Maheno Wreck, Fraser Island

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Maheno Wreck, Fraser Island - Address

Address: Maheno Wreck, 75 Mile Long Beach, Fraser Island

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About Maheno Wreck, Fraser Island

It’s a startling landmark on an otherwise usually pristine beach – the ruins of a once magnificent ship rusting away on the sand. It’s been here for over eighty years. The Maheno was built in Scotland, and was the world’s first turbine driven steamer. And it was a luxury steamer too. During WWI, it was even a hospital ship.

In 1935, a cyclone grounded the ship onto the beach here, and the saltwater has been slowly wearing it down since. Though this is one of the island’s most popular attractions, there’s not much to do here. Take a few pictures, and remember its story so you can tell others.

How To reach Maheno Wreck by Public Transport

  • Walk or drive along the beach till you see it. It’s a few km north of the middle of the beach.

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Maheno Wreck, Fraser Island Reviews

  • I have never seen a shipwreck before so it was really amazing for so see such a big one without diving. It is a really interesting place to be.

  • Pretty cool site, as the island keeps on growing less you get to see. This wreck might be fully buried in few years by the sand. Go see it before it disappears for good!

  • Interesting to see the shipwreck on Fraser Island, as the Island itself is always growing and therefore the shipwreck becomes more and more buried in sand as time goes on. Nice place to stop and take photos on your drive along the sandy coast.

  • I went with Dolphin Wild Island Cruises, highly recommend, they provide you all the equipment you will need to swim between the wreck, they take care of your safety and provide you a very tasty lunch. Staff are really friendly.

  • Beautiful and must see place while on Fraser Island. Take your time to have a good look and walk around it. Near the dunes there is a sign giving you the background story of the ship which is worth reading. Watch out for cars while crossing the beach though.

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