If you want to learn about the history of Fraser island a visit to Central Station is a must do.
Here you can learn about the early Aboriginal settlement, the logging and its pioneering history.
Central station is a main track that most people will pass through at some point if they are crossing the western side of the island to the eastern beach past Eurong.
It is worthy of a stop if you want to know more about the islands history, if you like bush walking through luscious rainforest or need a resting spot for a picnic..
Central Station is very interesting with lots of machinery, memorabilia and interpretive displays to look at. Its a great place to set up for a picnic or BBQ under the canopy of the rainforest.
The area is full of enormous Kauri and Hoop pines as well as plenty of beautiful Stag horns that can be found along the creek. It is amazing that such a magnificent lush rainforest can be found in the middle of a sand island and something that must be seen to be believed.
From here you can also take a rainforest walk on one of the hiking tracks if you have the energy. One of the best walks is from Central station to Pile Valley. You walk alongside Wanggoolba creek ( keep an eye out for Eels ) in the thick of the rainforest beneath enormous Kauri Pines and Brushbox.
It has a short incline to the top but nothing to strenuous. The circuit is approx 4.6km ( 2-2.5 hours ) but well worth the effort, the surroundings are magnificent. Another great walk is from Central station to Wanggoolba creek approx 1km ( .5 to 1 Hour )or for a little longer Central Station to Basin Lake 5.6km ( 2-3 hours ).
Central Station has well maintained facilities with extensive parking, picnic tables, toilets, gas BBQ’s and coin operated hot showers.