How Do You Get Around On K'gari (Fraser Island)?
You’ve packed your essentials, booked your flight and you’re excited to head to the world’s largest sand island! You’ve planned your trip and now the only question is, how do you get around on K'gari (Fraser Island)?
The best and primary way to get around K’gari is by 4WD! You can bring your own, rent one or embark on a 4WD safari tour!
How to 4WD on K’gari
Before you head out, you should make sure your vehicle is in top condition. Check your equipment and tire pressure. Don’t forget to bring a map, extra tires, an air pump, water, a towline and fuel... just in case!
Beach Road Rules for 4WDing on K'gari
- If you’re renting a 4WD, you'll be required to get a safety briefing just before you head out on your drive.
- Some places require a speed limit of 35km/hour to 80km/hour depending on where you are. Of course, for your safety, you should follow the suggested speed limit (or at least in between) as driving on sand is quite a different experience compared to normal roads!
- Check the tides in the area where you’re headed. Watch out for high tides as the beach highway is best accessed on a low tide.
- Drive slowly on creek crossings. Inspect your surroundings ahead of you for potholes and stay on road tracks, especially on hard sand.
- It’s best not to drive at night as it’s difficult to spot wildlife like dingoes in the dark.
- Wash your car well after your trip to avoid rust from salt water.
- Inland roads have a speed limit of 35km/hour. The shared roads on Eastern Beach require drivers to a maximum speed of 40km/hour, while the Hook Point inland road requires a speed limit of 50km/hour. On the eastern beach, you can drive 80km/hour.
- Since some roads are narrow, the general right-of-way rules apply to all drivers. There are plenty of passing bays that all drivers should use.
- Drive in low gear mode on a track of soft sand. Adjust your tire pressure depending on the track you're driving on.
- For your safety and that of other travellers, use your indicators.
- Respect wildlife like dingoes. Give way to pedestrians and feel free to talk to locals and ask for tips too!
We’ve also got 20 tips on your 4WD trip to K'gari for more info! If you’re bringing your own 4WD, you need to know a couple of things about the right equipment, towing options and insurance just before you drive out!
If you happen to be coming from Rainbow Beach, check out our driving tips and how to get to K'gari (Fraser Island) from Rainbow Beach.
Do I Need a License to Drive a 4WD on K’gari?
Yes, just like any other road, you do require to hold a valid and current license. If you don't have an Australian license, you need to have a valid translation for your international one.
You also need a vehicle access permit before you can drive around K'gari (Fraser Island)! You can get one from Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service online or from their over-the-counter office.
You should stick your permit where it’s easily visible on your car as park rangers often roam around campsites, beaches and other destinations! Drivers also need to book a ferry transfer for their cars once they get to Hervey Bay.
Because the island is full of rough, sandy roads or terrains, the ride can get quite bumpy. That’s why 4WDs are the only type of vehicle allowed on the island.
Once you get access, your 4WD permit can last up to 1 month. There’s also an option for frequent visitors to get a permit for the entire year, saving you up to half the usual cost!
To know more about the fees for your access permit, check out K'gari (Fraser Island) Vehicle Permit!
Best 4WD Tours on K’gari
Day Tour to K’gari K'gari (Fraser Island) from Hervey Bay
In a comfortable 4WD, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the jaw-dropping views across the 75-mile beach as you hop from one K'gari (Fraser Island) destination to another! The tour will take you to discover the Mareno shipwreck and rainforests, dip yourself in Eli Creek and make memories in Lake Mckenzie!
Of course, there’s a delicious afternoon meal waiting for you at K’gari Beach Resort! What’s even better? All National Park fees are included in the tour as well as courtesy transfers to and from your Hervey Bay accommodation!
Palace Adventures Camping Safari 3D-2N
It’s a 3-day tour that lets you drive around and explore the rainforests, shipwreck, Eli Creek, Lake Mckenzie and Champagne Pools! All meals, insurance, national park permits and fees are included in the tour! So, all you need to think about is waking up to the morning breeze after sleeping to the gentle lull of the sea in a 2-night island camping experience!
Learn to Surf 4WD Adventure
Unlock the surfer in you with a 3-hour surfing lesson for all levels at Australia’s longest waves in Rainbow Beach! Make memories in clear turquoise waters, swim, relax, laze around and go tanning in the warm sunshine!
RBAC K'gari (Fraser Island) Private 4WD Hire
Hire your own 4WD for 2 to 5 days with 5 guests and arrive at each natural wonder that K’gari offers! From creeks to lakes, rainforests and beaches, it’s an awesome getaway to capture and show friends and family back home! You can either go camping, bring your own food or choose your own accommodation and restaurants in K'gari (Fraser Island)!
Sunrover Expeditions 2 Days and 1 Night
It’s the only 4WD camping adventure tour that comes from Brisbane and heads out to the freshwaters of Lake Mckenzie! It’s a nature adventure that covers all your tents, sleeping bags and mattresses!
What’s more? The campsite has a permanent camp kitchen so your meals can be freshly prepared! You also have the option to choose your own accommodation if you don’t want to camp like a local at the Dilli campsite!
2-Day K’gari Discovery Safari
Follow your tour guide on a 4WD as you hop from one destination to another like Champagne Pools, Indian Head, Maheno Shipwreck, Lake Wabby and Lake Mckenzie!
At night, you’ll stay at the permanent campsite on the eastern side of K’gari and set up your own campfire just before you fall asleep to the swooshing sounds of the sea waves and midnight starry skies! All meals, return ferry transfers, permits and fees are included too!
Fraser Dingo 1-Day 4WD Hire and 2 to 5-Day 4WD Hire
Explore K’gari at your own pace whether you’ve planned to stay for a 1-day exploration or a multi-day tour of up to 5 days with our stress-free booking process! Our crew will plan your itinerary for you, so all you have to think about is zooming around the hidden gems of K'gari (Fraser Island) in a 4WD!
An added bonus is you get to listen to our local travel experts who will tell you about dingo awareness, nature conservation, the history of the islands and walking or hiking options!
Aussie Trax 4x4 Hire & Resort Stay and Aussie Trax 4x4 Hire Longest Day Away
If you prefer a self-guided tour around K’gari, the Aussie Trax Hire with Resort Stay package is perfect for you! You’ll get to discover and explore the natural wonders of K’gari by day, then retreat to your cottage-style accommodation at Eurong Beach Resort at night!
Alternatively, you have the option to skip the Eurong Beach Resort cottage at night with the Aussie Trax 4x4 Hire Longest Day Away! All transfers, insurance and National Park permits are included in both tours. Your 4WD is also modified with sand tyres and spring just for you to better suit the tough road conditions on the island!
Best Places to Visit on K’gari
The original name K’gari was chosen by the Aboriginal Butchulla tribe. K’gari is the sky spirit of the Butchulla which also means paradise in their language.
The island is a World Heritage site and it’s known to have been populated even before colonisation 5,000 years ago! It took about 750,000 years for K’gari to reach its form which is the tropical paradise we see today!
Because K’gari measures 1,840 sq km, stopping by for a day won’t simply be enough for you to fully experience all that it has to offer! So, we recommend staying for a couple of days, so you can make the most out of all the destinations and sites the island is known for!
K'gari (Fraser Island) has the best rainforests if you want to experience both the green environment and the slices of its tropical paradise! There are swamps, ancient trees, woodlands, mangroves, insects and plants that are all part of the Great Sandy National Park.
There are different Types of Freshwater Lakes like Lake Mckenzie, Wabby, Birrabeen, Boomanjin, Allom and Basin Lake which are just some of the places you can’t miss! K’gari is also known for Eli Creek which is the largest on the eastern side of the island. The soft sands have been filtering rainwater for over 100 years and the water is so pure and fresh, it’s safe for you to drink!
The iconic Mareno Shipwreck has been on K'gari (Fraser Island) since 1935! The ship first set out to the sea in 1905 until years later, it got hit by a cyclone. Luckily, none of the crew was seriously injured and they made it out safely. Since then, it has become another favourite destination for visitors to take pictures of!
Everything you need to know about visiting K'gari
If it’s your first time heading out to K'gari (Fraser Island), check out our Essential Packing List suggestions just before you travel!
You might also be wondering what the Weather on K'gari (Fraser Island) is like. Since it’s a tropical wonderland, it’s perfectly mild all year round, neither too hot nor cold with temperatures ranging from 18C to 29C, making it a top destination for international and local travellers alike!
If you happen to be travelling between the Whitsundays and K'gari (Fraser Island), check out the Best Places Where You Can Stay Between the Whitsundays and K'gari (Fraser Island)!
Getting To K'gari
K'gari (Fraser Island) has no airport and the nearest airport would be in Hervey Bay. You can book your flight from Sydney and Brisbane via Virgin or Qantas Airlines, before connecting yourself to the Fraser Coast. From here, there are two ferry options for you to take yourself, and your vehicle, across to the world's largest sand Island!