Fraser Island 4WD Hire- Bucket List:Four wheel drive next to the colored sand cliffs of The Cathedrals or planes making joy flights on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Bushwalk through rainforest growing from the sand and heathlands full of wild flowers and swim in mirrored lakes ringed with gold. Visit Lake McKenzie, picnic next to turtles at Lake Allom and spot whales from Indian Head. Discover the historic Maheno shipwreck in Happy Valley and see kangaroos, wallabies and possums on a bushwalk into the interior. Learn how the island was formed, and about its fascinating Aboriginal and pioneering history. It’s easy to see why the Aboriginal owners called Fraser Island ‘K’gari’ or paradise.
Seventy-Five Mile BeachFrom the moment you hit the sandy highway of Seventy-Five Mile Beach, the island is strictly four wheel drive territory. Head off on one of the hundreds of sand tracks linking lakes, rainforest and other natural attractions. Drive to mighty sand blows and the towering multi-colored sand cliffs of The Cathedrals. Or stop to float in fast-flowing Eli Creek straight to the ocean. Stroll the boardwalk next to Wanggoolba Creek, which carries clear water through tranquil rainforest at Central Station, once a forestry township. Take a break for some history at the Maheno shipwreck and the colored sands of The Pinnacles. Or enjoy a low tide dip in the clear, bubbling sea water of the Champagne Pools. For a bird’s eye view, take a scenic flight over Cathedral Beach, Happy Valley and Orchid Beach.
4WD AdventureFraser Island is strictly four-wheel-driving territory. Seventy-Five Mile Beach is an actual highway that runs up the surf side of the island. Four-wheel-drives share the highway with Air Fraser planes making joy flights. Sand tracks cross the island linking lakes and rainforests.Driving conditions vary with weather and tides. Speed limits are 35kmh on inland roads and 80kmh on the Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Normal road rules apply. Carry essential spares as well as a towrope, spade, water and first aid kit.Vehicle access permits are required for all vehicles entering the island. Permits may be obtained from River Head Barge landing, at Kingfisher Bay Resort reception and at Queensland National Parks and Wildlife Service offices including Brisbane, Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg and Rainbow Beach.
- The beaches on the Island are only to be used by high clearance four wheel drives, and its best to use low range. Before you drive on the sand put it in 4WD and if you need to lock your hubs in please do so.
- Watch for all road signs, just as you would on the road, the same rules apply for Queensland roads as they do here on the beach.
- Most of the walking tracks and Islands scenic features can be accessed from these drives, All camper trailers have to be of high clearance and suit the four wheel drive that’s going to tow them.
- Fraser Island does not suit caravans so please do not bring them or other trailers. Road conditions can change at any time.
- After long periods of dry spells, or a lot of rain you will experience some difficulties traveling on the island tracks. Please check on the beaches or the roads condition before you travel.
- You can fish right off the beaches of Fraser Island, but please take note that some beaches can have large surf and strong currents so please stay safe if fishing in these areas.
- For recreational fishing you do not need a permit for private fishing on the Island, but you still must make sure you follow the rules on fishing bag and fish size limits.
- Fishing is allowed in many zones, except marine national park zones.
- Please keep all fish stored away from dingoes the same goes for any bait or berley you have with you.
- Any fish remains or unwanted bait needs to be buried below the high tide mark on the beach.
- It’s best not to bury the fish waste when any dingoes are around, we don’t want them to rely on finding the waste with humans around.
- Don’t leave fish bait bags or old fishing line around, please use the bins provided to keep the Island clean.
- Cleaning of any fish is not allowed in any of the camping areas on the Island.
- Freshwater fishing is not allowed on Fraser Island, all the lakes are protected this means no taking bait from the lakes or streams also.
BoatingIn all of the signed areas you must follow the rules and keep speed to a slow pace. The island has areas marked as go slow zones to keep impact to any turtles or dugongs to a minimum.When you are in these designated areas:
- Use a non-planning or low displacement mode.
- Watch for all marine wildlife like dugong or turtles.
- High speed can kill the local wildlife if they get hit by a boat, take care when you are over seagrass and coral reefs.
- When you need to anchor only do so on the sand as seagrass or coral reefs are easily damaged from anchors.
- You can easily remove delicate seagrass and break up the coral reef, be sure to use the right anchor for the area you are fishing in, motor up your boat to stop it dragging the anchor when retrieving.
Beach or Lake Swimming
- There are no lifesavers on the Island, some people have had accidents in the waterand care must be taken at all times.
- Never let children in the water alone.
- It’s best not to swim in the ocean as it has no patrol’s plus there are also sharks and rips
- No diving in the water, quite a few injuries have taken place from doing so.
- Lake Wabby and its sand dunes are not to be used for rolling or sliding down as spinal injuries can happen.
- Don’t sit on the rocks in the surf, as large waves and swell can wash you away fast.
Fraser Island WildlifeFraser Island is home to a diverse array of native terrestrial and water fauna. It is not uncommon to see a dingo loping along the beach or a prehistoriclooking lizard climbing one of the island’s trees. The diversity of the island’s natural habitat supports a wide range of animals, many of which are at the northern or southern limit of their distribution or are considered to be rare or vulnerable. Each animal has a place in nature’s ecosystem, be it as a predator or pollinator, soil enricher or seed carrier. Even the smallest animal can cause an environmental imbalance if disturbed and it is for this reason that we should do our best to respect and conserve the native fauna of Fraser Island.mammals on Fraser Island including the Swamp Wallaby, Small Eared Mountain Possum and the Sugar Glider. More than 354 species of birds have been sighted on Fraser Island. The island has a wide range of habitats providing different food sources, nesting and breeding areas.Fraser Island is home to 79 species of reptiles, including 19 kinds of snake. The most commonly seen reptiles are the Sand Monitor and the Lace Monitor. These large lizards are often seen around picnic areas. Dolphins, dugongs, turtles, rays, and – from July to November – migrating humpback whales, frequent island waters. Rare frog species, such as the “acid” frogs which have adapted to survive in a difficult environment, can be seen and heard in the swamps. Brumbies (wild horses) are descendants of Arab horses, which were being bred for the Indian Army and Clydesdales which were used in the logging industry. Horses first arrived on the island in 1879, but there are no longer any left.
- One of the best ways to see the Island up close is on the walking tracks. With many tracks to choose from starting with the boardwalks in the rainforest, short walks around the lakes or treks to the sand blows.
- If you’re up for a much longer walk you could always try the 90km Fraser Island Great Walk, it has many camp sites along the way for the great camp out experience.
- You will see untouched landscape and vast natural beauty along the Great Walk.
- While the entire 90km Great Walk can take from 6 to 8 days to do, there are many short walks featuring from just half day to the longer full day treks.
- To walk the Great Walk track you will need a topographic map and compass to do the whole 90km trek.
The Spectacular Nature & Surroundings
- Lake Boomanjin – At almost 200ha it’s claimed to be the biggest water lake in the world.
- Central Station – This is where many walkers leave to start their walk, in the rainforest using the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk, also see the Basin Lake and visit Pile.
- Lake McKenzie – Known for its very white soft sand and rich blue water there are easy walks to the close by picnic spots.
- Lake Wabby – The water here is deep… very deep, in fact it’s the deepest on the Island.
- Eli Creek – This fresh water creek that flows along the banks and right out to the beaches, it’s a great spot to cool off.
- Kingfisher Bay – View the vast shoreline of the Great Sand Straits, just take short walk off Kingfisher Bay.
- Lake Allom – Right next to the rainforest you can cool off in this shady hollow, watch for the fresh water turtles from the platform, please note no feeding is allowed.
- Wungul Sandblow – This natural sand blow offers the best coastline viewing from its dune crest.
- Waddy Point Headland – See all of the natural wonders of the beach with sea turtles, stingrays and sometimes even sharks off the coastline.
- Binngih Sandblow (Waddy Point) – Here you will see views the famous lighthouse at Sandy Cap on Fraser Island, Also Marloo Bay and Waddy Point.
- Ocean Lake – This is home to many types of water birds, you can watch them in the reeds and other parts of the near by lake. Close by you will also see Banksia trees and Melaleuca woodlands.
- Colored Arch Cliffs – A place where Aboriginal men once played didgeridoos to migrating humpback whales and Moon Point, once a sacred birthing place reserved for Aboriginal women.
- S.S Maheno – Explore the shipwreck which was built in 1905 and served life as both a luxury Trans-Tasman passenger ship and World War I hospital ship, before being beached in a cyclone.
Fraser Island 4WD Hire – Travel, Adventure and CampingThe Richness of Fraser Island makes it ideal destinations for 4WD Travel and Camping Holidays. Start planning your holiday with Fraser Island 4WD Hire from Brisbane, Gold Coast or Harvey Bay or going north via Pacific Coast Touring Route or do the Savannah Way to Darwin or even Broome.
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National Parks and Camping SitesNational Parkshave serviced camp areas, many with onsite rangers, designated powered and unpowered sites, fresh water, toilets and shower facilities. These areas may have restrictions on length of stay and park fees may apply. See the Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing website for more information about national park camping sites and fees. There can be huge distances between townships so you may have to camp on private properties or Aboriginal Lands, make sure you obtain permission and permits before entering the area. Some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Please check road conditions and permit requirements with the local Parks Management before you set off on your journey.For more travel advice, visit DMR.qld.gov.au
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