K'gari (Fraser Island), Great Sandy National Park Fraser Coast

Fraser Island (K'gari) is the traditional land of the Butchulla Aboriginal people and a world heritage area. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

Critical information for your safety

Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report—always check it before you visit. Photo credit: Maxime Coquard © Tourism and Events Queensland

Park specific conditions

Permits required:

Vehicle access permits must be purchased for every vehicle before entering K'gari.

Camping permits for QPWS&P camping areas are required and must be purchased before setting up campfees apply.

  • When making your booking, you will need to know the name for the camping zone or area you are booking. You must stipulate the place and dates you intend to camp. You cannot camp elsewhere during that period unless you amend your booking beforehand.
  • A camping permit booking number must be clearly displayed at your camp site.
  • Camping bookings can be made up to 6 months in advance, which is strongly advised during peak periods—school holidays and public holidays.
  • Collect your permit tag and visitor information from one of the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships offices or permit issuing agents.
  • Permits cannot be purchased from rangers on the island.
  • As mobile phone reception on K'gari can be unreliable QPWS&P suggests purchasing your camping permit prior to arriving on the island from www.qld.gov.au/camping or visiting a permit issuing centre.

Park-specific conditions

The camping structures of all people registered under a booking must be in one location and not more than 3m apart.

Plan your drive! Driving on K'gari can be difficult and travel times may be considerably longer than expected. Be sure to take into account the following factors when planning where to camp:

  • Access and distances to camping areas—book a site that you can get to easily and within daylight hours.
  • Speed limits and driving conditions—consider factors that may lengthen your journey time.
  • Tide times—some driving routes are only accessible two hours either side of low tide.
  • For further information, please refer to the conditions report (PDF, 1.0MB) .

Open campfires are prohibited (PDF, 73.2KB) on K'gari except in the communal, QPWS&P-provided fire rings at Dundubara, Waddy Point (top) and Waddy Point (beachfront) camping areas.
Bring a suitable fuel stove for cooking:

  • A fully enclosed cooking or heating appliance using manufactured fuels—not firewood—can be used at all camping areas. They can also be used during declared QPWS&P fire prohibitions, provided they are not left unattended, are suitably contained, and do not have the potential to generate airborne embers or possibly ignite nearby ground fuels.
  • The appliance must use only manufactured fuels (gas, liquid and solid fuels such as hexamine fuel blocks, briquettes or heat beads).
  • It must be a fully contained unit (not drums or braziers).
  • It must stand at least 20cm off the ground.

Be dingo-safe! Read and heed all wongari messages.