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How Long Is The Ferry Ride To K'gari (Fraser Island)?

Updated Wed 07 Dec 2022

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K’gari (Fraser Island) is a World Heritage site and the world’s largest sand island. It’s not surprising that it has become a favourite destination for hundreds of thousands of visitors from all around the world! There are plenty of things to do on K'gari and now that you’re ready to discover the natural wonders of this tropical paradise, first, you need to know how to get there by ferry!

How Many Ferries are there to K’gari (Fraser Island)?

There are two ferries across to K’gari (Fraser Island). The shortest, the Manta Ray Barge from Inskip Point (neighbouring Rainbow Beach) takes 10 minutes and the longest, the Fraser Venture Ferry from River Heads to Wanggolba Creek, near Kingfisher Resort, takes 30 minutes.

K'Gari (Fraser Island) Ferry Locations

How Much Does the Ferry to K'gari (Fraser Island) Cost?

The ferry ticket prices vary during peak and off-peak seasons. So, depending on the time of year you’re visiting, you should definitely be aware that prices change. 

For a standard 4WD including passengers, the Fraser Venture Barge ferry will cost you:

  • One-way ticket peak season: $130
  • Return ticket peak season: $205
  • One-way ticket off-peak season: $110
  • Return ticket during off-peak season: $180

For a standard 4WD including passengers, the Manta Ray Barge ferry ticket usually costs:

  • One-way ticket: $95
  • Return ticket: $130

Walk-on passengers are welcome for a small fee (usually around $20).

woman spreading her arms aboard a ferry

Do I Need to Book the Fraser Island Ferry?

It is recommended that you book the ferry to Kingfisher Resort ahead of time, as there are only four services a day. Get in touch with the provider on 1800 372 737 for more details.

The Manta Ray Fraser Island Barge from Inskip departs every 30 minutes or so, so booking ahead is not essential. The Mantra Ray Barge runs from 6 am to 5:15 pm.

However, if you prefer to book ahead for peace of mind, you can get in touch with the providers. So, all you have to do then is sit back, relax and enjoy the ride on your way to K’gari (Fraser Island)! You may visit Manta Ray Fraser Island Barge for more info.

Girl with blonde hair on the barge from Inskip to K'gari

Which Ferry Should I Take to K’gari?

If you’re staying at the resort or have your own 4WD to explore the western part of the island, you should choose the Kingfisher (Fraser Venture Barge). If you’re doing the Great Walk, choose the Inskip point (the Manta Ray Barge). Not sure what time the ferry leaves? We made a list of the departure times of the ferries and the differences in arrival points just for you!

4WD cars loaded on a ferry

Which Tours include a ferry to K’gari?

2-Day 2-Night Tour from Hervey Bay

Go on a spacious and comfortable ride to K’gari Beach Resort and spend 2 full days exploring Fraser Island’s historic locations, strolling or hiking between Central Station’s Kauri trees and Scribbly Gums and taking a refreshing dip into freshwater lakes like the Basin lake! Your tour guide will take care of you sharing knowledgeable information. Breakfast, lunch and drinks are included in the tour too!

Fraser Tours from Hervey Bay 

The Fraser tours from Hervey Bay offer you the best of K’gari (Fraser Island) from swimming into the crystal clear waters of Lake Mckenzie and Eli Creek to frolicking in the sand dunes at the iconic Maheno shipwreck and walking into the rainforests! You’ll have a delicious lunch and free drinks too! Family trips also get an exclusive deal - all you have to do is ask!

4WD blue bus tour parked in a rainforest

Fraser Tour from Rainbow Beach 

The tours you can choose from vary in the sizes of 4WD vehicles and the number of passengers. You’ll get to walk in calming rainforests, soak up and discover the island’s amazing wildlife plus iconic locations like Teewah sand dunes, Maheno shipwreck and the pristine waters of Lake Mckenzie and Eli Creek, then treat yourself to a delectable lunch at K’gari Beach Resort! All fees are included in the tours!

2-Day K’gari Discovery Safari

Discover the magic behind the hidden gems of K’gari like Maheno shipwreck, Champagne Pools, Indian Head and Lake Mckenzie! Go camping at our permanent tent campsite, live your life up to sun-soaked days, build your own campfire and fall asleep to the gentle lull of the sea at night beneath the deep blue starry skies! Fuel, fees, permits and scrumptious meals are all included in the tour!

a convoy of 4WD cars driving on sand dunes

Fraser Explorer K’gari 3-Day Fraser Island Getaway from Hervey Bay  

Spend one night at Kingfisher Bay Resort Eurong Beach Resort on the world’s largest sand island exploring Wanggoolba Creek, The Pinnacles, Lake Mckenzie and the Maheno Shipwreck! 2-Day breakfast, lunch and drinks in a private kitchenette, balcony and patio are waiting for you! There’s also complimentary pick up from and drop off to your Hervey Bay accommodation!

Fraser Explorer 4-Day K’gari Experience Tour from Hervey Bay

Make memories in some of the best World Heritage sites! You get two full days of guided touring, bushwalking, swimming and sunbathing. Cap your day off by spending two nights at Kingfisher Bay Resort and one night at Eurong Beach Resort with two delicious breakfasts carefully prepared just for you, plus a resort and picnic lunch in the afternoons!

aerial view of Lake Mckenzie

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