Fraser Island, off Australia’s eastern Queensland coast, is the largest sand island in the world. The Island stretches over a whopping 120km and spans 166,00 hectares, giving Fraser Island visitors room to access the best of Island life.
Fraser Island is a gold mine for amazing activities with subtropical rainforests to walk through; over 100 freshwater lakes to swim in, including the iconic Lake McKenzie; huge sand hills to climb; the Manheno shipwreck to explore and an amazing 120km beach highway perfect for 4WD action.
The Island has so much to offer with its unforgettable island eco-adventures. You can take cruises to discover the untouched beauty of the remote western side of the island and partake in guided or self-drive tours. So many beautiful hotspots fill this World Heritage-listed location and the Campr guide is here to help you navigate your way through ferries, beach permits, camping, accomodation, supplies and more.
Fraser Island is a magnificent place for any kind of trip away. These are some of our Campr highlights we would recommend checking out of your Fraser Island visit.
BEFORE YOU GO
If you are visiting Fraser Island and plan on camping or driving on the beach there are a few things you need to organise before setting foot on the Island.
Only 4WD’s are able to drive along Fraser Island’s beaches, so your fourbie has to be ready to go with the gear to help you cruise along safely. Suit up your fourbie with some gear from your local ARB. For more Fraser Island Driving tips watch Campr’s checklist video below.
To gain access to the wonders of Fraser Island and Fraser Island beach and national park driving you will need to apply for a vehicle access permit.
Once you have the permit you must fix it to the left side windscreen of your vehicle. Placing the permit here makes it easier for the National Park officials to identify permitted vehicles, making it easier for you to get on with your island getaway.
A camping permit is required if you plan on camping on the island as a freelance beach camper or if you prefer to camp in a designated campground.
You can obtain your camping permit online at www.qld.gov.au/camping on the island prior to setting up camp. Once you have registered online and paid, printing your permit it is a good idea.
If you are freelance camping on Fraser Island be aware of NO CAMPING signs.
Here at Campr we always say it’s about the journey not just the destination and in the case of getting to Fraser Island, even the journey is jaw-dropping on a barge or ferry ride over. There are a few services you can take to Fraser Island leaving from River Heads, just 20 minutes south of Hervey Bay.
KINGFISHER BAY FERRY
The Kingfisher Bay Ferry runs three return services from River Heads to Kingfisher Bay Resort. This is an ideal service for visitors staying at the resort or wanting to explore the Kingfisher Bay area on Fraser Island.
FRASER VENTURE BARGE
The Fraser Venture runs three return services daily from River Heads to Wanggoolba Creek and is a great service for taking visitors to the direct entry point onto the east coast of Fraser Island.
WHERE TO STAY?
Fraser Island is a treasure trove for all kinds of accommodation. There are luxurious hotel stays to consider or amazing beachside camping. Whether you are a camper or a glamper or even a combination of both, Fraser Island has something for you.
With your camping permit, the coast is the limit! You can stay wherever you choose to set up camp and rest your head. There are so many options for camp sites along Fraser Island, whether you prefer camping in a group at a site or freelancing it and moving around freely.
NOT A CAMPER?
Not a problem. Fraser has amazing resorts and glamping sites for those that want to take the hassle out of their holiday away.
KINGFISHER BAY RESORT
Kingfisher Bay is one of Australia’s first eco-resorts. The resort is an award-winning stay that is surrounded by the natural wonders of Fraser Island. Spend your days here relaxing around the pool, sunning it up on the sand, or fishing from the jetty. This eco-friendly resort is a hub for an abundance of activities, tours and day trips, where guests have the best of both worlds with access to Fraser Island’s pristine beaches and its ever-growing subtropical rainforests. Kingfisher Bay Resort offers their guests and visitors to the island a range of activities to help see the island; Bush Walks, guided Canoe Tour, Island Day Spa and Bush Tucker Talk & Taste.
EURONG BEACH RESORT
Eurong Beach Resort on the eastern coast of Fraser Island has accommodation to suit any holidaying budget. Eurong’s easy coastal location means that the hotel rooms and spacial apartments at the resort are only a stone’s throw from the beach and even better than that, you have World Heritage wilderness just outside the doorstep. The resort is at a perfect location to hit some of Fraser Island’s must-see sights; Pile Valley Rainforest, Lake McKenzie and Maheno Shipwreck.
Eurong Beach Resort also offers many activities as well as accommodation such as day tours, 4WDriving adventures and plenty of fishing opportunities. Something to keep in mind for your Eurong Beach Resort trip is this part of Fraser Island is only accessible to 4WD vehicles.
A short drive up the east coast of Fraser Island will take you to the perfect place to float around and unwind. Eli Creek is just one of the many natural wonders on Fraser Island, but it is definitely not one to miss. Eli Creek is Fraser’s largest freshwater creek. The fresh water from Eli is fed from an underground aquifer into the ocean. The water empties about four million litres an hour, creating the perfect current for island visitors to enjoy!
One of the fun things to do at Eli Creek is to take a water lilo or an inflatable toy or boogie board and just float all the way down the creek. Then hit the walkway and do it all again. So, for a relaxing day trip come prepared to soak up some sun and sink a few drinks while coasting down Eli Creek.
Orchid Beach is just a few minutes away from Champagne Pools and Indian Head This beach makes for a great secluded fishing spot with plenty of opportunity for great catches. Orchid Beach used to be the location for the Fraser Island Fishing Classic.
If you have had enough of camping, Orchid Beach is a great place to rent holiday homes. You’re free to access the beach and beautiful views of Marloo bay Marloo Bay stretching out towards the Coral Sea. Whether you are camping, staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort, or renting out a holiday home in the area, Orchid Beach is a perfect getaway on Fraser’s east coast.
RUNNING LOW ON SUPPLIES?
The Orchid Beach Trading Post is a great place to stop off if you are running low on supplies. The store is well stocked with everything from ice, fishing bait, and snacks to sunscreen, hats and T-shirts. You can even fuel up the Fourbie for a trip to the Sandy Cape. For more information have a look at the Orchid Beach Trading Post website.
Discover a real 4WD challenge at Fraser Island’s Ngkala Rocks. You will encounter this 4WD gem on the way up Fraser’s coast toward Sandy Cape. Ngkala Rocks is one of Fraser Island’s largest exposures of coffee rock and can be found about 6km from Orchid Beach. Access over the north of Ngkala Rocks is extremely rough and should only be undertaken by experienced drivers.
Ngkala Rocks may also be beyond your vehicle’s capabilities, so, before embarking on this journey double check your fourbie and seek some advice on what modifications you may need to make for the job at hand a little more achievable. Nonetheless, a challenge like this is what adventure is all about, so best of luck when you take on Ngkala Rocks! Watch us conquer Ngkala Rocks below.
A truly special and unspoilt camping destination For those Campr’s who love the great outdoors, look to Sandy Cape Camping as your new Fraser Island safe haven. This self-sufficient camping spot is exactly that. You need to be organised to set out on this trip and be hosted only by the Fraser Island fresh air.
There are certain rules and plain old camping etiquette to follow when you’re at Sandy Cape, Fraser Island. It’s such a special place. Nobody wants to be the goose who spoils it for others. Remember to always stay clear of Dingoes, camp in designated areas, don’t light fires and keep to yourself. Read our in-depth camping tips guide here.