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Awesome Things to do on Fraser Island with Kids

Fraser Island is a fantastic getaway for families with kids, especially if you are into camping, sunshine, swimming and fresh air.  Don’t despair if camping isn’t your style though, there are plenty of more comfortable accommodation options on the island!

Educate yourself about being Dingo safe before you leave (check out this brochure from QLD Parks and Wildlife Service).  Don’t let this alarm you though, it’s rare to see one these days.  We recently spent 9 days on Fraser Island and didn’t even see a footprint, let alone an actual Dingo.

things to do on fraser island with kids
Running away from the waves near Indian Head

Getting to Fraser Island and Getting Around

Access to the island is via barge either on Fraser Island Barges (departs River Heads in Hervey Bay) or Manta Ray Fraser Island Barges (departs Rainbow Beach).  Scenic flights are also available between Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.

Hervey Bay is approximately 3 1/2 hours drive north of Brisbane (or a 45 minute flight) and you will need a high clearance 4WD to get around on the island.  If you don’t have your own, a 4WD vehicle can be hired in Hervey Bay.

If 4WDing is not your thing, don’t worry, there are plenty of tour operators willing to show you a great time! Tours can be booked here:

Where to Stay on Fraser Island

Camping, cabins, hotels or resort style accommodation is available on Fraser Island.  Your family can do Fraser Island however they want!

If camping, I love the Dundubara camp grounds due to it’s dingo fence and proximity to the awesome Wungul Sandblow.  It also has a little shallow freshwater creek that flows into the ocean out front.

If camping is not your thing, there is some great accommodation with all the usual facilities on offer.  Kingfisher Bay Resort is popular as the barge lands there.

I personally prefer to stay at Happy Valley due to its central location along 75 mile beach.  The owners and staff go out of their way to help and make you feel welcome here.  Eurong Beach Resort is also another great option.

things to do on Fraser Island with kids
Driving the sandy inland tracks on Fraser Island

Camping and Driving Permits

If either camping or driving on Fraser Island, you will need to get a permit through the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.  You can get your permit here.


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