Fraser Island Travel Guide
Slower than the Limit is Safer!!!
The Rules are for YOUR safety!
Dingo on the beach
Stunning natural environment: rainforest, beach, lakes, sand dunes.
Lake McKenzie, Eli Crk, Lake Wabby, Champagne Pool
I think most people have detailed most of the spots on Fraser already so no point going over that all again. I made a video of a trip I had to Fraser with a hire 4wd and covers most of the key places people visit.. Some people like videos. Anyway,...
Wanggoolba Creek Walk
One of the many things to do on Fraser Island is to take one of the many walks on offer. As we were camping on Central station we choose to do the Wanggoolba Creek Walk - about a kilometre long return. It shows you a different side to Fraser Island - the route goes via the...
Lake Mackenzie is a must do if you come to Fraser Island. Not only is it stunninly beautiful, this huge lake only holds rainwater and does not run into the ocean. The turquoise waters makes it look like some tropical destination and the sand is white as white and is really...
We did the 4x4 full day "Beauty Spots Tour" run by the Kingfisher Bay crowd, where we were staying. As none of us are used to driving 4x4s, it was a great way to see some of the highlights of the island without the stress of navigating the sandy tracks! As the island is only...
See an old rusted up Shipwreck
Before being what it is today, the Maheno was built as a luxury passenger steam ship in 1905 (so now it's over 100 years old... what's left of it anyhow). She was used as a hospital ship in World War 1. In 1935, she was decommissioned and sold to a Japanese company for scrap...
ROUND THE CAMP
You will be spending your nights on Fraser around your camp drinking, singing and doing your best to freak people out about the dingos that can be spotted from time to time. When you are cooking dinner you will see dingos around the camp but if you don't feed them they will...
Restrictions on Hired 4 wheeled drive vehicles
Read the signs before you leave the mainland.Speed Restrictions apply. It is not necessary to drive at the maximum speed limit. It is safer not to.Observe the Hired Vehicle Restrictions re Total number of passengers and their seating arrangements. Wear seat belts. Don't...
To even think about going to Fraser Island you must have or hire a 4WD. Driving conditions vary and the speed limit is 35kph on inland rds and 80kph on the Seventy-Mile Beach which is an actual highway that runs up the surf side of the island.
Barge To Fraser Island
In order to get onto Fraser Island you must take a barge. You can pick it up from Hervey Bay to Moon point, Wangoolba Creek or Kingfisher Resort on Fraser Island or if your like us you can pick it up from Rainbow Beach (inskip point) to Hook Point on the southeren point on...
Fraser Island by 4WD
We did a great trip to Fraser a couple of months back - a great adventure in a magnificent setting. You can only go with a 4WD - we used a smaller company called Fraser Magic in Hervey Bay (the guy was german or swiss). We had a great time, with four of us in a Land Rover...
4 X 4
The only way of getting around Fraser is by using a 4 x 4. Most hostels in Harvey Bay do 2 night self drive camping trips, they provide the 4 x 4 and everthing you need for a 2 night camping trip, except for food. This is a great way of getting around fraser and it's also a...
Day Tour With Suncoast Safaris
We were staying at Noosa Heads and took a 4 wheel drive guided day tour. It was a very comfortable , but long day out, our journey starting with a 6:30am pickup at our hotel. Our new Toyota Landcruiser was ideal for the day, handling the drive along beaches and rainforest...
Go for the 2 or 3 day Safari
There are a number of tour groups to choose from but, from what I can tell I think my wife and I got lucky and choose not only the best one for our 2 day safari but, we also got the best guide for the trip.The tour that we went on took us to a number of key spots:-Eli Creek...
On my last trip to Fraser Island I hire a Suzuki Jimny. There were only two of us travelling and this little 4WD was ideal. It was light and easy to drive and didn't tend to sink into the sand like some of the bigger vehicles did.It was also the cheapest hire vehicle that...
Don't Feed The Dingo's.
Dingos are a common thing to see on Fraser Island but as cute as they seem, please dont feed them. They roam the island beaches and busland scaveging for food and will not hesitate to steal food from your campsite (especially fish). Make sure when you finish eating that you...
Diving into Big Trouble
Visitors to Fraser Island are often encouraged to run down sand hills and dive into the freshwater lakes at the bottom of the sand slopes. Or they imitate others doing this apparently innocent activity. Of course, as each person runs down the sandy slope some sand slips down...
If your planning to travel the east coast if Fraser Island, make sure the tides are appropriate for a safe and easy drive as this may limit your sightseeing on the island. For example we wanted to see the Maheno Shipwreak but we couldnt due to the timing of the tides (and...
Getting to Rainbow Beach for Fraser Island Tours
If you decide to start your tour to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach (and decide to drive to Rainbow Beach from the south - ie Brisbane or Noosa) -
Please be aware that Google Maps, and any GPS does not provide the most ideal route to Rainbow Beach. Such map services suggest cutting through the Cooloola State Park using a GRAVEL ROAD.
I do not recommend this road if you are travelling using a non 4WD rental vehicle. This stretch is approximately 40km all together. We drove this stretch in the night, (pitch dark - obviously no street lights), you would be the only vehicle on the road. We were scared of getting a flat tire in the middle of no where.
Unique Suggestions: Recommend that you drive to Rainbow Beach by driving the Bruce Highway (A1) to Gympie, then take the turn off to Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. It's only slightly longer, and most importantly safer.
Fraser Island was very lovely and a must do in Queensland
Written Oct 7, 2008
- Related to:
- Road Trip
- National/State Park
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Vehicle Access Permit
You MUST MUST MUST have a vehcile access permit if you want to go to Fraser Island. This will come in an information pack you get before you get on the island. You will not be aloud on otherwise. Pls contact number below.
Lots of Hiking
There are plenty of chances for hiking. The bus tours give us the choice to do a little scenic hiking or not.
Where as skipping the hikes might be more comfortable, you'll miss out on seeing things up closer.
During our 3 days on the island, we hiked through a small desert, a tropical rain forest, up and around some lakes and to and around the area called Central Station.
Equipment: a good pair of hiking shoes/boots, water, sunscreen, towel, bathing suit (if you're hiking to a lake), backpack (for carrying everything), and camera.
Written Jan 4, 2007
- Related to:
- Hiking and Walking
- Jungle and Rain Forest
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