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5 Days on Fraser Island – Great Sandy National Park

  • Lake Birrabeen
    Lake Birrabeen
  • Wildlife at Lake Boomanjin
    Wildlife at Lake Boomanjin
  • Central Station Camp Ground
    Central Station Camp Ground
  • Wanggoolba Creek
    Wanggoolba Creek
  • Pile Valley
    Pile Valley
  • Gabala Camp Ground
    Gabala Camp Ground
  • Dingo at Gabala Camp Ground
    Dingo at Gabala Camp Ground
  • Sunrise at Gabala Camp Ground
    Sunrise at Gabala Camp Ground
  • Waddy Point Camp Ground
    Waddy Point Camp Ground
  • Waddy Point Dunes
    Waddy Point Dunes
  • Sandy Cape
    Sandy Cape
  • Sandy Cape Storm
    Sandy Cape Storm

This is a recap of our recent trip to Fraser Island. Particular location details and track notes will be added progressively.

Renowned as being the world’s largest sand Island, Fraser is situated approximately 300km north of Brisbane and is accessible for vehicles via Inskip Point (15 minutes from Rainbow Beach) and River Heads, Hervey Bay (East of Maryborough). We set off from Inskip Point via the Manta Ray Fraser Island Barge for $120 return, however prices vary depending on vehicle type & load. Although we arrived on the Island a few hours before low tide, we were still able to navigate our way around Hook Point (impassable at high tide) before setting off for our first destination – Central Station Camp Ground.

Our plan was to stop at a different location each night, so for convenience we both picked up a swag prior to departure. Having never slept in one before, using a swag 5 nights in a row was a bit of a gamble, but one that paid off nicely. I took a Burke & Wills Waratah Single along for the ride, while my Dad opted for the Oztrail Mitchell Expedition. Reviews of each of these swags will be up on the site shortly.

Day One – Central Station Camp Ground

After a short drive up 75 Mile Beach, we arrived at the turn off for Dilli Village (a privately owned camp ground) and made our way inland toward Central Station. The winding track passes through two of the Island’s beautiful lakes – Lake Boomanjin & Lake Birrabeen – both of which are well worth checking out. The crystal clear waters and white beaches of Lake Birrabeen in particular were irresistible after a few hours in the car, so we enjoyed some afternoon sun before continuing on to camp.

Central Station Camp Ground is situated in the heart of the rainforest and features all of the creature comforts you could need. Flushing toilets & hot showers (coin operated so make sure you have plenty of $1 coins) accompany the large capacity site which is also surrounded by dingo deterrent fences.

Day Two – Gabala Camp Ground

Starting the day at Wanggoolba Creek at Central Station, we continued along through Pile Valley before working our way out to McKenzie’s Jetty on the western side of the island. The peaceful setting offered an ideal spot to set up for lunch and explore a few of the short walks – the most notable being to the ruins of the Z Special Unit training camp.

After a brief shower, the clouds parted ways and we cut back out to the eastern beach via Lake McKenzie. Situated between Eurong & Poyungan Rocks, Gabala is one of the many open beach camp sites on the eastern side of the island. There are no facilities at these sites, so be sure to pack your essentials. Just on dusk, our first (and only) dingo visitor arrived to check things out before continuing along peacefully up the beach.

Day Three – Waddy Point

Our plan to tackle the 4 hour Southern Lakes Scenic Drive was dismissed after completing the Lake Garawongera Scenic Drive and realising our fuel supplies were running low. Our ultimate goal was to reach Sandy Cape at the island’s northernmost tip, and if we were to do so we would need to make some sacrifices. At $2.35 a litre, purchasing fuel on the island isn’t cheap and was best to avoid.

We opted to head straight up the beach to Waddy Point, stopping at Eli Creek, the Maheno Wreck, The Pinnacles and Red Canyon along the way. Arriving at Indian Head in the early afternoon, we continued north to the picturesque Champagne Pools – a collection of pools formed by volcanic rock and fed by the crashing waves over top – before proceeding on to Waddy Point Camping Area.

Much like Central Station Camp Ground, this is another fenced site that features flushing toilets and coin operated showers. Communal fire rings are also provided. Set in the coastal woodland and only a short walk or drive to the beach, this is a popular spot among fishermen and those looking to cover the final stretch of beach to the Cape.

Day Four – Sandy Cape

Bound for Sandy Cape and Carree Camp Ground, we left on low tide to ensure a better chance of crossing Ngkala Rocks as they can be impassable depending on daily conditions. Arriving at the rocks, we discovered a high tide bypass road, but the soft sand caused a few minor hiccups and forced us to reconsider our options. We ended up following a track over top of the rocks which, although successful, would not have been possible had the tide been any higher.

Crossing Ngkala Rocks, bound for Sandy Cape

We finally arrived at Sandy Cape after a short drive up the remote beach. To our slight disappointment however, fallen trees disrupted the track to Carree Camp Ground where we had planned to spend the night. Even so, the isolated and almost untouched landscape at this end of the island are well worth the expedition. Note: Only experienced drivers with high clearance four wheel drives should attempt this crossing.

After a brief stopover at Diray Camp Ground and some careful consideration on our way back south, it was decided to avoid the exposed beach site and make our way for a second night at Waddy Point. The high tide forced us to use the Ngkala Rocks bypass road, but after a few attempts we made it through unscathed.

Whether you’re after a day trip, weekend away or something a little bit longer, Fraser Island is the perfect getaway. Tailor your itinerary, plan ahead and you’re guaranteed to have a great time enjoying this very special & beautiful part of the world.

Important Note: In order to drive on Fraser Island, an access permit must be purchased and displayed on your vehicle at all times. You can buy purchase this online over at the Department of National Parks website. In addition to this, camping permits are required so be sure to book ahead.

This is a recap of our recent trip to Fraser Island. Particular location details and track notes will be added progressively.

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