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Frequently asked questions
- Running, rolling, jumping or board riding down the sand dunes can cause serious injury or death.
- Jumping or diving into the lake can cause serious injury or death.
- Serious spinal injuries have occurred as a result of running down the dunes in the past.
Your safety is our concern, but your responsibility.
Only high clearance 4WD vehicles are suitable for K'gari's sandy forest tracks and beaches. Drivers of all-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive vehicles with low ground clearance may find beach access points and inland tracks impassable.
Only off-road trailers are recommended. Drivers should ensure their vehicle is capable of towing trailers in deep soft sand, as the articulation function becomes hampered or worse, jams, when the coupling cannot adjust to the different levels or turns encountered when driving on K'gari.
Vehicles that get stuck in soft sand or boggy beach conditions can hold up traffic for hours. Be self-sufficient with vehicle recovery gear. Be prepared and able to get yourself out of bogged situations. QPWS&P Rangers, if nearby, can offer some assistance, but they cannot pull you free due to the risk involved with the use of 'snatch straps' and towing equipment.
Beach access tracks are heavily used and contain long stretches of deep loose sand. Vehicles towing caravans or low clearance trailers can get stuck (bogged) and it can take hours to clear the track for other traffic. In some instances a vehicle recovery service must be called in, often holding up traffic for up to 12 hours. Vehicles have been badly damaged during recovery or 'swamped' on the rising tide.
It is best to travel at low tide, or within 2 hours either side of low tide. Read more about driving safely.
Only travel on the beach around Hook Point at low tide. Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships recommends the use of the Hook Point inland road. Drive carefully as road edges, some corners and the surface conditions on the inland road vary with seasonal changes and can make driving difficult. Slower is safer.
It is an offence to drive on sand dunes. Keep to the formed tracks when entering beach camping areas.
Beach driving is not permitted in the no-vehicle zones:
- between Towoi Creek and Sandy Cape lighthouse
- between Moon Point and Hook Point on the western beach
- between Waddy Point and Middle Rocks (south Waddy beach).
Please see: K'gari (Fraser Island) map
Authorised small, single and twin-engine planes land on the eastern beach.
- Aircraft landing zones are clearly signposted.
- Follow instructions from ground control staff.
- Drivers must look for these signs and be prepared to give way to aircraft either landing or taking off.
- Always be alert to planes—look ahead, behind and above when driving through an aircraft landing zone.
Yes, camping permits are required for all camping on K'gari, except in privately-run camping areas (Dilli Village, K'gari facility, Cathedral Beach).
- Permits can be purchased up to 6 months in advance.
- They must be prominently displayed at your camp.
- Bookings can be made online or over the counter.
Visitors camping with children up to the age of 16 should camp in fenced camping areas. QPWS&P fenced camping areas are located at:
Privately operated camping areas—Dilli Village (run by the University of the Sunshine Coast) and K'gari camping area—also have QPWS&P-constructed wongari (dingo)-deterrent fences.
Camper trailer and trailer sites are available at camping zones along the eastern beach, but ensure you bring an off-road trailer with high clearance.
Defined camper trailer sites available at these camping areas:
- Central Station
- Waddy Point (top)
- Waddy Point beachfront
- Ungowa (see: Other beach camping areas).
Please note: Camper trailers must be booked into designated camper trailer sites. Please do not use a tent site.
Undefined off-road camper trailer sites are available in:
- all beach camping areas
- Cornwells group camping area
- Dundubara group camping area
- One Tree Rocks beach camping area.
Small off-road camper trailers or trailers can set up in:
Yes, but be aware:
- groups visiting K'gari for an organised group function or excursion (school or otherwise) may require an organised event permit.
- Maximum group sizes and conditions apply.
- All education excursions in Great Sandy National Park require an organised event permit.
Large groups can camp together in group camping areas, which are generally away from the main camping areas. Before you book, check group camping areas' facilities and group size limits for:
School and organised large groups may require an organised event permit.
Please read Teachers' and group leaders' package before you go.
Generators up to 2.0Kva and no louder than 65 decibels can be used only in the informal beach camping areas, and should only be operated between 9am and 9pm, unless under a medical exemption.
Also see: Other beach camping areas
Generators are prohibited in the following camping areas:
- All formal camping areas (including Waddy Point beachfront)
- Lake Boomanjin.
No. Campfires are prohibited on K'gari.
This fire prohibition was implemented to:
- prevent burn injuries
- prevent escaped camp fires becoming wildfires
- reduce rubbish, debris and environmental scars left by camp fire sites
- reduce the risk of introduced pests and diseases being brought in with fire wood
- prevent impacts of firewood gathering upon local ecology.
The only exception to this prohibition is in the communal fire rings provided by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships at Dundubara main and Dundubara group camping areas, and Waddy Point camping areas (top and beachfront).
Campers wishing to use these fire rings must:
- be aware that no firewood is provided at these sites
- bring clean firewood—not bush wood—such as milled timber off-cuts, and firelighters for ignition, as collecting wood or kindling from the national park is an offence.
- No fires permitted when QPWS&P-declared fire prohibitions or total fire bans are in place.
Bring fuel or gas stoves for cooking.
A fully enclosed cooking or heating appliance, preferably using gas or fuel, can be used at all camping areas unless a total fire ban is in place.
- The appliance must use only manufactured fuel.
- It must be used for cooking and/or heating only.
- It must be 20cm off the ground.
- Manufactured fuel does not include timber or wood.
- Appliances that are not fully self-contained, such as braziers, are not permitted.
- All appliances, materials and fuels (e.g. heat beads) must be removed from the national park on departure.
No, as this would interfere with a natural resource, which is an offence, and Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships cannot guarantee the quality of the water.
Yes. Portable toilets are a requirement of camping at these camping areas:
- Coolooloi Creek
- Cornwells group camping area.
Portable toilets are recommended for all other camping areas where no toilet facilities are provided. Please show you care about camp site hygiene and bring a portable toilet.
Portable toilet waste disposal facilities are located at:
- Waddy Point: approximately 400m south of Orchid Beach service station
- Dundubara: on the Dundubara entrance track
- Woralie Road: at the beach entrance of the road near K’gari private camping area
- Cornwells camping zone: at the beach entrance of Cornwells Break Road
- Wanggoolba Creek barge landing: adjacent to toilet facilities
- Hook Point: at the intersection of Hook Point inland road and the 11km beach access track.
Refer to K'gari (Fraser Island) map for locations.
Please never dump toilet waste into the normal toilets or into the bush.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships offices are located at Eurong, Dundubara and Waddy Point on the island. Each office has information displays with permit pack dispensers.
- For amending your permits or extending your stay, log on to www.qld.gov.au/camping when your device has good reception.
- For any emergency, telephone Triple Zero (000).
Find out more about the K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk.
An up-to-date K'gari (Fraser Island) conditions report is available online.
Waste transfer stations—bins in fenced compounds to deter dingoes—are provided at:
- Eurong: on the road between Eurong and Central Station
- Cornwells: 300m south of Cornwells Break Road
- Happy Valley: behind the Happy Valley township
- Maheno: 100m south of the Maheno shipwreck
- Dundubara: 200m north of Dundubara camping area
- Orchid Beach: on the road between Waddy Point and Orchid Beach.
- Temporary closure of Beach camping zone 4 (Guluri, Eli) and 5 (Maheno, Wahba) due to increased wongari (dingo) activity 10 September to 30 November 2020
- Recreational Fishing Closure - Indian Head to Waddy Point 1 August to 30 September 2020
- Indian Head (Tukkee Wurro) walking track closed 2 June to 30 September 2020
- Central Station Redevelopment - Planned upgrade Central Station Cottage and Museum 1 July to 31 October 2020
- Lake Garawongera scenic drive impassable to Poyungan road 10 June to 29 September 2020
- Lake Wabby scenic drive impassble to Pile Valley road 10 June to 29 September 2020
- Community announcement-planned burn. Smoke from Great Sandy National Park 12 June to 29 September 2020
- Beware crocodiles
- Be dingo-safe
- Beware marine stingers (jellyfish)
K'gari (Fraser Island) conditions report Updated 14 Sep 2020
Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report—always check it before you visit.