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  • Location:Brisbane, Australia
  • Duration:2 days (approx.)

2-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

Adventure seekers and outdoorsy people can enjoy a 2-day guided tour to spectacular Fraser Island with a stop at Cooloola Recreation Area on the way. Walk through rainforest at Pile Valley, Central Station, Wanggoolba Creek and dip in the clear waters of Lake Birrabeen, Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek. Ride in a 4WD vehicle down Seventy-Five Mile Beach to the Maheno Shipwreck and spend the night at a beach resort. Join a fun and informative guide to find adventures and natural beauty on this stunning island.


  • Two-day 4WD tour of Fraser Island, from Brisbane or the Gold Coast
  • Stop at Cooloola Recreation Area to see Red Canyon, Rainbow Beach and Teewah Beach
  • Spot whales, dolphins and turtles from the bluff at Indian Head and look for kangaroos and dingos on land
  • Walk through lush rainforest at Wanggoolba Creek, the Pile Valley and Central Station
  • Swim at Lake Birrabeen, Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eli Creek
  • Choice of shared or private accommodation at Eurong Beach Resort on Seventy-Five Mile Beach

What You Can Expect

2-Day Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Brisbane or the Gold Coast

Dingo, Fraser Island

Fraser Island was formed from sand that drifted off of mainland Australia over the millennia. It is now the biggest sand island in the world as well as the only locale where the rainforest grows in sand. With dozens of freshwater lakes and creeks, hulking sand dunes and expansive rainforest, the island boasts plenty of beautiful places to explore. No wonder it was named K’Gari — paradise by the local Aboriginal people.

Stay overnight at Eurong Beach Resort, located on Seventy-Five Mile Beach. Have a choice of a private twin room or a shared 4-person room with motel-style accommodation (see Pricing for details). Some meals are included on each day.


Day 1: Gold Coast or Brisbane – Fraser Island (L, D)
After departure from the Gold Coast or Brisbane, travel by 4WD coach to Cooloola National Park en route to Fraser Island. See kangaroos along the Noosa North Shore and ride down Teewah Beach. Marvel at the brilliant red sands of Red Canyon and Rainbow Beach (subject to weather conditions).

Once you have seen colorful Cooloola, drive onto the ferry to Fraser Island. When you arrive, your guide shows you around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed region by 4WD vehicle. Look for the island’s resident population of wild dingos as you travel!

Hang on as your 4WD vehicle bounces over the white sands of Seventy-Five Mile Beach for a stop to swim at Eli Creek. Strong swimmers can wade upstream to float back down to the beach on the creek’s gentle current.

When you’re refreshed, trek along Indian Head, a rocky headland that boasts great views over the ocean. From its viewpoint, you may glimpse dolphins, rays, sharks, turtles and even humpback whales (during the July to November migration). Then stop for photos at the iconic Maheno Shipwreck. Your guide provides a picnic lunch and sets the itinerary depending on the conditions of the day.

In the evening, arrive at Eurong Beach Resort to check into your room and then have dinner at the on-site restaurant.

Overnight: Eurong Beach Resort, Fraser Island

Day 2: Fraser Island – Gold Coast or Brisbane (B)
Get an early start after breakfast at the resort, so that you can make the most of the day! Buzz over to Pile Valley for a rainforest walk where your guide points out the termites-and-fire-resistant satinay trees, making them popular in the timber industry. Arrive at Central Station, a formerly bustling logging station and learn about the importance of Fraser Island to the timber industry; satinay wood was even used in constructing the Suez Canal and London Docks.

Continue to stroll along a boardwalk through towering ghost gums, king ferns and pine trees and see Wanggoolba Creek; the clear water seems to disappear as it flows over white sand. Next swim in Lake Birrabeen or relax on its sandy white beach. Then take a scenic lake drive and end up at Seventy-Five Mile Beach where you can enjoy another taste of the sea and sun.

Have a late lunch (own expense) at Rainbow Beach, where your guide can help you find the best eats. After lunch, catch the ferry back to the mainland to return to Brisbane or the Gold Coast by mid-afternoon.

Customer Reviews

Janet P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Absolutely brilliant! Best parts were driving up 75 mile beach in the surf, swimming in the lake and coming face to face with a dingo! Excellent guide was very informative about nature etc

Catrin J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

A bit long from Brisbane but still worth it!!

Youqiang L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

the tour guide is really professional.

James S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great tour. The driver/tour leader had naturalist and geologic experience so he could field almost any questions we could ask. He and the vehicle BORAT provided a great 4 wheel experience. No matter the age, i can recommend this tour.

Chris S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Excellent trip, great guide, good food, good accommodations. Saw dingoes, whales, rainforests, lakes streams and endless beach. Excellent value for your money. You will need CASH for the additional fees - not mentioned in Viator itinerary.

Sebastian T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Excellent guide and fantastic tour! Highly recommand it!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

I love this natural trip to Fraser Island very much! Our guide Steve is nice and knowledgeable.

The star view and sunrise on Fraser Island are superb!

Steven S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Loved the trip as it was more than we expected. The driver/tour guide was great and appreciate how he kept everything on schedule especially his driving. Would recommend trip for sure. Thank you.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2014

Loved frazer island. A must see tour on the gold coast. Matt, our guide, was very knowledgeable about the island and even did an night astronomy star gazing mini class. Good buffet dinner but for price the buffet breakfast should be included. We only got a Continental breakfast included.

Tung H

4 star rating: Recommended February 2016

I met couple of nice people during the trip. The tour guide was amazing. However, this company probably has some problems with their cars, I had really bad driving back to brisbane, he car was noisy and vibrating during the way home, it hurted my back.

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