Fraser Island Information
Fraser Island is the largest island off Australia’s east coast and the largest sand island in the world. This magical paradise with its crystal-clear lakes, spectacular coloured sands, immense sandblows, rainforests, giant trees and abundant wildlife is a miracle of nature – everything here grows on sand. It is inscribed on the World Heritage List, one of less than 400 areas worldwide.
Highlights on Fraser Island
There are so many things to see and do on Fraser Island that it’s hard to narrow them down to a list of ‘must sees’ or ‘must do’s’. Here’s just a few:
Lake McKenzie: One of Fraser Island’s best-known freshwater lakes. It is a refreshing swimming spot, with picnic facilities nearby and is a favoured area by bushwalkers and nature lovers.
The Maheno: the most famous of the Fraser Island wrecks, was driven ashore just north of Happy Valley during a cyclone in 1935.
Fishing: Try along the eastern beach, at Waddy Point, or in the west-coast estuaries.
Lake Wabby: Watch a sandblow in action as it gobbles up this concealed lake.
Eli Creek: The largest creek on the eastern beach, a wonderful spot for a swim – simply let yourself float downstream.
Indian Head: Spectacular views from this high, rocky headland. Watch whales, rays and sharks in the sea below.
Champagne Pools: so named for their beautiful colour. The Champagne Pools are formed by a natural volcanic rock barrier partially shielding the beach from the ocean surf which can provide a unique bathing experience on hot summer days.
Travelling on Fraser Island
Essentials to bring:
• Maps and guidebooks. (Pick up from the barge office in Rainbow Beach)
• An adequate vehicle recovery kit for the type of terrain you are likely to encounter.
• Tyre pressure gauge and a pump to reinflate tyres.
• First-aid kit.
• Adequate drinking water.
• Sufficient fuel (and be aware of where you can refuel).
Many accidents involving four-wheel-drive vehicles have occurred in national parks and on beaches. Accidents can be avoided by following road rules and driving carefully. Normal road rules apply to driving along beaches and on roads in national parks, conservation parks and forests.
Drivers need to be prepared for difficulties that could be encountered in remote areas and in rough terrain. If you are planning to drive on sand and you have limited experience, download a copy of the Driving on sand safety guide. It includes tips for planning your trip and recommendations for obtaining further information.
Follow these tips for driving safely:
• Watch out for wildlife, pedestrians and other road users
• Drive slowly to allow time to react to sudden or unexpected problems.
• Expect to share some roads with pedestrians and other vehicles, including small tour buses.
• Be very careful when approaching walkers and sunbakers on beaches. The noise of the surf makes it almost impossible to hear your vehicle.
• Take extra care during and after wet weather
• Watch out for washouts, scoured road shoulders and loose surfaces.
• Be especially careful in wet weather. Some roads become impassable, even to four-wheel-drive vehicles!
• Make sure all passengers wear seatbelts at all times and stay inside the vehicle.
• Keep left, especially at sharp bends and crests.
• Pull to the side to let other traffic pass but do not damage vegetation or create new tracks. Use passing bays if provided.
• Stay on existing roads and tracks.
• If you get stuck, try not to use trees for winching. If you have no choice, use tree protectors.
• Wash your vehicle thoroughly before and after trips to prevent the spread of weeds.
• Leave gates as you find them.
Driving on Fraser Island’s Seventy-Five Mile Beach is subject to tides and the general rule is to make sure you are off the beach for two hours either side of the high tide. Tide times are available on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
Supplies and Services
General stores and fuel are available at Eurong, Happy Valley, Cathedrals and Kingfisher and Orchard Beach Store providing groceries, bread, alcohol, bait, ice, meat, vegetables, souvenirs, resort wear, camping equipment, fishing gear, postage facilities and telephones.
There is a Police Station at Eurong. First aid and emergency medical assistance can be obtained from the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service ranger stations. In the event of an emergency please call 000.