Fraser Island Backpackers

Postan St, Happy Valley, (formerly Fraser Island Retreat), Fraser Island, 4655, Australia
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Fraser Island from Brisbane

by travelpedro

Hi guys
I want to get to Fraser Island from Brisbane. The sea plane looks a great option, but seems quite expensive ($600-$700 each)
Has anyone been on it? is it worth it? are there cheaper / better options available?

Re: Fraser Island from Brisbane

by stevemt

There would have to be a hell of a lot cheaper ways of getting up there.

Rail, Bus etc to Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach and then over by barge would work out a hell of a lot cheaper I would think. Sea plane would be great time wise, but if that is not a factor, I would certainly explore other options.

Re: Fraser Island from Brisbane

by mgmarcus

There are organised tours/accomodation deals that are cheaper so you should be able to do cheaper yourself

As an example.

Re: Fraser Island from Brisbane

by aYankinSyd

I agree with the points above...

Definitely take the bus/train up to Hervey Bay and boat it over to Fraser Island. It's all part of the backpacker's trail, and you'll meet plenty of fellow travelers.

Once on Fraser you can do big tours with groups, or you and a small group can rent a 4x4 truck and drive in the sand on the beach and camp where you'd like. You might want to make your choice prior to.

Great choice on going to Fraser - what an amazing place. Enjoy!

Re: Fraser Island from Brisbane

by pedroswift

I'd be opting for a package too. Keep in mind a (pay for) permit is required to drive on Fraser. Permit is required to camp also.After the most recent Fraser vehicle accident (making the news), I made a note on my Fraser Island page re this subject (to do a package or do your own thing). Enjoy your's a great place de p.

Re: Fraser Island from Brisbane

by aYankinSyd

Hey Pedro - am sure the accidents are plentiful, eh?

When I was there, these 4 folks camped on a beach where they were not supposed to. The tide came in, they were sleeping...and when they woke up? Their $50,000 rental 4x4 had been swept out to sea.

Beach parking can be tough!


Travel Tips for Fraser Island

Tour Groups

by Jmill42

Unless you have your own 4 x 4 handy, and one that is rust-proof, I would suggest you purchase a spot on one of Fraser Island's many tours. I personally went on the 3 day / 2 night tour by Koala's. It came with a Toyota 4 x 4, all the cooking and camping stuff we needed, but not the alcohol or food. Those items were left up to the 8 people in my group, and we decided to purchase the bulk packages of both at discount rates from Koalas. This turned out well. Obviously, your group will depend on the level of fun you have, but there is little chance that you will not enjoy this island!

Have respect to sustain the beauty!

by helsbels

Hopefully this goes without saying, but i just wanted to remind everyone how important it is to clear up after yourself on the island. It's a stunning place but will only stay that way with everyones help.
*Smokers keep your ciggie butts! I kept a camera film pot on me so when i was nowhere near a bin i could pop them in there. No smell, no fuss, no mess!!
*Obviously rubbish to be put in bins or taken with you.
*Any campfires put out and covered.
*When you're camping there arent often toilets, but be sure to dig a hole to do your bussiness in and cover it after! Any toilet paper should be put in your rubbish bin and taken with you until you get to a bin. (not very nice, but quite important!)
It's not hard to do but it will make a lasting difference so that others can enjoy the island for years to come!

less is more

by vatschi

don't take too much luggage with you, there is no space for it anyway! i recommend that you wear thonges, like an ozzie ;) there is so much sand everywhere that shoes would drive you mad. but be careful when climbing rocks, there could be snakes! don't take too much toiletries. we were camping near the beach with no toilets or showers around and didn't take a single shower on the island. and YES, we were stinky fellows - but who cares, all of us were ;) it is important to take a camera and lots of film! you'll see so many things you'd like to photograph that you'd be sad without a camera! we were provided with the most important things like tents and cooking gear. but of course it is practical to have flashlight (although even that was provided!) and a sleeping bag (if you don't have one, you have to hire it)

Lake MacKenzie

by mprice14

This lake is absolutly beautiful. Its a huge freshwater lake, surrounded by white sand. The water is really nice to have a dip in to get out of the heat. The water is fresh and drinkable and the sand when rubbed over silver jewellery cleans away all marks and makes the silver like brand new!

This is such a nice area to chill out for a bit but as with most things on Fraser Island the tide dictates where and when and forces you to leave.

You could speand a whole day just at this lake but you wont have time. It is a great place to stop for lunch as theres picnic tables around and changing rooms.

Get to Fraser by Ferry

by KevinMichael

We signed on for 2 tours which also covered the cost of everything we needed to go there (permits, overnight accomodations, transportation, and food).

Apparently, it is necessary to get a lot of permits just to go and to drive around on Fraser. But, good tour packages will cover everything necessary. They will also provide pickup and dropoff services from and to your place of stay.

The ferries do have food and drinks on board.

I think, it took about an hour or so to cross to Fraser.


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