Fraser Island is the biggest sand island in the world. Stretching over 123 kilometres in length and 22 kilometres at its widest point. With an area of 184 000 hectares.
Fraser Island was always on our to do list on our trip. Given it was one of the places we visited on our trip up the coast as kids made it even more special.
Where to stay:
Fraser Island is not short of places to camp. There are a few differing styles of camping options, we chose to stay in one of the fenced off areas (Dundaburra) given we have young kids and Fraser has a large population of DIngoes. You can chose to stay along the sand dunes right on the water if you are willing to deal with the Dingoes.
Dundaburra is a National Park campsite so you pay $6.15 per adult. It is one of the few areas you can have a campfire and it has toilets and showers ($2 for 3mins), although we are self sufficient with our Joocla Hottap and ensuite tent so we didn’t end up using them.
We found it was quite central as it was just over half way up the Eastern beach. It’s just past Cathedrals the popular caravan park.
Don’t forget the recovery gear just in case!!
There are a few barges onto Fraser Island, we took the one from Inskip Point as you don’t have to book and it leaves every 30 mins or so but there is also barges and ferry services that leave from River Heads (20 mins south of Hervey Bay)
To get on the Island you will need a 4WD but remember it is a sand island so don’t forget to drop your tyre pressures. If accessing Fraser from Inskip Point it is advised to do this before you head onto the beach, as there are a high percentage of people who come unstuck before even getting to the barge.
We took the camper trailer across without any issues. However we learnt from our trip to Cape Melville that you need to drop the tyre pressures on the trailer too. We ran with 12 PSI all round and never once looked like getting bogged
Another thing you need to check are the tides as there may be no beach to drive on at high tide. Unfortunately we didn’t time our arrival very well and got dropped off at Coolooloi Camping Area as it was high tide and had to start our journey up the inland track.
We did see a few caravans on the island but if you wanted to leave the van and get accommodation, there are some lovely resorts or houses for rent. Furthermore if you don’t want to risk your 4wd (or you don’t have one) there are plenty of 4WD hire companies at Inskip Point as well as loads of tour groups. Meaning you don’t have to miss out on seeing what this amazing Island has to offer.
Places to see:
I now understand what people mean when they say they could spend weeks at Fraser Island. We only had 5 days to explore as much as we could with our two young boys so I will give you our rundown of what we did see.
The Champagne pools are beautiful rock pools located at the northern end of the Island. It is an awesome place for a swim with the seawater bubbling up against the rocks. This was up there with one of my favourite spots on Fraser Island.
There are a few lakes on the island but this has got to be the best of them all, in fact it’s the best lake I have ever seen!
It has pure white silica sand that leads into the dazzling aqua blue water. Another great spot for the family to swim.
There is also a fenced off picnic area for you to stop for lunch to make a day of it.
Fraser Island has some amazing 4WD tracks showcasing a spectacular array of scenery from dense rain forest to barren scrubland.
We spent a day exploring the Great Northern track, taking in the glorious atmosphere and see the sites along the way.
Entering the track from the northern end (just south of Cathedrals) takes you firstly to Knifeblade Sandblow. Knifeblade is the largest sandblow on the Island. From there you can follow the track on to Lake Allom, If you are lucky enough you maybe able to see the turtles swimming at your feet. The last place we stopped along the track was Lake Garrawongera, there we had a swim and lunch at their picnic area.
This was one of the few sites I do remember from my first trip to Fraser Island when I was four. So it was a must see for me this time, though it was hard to miss as it lays on the foreshore about halfway up the eastern beach.
The wreck was washed up in a cyclone in 1935 making it a unique piece of history and a popular attraction on the Island.