Fraser Island is one of the most beautiful World Heritage-listed sites Queensland has to offer. Home to many native species of animals, stunning beaches and lush vegetation, it is no wonder the island is such a popular holiday destination.
The resort has been acknowledged as a leading family based hotel and tourism operators and is designed to make family holidays memorable, fun and informative for both the parents and the kids. Kingfisher Bay Resort provides a number of nature-based tours led by a team of passionate resort rangers. Ranger Ben Pickett is one of the many rangers who live on the island and is dedicated to maintaining the pristine natural landscape surrounding the resort.
After completing an Environmental Science, Ben said working at Kingfisher Bay was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down. “I just love offering my knowledge to the guests and helping to conserve the environment,” he said. A normal day of work for the rangers involves doing tours through the resort and nearby areas as well as educating the guests about the island and the conservation of its environment.
There is a broad range of activities available, including canoe paddling and Segway tours, as well as a variety of free guided walks. You can choose from a flora, beach and mangrove walk or even a bush tucker walk. They also offer a night walk which is a perfect time to see the native nocturnal species hiding throughout the island and a dingo talk to inform people about the species and how they can help conserve them.
“My aim is to enlighten guests environmentally through the tours,” said Ben. He said he will often take guests of the resort four wheel driving around the island to show them more of the islands surrounding beaches and environment. “You might even see fruit bats or a dingo on the beach, it isn’t common and it is definitely special,” he said.
Ben has been a ranger at Kingfisher Bay Resort for one year now and as ranger manager, he takes care of organising activities for the guests. “We have a lot of school and university groups coming through, so I organise tours for them,” he said.
Turtles are just one of the protected species on Fraser Island. As they are there all year round and lay eggs on the tip of the island, the rangers keep that beach closed to protect the turtles from injury by cars and dingoes. Lucky visitors are likely to see Humpback Whales in the ocean between the months of May and November, and dolphins can be seen playing in the water all year round. If you’re lucky you might even see some dugongs, which is described as a rare but amazing experience.
“It is a great place to live, all the rangers love it. Not many of us come and go as it is just such a great job to have,” said Ben.