Explore Sandy Cape, Fraser Island
One of the least visited most remote parts of Fraser Island is its far north, Sandy Cape. We are a stone’s throw from the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, about 40ks north of here is Lady Elliot Island where the Great Barrier Reef begins. Follow us as we travel around Fraser Island and find the best spots to camp, fish and do some four-wheel driving.
Sandy Cape, Fraser Island
Sandy Cape was named by the wonderfully imaginative Captain Cook as he passed by in 1770. 100 years later after several shipwrecks in 1870 construction began on the Sandy Cape Lighthouse, which is still in use today. This was the first European settlement on Fraser. The other thing that Sandy Cape is known for is its fishing.
Sandy Cape Fishing
Whilst you are allowed to fish on Fraser Island, you need to be careful as you’re not allowed to fish in certain areas. Don’t worry though, the area is often signed to inform you where you can and can’t cast a line. If you’re looking to buy some bait before your trek up the beach you can purchase worms from Eurong beach. The best thing about these worms is that they’re fresh, which means they’ll taste better to the fish and they stay on your hook better than cured worms. If you’d like some extra information, the information bay has some helpful maps. They even provide information about wildlife to help you along the way. You can also pay your camping fees at the information bay, along with information about North Head, Sandy Cape and the marine park.
Sandy Cape Camping
The Cape itself is a pristine environment, it’s a good idea to camp in designated sites along the Northern Beach. We have found a beauty hard up against this sand blow offering protection and an elevated view from the top. If you can’t find a decent sand dune to park behind, we’d suggest finding some foliage to help protect you from the wind and allow you some shady patches away from the sun.
Once we found our chosen campsite, it was here that all Swifty’s toys come out including the hammock. Not sure if that’s standard ARB Kit. One thing to remember when travelling up here is that driving on low tide is a must! It’s also important to remember that you can’t drive up the beaches at night during turtle season.
The Cape is a really special place, very isolated and sparse but beautiful in its own way. It’s one-stop that has got to be on your Fraser island bucket list!
Don’t forget to check out Episode 29 of the Campr series for all the action at Fraser Island.