Originally we wanted to camp at Lake Mackenzie but as we arrived at the island there were signs everywhere saying there was no camping permitted so we decided to camp at Central Station and to us it was perfect. There are a number of camping spots with its own designated area. Apparently you are meant to have a specific permit for central station but we never got one and as we were never told anything about it (and miles from anywhere) we just decided to try out luck and not bother - noone ever said anything. We did have a general camping permit but whether this was the correct one we still dont know! Facilities are great - there are a number of washing up stations as well as toilets and showers ($1 for 5mins).
Washing up facilities
Toilets and Showers
Table and bench at each camping area within Central Station
A feature of Frasers at Cathedral Beach is the on-site tents permanently set up for people opting for that style of accommodation on packaged tours of the island.
Camp sites are available for all types of camping gear ranging from one man hike tents to fancy off-road camper trailers.
Typical users of these sites included back packers in hired 4x4's with the basic camping gear included in the hire package.
The on-site tents have double beds or two singles , wooden floors and some basic stowage and seating. There are fully equipped kitchens nearby. The kitchens have a BBQ, microwave oven, refrigerator/freezer, washing up facilities and tables and chairs. Electric lighting 24 hrs a day.
A shower and toilet facilities are nearby.
Convenient location to reach other parts of the island is the main quality of this camp ground.
A shop with fuel, basic supplies, snack food and bait is on site.
Photo 1: permanent tents
Photo 2: inside layout of tent
Photo 3: fully equipped kitchen dining area
Photo4: backup kitchen area
Best described as a Camping Ground with some dongas, Frasers at Cathedral Beach is conveniently located about halfway along the main ocean beach of Fraser Island.
Donga = Australian for relocatable accommodation unit commonly used on construction sites, mining sites etc.
On previous visits to Fraser, I have camped behind the dunes or stayed in a rented house at Happy Valley. Wild camping is probably the more adventurous option but the most desirable camp sites are without toilets. I feel obliged not to add my contribution to the pollution of the sand dunes so this time a hut at Frasers at Cathedral with a nearby ablution block was the option chosen.
The hut is small and fairly basic. About 6 metres square, huts are divided into four areas: 2 bedrooms ( one with double: one with 2 single beds), a kitchen and an outdoor verandah for lounging and eating. Between each pair of huts a covered bbq and bench table is provided. The kitchen has Fridge/freezer, gas burner stove and a microwave oven. There is hot water for washing up. A 240 volt power supply runs 24 hours a day.
The convenient location is the outstanding feature of Cathedral Beach. It would be possible to walk to the beach to go fishing. The location is central and makes driving back down the beach to Eurong, Happy Valley and/or north to Indian Head and Waddy Point a breeze. Given that driving the beach is only feasible a couple of hours either side of low tide, timing is the essence with beach drives and for an extended stay this location is fine..
Our five day stay at Frasers at CB was at a cost of AUD 160 per night for four persons. All linen, bedding and washing up supplies are supplied. (Only thing missing was surf towels. Not that I recommend entering the unpatrolled surf. You may wish to swim at the Champagne Pools at Middle Rocks.)
Fishermen will find plenty of gutters very close to C.Beach. We caught our self-imposed bag limit of 3 Tailer each per day within 500 metres of the C.Beach Sign.
Photo 1: 3-roomed donga or hut
Photo 2: Beach sign
Photo 3: shop at camping ground
Photo 4: visiting goanna
Photo 5: covered BBQ between huts
You can put up your tent anywhere you want on Fraser Island. It's not smart to do it on a 4WD track, but you can sleep on the beach or special campgrounds that are free. Remember to keep your tnet closed to keep bugs, reptiles and dingoes out.
There are campsites on Fraser, but we decided to camp on the beach. Camping on the beach is fine, just remember to park and pitch the tent above the high tide line :). It's a good idea to collect some fire wood from one of the campsites, as there probably won't be any suitable wood around the beach area.
There are many places to camp around Fraser Island, though you are asked to stay at one of the proper campsites. Most of the campsites have WC's and BBQ pits, so it is enough creature comforts for most.
With Koala's package, you are given tents and everything you will need to "rough it".
Just understand this is an "ALL sand" island, therefore you might a bit of sand in... well... everything!
Theres loads of campsites on the island. Some are better than others. We stayed at Central station and Waddy point. Waddy point was great.
The Fraser Island Beach houses are self contained studios, or 2-3 bedroom apartments. They are located 300m from Eurong town centre which makes them ideally located for exploring the island.
Each of the beach houses is fully self-contained and are very modern and well furnished. This was handy as we were able to buy food on the mainland to save money, and cook in our apartment. There is a pool on site but we went in winter so it was a bit cold to use.
On Fraser Island it's an absolute MUST to camp. I think everybody who stays in the resort on Fraser Island misses the best. We didn't camp on a real campside - means there were no showers and no toilets. just some bins to put the rubbish away, which is important because of dingoes. there were some dingoes coming up and look for food, but as we always put our food straight away we didn't have any problems with them.
Camping on the beach is a bit windy, but it's just wonderful to hear the ocean. it was also quite quiet because we were the only groups camping there
as i said no toilets or showers.... but oceanview =), adventure, camp fires and fun with your group...
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