The world’s largest sand island is just a one-hour flight from Brisbane and a short ferry ride from Hervey Bay. Whether you want to explore lush rainforest, swim in dreamy freshwater lakes or take your 4WD out for a wild ride, here’s our beginner’s guide to the island.

Getting to the Island

Two ferries service the route between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island, both of which accommodate passengers and their 4WD vehicles. Let your itinerary determine which ferry works better for you. The Kingfisher Bay Barge will take you directly to Kingfisher Bay Resort in 45-minutes. The Fraser Venture barge will drop you off at Wanggoolba Creek, 10 kilometres further south as the crow flies. Both recommend that you arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure when heading home.

To get around the island, you’ll need to either hire a 4WD from Hervey Bay or book a tour. Tip: It’s illegal to 4WD on Fraser Island without a beach driving permit, which you can also organise at Hervey Bay.

Hervey Bay

Spend a night in Hervey Bay before heading off bright and early to Fraser Island. A tourist destination in its own right, this seaside village is home to plenty of dining and accommodation options. It’s the place where you can pick up a 4WD and stock up on supplies if you’re planning to camp on the island.