Driving & Tidal Information
Check beach and track conditions and tide times before visiting to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island’s beach and tracks are suitable for 4WD vehicles with low range capacity. All wheel drive vehicles are not recommended.
The National Parks, Sports and Racing publishes a fortnightly conditions report which provides up to date information on track and beach conditions along with up to date track conditions, park alerts and campsite availability.
- Lower tyre pressure to increase tyre surface area to prevent getting stuck in the sand.
- All vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply.
- Beach conditions change daily. Deep washouts can form at any time, particularly after heavy rain and rough seas. Wave action can expose dangerous rocks, wash up debris and expose tree roots. Approach washouts, rocks and debris slowly, and use bypass roads if necessary. Avoid travelling at night as these hazards can be difficult to see.
- Do not drive on the beach 2 hours either side of the high tide.
- Stay on the formed tracks and do not drive or park on the fragile foredunes. The dunes may be soft and unstable which may collapse under the weight of a vehicle.
- Cross Eli, Wyuna and Coongul creeks 2 hours either side of low tide (under normal conditions). The creeks on the western beach should only be crossed on the low tide. If it’s safe, walk beach creek crossing before you drive across. Never stop your vehicle midstream as your vehicle may sink or stall. never attempt to cross Wathumba Creek or Moon Point estuaries.
- Four wheel driving on sand is different to driving a normal car and handling can be difficult. Slow down, pack light and store gear inside the vehicle.
- Follow and stick to the speed limit. Slower is safer and a safe driving speed may be lower than the signed speed limited. In good conditions 80km/h on the astern beach, 30km/h on inland roads, 40km/h in beach pedestrian areas including the Maheno shipwreck site, 50km/h hook point inland road and 10km/h in shared use areas.
- Drivers headed north of Ngkala Rocks must travel in groups and have the necessary experience and recovery gear
- Authorised aircraft have signposted landing zones on the eastern beach and you must follow directions from the air traffic controllers.
- When driving on inland roads give way to buses, trucks and to vehicles travelling downhill or towing trailers.
The Queensland Tide Tables publication is comprised of tidal prediction tables provided by the National Tidal Unit, Bureau of Meteorology.
Copyright of the tidal prediction tables is vested in Commonwealth of Australia represented by National Tidal Unit, Bureau of Meteorology