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 food in at campsites) and leave no scraps behind. If you have fish as scraps it is recommended that you bury them 30cm deep into the sand to discourage them scavenging.
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 profile is changed. It becomes shallow. Too shallow, in fact, to accommodate persons travelling at maximum speed diving out of control into the lake.
A little publicized fact is that every year there are several tourists severely injured doing this activity.
By "severely" I mean the ones that break their backs or are made quadriplegic. The ones who suffer minor injuries get no mention at all.
How to avoid Breaking Your Back ......................... Don't Try It!!!"
To the above activity add the risk of injury by "sand surfing". This involves sliding down sand dunes on purpose-built or improvised equipment (a cardboard carton for example). Risky business. see report
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 to get themselfs stuck in awkard situations eg:not being able to get back when the tide rises so be carefull!!
Hi I have been to Fraser Isle on many occasions, yes, there are snakes as with the whole of Australia. But, I have never seen one myself ever.
The tip is they are very shy and will run away rather than bite. Generaly if you walk heavily they will feel/hear you coming and run away.
Most people are bitten as they are trying to kill them, if you do encounter a snake just walk away and leave them alone.
Fraser is a beautiful Island and you will really enjoy the pristine nature here.
Re you camping or staying at the echo resort? if camping put all the food stuff away as the dingos are more of a nuisance tahn any snake, a dingo will bite you.
Anyway have a fabulous time it is SOOOOOOO! beautiful.
While on Fraser Island you will see dingoes and they can cause some problems but if you follow the rules you are given you will alright. Also if you are camping in a site that is not protected by fencing you will get a vidist from a dingo, the import thing to remember is to not feed them, if you do you are not only breaking to law but you also run the risk of having dingoes around the camp all night and they may get aggressive when you don't keep feeding them, so be warned, DON'T FEED THE DINGOES!
The dingoes aren't usually dangerous, but you'll still have to be carefull. Don't go out and have a wee on your own after dark, keep your tents closed and don't feed them. If you feed the dingoes, they may get aggresive when you stop feeding them. Also keep a close eye on your kids.
Walking around the Wagnggoolba Creek area our guide showed us the many holes in the ground, the home of the Funnel Web Spider, a very poisonous spider for which a vaccine now exists should anyone get bitten. Do not put your finger down the hole and you will be ok.
When travelling any beach there is danger with incoming tides which rapidly engulf your vehicle and risk your life. A four wheel drive is essential for beach driving along Rainbow Beach and the 75 Mile Beach on Fraser Island. These photos are examples of people caught out, it happens regularly. Remember in the tropics the tides are huge.
The Dingo is the Australian native dog, it is a very intelligent animal and over the years it has been bred with domestic dogs to produce the respected sheep dog. You will see notices all over the island advising you not to approach or feed these animals, view from a distance. In recent years they have attacked people, normally this occurs when tourists start to feed them.
There used to be large numbers, but after recent attacks their numbers have been culled. This is disappointing as they are a natural wild animal and if people obey the basic rules it would be rare for any trouble. We did not see any on our trip.
Fraser Island is a national treasure with strict rules aimed at preserving the natural flora and fauna. You must expect to see the animals which have lived here for thousands of years. Snakes are docile reptiles and will leave you alone if you do not disturb them. They normally hear you coming and disappear into the bush. If you see one just retreat slowly.
We came across one just after we left the beach and drove onto a bush track. We had no troubles as we stayed in the 4 wheel drive and took our photos. It was a good sized python.
I don't know about all the phones. But, of the 3 that I tried, none of them worked.
I really needed to use a phone while I was on Fraser, but unfortately all of the public phones
that I tried to use just didn't work. It appears that they have been well maintained.
Fortunately, we were able to use a fax machine at one of the Island vendors.
It's not safe to go swimming in the ocean on Fraser Island. There's a saying: If the rip doesn't get you the sharks will. A rip is a strong current going into the ocean, it's hard to get out of it. And there are loads of sharks in Fraser Islands coastal waters. But the lakes are perfectly safe.
Dingoes are one of the best known (and cutest) icons about Australia, and you would be very unlucky not to spot one during your time on the Island.
I only put them under the warning section for want of a better place, but they are really no danger as long as you are sensible. If you have children make sure they do not chase the dingoes, as they have been know to lash out in response to this.
Also if you are camping, ensure you lock your food away in the car, and do not ever leave it outside on a table, or in your tent, unless you want the dingo?s to come sniffing around. It is unlikely they would tear into your tent, but it really is better to be safe than sorry.
I have been to Fraser Island over 10 times and have never had a problem with them, so they are really nothing to worry about, as long as you don?t chase them!
Also, do not feed them!!! This is very important as it encourages them to harass more people in the future.
Fraser island has a fairly large population of dingos, they come out at night and they have a reputation for being dangerous scavingers so its worth being cautious. In fact they rarely cause much trouble if you know how to react to them, the advice we were given was to stay close to eachother, don't go off on your own atall (not even to the toilet) if your group is approached by dingos, stay still and stare them out. Don't shout and scream and flap about, don't run, don't try to attack them or scare them away, don't offer them food, don't be scared (like dogs they can smell fear!) They are scavingers by nature so keep your tents, vans, cars etc shut and locked, and any food locked in them (including bins with leftovers etc) They've got used to travellers and tourists being on the island and know where to find your food! Keep a CLOSE eye on any children.
Generally be aware, but not scared.
These are two species of the wildlife you may see when you are camping out on the beach on Fraser Island.
As for the Dingoes: they are said to be some of the last ones which are quite pure (no dog-genes mixed in), and although they are not afraid of humans, don?t try to touch or feed them. They are still wild animals and are best left alone!
The Horseflies: I don?t know if they really are, but they are big flyes that will bite you after they sat down on your skin. Fortunately they are quite slow (in flying and biting) so you have time to squash them.
But they are a real pest. In one evening we killed about 100 of them.
So. I advice you to bring some bug-spray, strong one.