This rugged sandy island is one of Australia’s adventure hotspots.
Queensland’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island (K'gari) may be the world’s largest sand island but its landscape offers even more spectacular sights than the giant dunes for which it is famed. The scenery here is dotted with shimmering freshwater lakes, crystal-clear creeks, wind-sculpted cliffs, and lush rainforests, promising ample adventures from swimming to 4WDing and wildlife spotting. Fraser Island is also famed for its dingos, so campers with small children may want to opt for fenced-in campsites. You can visit all year-round but spring (September through November) offers the most comfortable temperatures, reduced humidity, and low rainfall. Plan ahead, especially during school holidays, as camping permits must be acquired before arrival.
Set inland, 20 minutes west of Eurong Beach Resort, and surrounded by rainforest, campers staying in Central Station can have a great walk along the banks of the freshwater Wanggoolba Creek and through the lush rainforest. Flora and fauna you may come across include the rare king fern Angiopteris evecta, which has the largest fern fronds in the world, as well as turtles and eels, and you’ll also be within easy access of Lake McKenzie, a popular swimming spot. The camping area, typically one of the island’s busiest, is surrounded by dingo-deterrent fence.
On the island’s northeast coast, Waddy Point offers both beachfront (unfenced) and inland (fenced) camping areas with coin-operated hot showers and picnic tables, as well as capacity for camper trailers. Making Waddy Point your base puts you within easy access of some of the island’s top attractions, including the coastal headland of Indian Head (a good spot for watching dolphins and whales) and the rock pools filled with bubbling water known as the Champagne Pools. You’ll also find plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and hiking.
Dundubara is located in the middle of the 75-Mile Beach scenic drive on the east coast, halfway between Indian Head and the rusting S.S. Maheno shipwreck, which ran aground in 1935. You’re also within easy reach of Eli Creek, a popular freshwater swimming spot with a long boardwalk. Camping is available in a large fenced-in area behind great sand dunes and it's one of the few camping sites on the island that allows campfires.
Along the Southern Lakes scenic drive, the distinctly red-hued Lake Boomanjin offers a peaceful setting and opportunities for swimming and kayaking. The secluded lake is typically far less visited than Lake McKenzie, the island’s other famed perched lake. You can camp right by the lake at the fenced-in camping area with picnic tables and surrounded by forest: note that it is walk-in camping only, so there's no vehicle access to the tent sites.
No, you cannot camp anywhere on Fraser Island. Camping on Fraser Island is only allowed in designated campgrounds and beach camping zones managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS). There are a variety of campgrounds to choose from, including fenced campgrounds like Central Station, Dundubara, and Waddy Point, as well as beach camping zones along the eastern beach and western beach. To camp on Fraser Island, you'll need to obtain a camping permit from the QPWS, and it's essential to follow their guidelines to protect the island's unique environment.
Camping fees at Fraser Island vary depending on the campsite and type of accommodation. For a basic camping site, fees can range from AUD $6.75 per person per night to around AUD $30 per family per night. For more developed sites with amenities, the cost can be higher. Keep in mind that you'll also need a vehicle access permit, which costs around AUD $53.65 for a 1-month permit or AUD $270.10 for an annual permit. For more information on Fraser Island camping, visit the Queensland National Parks website.
Yes, it is generally safe to camp on Fraser Island, but campers should follow safety guidelines and be aware of potential hazards. Fraser Island is a popular camping destination in Australia, known for its beautiful beaches, freshwater lakes, and lush rainforests. However, there are some safety concerns to keep in mind:
By following these safety tips and staying alert, you can enjoy a safe and memorable camping experience on Fraser Island.
The best time of year to visit Fraser Island is during the Australian winter and spring months, from June to October. During this period, the weather is generally mild and dry, with temperatures ranging from 14°C to 25°C (57°F to 77°F). This is an ideal time for camping, swimming, and exploring the island's many attractions without the intense heat or humidity of the summer months. Additionally, this is the prime time to spot humpback whales during their migration along the island's coast.