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Fraser Island, Great Sandy National Park

Tag-along tours are one of the many types of tours available that offer visitors a great Fraser Island experience. Photo: Queensland GovernmentTag-along tours are one of the many types of tours available that offer visitors a great Fraser Island experience. Photo: Queensland Government

Conditions Report
Four-wheel-driving can be dangerous.

 

Danger! (Lake Wabby)

  • 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 dunes in the past.

Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility.

 

Survive your drive

Fraser Island’s beaches and sand tracks are rough and only suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles with low range capacity. All-wheel drive vehicles are not recommended.

Four-wheel-driving on Fraser Island can be dangerous.

People have died in crashes on Fraser Island, so take sand driving seriously.

To help keep visitors safe, new laws are in place for 4WD hire vehicles. See the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) website for more information.

Driving on sand:

  • Four-wheel-driving on sand is different to driving a normal car and handling can be difficult. Slow down, pack light and store gear inside the car.
  • Stick to the speed limit. In good conditions, 80km/hr on the beach and 30km/hr on inland tracks. Remember: slower is safer.
  • Do not drive along the foredunes to avoid the high tides. Your vehicle can subside in the softer sands, become unstable and roll-over causing serious injury or death.
  • For essential safety tips view the safety video Drive to survive on Fraser Island (Windows Media Video file, 2.1M)†
  • Read the brochure Survive your drive on Fraser Island (PDF, 3.7M)*, for specific sand-driving tips for Fraser Island.
  • For more information see driving on sand.
Fraser Island dingoes

Facilities and activities

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Location

Approximately 300km north of Brisbane

What's special

Long beaches, dramatic coloured-sand cliffs, natural sandblows, rocky headlands and pristine freshwater lakes and streams are some of Fraser Island’s spectacular natural features.

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Last updated
28 February 2014