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Road Rules and Etiquette for Driving on K'gari (Fraser Island)

Updated Tue 13 Feb 2024

While K'gari (Fraser Island) has so many amazing natural attractions, many people visit just for the driving! As the world's largest sand island, you can have the unique experience of driving a 4WD on sandy rainforest tracks and the famous Sand Highway. If you're looking for a little adventure and some off-road fun, K'gari (Fraser Island) is the perfect place. But due to its unique terrain, certain road rules and etiquette apply. 

cars parked next to the maheno shipwreck on K'gari

Road Rules and Etiquette for Driving on K'gari (Fraser Island)

Here are some of the most important road rules and driving tips to keep in mind while exploring K'gari (Fraser Island)! All drivers on the island must adhere to normal Queensland state driving laws, and obtain the correct permits before heading over to the largest sand island in the world. The island has speed limits and is policed by national park rangers. So whether you are driving your own vehicle, joining a tag along tour, or hiring a 4WD, these road rules will apply to you!

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Speed Limits on K'gari (Fraser Island)

K'gari (Fraser Island) has strict speed limits to ensure people, vehicles, wildlife, and the terrain all remain as secure as possible. Driving on K'gari can be difficult due to the rugged, sandy tracks and the changing tides. You definitely won't need to go any faster than these speed limits, and you might not even come close! It's always better to drive slower and be safe.

Here are the local speed limits on K’gari (Fraser Island): 

  • Eastern Beach - 80 km/hr
  • Shared Zones on Eastern Beach - 40 km/hr
  • Hook Point Inland Roads - 50 km/hr
  • Other Inland Roads - 35 km/hr

Person driving on the beach on K'gari

Special Rules for 4WD Hire Companies

Not everyone has their own 4WD, particularly international travellers who are just visiting Australia. Luckily, you can hire a 4WD and experience the thrill of driving on K'gari (Fraser Island). Age restrictions apply for most hire companies in addition to these special requirements:

  • Vehicles must not exceed 8 seats
  • Seats must be forward or rear-facing
  • Seats must not be side-facing
  • Items cannot be stored on the roof
  • Items must be stored inside the vehicle and secured below the top level of the door frame
  • Vehicles must be equipped with seatbelts that meet Australian Design Rule standards

Generally, the 4WD hire companies should be all over this, but it’s still a good idea to check they are up to standard. We pride ourselves in only offering the most reputable 4WD hire, so enquire with us today if you’re considering hiring a vehicle for a self-driven adventure on K"gari (Fraser Island)!

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General Road Rules and Etiquette for Driving on K'gari (Fraser Island)

Here are some basic tips for driving on K'gari (Fraser Island), whether you're in your own vehicle or a hire vehicle. These general etiquette tips will ensure you and everyone around you stays safe while exploring the island!

  • Always try to stop and help if someone appears stuck. It’s often a mission to get one vehicle unbogged and many hands make light work, especially when you're racing against an incoming tide! 

  • Inland tracks are mostly single-lane, and you will find passing bays installed throughout the trails. Large buses and heavier vehicles have the right of way, so use these to back up and allow them to pass. If one of these spots isn’t nearby, pull over to the side of the track as far as you’re safely able to make room for the bus.

  • You should also give way to vehicles travelling downhill towards you. 

  • Never drive off the tracks! Inland sand tracks are softer as they don’t have the regular wash of the tides from the shore to compress the sand, so your best traction will be on man-made driving tracks.

  • Give way to wildlife and pedestrians. Try to drive around flocks of birds resting, and keep an eye out for dingoes. If you see a dingo you should remain in your vehicle and slow down to let them pass. 

  • Park at the top of the beach well out of the way of moving traffic. It’s advisable to park at an angle to let other vehicles know you aren’t planning to move. Parking on sand dunes is strictly prohibited. 

  • When approaching someone on 75-Mile Beach, since there are no road lines or traffic lights, it’s a good idea to use your indicator to let the other vehicle know you’re aware of them and your intention is to remain on your side. For instance, if you’re approaching another vehicle, you should indicate to the side of the approaching vehicle you intend to remain on. People often get distracted by the beautiful scenery, so this will alleviate any confusion! 

  • Don’t drive at night, give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination well and truly before dark. There are many hazards that are much harder to see at night, including incoming tides, unexpected creeks, and people fishing for instance. Best to only drive during the day. 

  • Avoid getting too close to the shoreline, as it’s easy to misjudge the softness of the sand and get bogged. You should also exercise caution when approaching creeks. If you’re unsure of the depth, stop your vehicle away from the creek and wade out to test its depth. 

dingo walking past a car in the forest on K'gari

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