TRAVELLING FRASER ISLAND
Having your own four-wheel drive vehicle, or one that you have hired, is essential to making the most of your stay. If you don't have such a vehicle your movement around the island will be very limited.
Fraser Island's beaches and sandy inland roads are suitable only for high-clearance 4WD vehicles preferably with low-range capacity. Engage 4WD (if necessary, lock hubs on your vehicle) just before you start driving on sand. Read and pay attention to all signage. All Queensland road rules apply, even when you are on the beach.
Many of Fraser Island's features and walking tracks are accessed from scenic drives
Fraser Island is the world's largest sand island and an area of remarkable natural beauty. It was listed as a World Heritage Area in 1992 to recognise the island's internationally significant natural features:
- evolving dune, lake, soil and forest systems, the extent and age of which are outstanding examples of ongoing geological and biological processes
- unique landscapes, which are examples of superlative natural occurrences
- Fraser Island has some 354 recorded bird species and a number of the island's birds are considered rare or vulnerable. Many birds, subject to international bird migratory treaties, visit Fraser Island during the year
Growing on seemingly infertile sands are a great variety of plant communities ranging from coastal heath, mangrove forests and swamps to subtropical rainforest.
The many archaeological remains found on Fraser Island record thousands of years of culture and tradition and provide important links to their past for the Butchulla people.
The island is 123km long and covers an area of 166,038ha, so you need to allow plenty of time to explore and appreciate it.
There are regular barge crossings to the island:-
Inskip Point to Hook Point (southern end of the island)
Take the Tin Can Bay turnoff just south of Gympie and follow the signs to Rainbow Beach then north to Inskip Point. Barges run continuously in daylight hours and there is no need to make a booking. You can purchase your return ticket from the Mantaray Office as you enter the outskirts of Rainbow Beach township or alternatively when you get onto the Barge.
Once on the island you travel north along the beach. On the lower part of the tide and in good beach conditions it will take approximately 50 to 60 minutes to reach Poyungan Valley. At 2.7klms north from Poyungan Rocks EXIT the beach and take PIPIS ACCESS at the “POYUNGAN VALLEY” SIGN situated at the ENTRANCE to Bogimbah Road (pronounced Bo-gim-ba) and you are here. Access around Hook Point can be quite restrictive on occasions so it is best to time your trip around low tide. There are a number of points where beach travel is interrupted by by-passes around rocky outcrops the most significant of which are at Poyungan Rocks and further north at Yidney Rocks, Happy Valley, Indian Head, Middle Rocks, Waddy Point and Ngkala Rocks. Variable conditions of these by-passes could make it difficult for low clearance vehicles.
River Heads (Hervey Bay) to Wanggoolba Creek (west coast of island)
Take the Maryborough exit from the Bruce Highway then follow the signs to River Heads at the mouth of the Mary River. Barges depart and return at specific times so bookings are essential.
From Wanggoolba Creek you travel across the island to Eurong Beach via Central Station then head north along the beach approximately 20 to 30 minutes to Poyungan Valley. At 2.7klms north from Poyungan Rocks EXIT the beach and take PIPIS ACCESS at the “POYUNGAN VALLEY” SIGN situated at the ENTRANCE to Bogimbah Road (pronounced Bo-gim-ba) and you are here
Vehicle Permits required
Vehicle permits may be purchased at outlets at River Heads and Rainbow Beach. Permits can also be purchased online
For any further queries or if you need assistance you are welcome to contact us either by phone/email/enquiry form, details of which are on our Website.