Fraser Roving Backpacker Hostel
412 The Esplanade, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island, Australia
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Guided tours for Fraser Island. What's the best ?
Hello all !
We are planning to go to Fraser at the end of November.
We are looking for a guided tours (we are under 25, so we can't drive a 4x4 and we prefer travelling with a guided tour in order to avoid problems suggested on this forum... !).
The problem is that it's quite difficult to choose by internet.
We would like a 2 or 3 days guided tour, with camping (not resort or hostel) as we think it's part of Fraser' spirit, and if possible with a small group !
Do you have any good ideas ? Or, on the contrary, companies that we should avert ?
Do you know if it's possible to book a 2 days guided tour, to stay on Fraser on night and one day more by ourselves and the next day, going back with our guided tour ?
Last but not least question, do you think it's necessary to book anything in advance (end of November) or will it be ok ?
Thanks a lot all for all your reactions !
Re: Guided tours for Fraser Island. What's the best ?
I have just today booked this tour for myself and my husband. We will be in Hervey Bay (on Fraser coast) on Thursday, They seem to be a good company. Have a look at the website:
I would definitely book on website- November and Dec are busy season for Queensland, despite the heat.
Re: Guided tours for Fraser Island. What's the best ?
Hope Lynne comes back with personal experience with her tour.
Cannot endorse because we did our own transport but the company using the on site tents adjacent to the huts where we stayed was The Fraser Island Company (www.fraserislandco.com.au) which does 1,2 & 3 day tours from Hervey Bay. According to their brochure, The 3 day tour is 435 AUD per adult. 3 day tours depart Hervey Bay on Tuesday,Friday, Sunday. See my Fraser Island page accommodation tip to see photos of the camping facilities the company uses at Frasers at Cathedral beach. bonne courage de p.
Travel Tips for Fraser Island
Backpacking on Fraser Island is a fantastic thing to do if you are young and want to meet new people while exploring this amazing Island.
I took about 9 friends from University - all from Canada along with me one break from University and they absolutely loved it.
The best thing to do is to hire a 4WD - we hired ours from a backpackers in Hervey Bay - Koala (http://www.koalaresort.com.au/fraser.htm) where they give you a safety briefing on how not to get your car caught in high tide and be stranded in the salt water and then have to pay for damages - and other helpful hints! This is also a great thing to do if you are travelling alone or with 1 or 2 others, as then you can join a couple more people are hire a car together to go over.
You really need to bring ALL your food for the whole time you are there with you. There are a couple of shops, but they are few and far between. This includes bringing matches etc for starting your camping stoves and so on. The good thing about the backpacker 4WDs is that they give you all the cooking equipment and you just need to bring your food. It also includes camping equipment, return ferry costs, camping permits and national park costs. (Remember if you are going to go without a tour and plan on camping etc, you MUST have these permits)
The great thing about hiring a car is you can go anywhere you want, stay as long as you want, and go back there again if you like! Driving on the island can be a bit bumpy as there aren?t any real roads, its all sand tracks until you get close to the resort - I think I almost got knocked unconscious hitting my head on the roof a few times... but that could also have been my friends really bad driving. Camping at night was great. We stopped near the beach most of the time - there are plenty of places to camp behind the sand dues and so on in specified areas, and there were normally 4 or 5 other backpacker cars there too, which meant lots of people to chat to and someone always had a guitar. (Please notes most of these places do not have toilets or showers) We did stay one night at a camping ground, which is fine if you have a family - but there are rules such as when you need to be quite, which is quite early, so I wouldn?t recommend it if you want to stay up late having fun.
Please see my recommended to do list of things you should see while you are there!
All in all, taking a backpacking car tour of Fraser Island is great fun if you want to meet new people and explore one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth!
Frazer Island has a beautiful Surf Beach, unlike Hervey Bay, which has a more peaceful Bay.
There is always good fishing here, and they hold an annual fishing competition, which is quite famous in these parts.
Backpacks and the best idea unless you are staying at a resort. A waterproof jacket is quite good if it looks like it will be rainy - an umbrella isn?t very helpful when you are trying to walk through the rainforests or hike - so forget that.
Good walking boots or running shoes are recommended if you plan on doing a lot of walking. Bring a few pairs of socks as there are creeks all over the place and it is likely you will get wet at some point!
As for normal clothes ? jeans, shorts ? anything really. If you go in winter it will get pretty cold at night and during the day, so bring warm clothes and jumpers with you. Toilet papper
Sunscreen! It does not matter how tanned you want to get - the sun in Australia is very very strong and you need a high level sunscreen such as 15+ for normal people or 30+ if you are pale like me. There are so many beautiful things to see here that a camera is an excellent idea - maybe keep it in a plastic bag to try and keep the sand out when you aren?t using it. A waterproof tent! Rainforests aren?t called that for nothing! :P
Bring sleeping bags and a lamp as well. This is very important and something people often forget ? there aren?t light there so you need to bring your own!
All cooking equipment ? pots, pans, a stove, a lighter etc. There is wood at most camping grounds however and BBQs at some as well. Food!
There are not many places to buy things to eat on Fraser Island unless you don't venture far away from King Fisher. You definitely have to bring all your food with you to be safe.
You absolutely need a camping permit if you wish to camp on the Island and a car permit if you will be driving.
You can find the offices and their contact number in which you can obtain these permits at the bottom of this page: http://www.hervey.com.au/FraserIsland/default.htm
Roughly in the middle of Fraser Island. Park your car up and set off on the walk, which is hard work. The walk will take aroung 50 minutes to get there depending obviously on your pace.
Once you get there you will see what is only a small lake but on the one side it has huge sand dunes which are awesome for running down and juming straight in the wter. (Watch people fallover as they get close....classic!)
If you think that the sand dunes are big, you ghave to go to the top of the first dune and see what awaits you. There is mile and mile of open space, covered in sand. This is slightly different to the rest of the island. This looks like a minature Sahara desert or something.
In the lake are catfish, which will swim around you; if you are peeling from sunburn the fish will even come up and eat off bits of your skin. Weird.
Although the walk is long its well worth the effort to see this lake.
The place to start an excursion onto Fraser
For a day-trip or also for a several day trip unto Fraser Island you will have to start somewhere. And that somewhere almost certainly is Hervey Bay.
A very nice village by itself with excellent restaurants and beaches. A very friendly info center.
Leave your rented car here for the trip.
Just if you come by a jetty that looks like the one iin the picture: there is a restaurant closeby with the best mussels in coconut - citron gras sauce I ever, ever had. I would go back just for that!
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