On the northeastern coast of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world, Waddy Point offers seclusion away from the crowds along with opportunities for such outdoor pursuits as fishing, surfing, swimming, kayking, and hiking. Offering campgrounds and a hotel, it’s also possible to spend the night.
Waddy Point is the starting point for hikes to the Champagne Pools, so-named for its rock pools filled with bubbling water, and along the sand dunes to Conner’s Corner. Photographers will appreciate the bayside views of Sandy Cape and Fraser Island’s only lighthouse, while wildlife enthusiasts can see stingray, fish, sea turtles, sharks, and a variety of birdlife.
For those looking to stay overnight at Waddy Point but don’t want to camp, you can book a room at the Waddy Lodge. The accommodation sits right on the water and operates under an eco-friendly philosophy, meaning it is run only on solar power and has no television, phone, or computers, so you can truly experience nature.
Things to know before you go
*There are flush toilets and coin-operated hot showers in the campgrounds. *Campfires are only permitted in designated fire rings. *As with elsewhere in Fraser Island, beware of dingos. *Insect repellent is recommended. *Apply for a camping permit before you visit. *There is a general store/pub/service station around a 10-minute drive from Waddy Lodge.
How to get there
Waddy Point (like all of the island) is accessible by 4WD vehicle only and permits are required. If coming from the southern tip of Fraser Island you’ll drive along the beach for approximately two hours to reach Waddy Point. If you don’t have your own 4WD vehicle, book a tour instead.
When to get there
You can visit all year round but, to avoid the biggest crowds and highest temperatures, spring (from September to November) and fall (March through May) tend to be the most comfortable seasons. Campgrounds typically fill up during school holidays.