Fraser Island is situated at the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. It is the largest sand island in the world . Once an island which was inaccessible has since become one of Australias most popular holiday spots and recreational fishing destinations. Fresh water fishing is prohibited on Fraser Island, however the lakes and beaches provide the anglers with the perfect ‘catch’ and offers an array of fish varieties. It is seen by many as an ‘anglers paradise’ whether for fun or sport, this place is a must for the fishing enthusiast – is advised that the best spots for catching that bite is traveling further north up the eastern beach ( check map ).
Fraser Island also offers great 4WD opportunities. You can either take your own 4wd or simply hire one. Before setting off on your 4×4 adventure you must purchase a permit). However, any vehicle that is brought onto Fraser Island must have a permit ( month or annual permits available and can be purchased at various places around the island).It is essential that if you are bringing your own 4WD you must have all the necessary equipment to get out of trouble such as snatch straps, water, first aid kits, shovels etc.
Fraser Island is popular during the warm seasons and extremely busy during the school holidays. However access to the island is available all year round. Fraser Island is accessible by both the barge ( for vehicles ) and passenger ferry, which can be boarded at several places on the mainland, and has several drop off points around the island for your convenience ( check information before boarding ferry ).
If you are planning on camping at Fraser Island bookings must be made prior to arrival due to the islands popularity. This ensures that everyone that comes to the island to camp has a suitable site. Camping permits are available at various places around the island – contact information is available over the internet. You have the choice of ‘beach’ camping sites or inland campsites which offer facilities.
The Island offers an abundance of native wildlife, however caution must be taken with the Fraser Island dingo ( especially important for children ). Please ensure that you follow the regulations regarding the feeding of these animals and the correct procedures for the storing of rubbish and food at campsites. Fines are actually in place if these regulations are not adhered to – primarily for the safety of all visitors to the Island.
Things to do and see…
- Beach/Lake fishing
Many popular fishing spots situated around the island. During the winter months Fraser Island becomes the anglers paradise with an abundance of tailor ( mid June to October ). No fresh water fishing permitted.
- Beach 4WDing
This is not easy sand 4WDing as the sand is quite soft, therefore you must reduce tyre pressure before setting off. Best advice on offer is to get as much sand 4WD practice in as possible prior to heading to Fraser Island. The Seventy-Mile Beach is like an actual beach ‘highway’ to the 4WD vehicle. Normal road rules do apply and police vehicles often patrol the area for speeding and drink driving. Always keep left and be mindful of other vehicles, including light planes.
Various camping sites situated around Fraser Island, whether you wish to camp on the beach nestled between the dunes or a campsite situated inland is entirely up to you. Fees do apply and booking must be arranged prior to arrival as permit must be shown on entrance to the island.
- Bush Walking and Hiking
Fraser Island also offers many bushwalking tracks – ranging from the short 1km trail to the overnight hikes for the full fledged bushwalking enthusiast.It offers beautiful beach strolls, lakeside bush walks and also tranquil forest trails.
- Sight seeing
Visit the Maheno wreck.Go swimming in the Champagne pools, Eli Creek, Lake Wabby or at the beautiful beach.Visit the Pinnacles – beautiful sandstone peaks which holds Aboriginal significance.
- Tourist drive
There are several tourist drives that take you to some beautiful spots around Fraser Island. the three most popular drives are the Southern Lakes Tourist Drive, Central Lakes Tourist Drive and Garawongera Tourist Drive.
About a 3 ½ hour drive from Brisbane to Hervey Bay. 35 minute ferry ride from Hervey Bay.