Fraser Island - An Explorer’s Paradise
Images Sue and John Turner
Seeking a 4WD adventure that has natural wonders, a subtropical climate and diverse animal and plant life? Fraser Island (K’gari) is your answer. The island was named K’gari, meaning paradise, by the Butchulla people, and it certainly lives up to its name.
(Image: Highway One on Fraser Island.)
Fraser Island is exclusive 4WD territory. A high-clearance vehicle is recommended if you want to explore all the trails the island has to offer. Every trail is made of sand, so towing skills are essential if you’re pulling a camper and it’s important to take note of tides. If you’re keen to visit, remember that all vehicles travelling to this World Heritage-listed island require permits.
(Image: The Pinnacles coloured sands.)
To help you rest easy on your adventures, we’ve put together a list of Hema’s five favourite Fraser Island campsites.
(Image: Wongoolba Creek Central Station.)
CATHEDRALS ON FRASER
Cathedrals on Fraser is the only privately owned camping ground on the island. Located behind the beach, it takes its name from the colourful sand cliffs known as the Cathedrals. It has a range of powered and unpowered sites to choose from and is accessible to most 4WD vehicles. If you are concerned about your towing expertise, you can access the grounds via the Inskip barge at Rainbow Beach.
Flush toilets, hot showers and a laundry are available at the grounds. Cabins and stocked tents are also on offer, and Cathedrals has a number of well-stocked shops. Camp kitchens contain all the essentials, plus seating for large groups.
(Image: Clear waters of Eli Creek.)
EURONG BEACH RESORT
The Eurong Beach Resort offers a wide range of accommodation options. The dingo-fenced property is a short walk from the beach. The 1200km of sand tracks located right near the resort is another reason this site ranks highly on our list.
For those not seeking a camping holiday, the Eurong Beach Resort is a good option. Featuring restaurants and cafes, this resort adds luxury to Fraser Island.
(Image: Sand road through Fraser Island.)
This site is run by the Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service. Located in the Eastern beach region of Fraser Island, Wongai Campsite makes our list for its family-friendly atmosphere and dingo-proof fence. Campers can pull up behind the sand dunes and use the site as a base from which to explore Fraser Island. While beach views are limited, the fencing and location of this site make it a good choice for families.
This option is only available to self-contained campers, as it offers few facilities. Dump points are located nearby so it is recommended that campers bring chemical toilets.
(Image: Beach landing strip.)
WADDY POINT CAMPING AREA
The Waddy Point Camping Area has a fully fenced area for those concerned about dingoes. This site offers toilets and coin-operated showers. Waddy Point makes our list because it allows campers to pull up right on the beach, and has sites for campers and tents.
One thing to remember is that Waddy Point does not have bins, so visitors must take their rubbish with them.
(Image: Shipwreck of Maheno.)
This facility offers a wide range of accommodation options, from cabins, to large bunkhouses and grassy campsites. Dilli is also home to the USQ K-gari-Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre.
Dilli has nine powered and six unpowered sites, which start at $10 per night, plus $15 per night for adults and $10 per night for children. Dilli Village permits campfires and offers modern shower and toilet facilities, as well as barbecue and picnic areas.
(Image: Early morning Fraser Island barge at River Heads.)
EXPLORE FRASER ISLAND
Of course, it wouldn’t be an article on Fraser Island if we didn’t mention dingoes. There are roughly 200 dingoes on the island. If you encounter one, proceed with caution because while they look like family dogs, they are definitely wild animals. Keep all food items in containers and never feed dingoes. If you do encounter a dingo, face it, stand up straight and slowly move away.
Fraser Island is an Australian treasure and a 4WD haven. Remember to stay dingo-safe and enjoy your exploration of paradise.