K'gari (formerly Fraser Island) Great Walk Butchulla Country Fraser Coast

Pitch your tent among the cycads. Photo credit: Rob Cameron © Queensland Government

Walk almost the full length of the island on this 90km Great Walk. Photo credit: © Ben Blanche

Lake Wabby great walk camp sites

Recharge after a day on the K'gari Great Walk and marvel at the panoramic views from the nearby lookout.

Accessible by

  • Walk-in

Camping area facilities

  • Picnic tables
  • Toilets (non-flush)
  • Tent camping
  • Long walk to tent
  • Walking

Shrug off your pack and set up camp in the shade of a fragrant forest alive with birdsong.

After a rest in the shade, stroll down the Lake Wabby lookout walk to views of this dynamic landscape. Lake Wabby has formed over time as the migrating sands of exposed dunes gradually blocked a coastal creek. Today the lake and the sandblow are in a slow-motion battle for survival. Slowly but surely sand is blowing down the east-facing dune and filling the lake.

After a peaceful night’s sleep, you’ll wake ready to take on the next leg of this superb walking adventure.

This park is part of the K'gari (Fraser Island) World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of coastal dune landform development and evolutionary history.

Getting there and getting around

Lake Wabby walkers' camp is on K'gari, 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay and about 300km north of Brisbane.

Getting to K'gari

You can get to the island by high clearance 4WD, on foot, by plane or with a commercial tour.

By 4WD

  • Your high clearance 4WD must have low range functions.
  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.

From Inskip Point (15mins from Rainbow Beach)

  • At the end of the bitumen on Inskip Point Road, reduce tyre pressure, engage 4WD and drive 500m onto the beach.
  • Drive onto the Manta Ray barge for the 10–15min trip to Hook Point on the southern tip of K'gari, and the start of the Eastern Beach scenic drive.
  • Bookings for this barge are not required.

From River Heads (east of Maryborough)

  • Travel 10.6km along River Heads Road to the Barges landing area.
  • The trip to Wanggoolba Creek on the western side of K'gari takes 30–45min.
  • The trip to Kingfisher Bay on the western side of K'gari takes 50mins–1hr.
  • These barges run at fixed times and bookings are essential.

On foot

  • Walkers can board a vehicle barge to the island (details above) or arrive by plane.

By plane

By private vessel

  • Access K'gari's sheltered western coastline by private vessel. The eastern coastline of the island is extremely hazardous and exposed to very rough ocean conditions.
  • Launch your boat at one of the many boat ramps on the mainland between Tin Can Bay and Burnett Heads. There are no boat ramps on K'gari.
  • See Maritime Safety Queensland's Beacon to Beacon Guides for the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay for detailed navigational maps.
  • The waters adjacent to K'gari are in the Great Sandy Marine Park.
  • If you're heading out on the water make sure you know your zones so you can follow the rules.
  • Read boat and fish with care for tips on boating and fishing safety and caring for parks.

Commercial tours

  • You can join a range of tours that leave from a variety of centres.
  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Before you visit

Opening hours

Lake Wabby walkers' camp is open 24 hours a day. Check-in to your camp after 2pm and check-out by 11am on the day of departure.

  • Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

The Fraser Island Great Walk is generally open from 1 March to 31 October each year.

  • At all other times the fire danger risk may be too high.
  • The dates depend on environmental conditions and will vary each year.
  • Check park alerts for the latest information.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting K'gari (formerly Fraser Island) Great Walk safely and camp with care.