There are lots of choices to make when planning how to get to Fraser Island. Each option varies on price, the time it takes to reach the island and how scenic the route will be, so it’s worth considering each one before you leave.
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Getting to Fraser Island from Noosa
Getting to Fraser Island from Noosa is by far the most scenic way of reaching the island’s golden shores, and a highly recommended route. Noosa is also where you can arrange your Fraser Island 4WD Hire for your trip, which is vital when visiting the island.
To make the most of this beautiful stretch of coastline, head out of Noosa through Tewantin and cross the Noosa river via the incredibly cheap ($7 each way) and reliable Noosa river ferry which runs regularly throughout the day. Once over the river you’ll need to head on to the beautiful coloured sands of Rainbow Beach. To get there, ensure the tide is low and take the Leisha Track around the back of the Double Island Point headland and drive another 11km to reach Rainbow Beach. You can pick up the Manta Ray barge from Rainbow Beach which runs all day from 6am to 5pm. Getting to Fraser Island from Noosa is our favourite route and catches all the beauty of Noosa and the coast along the way.
Getting to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach
Getting to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach is easy and convenient, making it a population option. The Manta Ray Barge runs all day and goes back and forth between the mainland and the island from early morning until around 5pm each day, there’s no need to pre-book, and the journey takes just 15 minutes. Getting to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach is one of the most convenient routes if you think your plans might change, as the barge runs pretty much non-stop throughout the day so if you miss one there will be another boat in no time at all.
You get your 4WD fix straight away with this route too by driving on sand to access the Manta Ray barge at Inskip Point on Rainbow Beach, and land back on sand at Hook Point on the island. Getting to Fraser Island from Rainbow Beach is a doddle and the best option for getting straight into the 4WD experience.
Getting to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay
Getting to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay could make your journey slightly more limited as the barge only runs around three times a day. At the moment those times are 10.15am, 3pm and 5pm meaning if you miss one barge, you might have a bit of a wait on your hands.
Getting to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay is a great option if you find yourself whale watching here during the humpback whale migration season from July to November. It’s also a good choice if you don’t fancy jumping straight into driving on the beach and dealing with tide times. The barge arrives directly on to a gravel car park and you drive straight inland, avoiding the coast altogether. Getting to Fraser Island from Hervey Bay takes the longest at 45 minutes, and you arrive on to the west coast of the island which is, of course, beautiful but also quite far from some of the most popular spots on Fraser Island.
Wonder no more about how to get to Fraser Island. There are plenty of options, each with their own set of pros and cons. Get planning today and book now with zero deposit! We can’t wait to see you.