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

Getting there and getting around

4WD vehicles driving along the beach.
High-clearance 4WD vehicles are essential for driving on K'gari as the roads are all sand.

Photo credit: Tourism Queensland

Two vehicle barges on the water.
Vehicle barges run continuously during daylight hours between Inskip and Hook Point at the southern end of K'gari.

Photo credit: Queensland Government

K'gari (Fraser Island) is about 300km north of Brisbane and 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay and Maryborough.

Vehicle access

K'gari's sand tracks are rough and only suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles with low range capacity.

All-wheel drive vehicles are not recommended.

Vehicle barges leave from:

  • Inskip Point, 15 minutes drive from Rainbow Beach (east of Gympie) to Hook Point; these barges generally run from 6am to 5.30pm (trip time is about 10 minutes, no bookings required)
  • River Heads (east of Maryborough) to Kingfisher Bay and Wanggoolba Creek (trip time is between 30 to 50 minutes, bookings required).

Vehicle access permit

A vehicle access permit must be purchased and displayed on your vehicle windscreen before driving on K'gari. Be sure to buy all your permits before you go.

Other access options

Passenger flights operate daily from Hervey Bay to K'gari. Flights are also available from Maroochydore.

Commercial tours of the island leave from Rainbow Beach, the Sunshine Coast, Hervey Bay and Brisbane.

Vehicle barges also take walk-on passengers.

Wheelchair accessibility

Wheelchair toilet facilities are available at Boorangoora (Lake McKenzie), Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek barge landing, Waddy Point, Ungowa and Dundubara camping areas and day-use areas.