I have started this thread in an effort to assist future visitors to the region, as it has been disheartening this season to see SO many people travel SO far to visit our amazing destination and then be disappointed by not being able to get on a tour!
There were occasions during last year's whale watch season that the small group tours were fully booked up to 2 weeks in advance.
There have been regular occasions where ALL Fraser Island Tours have been fully booked up to 4 days in advance.
Self-drive / 4wd hire - you should book at least 4 weeks in advance for self-drive (regardless of time of year).
Lady Elliot - can be fully booked up to 3 weeks in advance.
PLEASE be aware that most small group tours close their manifests for the following day as early as 5pm on the day prior to travel. We have had a multitude of visitors arrive after 7pm and wanting to do a Fraser Tour the next day ... this will mostly not be possible (particularly on a Sunday!!).
We have an amazing region, and the local operators are passionate about sharing this destination with our many visitors ... to avoid disappointment, please plan ahead and pre-book your tours (regardless of the time of the year).