Fraser Island and Orchid Beach are only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicle, or by air. The island is approx 125km long. Fraser's only roads are inland sand tracks and the eastern beach. The eastern beach from Hook Point to Sandy Cape is the main highway for the island and driveable only on the hard sand below the high tide line. Always travel on the beach as close as possible to low tide, and not more than 3 hours either side of low tide.

From Brisbane
Drive from Brisbane to Gympie and then on to Rainbow Beach around 3 and 1/2 hours drive. At Rainbow Beach get a permit from Ranger's Office. Office is open from 7am - 4pm, seven days a week, phone (07) 54 863160. Allow an hour to get petrol, permit and for travel to Inskip Point barge. There is no need to pre-book the barge. Before getting on beach to access barge, lower tyre pressures to 15-20 psi.Ideally arrive at Inskip about one hour before low tide. This will give you the easiest trip up the beach. Once you are on the island allow two hours drive up the eastern beach at low tide to get to Orchid Beach.

From Maryborough/Hervey Bay 
From Maryborough, drive to Hervey Bay.  Hervey Bay is a comfortable 3 1/2 hours drive north from Brisbane. Refuel and shop for supplies before leaving Hervey Bay.  Get your visitors permit from office at barge departure. Buy a map of Fraser and a tyre pressure gauge. Vehicle Barges depart from Urangan Boat Harbour to Moon Point, and from River Heads to Wanggoolba Creek and Kingfisher Bay on Fraser Island's western shore. These barges have timetables and bookings are essential. Drive across the island to the eastern beach, then turn left, and head north up up the scenic eastern beach. Follow the signs to Indian Head and then on to Orchid Beach. The whole trip takes about 3 hours from Hervey Bay.

Visitors Permits Online
Tide Times Fraser Island - Select 'Waddy Point'

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