Travel Forums Australia / New Zealand & The Pacific FRASER ISLAND AND WHITSUNDAYS

1. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi im off to Aus in 10 days! wohoooo! cant wait its finally my turn Im aus for a year.

i really want to do a weeks trip to fraser island and also a long trip to whitsundays does anybody know of any cheap excursions avialable? and is it worth booking in advanced or just turning up at somewhere like airlie beach and seeing whats on offer?

Can you camp in tents on fraser island (are there campsites) whats the cheapest one? and whats the most fun?

im looking for a long lenght of time at these places for as cheap as possible, CHEERS!

2. Posted by MikeAllen (Full Member 129 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

whats the best way to organise camping at fraser island, how much do you have to pay? do you just have to pay the campsites?

I dont want to just a 3 day tour i want to go for a week maybe longer. whats the cheapest way to get there bar walking?


3. Posted by timtravels (Respected Member 350 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mike, as you mentioned the cheapest way to get to Fraser Island is walking/swimming

Otherwise you'll have to hire a 4x4 and catch the ferry or go on an organised tour. I've been there a few times and always taken my own 4x4 which probably isn't helpful for you, it looks like most backpackers arrange a group in Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach and hire a 4x4 troop carrier which is probably the cheapest way to go. Camping in tents on the island is available, check out the Queensland Government site for details on permits, camping fees and maps of the island including camping areas.

When I take my 4x4 over I need to pay for a vehicle permit, the ferry crossing and camp fees for each night, your permit and ferry charges might be included in 4x4 hire.

When I went to the Whitsundays I just turned up in Airlie Beach and booked tours and accomodation from there.

4. Posted by sacmike03 (Budding Member 60 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I did frasier island out of Rainbow beach. Its a great little beach town and only a short ferry ride to the island. The hostel set everything up, camping and cooking equipment, jeep rental and camping permits. Definately book in advance. There are diferrent places to camp over the island. You will have a meeting with your group before you go so you can shop for food and they tell you about the island and places to go and see. Definately take the 30 minute walk to lake wabby! Its a great time!! Have fun

5. Posted by Crispy13 (Budding Member 15 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi Mike

I am in Australia at the moment and have just finished an 8 week trip from Cairns to Sydney. I booked my Whitsunday trip last minute, I arrived in Airlie Beach on the Thursday and booked a great last minute (standby) trip for the following morning. I went on the Alexander Stewart which was great and I can highly recommend it.

We booked our Fraser Island trip in advance and booked with the company Unique Fraser. I cant fault the company, the hostel you stay in before and after fraser is nice (unlike some of the others i.e dingos, Koalas etc). The 4x4 was larger than some and it had been raised so we were not like some of the unfortunate 4x4's which kept getting stuck in the sand.
The company arranged our camping for us and provided tents etc.

Hope this helps