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
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