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Fraser Island beach camping

When booking beach camping on fraser island, do you need to specify which campsite you want to camp at and which date. Or can you just go to any beach campsite on any day??

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1. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Hi Natday, depends on when you go. If you want to camp at one of the official more popular sites and it's in the busy seasons, it would be advisable, but if it's not busy you can take pot luck, that's what we do, between Orchid Beach and Ocean Lake just north of Marloo.

Have a look at the map link below, it shows all camping areas including the booking ones.

…qld.gov.au/parks/…fraser-island-map.pdf

And have a read of the Fraser Info.

nprsr.qld.gov.au/parks/fraser/camping.html

When are you going?

Safe travels - Robert

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2. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Thanks. Most likely be going school holidays due to kids at school n work. Know there will be lots of people then but hoping to camp away from larger crowds so most likely the informal camp grounds.

So with the informal camping areas its pot luck- first in best dressed ,

What informal camps would you recommend??

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3. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Hi Natday, most go to the lower to middle campgrounds, that’s why we camp in the north. It's harder to get there, and there's a lot less traffic, but we don't have access to easy water or showers. But we're pretty well self-sufficient anyway, also we don’t go in school holidays, we pull the kids out of school (we call it a Fraser Island education).

Yep its first in best dressed for all camp areas other than the booking ones.

I would recommend you go a day or two before school holidays if possible. To be honest there’s a ton of camping areas, the ones located near Eurong, Happy Valley and Cathedrals are obviously the most popular, because they’re closer to services and the majority of tracks, if you’re willing to travel a bit further each day like we do, you won’t have any issues getting a camping spot.

TBH it depends on what you take that allows you to camp away from the services, even the toilet and showers.

Have you guys driven in sand before, normally it’s OK, but if the area has a dry spell before you arrive the sand can get like powder, making it easy to get bogged. One thing you must take is a snatch strap, it will be your friend if you get bogged, and they only range around the $60 mark. If you have one of these most other drivers will help you out –

outdoorswarehouse.com.au/categories/…

Hope you have a great time.

Safe travels - Robert

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4. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Thanks. Most likely be going school holidays due to kids at school n work. Know there will be lots of people then but hoping to camp away from larger crowds so most likely the informal camp grounds.

So with the informal camping areas its pot luck- first in best dressed ,

What informal camps would you recommend??

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5. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Thanks Robert for the info. Yes we have snatch n straps

We are resonably self sufficent n Taking the camper trailer so fingers crossed all goes well

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6. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Good luck Natday, if you don't pick up a decent spot outside the busier areas, try north of Orchid Beach as mentioned, it so much nicer IMO. Less traffic and campers, and great fishing gutters between Orchid Beach and the Ngkala Rocks. For bathing the kids we use to make them jump in to Ocean Lake just near Marloo camping ground, they'd call that child abuse these days :o)

Just be careful about swimming in the ocean, I would not recommend it. We've personally seen some amazing things on what sharks can do, we have the footage.

Have fun, you will enjoy Fraser Island.

Safe travels - Robert

Edited: 05 August 2013, 03:35
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Hi Rob

Thanks for all that n we love fishing n hoping for some fresh fish feeds . Will keep your warnings in mind :)

Another question if i may: are the informal camping areas large or small and what have your encounters been with the dingos in these areas??

Thanks

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8. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

The informal camp areas are quite large, and some campers do like to spread out, but on a whole there’s usually enough room.

We've come across dingos for many years. I've been going to Fraser Island for over 40 years, and we've taken children on many occasions. When there, we don’t encourage the dingos in any way, we bury any fish bits deep in the sand or throw them in the ocean, we don’t leave any food or food scraps around the camp, and we keep the kids with us at all times, not only for the dingos but also when on or near the beach, it can get busy with traffic. And if a dingo comes near we try to scare them off, yelling at them, throw a stick near them.

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9. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Thanks for all the info..

Fraser here we come :)

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10. Re: Fraser Island beach camping

Hi all,

My boyfriend and I are looking at heading to Fraser in December. We are self sufficient and also trying to get away from the crowds as much as possible. Just wondering do we need permits for the informal beach camping? Thanks