Fraser Island. The Ultimate 4WD guide to this Sand Island Oasis
Posted on July 23 2018
Frazer Island has been on the 4wding bucket list for such a long time. A 4 wheel driving mecca, this is the largest sand Island in the world! Only 4 hours north of the Gold Coast and surrounded by endless white sand beaches, lakes, whales, snakes, surfing, 4wding and much, much more. Even the wild dingoes running around the beach list as one of the many attractions to this famous island. Above all, being remote and able to 4x4 just about wherever you want is the main element that makes this trip appealing. With a whopping 1,840 km2 of land and a length of around 120km, it is definitely a place to explore.
So when a friend called me up asking if I wanted to come along for a trip, it didn’t take much to convince me! There were two options. We could ship one of our mudstuck trucks over, which are totally set up for this kind of adventure with full travel tents, camping equipment and recovery gear either our mudstuck LC 76 series, G-Wagon or 100 series or hire one of the local trucks. On this occasion, I opted for hiring, as this was all a little bit late planned, even if I was quite gutted about not having one of ours! Sometimes you take what you can get. So everything booked in and rearing to go we started our trip mid-July 2018.
A leisurely 4 hours drive from the Gold Coast you arrive in a small town called Rainbow Beach. Here you will find plenty of last-minute supplies if needed, bearing in mind somewhat more expensive. We picked up our rental 4wd: a Landcruiser 100 series. We are quite familiar with these trucks as we offer one as part of the Mudstuck fleet. Rental cost was $250 a day plus insurance. Even though it wasn't properly set up, I was still stoked to have landed a truck for this trip. My mate's truck is the Mitsubishi Triton ute. Even though its the middle of winter, it was scorching hot and time to get a gelato before heading off to our Island adventure. Super easy to get across with to Fraser Island a quick 15 minute trip which runs every 40 minutes. Costs are $120 return. As we stepped onto the barge straight away we could see a group of silver-grey dolphins playing in the crystal clear water, already our anticipation of what was to come was building.
Back on the bumpy sandy road passing more beautiful expansive crystal clear lakes, we found the famous creek nature walk. Another day of hot crisp air but incredible clear blue sky with not a cloud to be seen. We spent the afternoon with a quick trip to wanggoolba creek then swimming, stand up paddleboarding and fishing. While paddleboarding we spotted huge whales in the distance putting on a show for us as they migrate to give birth up to the far top peninsula of the island. The final day at Fraser Island we spent at Lake Allom and Eli Creek. Super close to each other. Lake Allom is famous for its turtles which will come up to the viewing platform for your entertainment. Very fun! Eli Creek is the largest creek on the island and is quite touristy but well worth a swim. Grab a floaty ring and cruise down having a lazy river ride with a drink in hand. Feels like you're on a tropical island.
The last adventure was the amazing oasis lake called Wabby Lake. A 50minute walk to a beautiful dune set with a warm lake. I recommend going here 2 hours before sunset to avoid the crowds and you will have it all to yourself. Reluctant to end what had been an epic adventure, after 5 days we made our way to the ferry to cross back. Not quite ready to end the outdoor fun, two of us decided to stand up paddle-board back to the mainland. Following along behind us the length of the paddle was a group of playful dolphins. Highly recommend this paddle back if you have the boards and a driver. So hot and having had such a blast we all jumped into the water by the ferry one last time and reminisced over the highlights of our trip on this wild island.
All over Fraser Island has neat facilities with the odd petrol station and snack shop. Even a few takeaway stores for your local fish and chips. It is an incredible 4WD only place to visit and well worth the trip and expense. Quite the mix of remote isolation but with the safety of help nearby. One of a kind and a trip of a lifetime!