K’gari (meaning Paradise) to the Butchulla People is the largest sand island in the world
Why you'll love it
Fraser Island is a place like no other. Located on the east coast of Australia, only minutes by ferry from Inskip Point, near the seaside town Rainbow Beach. With the 80km/ph sand highway running up the east coast, which also doubles as a landing strip, forever changing with each tide change you’re up for an adventure every day you leave your camp site. There’s loads of tracks ducking off into the forest to take you to beautiful lakes and creeks where you can paddle your toes or stop for a picnic. Dingoes roam around freely (we spotted one each day!) and there’s plenty of fish to be caught!
Where to stay
Surprisingly there’s a variety of accommodation options on Fraser Island, from camping without ammenities, to private campgrounds, to backpackers, to holiday homes to resorts! We ditched our van for our adventure on Fraser and decided to get back to our roots by camping in tents on our inflatable mattresses. We chose Cathedrals on Fraser, located on the east coast, because we were travelling without a lot of equipment so we were keen to use their bathroom & camp kitchen facilities. The bonus of this campground is you’re tucked behind the dunes so you don’t get blown away when the sea breeze hits, plus you are quite safe with a dingo proof fence surrounding the camp. Fortunately they also have affordable Safari Tents which are great for families, we cheated & spent four nights in a safari tent after our once trusty mattress had let us down (literally!) on the first two nights.
What to see & do
Pack a picnic and head out for the day to see any of these amazing sites, or even just chill at the beach outside your camp. We were lucky enough to be visiting Fraser with our friends from 12 in a Tent and met another travelling family Wander to Wonder Oz, so our convoy of 3 was perfect for our day trips & then hanging out back at camp.
When to visit
The most important part of planning your trip to Fraser is working with the tides as they have large tide changes. We stuck to the theory you can drive two hours either side of high tide, allowing us enough time to arrive to our camp safely.
Our Hot Tips
Know your tides and plan your return trip so you have enough time to make it back to camp.
Pack recovery equipment
Fuel is available around the island, at Cathedrals Diesel was $2.20 per litre
Food is available from a couple of places, we found Cathedrals, Eurong & Happy Valley had groceries if you do need to top up
Allow plenty of time to get from one place to another, there may not be many kilometres in-between, but the sand driving and windy tracks mean half the fun is making it to the places of interest.
The Ferry from Inskip is the cheapest and runs more frequently.
Caravan Storage is available at various places, we chose Tin Can Bay Tourist Park as we stayed there prior to Fraser.
Securely cover all plugs on the rear of your car to protect from the salt water youâ€™ll be driving through.
The 75 mile Beach is a main road so just remember the same rules apply as on bitumen, we were pulled over for a breath test!
We know what you're wondering....
….did we get bogged on Fraser….
Technically…no we didn’t…however we did get stuck on top of a sand dune & almost roll our car (on two separate tracks). With one flick of the switch our lockers were engaged and we were back tackling the tracks before we knew it….although after almost rolling the car on the passenger side both Lorelei & Shayla are still trying to emotionally recover! Sorry, no photographic evidence!
Would we visit again?
Fraser was high on our must sees on our travels and it definitely didn’t disappoint, if anything it exceeded our expectations and will be added to our lap two list or maybe we'll have to plan a reunion trip with 12 in a Tent & Wander to Wonder Oz!