It’s important to remember that Fraser’s iconic status and numerous highlights make it a busy place, especially around the school holiday periods. The busiest times are the two weeks surrounding Christmas, Easter and the September school holidays, so if you are planning your trip at these times remember to organise any accommodation early. Campsite bookings can be made up to three months in advance, which is recommended for those looking to visit at peak periods.
You will need a camping permit to camp anywhere on the island (with the exception of Cathedral Beach and Kgari Camping Area). You can purchase one online to book in advance. If you end up staying longer than you originally planned, you can also get your permits from the office at Eurong while you’re on the island.
Next, keep in mind that Fraser Island is highly protected by various agencies, so a vehicle permit and a separate camping permit are a necessity. A vehicle permit will set you back $46.65 for a month or less, and $234.00 for a year pass.
Getting to the island
The final piece of preparation is booking your transport to the island. The barges leave from Inskip Point (Rainbow Beach) and River Heads. The various ferries are flat-bottomed barges that run up onto the beach, with bookings required on most but not all.
Once you have chosen your dates, purchased camping and vehicle permits and secured passage onto the island, you’re ready to pack the 4x4 and discover Fraser Island with its many charms.