How to tour Fraser Island

24 of the best ways to tour Fraser Island

Quick and easy trips that you can make to Fraser Island.

Located off the eastern coast of Australia is one of the country’s most picturesque and idyllic locations, Fraser Island. This World Heritage-listed destination is like paradise on Earth. Speckled with over 100 freshwater pools, sandy beaches and arresting cliff faces, the island spans over 123 kilometres in length, and is the largest sand island in the world.

Each year, this mecca for ecotourism and camping draws 380,000 visitors to its shores to explore its landscape, bask in its sunshine, revel in its beauty and spot a dingo, making it an unmissable trip no matter who you are or what your travel style is. Have a few days to spare? Make a side trip to Fraser Island with a tour; you won’t regret it.

The best ways to tour Fraser Island from nearby locations

The closest airport to Fraser Island is in Hervey Bay, so if you’re flying in and planning to stay on the island you may need to book a shuttle or hire a vehicle to get to the Fraser Island Ferry at River Heads Jetty, which will take you to the island.

It’s important to note that on the island there are no roads or public transport, so it’s best that you either join a tour, or, if you are planning on visiting independently, hire a 4WD to get around. For this reason, it’s popular for visitors to organise tours from nearby cities to Fraser Island for 1-2 days.

Tour Fraser Island from Hervey Bay

One of the closest mainland suburbs to Fraser Island is Hervey Bay, making it a popular port of call for those seeking to book a day trip to the island.

Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach
2-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbo...
3 Day 2 night Fraser Island 4WD self-drive guided...

Tour Fraser Island from Brisbane

In Brisbane with a couple of days to spare? A flight up to Hervey Bay only takes 50 minutes, though if you’d prefer to drive up there are plenty of tours that travel between the two locations.

Tropical Adventure (ex. Brisbane)
3-Day Fraser Island ECO Tour - Ex Brisbane
2-Day Fraser Island ECO Tour - Ex Brisbane

Tour Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach

Beach hopping? Located just south of Fraser Island is Rainbow Beach, and if you’re feeling the need to do a bit of a beach crawl, a tour between the two should be right up your alley.

3Day/2Night Fraser Island Wilderness Camping 4WD ...
Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach
3-Day Fraser Island Tour with Kingfisher Bay Reso...

The best Fraser Island tours, no matter your agenda

Whether you’re time-poor, eco-inclined or just want to jump into a 4WD adventure, these tours of Fraser Island are sure to suit your travel style.

Best Fraser Island day tours

Fraser Island Spot a Dingo - 1 Day
Summer Remote Fraser Island Tour

Best Fraser Island 2-day tours

Fraser Island 2 person Getaway - 2 Days
2-Day Fraser Island Lake McKenzie Self-Guided Hik...
2Day/1Night Fraser Island 4WD Adventure featuring...

Best Fraser Island 4WD tours

Get Offroad Ready: Fraser Island 4WD Course from ...
Small-Group Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Hervey Ba...
Fraser Island 4wd Camper - 3 Days

Best Fraser Island camping tours

Fraser Island Camping Adventure 3D/2N
Overnight Fraser Island Camping Safari from Brisbane
3-Day Fraser Island Hiking and 4WD Adventure from...

Best Fraser Island eco tours

3-Day Fraser Island ECO Tour - Ex Sunshine Coast
Fraser Island Eco Sailing Adventure
2-Day Fraser Island ECO Tour - Ex Brisbane

What you need to know about Fraser Island

What can I expect from Fraser Island weather?

Temperatures on Fraser island range from 21-23 degrees during the winter months (June until August) to 28-29 degrees during the summer months (December until January). The wettest months are January through May.

What's Fraser Island camping like?

There are 35 designated camping areas on Fraser Island, which range greatly in facilities. It's a good idea to check with your tour company or the national parks website for a detailed list. The island is remote, and it's not recommended to arrive unprepared.

You'll also find mixed-use resorts that offer on-site camping as well as hotel accommodation, like Cathedrals on Fraser, with shops, restaurants, toilet and shower facilities and generators.

How does the Fraser Island barge work?

The two main access points to Fraser Island are from River Heads (20 minutes from Hervey Bay) to Kingfisher Bay and Wanggoolba Creek and from Inskip Point (15 minutes from Rainbow Beach) to Hook Point. The journey from River Heads is about 30-50 minutes, while the trip from Inskip Point is just 10.

Do you need Fraser Island permits to drive on the island?

Yes. You can book a permit online for about $44 per vehicle.

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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