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Pile Valley circuit
Wander through magnificent stands of Fraser Island satinay in lush rainforest, and discover the extraordinary tale of their survival and regeneration.
- Journey type
- 4km circuit The same start and finish point, but the traveller doesn’t return along the same path
- Time suggested
- Allow 2hrs walking time.
- Grade 4 walking track
- View map
- High clearance 4WD
Soon you’ll be dwarfed by a forest dominated by beautiful stands of Fraser Island satinay nestled in lush rainforest. Gaze up into the canopy and fully appreciate the majesty of these giants, which have watched over this landscape for centuries. During the late 1800s and early 1900s their borer-resistant timber was popular for wharves and jetties. The significance of the Pile Valley was recognised when it was declared a beauty spot in 1937.
Return through sun-dappled rainforest and hoop pine plantation to the day-use area.
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.
Getting there and getting around
The Pile Valley circuit is on K'gari (Fraser Island), 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay and about 300km north of Brisbane.
- The circuit starts on the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and follows the Fraser Island Great Walk to Pile Valley.
Getting to K'gari
You can get to the island by high clearance 4WD, on foot, by plane or with a commercial tour.
Check the K'gari (Fraser Island) conditions report for the latest information on access, closures and conditions within the recreation area.
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- 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 (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.
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.
- 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.
There are no wheelchair-accessible facilities.
- Bring your own drinking water, or fill up your containers at the Central Station day-use area. The water is treated.
- Use water wisely and report damaged or leaking taps and tanks.
Before you visit
Pile Valley circuit is open 24 hours a day.
Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.
- 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 21 Sep 2020
Critical information for your safety is included in the conditions report—always check it before you visit.