Fraser Island Travel Guide

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    Fraser Island
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Fraser Island Things to Do

  • Lake McKenzie, Eli Crk, Lake Wabby,...

    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, enjoyhttp://youtu.be/hPkkJTubgyM

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  • 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 natural rainforest as well of following Wanggoolba Creek. There are...

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  • Lake Mackenzie

    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 soft to walk on.

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  • 4x4 Tour

    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 sandy tracks and beaches, it was quite rough in parts, so expect to be...

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  • 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 metal but, she never reach her destination.During a storm in 1935, her tow...

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  • The Pinnacles (Colored Sands)

    This has been made into a 'popular' tourist destination. Perhaps, for some people it is.For me, I really didn't get what was so special about 'colored' sandstone. I must be biased being from California where we have colored sandstone all over the place along the California coastline.But, it does have to be listed as something to do and here it...

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Fraser Island Restaurants

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    by Jmill42 Written Mar 23, 2004

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    Restaurants along the tour are limited to the BBQ pits at the campsites or on burners. All is given by the tour company, so you will not go starving. The meals, believe it or not, were actually quite good. A little heavy on the sand, but what can you do?

    Before departure to Fraser, all members of the group go to the store and shop for everything that they will need. Suggestions on amounts and contents are given by the tour company, based on past results. We had everything we needed... by a long shot! Except alcohol...

    BBQ Time!!

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Fraser Island Nightlife

  • 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 leave after a while.

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  • Stargazing

    Being a good enough distance from any major cities, one of the best night time activities to do onFraser Island is to go stargazing late at night.Move away from any light sources bringing a lantern or flashlight with you and find a spotsomewhere near the beach to look at the stars.For many Australians who are used to the night sky this may not be...

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  • Stay the night at the beach.

    You can stay the night on Fraser island, but there aren´t many rooms or so. But there is plenty of room at the beach, on Camping Places or just where you find a place..It´s a wonderful experience.Most of the time you wouldn´t even need a tent, its warm enough - but beware of Dingoes (don´t leave any food around) and these biting flies.The picture...

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Fraser Island Transportation

  • Restrictions on Hired 4 wheeled drive...

    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 overload the vehicle. Don't carry camping gear on roof racks.Indicate your...

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  • 4WD Only.

    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.

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  • 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. Once your on the barge its a good idea to let your tire...

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Fraser Island Local Customs

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    by helsbels Written Nov 14, 2004

    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!

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    • Backpacking
    • Adventure Travel
    • Family Travel

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Fraser Island Warnings and Dangers

  • 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 lock all your food away (there are storage cage's that you can lock your...

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  • 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 the slope as well. This finds its way into the lake so the underwater...

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  • Tides

    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 limited time we had on the island). It has also been quite common for people...

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Fraser Island Tourist Traps

  • by qubikal Written Oct 7, 2008

    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

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    • Road Trip
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • National/State Park

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Fraser Island What to Pack

  • 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.

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  • Be Prepared to protect yourself

    Backpack - for carrying all your stufffannypack Hiking shoesa good hat (like mine in the picture) to protect you from the sun (many people get skincancer on their ears or nose).shorts (because it's hot)extra change of clothingsun glasses with good UV protection lots of sunscreen (Amazingly, we saw a lot of fried Australians and...

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  • For campers!

    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...

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Fraser Island Off The Beaten Path

  • Garbage Day, Along The Remote Coastal...

    We were surprised to see a garbage truck scooting along the remote sand highway. Our guide informed us that Monday is garbage day.

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  • Lake MacKenzie

    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...

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  • Lake Wabby

    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...

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Fraser Island Sports & Outdoors

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    by KevinMichael Written Jan 4, 2007

    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.

    Hiking through rain forest
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    • Eco-Tourism
    • Jungle and Rain Forest
    • Hiking and Walking

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Fraser Island Favorites

  • Keep an eye out for the wildlife

    The local wildlife are abundant enough that you have a good chance to spot them.We were fortunate to spy at least 2 dingos when we went.

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  • Backpacking

    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...

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  • Tour Groups

    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...

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Day Tour With Suncoast Safaris
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Visit Indian Head
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Drive on the island
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Fraser Island Snakes
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LAKE WOBBY
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DINGOES
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CHAMPAGNE POOLS
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Dingoes
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The Maheno
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See Dingoes
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Maheno Shipwreck
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LAKE MC KENZIE
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Funnel Web Spiders
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Australian Goannas Love BBQ's
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Australian Native Bees
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Central Station
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Beach Walk, Unusual Sightings
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"Cherry Venture" Shipwreck
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Vehicular Ferry Crossing - Manta Ray
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Beach Driving , Beware Changing Tides
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McKenzie Lake, Natural Beauty
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Dingoes Look Nice, Be Wary
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Snakes, Only Dangerous If You Disturb
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Airstrip On The Beach - Travel By Air
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Wanggoolba Creek - An Eco- Tourists Delight
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The place to start an excursion onto Fraser
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Donßt forget the small things
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Dont just stay on the beach- go inland
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The Public Phones Don't Work
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Get to Fraser by Ferry
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Enjoy Lake Birrabeen
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Take a hike to and around Central Station
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