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

Eli camping area (fenced)

Coastal camp sites sheltered behind the dunes close to beaches, scenic drives, walks, lakes and amenities.

Accessible by

  • High clearance 4WD

Campground facilities

  • Generators allowed (conditions apply)
  • Tent camping
  • Camper trailer camping
  • Tent camping beside car
  • Walking
  • Scenic drive
  • Fishing

Destination abounds from this central camping location, enjoy a dip in the crystal clear waters of Eli Creek, be amazed at The Pinnacles rock formation or walk over the vast expanse of Kirrar Sandblow.

A great central location for exploring the Eastern Beach scenic drive and Central Lakes and Southern Lakes scenic drives.

A relaxing stroll from your camp site awaits kilometres of beach to explore, whale watch or take in the stunning sunsets the island has to offer.  Just a short drive north to Eli Creek Walk take the 400m boardwalk winding through lush ferns and pandanus. End the adventure with a relaxing swim in Eli’s crystal-clear waters.

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

Surrounded by wongari (dingo) deterrent fencing this camping area is ideal for families with children 14 years and under wanting to camp close to the beach.

Getting there and getting around

Eli camping area is on K'gari (Fraser Island), 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay and about 300km north of Brisbane.

The camping area is located behind the foredunes on the eastern beach, just over 2km north of Happy Valley.

The Eastern Beach scenic drive is only accessible 2hrs either side of low tide.

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

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 (Fraser Island), 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 Fraser Island Barges landing area.
  • The trip to Wanggoolba Creek on western K'gari (Fraser Island) takes 30–45min.
  • The trip to Kingfisher Bay on western K'gari (Fraser Island) takes 50mins–1hr.
  • These barges run at fixed time and bookings are essential.
  • Walkers can board a vehicle barge to the island (details above) or arrive by plane.
  • Flights leave from Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
  • Access K'gari (Fraser Island)'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 (Fraser Island).
  • 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 Fraser Island 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.
  • 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.

On foot

  • Walkers can board a vehicle barge to the island (details above) or arrive by plane.
  • Flights leave from Hervey Bay and Maryborough.
  • Access K'gari (Fraser Island)'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 (Fraser Island).
  • 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 Fraser Island 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.
  • 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.

By plane

By private vessel

  • Access K'gari (Fraser Island)'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 (Fraser Island).
  • 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 Fraser Island 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

Eli camping area 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.

Map: Eli camping area (fenced) map

Camping area features: formal, fenced camping area, set behind the dunes with access to the beach just a short walk away.

Location: Eli (fenced) camping area is located behind the fore dunes on the eastern beach, just north of Happy Valley.

Access: high clearance 4WD only, off-road camper trailers.

Number of sites: 3 tent sites and 3 trailer sites. Camping is only permitted in the numbered camp sites within the camping area and must be booked online. Please note: You must specifically book your camper trailer into a camper trailer site. Tent sites do not accommodate trailers.

Camp sites are suitable for: tent sites—walk-in camping; trailer sites—off-road camper trailers.

Camp site surface: sand

Facilities: there are no facilities at this site. You must provide and use your own portable toilet. The nearest portable waste disposal facilities are located 200m south of the Cornwells camping area. You need to have your own water supply—­nearest fill up station is at Happy Valley.

Open fires: prohibited

Generators: permitted but must be turned off between the hours of 9pm and 9am, sound rating must be less than 65 decibels (2.oKva).

Essentials to bring: first-aid kit, prescription medicines (if needed), fuel or gas stove, water containers, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sand pegs, tarpaulins, extra poles, ropes and lockable food storage containers. Smokers should bring small sealable canisters for cigarette butts. Also see: before you visit.

Bookings: book online or learn about our camping booking options. Advance bookings (up to 6 months) required for holiday periods.

Mobile phone coverage: generally not available—public phone in Happy Valley.

Visiting safely

For more safety information see Visiting K'gari safely and camp with care.