Fraser Island Camping Trip

We set off from the Sunshine Coast early in the morning to reach Inskip Point just before low tide.  Then a quick ferry ride across to Fraser Island and a fairly long drive up 75 mile beach. We had to navigate 2 hairy sections along the way – Poyungan Rocks and Yidney Rocks.  These rocky outcrops are only passable at low tide. Even at low tide, the timing needs to be exact, with a quick dash through in between sets of waves.  The alternate inland track can be quite tricky, depending on recent weather and the vehicles that have gone before you.

Cathedrals Campground

Cathedrals is an excellent campground and we give it 5 stars.  The entire campground is surrounded by dingo proof fencing. Apart from entering over the dingo proof electrified grid to gain access to the campground, the fencing fades into the bush background.  So the only natives we had to contend with where the goannas, who lazily stroll the campground looking for scraps.  We took all the camp gear, but after checking out the facilities, it is a sure bet that next time we will use the permanent tents.  Theses tents are grouped together in a semi-circle surrounding a fire pit.  They are located close to the camp kitchens which had all the amenities – tables, chairs, sinks, BBQ’s, fridges and freezers.  The freezers were handy for refreezing block ice overnight to use in the eskis on our day trips.

Unique Experiences

Lake Mackenzie, Central Station and Lake Wabby

Fraser Island has many unique and memorable experiences to engage the whole family.  The inland sandy 4WD tracks are fairly easy to navigate and turn every trip into an adventure.

Lake Mackenzie’s famous pure white sand and crystal-clear waters were a crowd favourite.  The blues and greens of the perched lake are breath taking, just like the water temperature!  Go via Eurong township to get a good coffee and some fresh bread for lunch.  After a dip at Lake Mackenzie we drove to Central station. Central Station is an historical logging settlement and has a board walk that winds through lush rainforest along Wanggoolba Creek.  It was interesting to learn about the history of the island. For those with a keen eye, look out for eels, fish and the famous green sand found only in this creek.  While in the area we stopped at Lake Wabby.  This lake is slowly being swallowed by Hammerstone Sandblow.  The steep sandy slopes where a hit with the kids and adults alike.

Fraser Island Map showing 4WD tracks, towns and attractions
Fraser Island Map

Eli Creek and the Maheno Wreck

Both Eli Creek and the Maheno wreck are just a quick drive from the campground.  Eli Creek is very popular and being so close to the campground it was easy to make numerous trips for a quick dip.  I would highly recommend having some sort of flotation device, such as a boogie board or blow up mattress, to make the most of Eli Creek.  Firstly it will keep you out of the very cold flowing creek water. Secondly, it is very serene floating down the creek, occasionally ducking under overhanging branches.  The Maheno is a famous shipwreck, washed ashore during a cyclone in 1935.  The waves and sand are slowly reducing the once majestic ship to a rusty disintegrating wreck.   

Sandy Cape Lighthouse & Champagne Pools

The drive to the Sandy Cape, the northern tip of Fraser, is a great day trip.  We fuelled up the vehicles at Orchid Beach and then had a straight run up the beach, around the Sandy Cape to the Sandy Cape Lighthouse.  The walk to the light house is a little steep in places. But the views are fantastic and made the trek worthwhile.  On the way back to Cathedrals we stopped at the Champagne Pools for a quick dip.  I would highly recommend taking a mask and snorkel to see all the marine life that exists in these pools.

Indian Head

Fraser Island Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Sandy Cape

Indian Head is a great place to spot whales and sharks.  It is a fairly short walk to the headland. We were lucky and saw a large group of rays playing in the waters just off the point.  Indian Head is also a great place to put a line in and try and catch dinner.   In fact, all along the coastline, gutters form and there was many a beach fisherman trying their luck.

Fraser Island Dingoes

Now a quick note on the dingoes.  We saw quite a few on the beach and they did not appear to give too hoots about our presence. In fact some were quite brazen.  I felt very safe camping at Cathedrals. I would not camp in the open at Fraser Island.  The dingoes can be very sneaky, very observant, and very opportunistic.  For me camping is about relaxing, not constantly looking over my shoulder aware that our family could be being watched.

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