Things To do Fraser Island

Great Sandy Marine Park

There are many things to do and explore on Fraser Island and its scenic landscape.

  • Boating or Fishing
  • Swimming on the beaches or lakes
  • Four-Wheel Driving
  • Bushwalking
  • Sightseeing the natural surroundings
  • Picnic areas
  • Guided tours

Go Out Boating or Fishing Off Fraser Island

Fish In The Great Sandy Straights
  • You can fish right off the beaches of Fraser Island, but please take note that some beaches can have large surf and strong currents so please stay safe if fishing in these areas.
  • For recreational fishing, you do not need a permit for private fishing on the Island, but you still must make sure you follow the rules on fishing bag and fish size limits.
  • Fishing is allowed in many zones, except marine national park zones.
  • Please keep all fish stored away from dingoes the same goes for any bait or berley you have with you.
  • Any fish remains or unwanted bait needs to be buried below the high tide mark on the beach.
  • It’s best not to bury the fish waste when any dingoes are an around, we don’t want them to rely on finding the waste with humans around.
  • Don’t leave fish bait bags or old fishing line around, please use the bins provided to keep the Island clean.
  • Cleaning of any fish is not allowed in any of the camping areas on the Island.
  • Freshwater fishing is not allowed on Fraser Island, all the lakes are protected this means no taking bait from the lakes or streams also.

Watch For Those Below The Waters

In all of the signed areas, you must follow the rules and keep speed to a slow pace. The Island has areas marked as go-slow zones to keep impact to any turtles or dugongs to a minimum.

When you are in these designated areas :

  • Use a non-planning or low displacement mode.
  • Watch for all marine wildlife like dugong or turtles.
  • High speed can kill the local wildlife if they get hit from a boat, take care when you are over seagrass and coral reefs.

Take Care Of The Animals Below

  • When you need to anchor only do so on the sand as seagrass or coral reefs are easily damaged from anchor’s.
  • You can easily remove delicate seagrass and break up the coral reef, be sure to use the right anchor for the area you are fishing in, motor up your boat to stop it dragging the anchor when retrieving.

Beach or Lake Swimming

  • There are no lifesavers on the Island, some people have had accidents in the water, care must be taken at all times.
  • Never let children in the water alone.
  • It’s best not to swim in the ocean as it has no patrolled swimming areas plus there are also sharks and rips.
  • No diving in the water, quite a few injuries have taken place from doing so.
  • Lake Wabby and its sand dunes are not to be used for rolling or sliding down as spinal injuries can happen.
  • Don’t sit on the rocks in the surf, as large waves and swell can wash you away fast.
  • Take UV rated shirts

Four-Wheel Driving Around The Island

  • The beaches on the Island are only to be used by high clearance four-wheel drives, and its best to use low range. Before you drive on the sand put it in 4×4 and if you need to lock your hubs in please do so.
  • Watch for all road signs, just as you would on the road, the same rules apply for Queensland roads as they do here on the beach.
  • Most of the walking tracks and Islands scenic features can be accessed from these drives, All camper trailers have to be of high clearance and suit the four-wheel-drive that’s going to tow them.
  • Fraser Island does not suit caravans so please do not bring them or other trailers. Road conditions can change at any time.
  • After long periods of dry spells, or a lot of rain you will experience some difficulties travelling on the Island tracks. Please check on the beaches or the condition of the road before you travel.

Try Out Bush Walking

  • One of the best ways to see the Island up close is on the walking tracks. With many tracks to choose from starting with the boardwalks in the rain forest, short walks around the lakes or treks to the sand blows.
  • If your up for a much longer walk you could always try the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk, it has many campsites along the way for the great camp out experience.
  • You will see the untouched landscape and vast natural beauty along the Great Walk.
  • While the entire 90km Great Walk can take from 6 to 8 days to do, there are many short walks featuring from just half day to the longer full-day treks.
  • To walk the Great Walk track you will need a topographic map and compass to do the whole 90km trek.

Sightseeing The Natural Surroundings

Spend some time on the sights of Fraser Island and you will love the parks features. Only walk on the tracks, do not head off the formal walking areas or the main roads.

The Places to see are

Champagne Pools

These pools are just like a spa bath but natural from the sea.

Lake Boomanjin

  • At almost 200ha its claimed to be the biggest water lake in the world.

Central Station

  • This is where many walkers leave to start their walk, in the rain forest using the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk, also see the Basin Lake and visit Pile Valley.

Lake McKenzie

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  • Known for its very white soft sand and rich blue water there are easy walks to the close-by picnic spots.

Lake Wabby

  • The water here is deep… very deep, in fact, it’s the deepest on the Island.

Eli Creek

  • This freshwater creek that flows along the banks and right out to the beaches, It’s a great spot to cool off.

Kingfisher Bay

Lake Allom

  • Right next to the rain forest you can cool off in this shady hollow, watch for the freshwater turtles from the platform, please note no feeding is allowed.

Wungul Sandblow

  • This natural sand blow offers the best coastline viewing from its dune crest.

Waddy Point Headland

  • See all of the natural wonders of the beach with sea turtles, stingrays and sometimes even sharks off the coastline.

Binngih Sandblow (Waddy Point)

  • Here you will see views the famous lighthouse at Sandy Cap on Fraser Island, Also Marloo Bay and Waddy Point.

Ocean Lake

  • This is home to many types of water birds, you can watch them in the reeds and other parts of the nearby lake. Close by you will also see Banksia trees and Melaleuca woodlands.

Use The Picnic Areas For A Nice Lunch

You will find many day areas on the Island have picnic benches, drinking water is not always the best so it’s better to bring your own, toilets are also found in the picnic area.

Some offer the use of sheds for shelter, barbecues for cooking, plus sinks for washing your dishes.

Take A Guided Tour Of The Islands

There are many tour operators you will find they offer everything from one day tours, up to 5 – 7-day tours ( more info coming soon), There are many tours also available if you’re staying at Rainbow Beach or for all Fraser Island Accommodation Please try here.

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