Many people that are researching or planning a trip to Fraser Island hear about the popular attraction of Indian Head.
Many have lots of questions that they would like answered.
We have gathered a few of the most popular questions and hope that we have covered them.
Should you have any further questions please contact us and we would be happy to find the answers for you.
How did Indian Head get its name?
Many visitors to Fraser Island presume that Indian Head got its name because it actually looks like a native American Indian headdress. The high rocky cliffs form the head shape and the scattered trees resemble the feathers adorning the headpiece.
You could actually imagine a native American Chief wearing this. It is remarkable, yet not the reason headland got its name.
Indian Head was named by the explorer Captain James Cook on 19 May, 1770.
As he sailed past the headland he noticed through his binoculars a tribe of dark skinned natives standing on the rocky cliffs.
He used the term” Indian” in reference to native American Indians to describe the indigenous aboriginals that he saw.
The natives he was referring to was from the Butchulla tribe. They are now recognised as the traditional owners of Fraser Island or K’Gari as they call it meaning paradise.
What is the attraction to Indian Head?
Indian head is a popular attraction with the tourists. It is located on the most northern point on the eastern beach.
Queues of vehicles and tourist buses unload their passengers on the beach to make the trek up to the top of the headland.
The view is spectacular from the top with massive cliffs dropping down onto the rocks and ocean below and on the western side a beautiful view out to Middle beach and the sand dunes in the distance.
How hard is the walk to the top?
The walk takes about 20 minutes for a person with average fitness. It is steep and rocky in some parts and a few little breather stops may be needed to catch your breath.
Access to the walking track is from the eastern side only. Ensure that you have suitable footwear, a drink bottle and hat in the summer months.
From the beach the walk begins with rock climbing over large boulders as you follow a narrow little goat track.
Some parts are quite slippery and in the summertime the dirt and rocks can get extremely hot.
Is it dangerous?
The walk to the top is not dangerous, however danger is possible if you get too close to the edge of the cliffs and slip or fall.
Be aware of the WARNING SIGNS as they are for your safety.
It can be a little difficult to navigate the rocks if you have a pre existing injury.
If you are taking young children it is advisable to hold hands and keep a close watch from the top.
There are many signs warning of the dangers from slips or falls at the cliff top.
CLIFF EDGE – STEEP FALL
NO PERSONS BEYOND THIS POINT
What can you see
At the top you can see clearly down into the waters below.
It is common to see turtles and Manta ray, large ocean fish like Mackerel and Tuna, pods of dolphins and often hammerhead sharks lurking through the waves.
The view out into the ocean on the horizon is amazing.
During whale watching season it is even more spectacular when you see pods of whales breaching and playing in the water.