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.
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.
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.
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
Best Fraser Island 2-day tours
Best Fraser Island 4WD tours
Best Fraser Island camping tours
Best Fraser Island eco tours
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.