Fraser Island, located in Queensland, Australia, is the world’s largest sand island. Moreover, it’s one of those “must sees” on Australia’s east coast travel trail. The majority of people who visit do a 4WD self-drive tour around the island. You’ll spend 3 days camping, getting sand everywhere, swimming in lakes and streams, eating, avoiding dingoes, and drinking by the campfire.
Travel Tips for Fraser Island
- If you do a self-drive tour, you need to bring your own food and alcohol. While there is a small store at the island’s resort, it’s very expensive and should only really be used in an emergency.
- If you do a self-drive tour, don’t worry if you are traveling alone. You will be placed with a group of other travelers and share a car with them. A self drive tour costs around $150 AUD and lasts 3 days, 2 nights.
- If 3 days camping with strangers isn’t your thing, you can do a 1 or 2 day guided tour. Guided tours will take you to all the major sites on the island. I’d save your money and do a day tour though. I found the two day tour to be way too long. Only a few extra sites were added in but you have a lot of “dead” time sitting in places. I mean how long does it really take to see the shipwreck?
- Tours leave from Hervey Bay (northern entry point onto the island) or Rainbow Beach (southern entry point). Hervey Bay is a lot bigger than Rainbow Beach with more things to do. Rainbow Beach is a small, small town with a nice beach, a few hostels, and some restaurants. It’s supposed to be the “main backpacker destination” but I found that just as many people planned to stay in Hervey Bay. If given the choice again, I’d stay in Hervey Bay. There’s just more to do there.
I had a ton of fun on my trip to Fraser Island and I recommend that anyone who goes does so for more than one day. While I was short on time, I think it is much better if you go camping there for a few days than just go for one day and see the highlights.
For more information on planning a trip, you can visit my Australia travel guide for what to do, see, how to get there, and more ways to save money.
Disclaimer: King Fisher Tours gave me 50% off my guided tour.