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How Much Is A K'gari (Fraser Island) Vehicle Permit?

Updated Wed 08 May 2024

Driving to K'gari (Fraser Island)? All vehicles going to the world's largest sand island must have a vehicle permit. So while planning your epic adventure to K'gari, make sure you apply for your vehicle permit in advance! As long as you follow the rules and regulations of this highly protected island, you are sure to have an unforgettable adventure here. With plenty of fun things to do and a mesmerizing landscape and history, K'gari is one of the most beautiful places in Australia! Here is everything you need to know about securing a vehicle permit for K'gari.

travellers gathered on the beach on k'gari near maheno shipwreck


K'gari (Fraser Island) Vehicle Permit Costs:

Here are the costs for booking a vehicle permit to K'gari (Fraser Island). Please note that permits must be purchased in advance before going to the island. You cannot buy a permit on the island! Permits must be displayed in your windscreen at all times. 

1 month or less = $57.80

More than 1 month (up to 1 year) = $291


K'gari (Fraser Island) and Cooloola Recreation Area:

Visitors may purchase a combined permit for K'gari (Fraser Island) and Cooloola. A 20% discount applies, and it gives you more flexibility to explore more of the Great Sandy National Park between Noosa and Rainbow Beach

1 month or less = $92.85

More than 1 month (up to 1 year) = $466


K'gari (Fraser Island) Ferry Costs:

Also, take into account the cost of the ferry to and from K'gari when planning your trip. Ferry pricing to get on and off the island vary, and prices range from $105 -$350 per vehicle for a return journey from either River Heads or Inskip Point

For more information on ferry timetables and departure points, click here

ferry


Camping Permits:

You also need a permit to camp on K'gari (Fraser Island). Camping permits are $7 per person per night with discounts for families or students. Camping fees are site-specific and can be booked up to 6 months in advance. Visitors should also purchase their camping permits before arriving on the island. If you hire a 4WD, your camping permit is often included in the hire price

Read more about the best places to camp on K'gari!

people camping and socialising under the trees on k'gari


Tours on K'gari (Fraser Island)

If you are visiting K'gari on a tour, such as guided or tagalong tour, you will not need to purchase any permits. National Park fees may apply and are payable to your guide, but are usually included in the tour cost. In the event that you are planning to visit the island in your own vehicle, you should ensure you have all the proper permits before making your way to the island.

It's a good idea to familiarise yourself with the rules of driving on the island as all road rules apply (even on the beach) and research what kind of things you will need to bring with you. There is little phone coverage on K'gari, and there are a few shops but they are spread out across the island. 

Try your hand at driving on K'gari with one of these epic tag along tours!

Fraser Explorer Tour bus in the bush, Fraser Island


Take the stress out of visiting K'gari (Fraser Island) by booking a tour! Chat with our friendly travel experts online and we'll help you create your ideal holiday. 


*Fees are subject to change, and prices may vary from above. Those wishing to purchase a permit can do so online through the Queensland government website, over the phone (13 QGOV), by visiting a self-service kiosk or by going to a booking office.

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