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Discover Queensland’s Fraser Island on a 3-day camping tour from Rainbow Beach that operates tag-along style in a chain of 4-wheel-drive vehicles. With an experienced guide, check out sights across the island—the largest sand island on the planet—such as the Maheno Shipwreck, Seventy-Five Mile Beach, Eli Creek, the Pinnacles and the Champagne Pools. Enjoy lots of time for swimming, explore lush rainforest environments and learn about island’s Aboriginal history. Overnight accommodation in permanent tents is included. 

Highlights

  • 3-day camping tour of Fraser Island by 4WD, from Rainbow Beach
  • Swim in Lake MacKenzie, Lake Wabby, Champagne Pools and Eli Creek
  • Zip along Seventy-Five Mile Beach to see the Maheno shipwreck, Pinnacles and Indian Head
  • Walk through the rainforest near Central Station
  • Have time to hike and relax at gorgeous locations throughout the island
  • Learn about the history of the Aboriginal Butchulla people, the original custodians of Fraser Island
  • Stay overnight at a private campground with good facilities

What You Can Expect

3-Day Fraser Island Tag-Along Camping Tour from Rainbow Beach

Fraser Island by 4WD

On the afternoon prior to your 3-day 4WD tour of Fraser Island, you must attend a 2-hour trip orientation including grocery shopping, where you’ll plan and purchase ingredients for the meals you will prepare with your group at the campsite. Everything will be cooked as a group at the camp, with lunches made to bring with you and eat picnic-style during the days.

Your tour includes accommodation in permanent tents at a private campsite that features flush toilets, hot showers, cooking necessities and barbecues. At the end of each day, enjoy time to socialize and relax at the campsite before turning in for your early morning starts. During the day, you’ll travel in a group of 4-wheel-drive vehicles, with six to eight people per vehicle. The lead vehicle is driven by your guide while the others, driven by tour participants, tag along behind.

See the Itinerary section for details on each day of the tour. Please note that your guide might change some details depending on the weather and tide conditions during your tour, or might alter your activities depending on the interests of the group. Safety briefings are provided at all destinations. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Rainbow Beach – Fraser Island
In the morning, pack the 4WD vehicles with gear and supplies then depart Pippie’s Beachhouse. From Inskip Point, take the barge over to Fraser Island, arriving in just 20 minutes. Steer your 4WD along the sandy tracks on Seventy-Five Mile Beach and visit beautiful Lake MacKenzie for a swim and picnic lunch. See the former hub of Fraser Island’s timber industry at Central Station, take a guided walk through the rainforest, and stop at Eurong Beach Resort. Enjoy plenty of time for swimming and soaking up the beauty and history of the island. In the evening, head to your private campsite for relaxation and dinner by the campfire.

Overnight: Private campsite on Fraser Island


Day 2: Fraser Island
After breakfast, get a jump start on the day to visit several highlights of the island. Look for the island’s wild dingoes as you cruise down Seventy-Five Mile Beach to Indian Head. Follow your guide on a walk along the headlands, keeping an eye out for dolphins, turtles, sharks, rays, and humpback whales that can be seen migrating from July to November. Then go for a dip in the ocean at Champagne Pools, a natural shallow pool in a rock outcropping with pounding surf nearby that creates bubbles in the water. Further down Seventy-Five Mile Beach, stop for photos at the iconic Maheno shipwreck, stranded since 1935 after being damaged in an off-season cyclone. Next, steer your 4WD over to the stunning multi-colored sandstone cliffs called the Pinnacles. Snap photos as your guide shares the Aboriginal Butchulla people’s myths about this important location. Finally, refresh yourself with a dip in Eli Creek, a shallow creek that ends at the beach. You can take an easy walk upstream then float back to the beach on the gentle current.

Overnight: Private campsite on Fraser Island

Day 3: Fraser Island – Rainbow Beach

Return to favorite spots from the previous day and also visit Lake Wabby, located next to a giant sand dune named the Hammerstone Sandblow. Play on the sand mountain, jump in the refreshing waters of the gem-like lake, and have time to relax on the lakeshore. After enjoying your last hours on Fraser Island, return to the mainland where your tour ends in the late afternoon.

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