Fraser Island Barges have two ferries that depart from River Heads which is about 20 minutes out of Hervey Bay. One lands on the island at Wanggoolba Creek and the other at Kingfisher Bay. The trip takes 30 – 45 minutes. The cost is $165 return per vehicle with up to three adults.

The Manta Ray departs from Inskip Point at Rainbow Beach and lands on Hook Point. It takes about 10 minutes and the cost is about $120 return per vehicle.

Fraser Island Dingoes are the purest strain of Dingo in Australia.

Vehicle and camping permits are essential. Purchase them in advance online or from the office at River Heads or Rainbow Beach before the ferry departs.

To drive on Fraser Island a 4 wheel drive is necessary. We take our own, but they can be hired through companies in Hervey Bay. Atlas 4WD Hire and Fraser Magic both have a good reputation and happy customers.

Drop Bear Adventures have organised 2 – 3-day tours which are very popular.

Fraser Explore Tours are known for their day trips.

Lower the tyre pressure to about 20psi before driving on the sand. We never did this until we had to shovel ourselves out after getting bogged in soft sand!

driving on fraser island
The closer to the water, the easier it is to drive.

Check tide times. As a precaution driving along the beach should be done two hours either side of low tide. Driving before and after this is possible but you will have to drive higher up on the soft sand. We drove on the beach at high tide when it was going out, not coming in.

Salt can be corrosive so try not to drive into the water and give the vehicle a good hose down after.

Eli Creek can be impassable at high tide. Many vehicles have washed out to the ocean while trying to cross at high tide!

Eli Creek
Eli Creek can be impassable at high tide.

The further away from the beach the softer the sand. Driving close to the water on the darker sand is much easier.

Water is available at the ranger’s station in Eurong and campgrounds with amenities.

Small shops and fuel are available at Eurong, Happy Valley, Cathedral Beach, Orchid Beach and Kingfisher Bay.

dingo reflection
If you are concerned about the Dingoes, a fenced campground is a great option.

Shopping in Hervey Bay beforehand is less expensive and has more choice.

Mobile coverage is scarce on the island but is available at Eurong, Happy Valley and the other townships. We had a strong signal while camping at Wongai and hotspots on the west coast.

It can get cold at night with the wind even in summer, so bring something warm!

There are options for fenced and unfenced camping on the Island. The unfenced is generally bush camping with no amenities. If you are concerned about the Dingoes or have children, a fenced campground is your best option.

cute dingo pup on Fraser Island outside our tent
A cute dingo pup rests outside our tent

Fenced Camping is available at Central Station, Waddy Point, Dundubara and Lake Boomanjin. These campsites have amenities, coin-operated showers and toilets. They also have timber picnic tables and seats at each campsite.

Fenced camping for hikers is available at Lake McKenzie, Lake Benaroon and Lake Boomanjin.

west coast camping
Camping on the west coast

The sun sets on the west coast and rises on the east coast.

Coin operated showers are available at Central Station, Waddy Point and Dundubara.

The bush camping on the east coast is very basic with no facilities. There are no toilets or showers.  A toilet is a hole dug in the ground with a spade. A bush shower or a swim in the lakes, creeks or ocean is perfect for refreshing!  If a hot shower is necessary, have $1 coins for the coin-operated showers at the fenced camps.

Fines apply if you are caught feeding the Dingoes or don’t store food away.

dingo pups at our camp
These dingo pups have just left their den.

Fraser Island is very busy during school holidays. November and early December is a quieter time. During May there is a good chance to see dingoes as the pups leave their dens and become independent.

We recommend staying on Fraser for at least 4-5 days. This gives enough time to see all the attractions or do a similar loop like we did.

If you prefer to pitch your tent only once, a good base in the centre of the main attractions is campsites around Happy Valley or Eli Creek.

For sunrise at Champagne Pools we camped at Marloo but if you don’t want to get up so early the best option is the campground at Waddy Point or Burad camp. From here it takes about 15 minutes.

champagne pools sunrise
Sunrise at Champagne Pools

On the last day, it is a good idea to camp at a campsite close to the ferry landing, especially if leaving early. This gives plenty of time if your vehicle gets bogged. If someone else gets bogged on the inland tracks that can hold up the vehicles behind. Fraser Island is the kind of place where everyone helps each other. If driving on Fraser long enough you will more than likely eventually get bogged! Central Station, Lake McKenzie and camps close to Eurong are good options.

There is about 20 km of choice for beachside camping on the more remote western side. Make sure you keep well above the high tide line while camping and driving!

If camping is not your thing there are other options for Accommodation on Fraser Island.

More information and maps on Fraser Island 

Fraser Island Barges

The Manta Ray

fraser island icon the dingo
The dingoes are a big part of Fraser Island’s charm.

Some Driving Distances

Wanggoolba Creek Landing Ferry to Central Station 10 km – 1 hour

Central Station to Lake McKenzie 10 km

Lake McKenzie to Eurong 15 km

Eurong to Elli Creek 25 km – 1 hour

Elli Creek to Champagne Pools 35 km – 90 minutes

Eli Creek to Lake McKenzie 40 km – 90 minutes to 2 hours       

K’gari to Woralie Creek on the west coast 35 km – 90 minutes to 2 hours

Hook Point to Eurong 40 km – 90 minutes to 2 hours

This is just a rough guide only. Driving times vary and depend on the tides, conditions of the tracks, traffic and how much sightseeing. One-way inland tracks such as the one from Woralie Creek to K’gari can have hold ups when there is oncoming traffic.

beautiful lake Mckenzie
Lake Mckenzie

Our Camping Gear

Tent

Camping mattress, sheets, pillows and blanket

Camp table and chairs

Gas cylinder

Gas Barbeque

Single Gas Burner

Fridge/Esky

Food and Drinks!

Water Containers

Plastic container for washing the dishes

Cutlery, Frypan and Kettle

Lamp, torches and matches

Outdoor Shower

Shovel

Our mini iPads are an essential item for us even when camping. The perfect size for a kindle and great for reading in tents as no lights are necessary!

Read about our Camping on Fraser Island

10 Responses to “Fraser Island Camping Tips”

  1. Shannon & John

    Great blog guys. We are planning a camping trip to Fraser in October & have two children 7 & 8 years old. Ourselves and the children included really hope to see the Dingoes. Do you think camping is suitable and safe for us and do you think we will have much chance of seeing the Dingoes?

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    • Hi Shannon & John. Thanks for your comments. The fenced camping of course is safe and the unfenced camping is safe as long as you stick to the rules and NEVER let your children out of your sight. Dingoes have a hierarchy and will possibly try and dominate, especially children. The Dingoes often walk around on the beaches. The early morning is a good time to see them. The eastern side and the more populated areas you have more chance. If you’re staying for a few days you have an excellent chance of seeing them.

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  2. Your photos are amazing guys! It looks like you had an amazing time and you’ve left some great tips for people to follow!

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  3. Rehana Parvin

    For people who want to camp on Fraser Island, it can look very confusing. These tips are perfect and the itinerary is a great base to start from, for a self-driving. Love how the perspective is photographers wanting to get some great photos.

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    • Hi Rehana. Fraser can look very daunting if you want to self drive and have not visited before. We hope our tips will be helpful to first timers and photographers. Thank you.

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  4. Thanks Katie. Fraser Island is an amazing place and we have a soft spot for the Dingoes! We spent 4 days travelling around. It’s great to do independently but there are also some fantastic group tours.

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  5. Beautiful posts about a beautiful animal. You are both very lucky to travel to the places you have and experience so much wildlife up close. Blogs like yours are very rare. Love all your travel tips too.

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    • Thanks Karan. Yes we are lucky to experience so much wildlife and have a lot of it at our back door. We have a soft spot for the Dingoes and Fraser Island is one of our favourite places.

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