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“A budget, clean, safe, secure park to stay, whilst on Fraser!”
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Dilli Village
Caloundra, Australia
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3 reviews
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“A budget, clean, safe, secure park to stay, whilst on Fraser!”
Reviewed 6 January 2014

This was my family's first visit to Fraser Island. For the past few years, we had been enjoying camping adventures in various other National Parks throughout Qld, but on since getting a Four wheel drive not long ago, realised that going to iconic Fraser Island was a must. My husb and I also have a large family of 6, ranging in ages from 22 down to 3. As always, I enjoy researching a given destination so as to be fully aware of things to see and do; best places to stay, and any pitfalls. Whilst looking for suitable camping areas to stay at on Fraser, and just prior to Christmas (where I just expected things to be very busy), I came across a ref to Dilli Village, located towards the Southern end of Fraser. Having prev camped at Inskip/Rainbow beach in past years, (incl. during inclement weather), I was impressed that Dilli Village offered the only fully grassed camping grounds on Fraser ( and where one wouldn't have to worry too much about any sand blowing into the tent; to end up in bed sheets etc!). Having a 3 y.o, it was also very reassuring that the camp grounds were safe from wandering dingos, with the security of a full fence around the perimeters - (whilst dingo attacks on children have been rare on Fraser, they can happen - so I thought better to be safe than sorry!). Dilli Village also offers great amenities - like generous hot/cool showers with provision of soap and shampoo. Gas barbecues alongside sheltered seating/tables areas were located throughout the park for guest's use as well. Huts, powered and unpowered sites are available. It was great as well only having to think about just bringing drinking water along on our trip, as having a group of 8, the thought of having to carry, and/or boil so much water for our large family had we say camped on the Qld National Park's respective beach camping areas would have been difficult. From the onset, we thought we would use Dilli Village as a base camp, initiating on a different day trip/adventure each day. On our arrival on the 15th of December, 2013 to stay for a week, we were very surprised to learn that we were the only ones staying in the park that night, as it wouldn't become really busy for at least another week - (thus this time period, and if one can do it, is an ideal time to visit Fraser - including ease of driving on the many wonderful tracks available etc). The staff at Dilli anyway were really very nice, informative, and helpful. They keep the grounds there in top condition, and where it was lovely to simply relax; take a stroll on the green grasses, and feel the invigorating sea breezes wash over you after a long day. My kids even enjoyed playing badmington with the use of an available camping ground net! (we brought racquets and shuttlecocks from home!) We had no trouble driving on the access road into this camping grounds, and where the beach anyway is only walking distance. For the record, we enjoyed good fishing in the late afternoons, at the access point area from the beach into Dilli where there exists a decent gutter. Because this camping ground is ecology based, all rubbish must be taken out by guests. For our family, this wasn't too much of a problem with our doing a rubbish drop at nearby Eurong township often enough (where a refuse area is provided for this purpose). Eurong also has a well stocked convenience store; bakery, even laundromat is on offer (Dilli Village doesn't offer the later). I trust my review might be helpful to fellow travellers, and or at least to back up the other favourable reviews about Dilli on this page. My understanding is that being an environmental friendly park, the operators are prevented from marketing commercially, the true merits of this wonderful village to would be campers, but which I am glad to thus go on this forum to personally recommend it. I appreciate the need by families to do what best suits their needs, and conclude that Dilli Village for anyone really, is worth further investigating as a play to stay. All the best!

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 13 November 2013

For a few minutes I thought about posting a really bad report to keep people away from this fantastic place.

We camped at Easter 2013 for 7 days.

Dilli is the most southern camping area on Fraser Island. We have been to Fraser Island a few times however this is the first time we towed a rather heavy camper trailer.

We picked Dilli to reduce the travel time with the camper which was just as well as the beaches were washed out and we would have needed to use the headland bypass tracks if we had camped further north.

The campgrounds are well maintained, grassed and some are even powered (for light loads as the camp runs on generator)

The amenities are clean and well maintained, one block is very new, however don't expect hot showers, the solar just does not cope. Just suck it up and make it quick, your camping!

We have young kids so the fully dingo fenced site is greatb and peace of mind for safety. We saw dingos most afternoons on the other side of the fence.

Make sure you take firewood as fires are allowed in Dilli, only 1 of 2 places where fires are allowed on Fraser Island.

Dilli is simple and minimalist, there is no laundry but if you need to wash there is a laundromat at Eurong.

Dilli does not seem to be popular with backpackers and as such is very quiet at night.

The caretaker is passionate and determined to provide a great experience, his many years of efforts in what is a very challenging and remote location is a credit to him.

Stayed March 2013, travelled with family
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Brisbane
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Stayed in a tent on a non-powered camp site for 5 days (uni field trip). The village is fully grassed and has its own waterhole for swimming. There is also a volleyball net. The showers and toilets are very clean. Shampoo, conditioner and shower gel is provided. Highly recommend this camp site!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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6 Thank Marion S
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Caboolture, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2013

My wife and I and our 5 kids a 14 year old, twins 8, a 6 year old and a 9 month old stayed at Dilli Village in January 2013. We were very lucky with the weather as it was just before all that rain started. We found Dilli Village to be a great place to stay for a week with our family. The care takers were absolutely fantastic, we had a non powered site with plenty of room. The toilets and showers were clean and tidy, the kids loved the swimming hole on the days we didn't go out. The dingo fence gave us the comfort of not having to worry about the younger kids too much. Gas barbies were great, I lost my camera and it was handed into the office, my daughter lost her I phone and it was handed into the office and both were returned to us for which we were grateful. We all loved our stay so much that we have booked for two weeks next trip and we cant wait to get back there. I had to pull a few people out of the soft sand on the way in from the beach but that's all part of the fun, although too many people go there in pretend 4wds with no low range. We caught some fish at the beach at the entrance to Dilli. All in all we would recommend this area to anyone with a young family, Eurong is only 11 klms away and if you time the tides there is no problem getting anywhere we did a day trip to Indian head and back with plenty of time. Just a quick word about Eurong. If you have to spend money and are going further up the island, try to spend it at happy valley, the people at Eurong are ignorant, no customer service at all, they look as if they are being forced to be there, no please or thank you and, they charge like a wounded bull. I will do my very best to never give them a sale again. Anyway that's my take on it Dilli Village gets a huge thumbs up from us and we are looking forward to many more stays there. Oh yeah the goanna patrol at about 7 every morning was a big hit with the kids when the goannas come out looking for food.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with family
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Newcastle, Australia
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Reviewed 20 November 2012

Dilli Village came recommended to us via several people in the same boat, young families.

Dilli is owned and operated by the University of Sunshine Coast QLD. It comprises of a number of basic cabins, bunkhouses and powered/unpowered camp sites. It is extremely well priced coming in at $30 for powered extra large sites (outside school holidays) and this comes with hot showers and great amenities.

We utilised the camp ground towing in 2 x Jayco Outbacks, 1 x Kimberley Kamper and 1 x Jayco Outback Expanda. If you are going onto the island with these types of trailers I strongly suggest low tide and also match your trailer tyre footprint to that of your vehicle print. To some people this is common sense however until you are on the island you really see how silly some people are...

The camp ground is fenced off making it safe from Dingo's, the grounds are well maintained and there is an abundance of drinking water. It is recommended by the Uni to boil the water however it is a bore from 50ft under, water is filtered through the sand and is extremely pure...is saying this it does have a tinge of yellow however 4 families spent a week drinking it without an issue.

The showers are average, they are clean and supply hot water although a little tight. They are supplied with soap, shampoo and conditioner..did the job for the blokes but the shampoo isn't up to scratch for the ladies. There is also a disabled toilet/family room which was quite handy washing the kids....

As for the power, they state it is suitable to run a small fridge and mobile phone charger.....we ran toasters, kettles, microwaves and everything else without fail. Apparently the power is sourced from a large generator about 100ms away and the caretaker requires to leave flood lights on 24/7 just to keep a load on the power.....they don't effect your sleep.....

You are pretty far south in the big scheme of things on the island however this isn't really an issue....Eurong is the closest town which has fuel/diesel (both $2.06l), milk, bread, ice creams, drinks, booze etc....most things are reasonably priced however a normal carton of beer was around the $80...bring your own....loaf of fresh bread was $4 but the staff at the bakery are belters, rude as morons who are lazy...there is a laundromat....ice everything you need to get you by.....

If I was to go again, I would stay at Dilli and maybe sneak in a beach camp somewhere tacked onto the end. It is a great secure place with all the facilities you need....not one thing I can fault about it.....

Oh yeah, their swimming hole is ok too....

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with family
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Beachmere, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
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Reviewed 27 October 2010

Have stayed here a number of times, as well as all the other fenced campgrounds on Fraser. We have also stayed at Central Station, Dundaburra, Fraser's at Cathedral Beach....but this is our favourite of all the options on Fraser. Why?? Let me tell you....

This is a fully fenced campground. Whilst dingo sightings may not be frequent (mind you, we always see at least a few each time we go), I would recommend a fenced campground for anyone especially those with children.

This is the only campground at Fraser which is fully grassed. This is a great advantage if, like me, you get tired of the tonnes of sand flowing into your tent each day.

The amenities, full showers and toilets come with free soap/shampoo and are clean. There's also the free BBQs in an undercovered area with tables. In the middle of the campground is an (old) volleyball court where all the kids seem to congregate to kick/throw balls over the net, play chasy, roll down the small hill etc. Great if you are a family travelling alone - your kids will make friends! There's also a choice of powered or non powered sites.

The other benefit which we love is the small water hole which is about 20m from the campground. It is beautiful for a dip/splash on a hot day.

The campground is about 20 minutes south of Eurong, about 1km off the beach road so you're on the beach highway in no time. It's clearly signed.

Oh, and it's quiet - no screeching birds or insects waking you up at 4am like you get at Central Station!

They also have a lot of cabins which sleep up to 5 people, or backpacker rooms for singles/doubles.

I can't put their website on here, but if you google Dilli Village and Sunshine Coast University (they manage it), you'll find the website. You can call the caretaker/email them or use the online form to book the campgrounds/cabins and the rates are all on there.

You'll love Fraser Island - a must see for EVERYONE!!

  • Stayed April 2010, travelled with family
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Property: Dilli Village
Address: 75 Mile Beach, Fraser Island, Queensland 4581, Australia
Region: Australia > Queensland > Fraser Coast > Fraser Island
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Ranked #5 of 7 Speciality Lodging in Fraser Island
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Number of rooms: 25

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