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Free camping on Fraser Island

Many outdoor lovers have made K’gari (Fraser Island!) a top priority. K’gari is the best campsite for those who love the sound of the rainforest and the surf crashing on the shore.

It is not possible to camp on Fraser Island without a permit. The whole island is considered a national park. Fortunately, most campsites on Fraser Island are managed by Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service, which makes them very affordable.

Keep in mind the dingos. The dingos can be kept out of all campgrounds, including the larger and more expensive ones. However, Queensland Parks campgrounds, which are more natural, are not. Only a few of them are. You should always keep an eye on your children when you go camping.

The facilities at most campsites listed in this article are very limited. Campers should therefore bring their own toilet. You should also bring your own water. You can fill your water bottles at the taps located around the island.

Free Fraser Island Camping Areas vs Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service camping sites

There are many places to camp on K’gari, which are managed by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service. These camping areas are quite affordable, but have very limited facilities. Here is a quick overview of each camping area offered by Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service.

We have divided the campsites into Eastern and Western campsites to make things easier.

Eastern Beach Campsites

On the east coast of K’gari, there are 10 camping areas that can hold up to 1600 people. There are many campsites within each zone. Campers are responsible for being considerate of others and keeping their campsites compact.

These campsites are located along the beach and are suitable for all types of setups such as tents, off-road trailers, and walk-ins.

Beach Camping Zone 1

You can camp in either Govi or Wongai. Both are located just a short distance from Hook Point, and both areas can be used to explore the island’s lakes. Wongai has a fenced campsite. You can find more information in the fence campsite section. The majority of campsites are located behind dunes and vegetation, so they have limited views to the ocean.

Beach Camping Zone 2

You can camp in three areas between Poyungan Rocks and Eurong: One Tree Rocks (Cornwells), Gabala, or Cornwells. These areas are all central to exploring the island’s lakes. Cornwells is a secure campsite. See the fence campsite section for more information.

Beach Camping Zone 3

You can camp in two areas: Poyungan Rocks or Winnam. This is a great spot for anyone looking for easy access to supplies, and an ideal location to explore all of the eastern attractions. Rainbow Gorge and Lake Garawongera are nearby attractions.

Beach Camping Zone 4

You can camp in two areas, Guluri or Eli Creek. This area is close to Happy Valley and offers a convenient spot to get supplies. It’s also a good place to explore the eastern attractions, especially Eli Creek. Eli Creek is a secure campsite. See the fence campsite section for more information.

Beach Camping Zone 5

You can camp in two areas, Maheno or Wahba. They are located between Eli Creek (and The Pinnacles). This area is ideal for anyone who wants to be centrally located to explore all the island’s top attractions, especially Eli Creek.

Beach Camping Zone 6

You can camp in three areas between The Pinnacles, Dundubara and Yurru: Eugarie or Guruman. This area is ideal for exploring the attractions on the eastern coast of the island. It’s also close to the most popular attractions. Nearby attractions include Wungul Sandblow, Lake Bowarrady and The Pinnacles.

Beach Camping Zone 7

There are two areas where you can camp: Wyuna and Burad. They are located between Indian Head and Dundubara. Catherdal Beach has a beautiful area with huge dunes and spectacular ocean views. This area is ideal for anyone who wants to explore the attractions on the eastern coast, including Indian Head, Red Canyon and Wungul Sandblow. You can also access the Dundubara campsite, which is fully fenced and has coin-operated showers.

Beach Camping Zone 8

You can camp in three areas: Marloo (Ocean Lake), Duling (or Waddy Point) – all located between the famous Ngkala Rocks. This area is ideal for exploring the attractions on the eastern coast. Nearby attractions include the Sandy Cape Lighthouse and Indian Head. Orchid Beach is also close by. You will find beautiful views of the ocean from this area. This is a stunning view of the ocean, with its bright turquoise color.

Beach Camping Zone 9

This camping area is located at the northern tip of the island, between Brown Rocks (the Sandy Cape Lighthouse) and Sandy Cape Lighthouse (the Lighthouse). This is a beautiful camping area that’s ideal for those who want to be in a remote place. You can camp in either Diary or Carree. Nearby attractions include the Sandy Cape Lighthouse and an old World War II radar station.

Waddy Point Camping Area

Waddy Point Beachfront Campground Area can be found on the island’s eastern coast. The beachfront camping area is the main camping area, while the top camping area is the second. Both are suitable for tents or trailers. The only difference is that the top camping area has a fully fenced perimeter.

For those who want extra protection against the dingos on the island, the top area has been fully fenced. You will find 6 designated camper trailer sites and 19 undefined campsites for tent campers here.

Both areas offer toilets and water, but must be treated before drinking. There are also communal fire rings. Coin-operated showers are available at the top camping area ($2). The top camping area also has a day-use area. So, expect to see people stop by to use the showers.

Western Beach Campsites

The Island has 8 camping areas that can hold 215 people. These campsites are stunning and some of the most beautiful camping spots K’gari offers on the island. The sites are remote, and some are only accessible by boat.

Campsites are generally not designated so campers need to consider other campers when setting up their campsite. Here is a quick overview of 8 camping areas on the eastern side.

Moon Point

Moon Point can only be reached by boat. It is a quiet, peaceful campground that’s perfect for kayaking, fishing, and boating.

Congul Creek

Congula Creek, located just north of Moon Point on the west coast, is another quiet spot. There are sites for tents and camper trailers.

Woralie Creek

Woralie Creek is located at the end of a 4WD track that leads to the east coast. It’s easy to reach for anyone looking for a campsite on the west coast. There are campsites for tents and camper trailers.

Bowarrady Creek

The stunning Bowarrady Creek is located just north of Woralie Creek. It’s another beautiful location on the west coast. The campsite is situated next to a beautiful freshwater creek with the tranquil waters of Platypus Bay at the forefront. There are sites for tents and camper trailers.

Awinya Creek

This campground is located on the west coast and offers stunning views of Platypus Bay’s white sand cliffs. You can also kayak through the creek. There are sites for tents and camper trailers.

Bowal Creek

Bowal Creek is located towards the north and offers stunning views towards Wathumba Creek, Platypus Bay’s white sandcliffs, and the calm blue waters. Bowal Creek is the only place that allows tents.

Teebing (Wathumba Spit)

Teebing, located just past Towoi Creek is another spot that can only be reached by boat. This spot is one of the most beautiful and remote on the west coast.

Wathumba Camping Area

Wathumba Camping Area can also be found on the island’s western coast. This camping area is located at the mouth the Wathumba Creek, where the freshwater creek meets the ocean. Fishing is a popular activity on camping trips, and this creates a wonderful environment for fish. Here, you can also enjoy bird watching and kayaking.

There are 8 spots that can accommodate tents, and 3 trailer sites. It is not possible to define tent sites so campers should be considerate and keep their campsites compact. There are also picnic tables and toilets available. Generators are permitted, but fires are not allowed.

Southern Campsites

On the island’s southern end, there are three camping areas. These campsites can be difficult to reach from the mainland. These campsites do not have fencing so be aware of dingos.

Coolooloi Creek Camping Area

This area can be seen looking out to Rainbow Beach. It is only accessible via the Hook Point inland roads, and not the beach. People camp here when they arrive late at night and need a place to rest their heads before moving on to the next campsite. Picnic tables are available here.

Garry’s Anchorage Camping Area

This area can only be reached by boat from the Great Sandy Strait. This area can accommodate up to 30 people at a time, although the sites are not designated. Picnic tables are available.

Ungowa Camping Area

This area can be used for tents and off-road trailers. This area can accommodate up to 40 people at a time. There are 2 sites that will allow you to park your trailer, but not tents. There are toilets, picnic tables, and cold water washing facilities.

For more free camping in Queensland, check out our complete Queensland Free Camping Guide.

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