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Hook Point, K'gari (Fraser Island)

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Gabby Boucher
Updated Thu 15 Feb 2024

Hook Point is known as the southern gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). There are a few ways to get to the world's largest sand island, located off the coast of southeast Queensland. If you're coming to K'gari from Rainbow Beach, you'll most likely take the Inskip Point Ferry over to Hook Point. From there, you can continue your exploration of the island! Here are some things you might want to know about Hook Point on K'gari (Fraser Island)!

car driving on the beach at Hook Point K'gari (Fraser Island)

About Hook Point, K'gari (Fraser Island)

Hook Point is just one section of the massive, rugged, and beautiful K'gari, also known as the world's largest sand island. The indigenous name for Hook Point is Torerr, as given by the Butchella People who are the traditional owners of K'gari.

Hook Point is one of the few gateways to the island for those arriving by ferry. There are only 3 ferry terminals on K'gari (Fraser Island), with two of them located on the island's western shore. These are the Kingfisher Bay Ferry and the Wanggoolba Creek Ferry, both of which depart from River Heads in Hervey Bay

On the south of K'gari (Fraser Island), you'll find Hook Point. This is the arrival point for the Inskip Point Ferry which departs from Inskip Point in Rainbow Beach. So travellers visiting K'gari from Rainbow Beach will most likely arrive at Inskip Point!

Inskip Point Ferry full of cars going to K'gari (Fraser Island)

What is there to do at Hook Point?

Other than catching the ferry over to Hook Point, there is not much to do on this southern corner of K'gari (Fraser Island). It's just dense, wild forest and there aren't many lakes, creeks, or natural landmarks down here. You shouldn't swim at Hook Point, as there are no easily accessible freshwater swimming spots. And swimming anywhere in the ocean off the coast of K'gari is notoriously dangerous because of the riptides and lack of lifeguards.

Most travellers just use Hook Point as a starting point for exploring the highlights of the island further north! However, there is one campground just a short drive away from Hook Point on the island's southwest shores, Coolooloi Campground. It's a very remote campground with few other tourists that offers nice fishing and wildlife spotting. The water here is calmer because it's on the western shore, making it great for water sports!

Read our full guide to camping on K'gari for tips about planning your adventure.

4WD setting up a campsite on the sand on K'gari

Where Is Hook Point?

Hook Point is located at the southernmost point of K'gari (Fraser Island). Once you arrive at Hook Point after riding the Inskip Point Ferry from Rainbow Beach, you and all the other passengers will just hop back in your 4WDs and head north along the Eastern Beach. 

Because you can only drive along the beach at low tide, you may have to take the High Tide Bypass Road which runs parallel to the beach in the forest. If you arrive at Hook Point when it's high tide, you'll drive along this forest track to get to your accommodation or your chosen K'gari attractions. If it's low tide when you arrive, you can drive along the famous Sand Highway! Note that regular road rules still apply on the beach at K'gari (Fraser Island)!

car driving through the green rainforest on K'gari

How long is the ferry ride from Inskip Point to Hook Point?

It's only a 10 minute ferry ride from Inskip Point near Rainbow Beach to Hook Point on K'gari (Fraser Island). Though it's a super short ferry ride, you will have to drive further to reach hotspots on the island such as Lake McKenzie or Central Station. Hook Point is pretty isolated down in the south of the island, so make sure you leave plenty of time to reach other attractions!

The Inskip Point Ferry departs every 30 minutes and runs from roughly 6am until 5:15pm. Check out our complete guide to the Inskip Point Ferry for more info!

couple riding on the ferry on the way to K'gari (Fraser Island)

How long is the drive from Hook Point to K'gari Beach Resort (Eurong)?

It's about 35km from Hook Point to K'gari Beach Resort (formerly Eurong Resort), which can take around 1-2 hours to drive. If you're arriving at Hook Point and staying on K'gari for a few days, K'gari Beach Resort is the most accessible and popular place to book accommodation. It's located right on 75 Mile Beach, and the drive up should take around 1-2 hours depending on the tides and track conditions that day.

aerial view of K'gari Beach Resort next to the ocean and forest

How long is the drive from Hook Point to Kingfisher Bay Resort?

Another one of the most popular places to stay on K'gari (Fraser Island) is Kingfisher Bay Resort, though it's about a 2.5-hour drive from Hook Point. Kingfisher Bay Resort is the most luxurious resort on the island, with excellent facilities and even a spa. Most people planning to stay at the resort will depart from Hervey Bay, as the Kingfisher Bay Ferry from here drops you off right in front of the resort. 

But if you're only able to depart from Rainbow Beach, it is about 64km from Hook Point up to Kingfisher Bay Resort. You'll drive part of the way up 75 Mile Beach, then head inland to get to the resort on the island's western shore. Depending on tides and track conditions, the drive can take up to 2.5 hours.

girl walking along the ferry next to Kingfisher Bay Resort

How long is the drive from Hook Point to Orchid Beach?

If you're planning to head all the way up to Orchid Beach in northern K'gari (Fraser Island), it's about a 5-hour drive from Hook Point. Though it's only 105km to get from Hook Point in the south to Orchid Beach near the north, the island is very rugged and it takes much longer to drive on sand than on a normal road! No matter where you are driving on K'gari, expect the journey to take twice as long as a normal drive. 

Aside from K'gari Beach Resort and Kingfisher Bay Resort, Orchid Beach is another one of the best places to stay on K'gari (Fraser Island). This cosy little township has some nice apartments and holiday rentals where you can stay near the beach away from the crowds. 

person driving a car along the beach on K'gari (Fraser Island)

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