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Things to do
The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Partnerships (QPWS&P) manages a number of camping areas in the Great Sandy National Park. Camping permits are required and fees apply.
- Summary of camping zones for K'gari (Fraser Island)
- List of campgrounds on K'gari (Fraser Island).
- Book your camp site online.
- If you cannot book online, see camping bookings for other options.
Read Before you visit for information about essentials to bring with you when camping on K'gari.
It is recommended that group leaders view the Teachers’ and group leaders’ package for planning hints and safety information.
A range of privately-run holiday accommodation is available on K'gari.
For more information see the tourism information links.
Take some time to visit the major sights on K'gari and appreciate the park features. Stay clear of areas with no formal walking tracks or designated roads.
The best way to explore and enjoy K'gari is at close quarters on its walking tracks. Choose from short boardwalks through rainforests, strolls around a lake or longer walks across a sandblow. Long distance walkers can enjoy the 90km K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk with walkers' camps along the way for a special wilderness camping experience.
Please read Walking safely before you walk on K'gari.
K'gari's beaches and sandy inland roads are suitable only for high-clearance 4WD vehicles preferably with low-range capacity. Engage 4WD (if necessary, lock hubs on your vehicle) just before you start driving on sand. Read and pay attention to all signage. All Queensland road rules apply, even when you are on the beach.
Many of K'gari's features and walking tracks are accessed from scenic drives. Camper trailers must be high-clearance, off-road trailers that suit the vehicle towing them. Other trailers and caravans are not recommended. Be aware that road conditions can vary. During times of extended dry or wet weather, drivers can expect difficulties when traversing island roads. After severe natural events, such as storms and fires, roads may become impassable. Check road and beach conditions prior to travel.
Mountain-bike riding is permitted on the eastern and western beaches of K'gari.
- Only experienced mountain-bike riders should attempt to do this.
- Bicycles are not permitted on any designated walking tracks, including the K'gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk.
- Bicycles are not recommended on inland tracks as they can have tracts of very deep soft sand, carry two-way traffic and are used by heavy vehicles and large tourist buses. You may not be able to react quickly enough if you encounter these vehicles on some of the narrow sections.
- See Mountain biking for other Queensland parks or forests where mountain-bike riding is permitted.
- Ensure drivers can see you when cycling along the beach, especially early morning and late afternoon.
- Wear high visibility vests or reflective material on backpacks and clothing.
- Stay alert and do not wear earphones, as you may not hear approaching vehicles over the sound of surf and wind.
- Look up because authorised small planes land on and take off from the beach at any time of day in some designated areas. They need the firmer, wetter sand close to the water's edge to land safely. You may need to move quickly to get higher up the beach. Watch for traffic ahead and behind you—the beach is also a road! All Queensland road rules apply.
Commercially-operated guided tours are available; see the tourism information links for more information.
Most day-use areas on K'gari have picnic tables, toilets and water (not always suitable for drinking). Some also have shelter sheds and washing-up sinks.
Power boats and vehicles are not permitted in or around lakes and streams. Please read the Fish right guidelines and take note of where Great Sandy Marine Park boundaries are located before fishing around K'gari.
- 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.