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Fraser Island Camping

Postby Skasian » Wed Nov 26, 2008 9:23 pm

Hi there,

My family is looking to make a Christmas holiday out at Fraser Island. We're thinking of camping on the Beach just South of Eurong on the Eastern Side, then moving up to Cathedral Beach Resort after a few days and camp there.

I wanted to ask people who have been to the Island, how many days should we make the trip? 5 days each place? or what? And does anyone know which permit to book in order to camp on the beach between Eurong and Dilli Village as it doesn't come under and of the categories in the EPA website (closest place is One Tree Rocks).

Thanks, Shaun

Oh and with those camping places in mind, anywhere in particular worth visiting?
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Re: Fraser Island Camping

Postby ozmoe » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:02 pm

Skasian wrote:Hi there,

My family is looking to make a Christmas holiday out at Fraser Island. We're thinking of camping on the Beach just South of Eurong on the Eastern Side, then moving up to Cathedral Beach Resort after a few days and camp there.

I wanted to ask people who have been to the Island, how many days should we make the trip? 5 days each place? or what? And does anyone know which permit to book in order to camp on the beach between Eurong and Dilli Village as it doesn't come under and of the categories in the EPA website (closest place is One Tree Rocks).

Thanks, Shaun

Oh and with those camping places in mind, anywhere in particular worth visiting?


http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks_and_forests/find_a_park_or_forest/fraser_island_great_sandy_national_park/

Formal campgrounds
Formal campgrounds include Central Station, Dundubara, Waddy Point top and Waddy Point beachfront. Smaller campgrounds are at Lake Boomanjin, Ungowa and Wathumba.

Campgrounds have formalised campsites, water taps or tap stations, and toilets. Most have gas barbecues, deep sinks for washing dishes and information displays. All campgrounds have a 9pm noise curfew and generators are not permitted.

Beach camping zones
These are informal camping areas with no facilities, behind the foredunes on the eastern beach. Camp only where permitted (within signposted zones) and always at least 50m from watercourses. Vehicle access is by formed entrance tracks only.

Western beach camping areas are marked on the map and offer quiet, wilderness experiences. Many are accessible by boat, but permits are still required. Generators are permitted in these areas, but please consider others and only use them between 9am and 9pm.

Generators are not permitted in the Garulim, Dulara and Midyim camping areas and people camping in these areas must also provide their own portable toilet.

For the camping permit, go to https://www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks/iaparks/gds/IAGDS050.jsp?quickParkId=130
On the second drop down list pick "Beach and other camping - Fraser Island" and that permit covers you for the whole Island except privately owned campsites (eg Dilli Village).

First thing you shoud do is go to the Ranger's station a couple of hundred meters north of the Eurong resort and get you vehicle permit.

As for places to see, we saw the following:
Central Station
Many walks leave from Central Station. Stroll through the rainforest along Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk, visit the peaceful Basin Lake, or stand among some impressive satinay trees in Pile Valley.

Lake McKenzie
This inland, perched lake is a popular site. White sand and sparkling blue waters attract many visitors. Parking is limited — best to visit before 10.30am or after 2.30pm

Lake Wabby
This is the deepest lake on Fraser Island. Its shore lies at the advancing edge of the Hammerstone Sandblow. Drive around (Cornwell's Break Road) and up to the ridge above the lake, where a short walk takes you to a splendid lookout offering a view of this barrage lake and the sandblow that is slowly engulfing it.

Eli Creek
Cool off next to this crystal clear freshwater creek, that flows through vegetated banks and right out to the beach. Watch for eels and frogs from the boardwalk, and see small fish (empire gudgeon and jungle perch) swimming against the current.

Ocean Lake
Ocean Lake is home to a variety of water birds taking advantage of the reeds and undisturbed sections of the lake. Nearby, an easy walk through cypress, banksia and melaleuca woodland offers a good lookout with panoramic views.

We also went to the Sandy Cape lighthouse, the wreck of the Maheno, the coloured sands and Lake Wathumba (sp).

We camped 4 nights at Ocean lake campsite, just north of Waddy point, and stayed 2 nights at Eurong resort.
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Re: Fraser Island Camping

Postby freerocketman1 » Wed Nov 26, 2008 11:35 pm

just a add on to that post if your going from rainbow beach on the barge get your beach permit from the ranger station at rainbow other wise it could be a expensive holiday. you need to pay for 4wd permits before getting on the beach other wise you will get fined same goes if your camping on the beach,
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Re: Fraser Island Camping

Postby ozmoe » Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:38 pm

freerocketman1 wrote:just a add on to that post if your going from rainbow beach on the barge get your beach permit from the ranger station at rainbow other wise it could be a expensive holiday. you need to pay for 4wd permits before getting on the beach other wise you will get fined same goes if your camping on the beach,


We bought our permits online therefore knew little about displaying them. We got busted at the Lake Wabby carpark for no vehicle permits but we were given 24 hrs to get one fill it in and attach them to the cars. Hence the quick trip to Eurong and the Ranger's station.
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Re: Fraser Island Camping

Postby chisel » Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:46 pm

I'm not actually sure you can camp just south of Eurong. Is that one of the zones on the epa maps? If you can camp there it will just be general beach camping - that's the permit you need.
One Tree Rocks is a designated camping area (although it is just beach camping in terms of facilities and sites) and then there's more general camping in the zones north from there. Quite a few good spots in that area as well.
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