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Is There Mobile Phone Coverage on Fraser Island?

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As one of the most remote travel destinations in Australia, K'gari (Fraser Island) has intermittent mobile phone coverage and the weak signal will often disappear completely during high wind or periods of bad weather. However there are patches of mobile service across the south-west of Fraser Island (most likely in the south-west) and the main centres of Eurong, Happy Valley and Kingfisher Bay will usually offer some coverage.

For this reason, it is strongly recommended that you do not solely rely on mobile phone communication during your trip. All guided and tag-along Fraser Island tours will use a UHF radio to communicate with other vehicles and it’s advisable that all self-drive travellers do the same. You may also like to bring a satellite phone with you in case of an emergency.

It’s not all bad though - you’re out in the pristine wilderness with sun, sand and plenty of swimming holes so embrace the opportunity to ‘switch off’ for a few days and try that mobile phone detox you’ve been talking about for ages!

The three main phone network providers in Australia (Telstra, Optus and Vodafone) perform continuous maintenance and network expansion operations so it’s best to check your provider’s specific network coverage maps for the latest service areas.

Telstra 3G/4G Coverage

Telstra has the strongest signal across Fraser Island and is the recommended phone carrier for those travelling to the island. There are large patches of coverage in the south-west and on the south-east coast however, the signal strength becomes weaker as you travel north. View the latest Telstra mobile network coverage map.

Optus 3G/4G Coverage

If you have an Optus sim, you can expect patchy coverage on the south-west coast of Fraser Island but unfortunately nothing in the north-east. View the Optus mobile network coverage map for more specific information.

Vodafone 3G/4G Coverage

Vodafone customers can expect patchy mobile phone service in the south-west and south of Fraser Island however coverage is virtually non-existent in the north. For the availability of coverage in specific areas on Fraser Island, view the Vodafone mobile network coverage map.

If you would still like to phone home to keep your loved ones up-to-date with your Fraser Island adventures, be sure to bring some 20 and 50 cent coins to use the public telephones located at Kingfisher Bay, Eurong, Central Station and Happy Valley.

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