Frequently Asked Questions
Do we need a four-wheel drive to go to Fraser Island?
Why are there only certain times we can drive along the beach?
How long should we go to Fraser Island for?
Can we leave our personal car with you while we are on the island?
We have onsite parking available for one car per hire (this is not secured and at your own risk) if you require additional spaces or secured parking please contact the Rainbow Sands Resort.
How long does the barge across to Fraser Island take?
How frequently do the barges go?
Do I need to pre-book my barge?
What do we do if we get stuck?
What do we do if we break down?
Do we need extra fuel while we are on the island?
Is there mobile reception on the island?
Is there any free camping on Fraser Island?
Are there toilets and showers at all the camping areas?
Lake Boomanjin: Is fenced and has toilets
Are the showers free?
Are there shops where we can buy food on Fraser Island?
What are the best places to visit on Fraser Island?
The main attractions on Fraser Island are:
- Lake McKenzie
- Lake Birrabeen
- Lake Boomanjin
- Central Station
- Lake Wabby
- Kirrar Sandblow
- Eli Creek
- The Maheno Shipwreck
- The Pinnacles
- Lake Allom
- Woralie Creek (Western Beach)
- Lake Garawongera
- Indian Head
- Champagne Pools
What are the accommodation options on Fraser Island?
There are a number of accommodation options on Fraser Island, however, just be aware that some of them can only be accessed during the low tide period as they do not have access to any inland tracks.
Kingfisher Bay Resort: Choice of Self-Contained Villas & Resort Rooms. www.kingfisherbay.com/resort
Fraser Island Beach Houses: (Two night minimum) self-contained houses. https://www.fraserislandbeachhouses.com.au
Eurong Beach Resort: Offers restaurant facilities (overnight accommodation available off peak). https://www.eurong.com.au/
Sailfish: offers restaurant facilities (overnight accommodation available off peak). Located in Happy Valley www.sailfishonfraser.com.au/
Fraser Island Retreat: Located in Happy Valley. www.fraserislandretreatqld.com.au/
Cathedrals On Fraser: Enclosed private camping https://www.cathedralsonfraser.com.au/
Dilli Village: Cabins, bunkhouses, camping sites (no camping permit required if staying in Dilli Village)
What do we do if we see a Dingo?
Do not try to interact with the animal, while they are quite used to the presence of humans on the island, they are still wild animals and have been known to be aggressive at times. If you see a Dingo just stand back and take some photos. Never feed the Dingoes. Always walk in groups while on Fraser Island and if need be carry a stick with you to make yourself look more intimidating. Always dispose of rubbish in the designated Dingo fenced areas and keep it locked up in the vehicle until you are able to dispose of it. Keep Eskys or other food stores in your vehicle as well, Dingoes are known to raid camps and Eskys if not kept in the vehicle. Do not leave food scraps lying around, always bury them deep in the sand so as not to invite Dingoes to your camping area. If you are attacked by a Dingo, stand your ground and fight back aggressively to discourage the animal. Never run when dingoes are present, running can cause a negative Dingo interaction and they are likely to chase you.
Can we swim in the ocean on Fraser Island?
It is not advisable to swim in the ocean on Fraser Island, the beach is unpatrolled and there are many strong rips and currents that can pull you out to sea. There is also a massive population of large sharks off Fraser Island along with various species of jellyfish. In the warmer months of the year there is also the possibility of Marine Stingers (Box Jellyfish) and Irukandji Jellyfish in the waters off Fraser Island.
Is there crocodiles on Fraser Island?
Occasionally there are sightings of Salt Water Crocodiles on the western side of the island and throughout the Great Sandy Straights. However, it is quite rare to see them this far south. They generally inhabit areas North of Bundaberg. But this does not mean that you should become complacent, as they can still be around.
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