K’gari (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 K’gari (Fraser Island)
There are so many things to see and do on K’gari (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:
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.
The Maheno: the most famous of the K’gari (Fraser Island) wrecks, was driven ashore just north of Happy Valley during a cyclone in 1935.
Lake McKenzie: One of K’gari’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.
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.
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.
Travelling on K’gari (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.
DRIVING ON K’gari (Fraser Island)
K’gari (Fraser Island) is a beautiful and unique location that offers plenty of opportunities for adventure. However, driving on the island can be challenging, and it's important to take some basic precautions to ensure your safety.
Here are some tips to help you survive your drive on K’gari (Fraser Island):
- Plan your trip carefully. Before you go, research K’gari (Fraser Island) and plan your route carefully. Check tide times, as driving on the beach is only possible at low tide. Make sure you have plenty of fuel, water, food, and supplies for your trip.
- Drive with caution. K’gari (Fraser Island) has many rough, sandy tracks and narrow roads, so it's important to drive with caution. Always obey the speed limits and be prepared for other vehicles coming in the opposite direction.
- Respect the wildlife. K’gari (Fraser Island) is home to a variety of wildlife, including dingoes. Be sure to keep a safe distance from wildlife and never feed them.
- Watch for hazards. Be aware of hazards such as washouts, rocks, and fallen trees on the roads. Always keep an eye out for obstacles and drive with care.
- Carry essential supplies. Always carry essential supplies such as a first aid kit, a spare tire, and a jack. It's also a good idea to carry a portable air compressor to inflate your tires.
- Take care when driving on the beach. When driving on the beach, always drive on the hard-packed sand near the water's edge, as this is the safest place to drive. Never drive on the dunes or in the soft sand.
- Be aware of tide times. It's important to be aware of tide times when driving on the beach. Driving on the beach is only possible at low tide, so plan your route accordingly.
- Use low range. When driving on the sand, use low range four-wheel drive to help you maintain traction and control. This will help you avoid getting bogged down in the soft sand.
- Be prepared for emergencies. In the event of an emergency, stay with your vehicle and call for help. Always carry a fully charged mobile phone and a UHF radio to call for assistance.
- Avoid night driving. It’s extremely dangerous driving on Fraser at night. We strongly recommend getting to your destination before sundown.
Driving on K’gari’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 & 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.