay Hotel Fraser Island
- Kingfisher Bay Fraser Island