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Frequently asked questions

Is it dangerous to run down the slopes of sand dunes at Lake Wabby?

Yes.

Danger!

  • Running down the sand dunes can cause serious injury or death. 
  • Jumping or diving into the lake can cause serious injury or death. 
  • Serious spinal injuries have occurred as a result of running down the dunes in the past. 

Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility.

What sort of vehicle is suitable for Fraser Island?

Only high clearance 4WD vehicles are suitable for Fraser Island's sandy forest tracks and beaches. Drivers of all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles with low ground clearance may find beach access points and inland tracks impassable.

Only off-road trailers are recommended. Drivers should ensure their vehicle is capable of towing trailers in deep soft sand, as the articulation function becomes hampered or worse, jams, when the coupling cannot adjust to the different levels or turns encountered when driving on Fraser Island.

Why are caravans and low clearance trailers not recommended?

Beach access tracks are heavily used and contain long stretches of deep loose sand. Vehicles towing caravans or low clearance trailers can get stuck (bogged) and it can take hours to clear the track for other traffic. In some instances a vehicle recovery service must be called in, often holding up traffic for up to 12 hours. Vehicles have been badly damaged during recovery or 'swamped' on the rising tide.

When is it best to travel on the beach?

It is best to drive around low tide. Avoid driving during the two hours either side of high tide, and often for longer, because some areas are more affected than others by tidal activity and onshore winds. Read more about driving safely.

Only travel around Hook Point at low tide. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service recommends the use of the Hook Point inland road.

Is there anywhere I can't travel?

It is an offence to drive on sand dunes. Keep to the formed tracks when entering beach camping areas.

Beach driving is not permitted in the no-vehicle zones:

  • between Towoi Creek and Sandy Cape lighthouse
  • between Moon Point and Hook Point on the western beach.

Please see: Fraser Island map (PDF, 375K)*

How do I give way to a plane?

Authorised small, single and twin-engine planes land on the eastern beach.

  • Aircraft landing zones are clearly signposted.
  • Drivers must look for these signs and be prepared to give way to aircraft either landing or taking off.
  • Always be alert to planes—look ahead, behind and above when driving through an aircraft landing zone.
  • Vehicles must drive up onto the higher part of the beach, allowing the aircraft to use the firmer, wetter sand near the water's edge.

Do I need a permit to camp on Fraser Island?

Yes, camping permits are required for all camping on Fraser Island, except in privately-run camping areas (Dilli Village, K'gari facility, Cathedral Beach).

  • Permits can be purchased up to 6 months in advance.
  • They must be prominently displayed at your camp.
  • Bookings can be made online, over the counter or by phone.

Where can I camp?

Formal camping areas

Large, formal, camping areas are located at:

Waddy Point beachfront.

Smaller formal camping areas are located at:

Beach camping areas

Please see: Fraser Island map (PDF, 375K)* and Camping information for more details and locations.

Bookings can be made online, over the counter or by phone.

Where can I camp with children?

Visitors camping with children up to the age of 14 should camp in fenced camping areas. QPWS fenced camping areas are located at:

Privately operated camping areas—Dilli Village (run by the University of the Sunshine Coastand) and  K'gari camping area—also have QPWS-constructed dingo-deterrent fences.

Where can I camp with a camper trailer or trailer?

Camper trailer and trailer sites are available at camping zones along the eastern beach, but ensure you bring an off-road trailer with high clearance.

Defined camper trailer sites available at these camping areas:

Please note: You must specifically book your camper trailer into one of the defined camper trailer sites and do not use a tent site.

Undefined off-road camper trailer sites are available in:

Small off-road camper trailers or trailers can set up in:

Bookings can be made online, over the counter or by phone.

Are there any group camping areas available?

Yes, but be aware:

  • groups visiting Fraser Island for an organised group function or excursion (school or otherwise) may require a group activity permit.
  • Maximum group sizes and conditions apply.
  • All education excursions in Great Sandy National Park require a group activity permit.

Large groups can camp together in group camping areas, which are generally away from the main camping areas. Before you book, check group camping areas' facilities and group size limits for:

School and organised large groups may require a Group Activity Permit.

Also see: Camping permits for special groups

For more information and bookings:

Can I take a generator?

Generators up to 2.0Kva and no louder than 65 decibels can be used only in the informal beach camping areas, and should only be operated between 9am and 9pm.

Also see: Other beach camping areas

Generators are prohibited in the following camping areas:

  • All formal camping areas (including Waddy Point beachfront)
  • Garulim
  • Dulara
  • Midyim
  • Ungowa
  • Lake Boomanjin.

Are fires permitted?

No. Campfires are prohibited on Fraser Island.

This fire prohibition was implemented to:

  • prevent burn injuries
  • prevent escaped camp fires becoming wildfires
  • reduce rubbish, debris and environmental scars left by camp fire sites
  • reduce the risk of introduced pests and diseases being brought in with fire wood
  • prevent impacts of firewood gathering upon local ecology.

The only exception to this prohibition is in the communal fire rings provided by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service at Dundubara main and Dundubara group camping areas, and Waddy Point camping areas (top and beachfront). 

Campers wishing to use these fire rings must:

  • be aware that no firewood is provided at these sites
  • bring clean firewood—not bush wood—such as milled timber off-cuts, and firelighters for ignition, as collecting wood or kindling from the national park is an offence.
  • No fires permitted when fire prohibition or fire bans are in place.

How can I cook without a fire?

Bring fuel or gas stoves for cooking.

A fully enclosed cooking or heating appliance, preferably using gas or fuel, can be used at all camping areas unless a total fire ban is in place.

  • The appliance must use only manufactured fuel.
  • It must be used for cooking and/or heating only.
  • It must be 20cm off the ground.
  • Manufactured fuel does not include timber or wood.
  • Appliances that are not fully self-contained, such as braziers, are not permitted.
  • All appliances, materials and fuels (e.g. heat beads) must be removed from the national park on departure.

Free gas barbecues are available for use at:

  • Dundubara camping area 
  • Central Station day-use area
  • Waddy Point day-use area
  • Dundubara day-use area.

Can I use a water spear device to pierce the ground to obtain water from underground?

No, as this would interfere with a natural resource, which is an offence and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service cannot guarantee the quality of the water.

Do I need to bring a portable toilet?

Yes. Portable toilets are a requirement of camping at these camping areas:

  • Garulim
  • Midyim
  • Dulara
  • Cornwells Break group camping area.

Portable toilets are recommended for all other camping areas where no toilet facilities are provided. Please show you care about camp site hygiene and bring a portable toilet.

Where can I dump the toilet waste from a portable toilet?

Portable toilet waste disposal facilities are located at:

  • Waddy Point: approximately 400m south of Orchid Beach service station
  • Dundubara: on the Dundubara entrance track
  • Woralie Road: at the beach entrance of the road near K’gari private camping area
  • Cornwells camping zone: at the beach entrance of Cornwells Break Road
  • Wanggoolba Creek barge landing: adjacent to toilet facilities
  • Hook Point: at the intersection of Hook Point inland road and the 11km beach access track.

Refer to Fraser Island map (PDF, 375K)* for locations.

Please never dump toilet waste into the normal toilets or into the bush.

Where are the QPWS offices on the island?

Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service offices are located at Eurong and Dundubara on the island. Office hours are variable, but each office has after-hours information displays with permit pack dispensers.

  • For amending your permits or extending your stay, call 13 QGOV (13 74 68). Mobile charges may apply.
  • For any emergency, telephone Triple Zero (000), but if you have no reception on your mobile phone, try 112.

Where can I find out more about the Great Walk?

Find out more about the Fraser Island Great Walk.

How do I find out about road and beach conditions?

An up-to-date Fraser Island conditions report (PDF, 921K)* is available online.

* Requires Adobe Reader

Last updated
28 February 2014