Fraser Island Queensland, Australia
Dingos Tag Along Camping Safari
*All tours depart from Freedom Hostels Rainbow Beach, 18 Spectrum Street, Rainbow Beach, Queensland 4581
*Must attend a safety meeting the day before at 5pm in Dingos Bar.
*Customers must be present no later than 7am on morning of departure.
$474.00 – Dingos 3 Day tag along Fraser Island 4WD Adventure
$479.00 – Dingos 3 Day tag along Fraser Island 4WD Adventure Package
Fraser Island tours are the most comprehensive access to this stunning region. This Fraser Island 4WD adventure allows a self-driven adventure to experience the stunning lakes, creeks and rainforests that make up this wonderful island! At night, retreat to your own private campsite just meters from the beach for drinks and tales by the fire with your fellow adventurers!
WHAT TO BRING
- If you have one, a smaller bad for 3 days/2 nights of clothing. free storage available in Rainbow
- Insect Repellent
- BYO alcohol
- Towel and swimmers
- $2 coins for showers
- Travel on Fraser Island in a convoy of 4X4 vehicles with other travellers
- Fuel for 4x4s
- All camping equipment
- All camping permits, national park and vehicle permits
- Return ferry transfer from Rainbow Beach with your tour group
- 4WD driver training on the beach
- All 4x4s have iPod / MP3 adapter cables
- Luggage storage and safety deposit at Rainbow Beach
- Plenty of time at the stunning Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek and Champagne Pools
- Additional site-seeing and flexible itinerary for Fraser Island
- Camping just meters from the beach
- All meals including 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners
- Alcohol at own expense.
$15 sleeping bag hire
- $20 cash insurance to be paid by everybody.
Dingos Fraser Island
Fraser Island is one of the most iconic adventure destinations along the East Coast. With a large range of diverse 4WD Tours, Dingos Fraser Tours will make sure you get the best Fraser Island Adventure. Including beautiful highlights such as Lake Mckenzie’s crystal-clear water, relaxing at Eli Creek, exploring Pile Valley ancient rainforest, this will be an experience you will never forget!
Why choose Dingos
With over 19 years of experience, Dingos Fraser Tours is proud to be the most popular choice in 4WD tag along tours. With a diverse offer of Rainbow Beach Fraser Island Tours, Dingos makes sure you get to see all the special places Fraser Island has to offer. Our staff is always 100% committed to making sure you have the time of your life!
With fully flexible Fraser Island Tag Along options and sound knowledge of the island jewels, Dingos Tours has been etched into the memories of many backpackers. The 4WD tag-along tours include fully equipped 4×4’s, a charismatic team, all dinners and lunches and mostly a lot of fun. Tagging along with our 3Day/2Night Dingos tours, an amazing time is guaranteed!
- Toyota Land Cruiser
- 80 Series all ranging between 94/98 Models
- Manual transmission, diesel engine
- 8 passengers per vehicle, 32 people per trip
The Dingoes of Fraser Island
- Passengers must attend an orientation meeting the day before departure at 5pm at Freedom Rainbow Beach
- Cancellations and changes are NOT permitted within 72 hours of arrival date at Freedom Rainbow Beach.
- ALL DRIVERS MUST BE 21 or over with a FULL manual license. You must have held this license for a minimum of 1 year and you must have the license with you. If you do not meet these requirements you may still travel on the tour but will not be able to drive.
- Age Recommendation:
- Age Restriction
- Fitness Requirement
- Group Size
- Trip Length
3 Days and 2 Nights
- $15 insurance levy to be paid by all passengers
- Optional sleeping bag hire ($10pp)
- If travel days fall on a public holiday a surcharge may be charged
Note: This flexible itinerary is very tidal dependant and is subject to change. Luckily our knowledgeable local guides are experts at navigating Fraser Island’s tides and terrain and make sure you have the best experience at any time of the year.
The Day Before Departure: 5pm Briefing at Freedom Rainbow Beach
The day before we meet at Freedom Rainbow Beach for a face to face briefing about our next few days on Fraser Island. We go over safety and emergency situations, as well as what to expect while you’re on the island. It’s also a good chance to meet the people you’ll be travelling with, and if you’ve forgotten to pack anything you get it from a store before you leave.
Day 1: Depart Rainbow Beach, Lake McKenzie
We begin with a quick morning briefing at Freedom Rainbow Beach. At around 9:30, once the briefing is over, we set out for Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island!
Once we land on Fraser Island we do a quick 4×4 induction on the beach so you can get used to both the vehicles and what it’s like to drive on the island. We then speed along 75 mile beach towards Eurong Resort for morning tea. From here we head to the famous Lake McKenzie, known for it’s incredibly pure crystal clear waters surrounded by pure white sand.
After spending some time cooling off with a swim or working on a tan we depart for Central Station for lunch. After lunch you’ll have some time to explore Central Station, a place rich with history enshrouded by a lush forest that’s home to the rare Giant Fern which can only be found in a few places around the world.
After lunch we head to our permanent campsite, just minutes from the beach. Here we’ll have an awesome BBQ dinner cooked by your guide as well as some time to relax before we turn in for the night.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck, Indian Head
We wake up in the morning and set off for Eli Creek which is said to have some of the purest water in the world, taking over 100 years to filter through the sand. Here you can swim or float down the swiftly floating water before we depart for our next location the Maheno Shipwreck.
At the Shipwreck you can explore the SS Maheno one of the world’s first turbine-driven steam boats which crashed on Fraser in a cyclone over 80 years ago in 1935.
We then set out to Indian Head, the highest point on Fraser Island, for some stunning panoramic ocean views. Through July to October, this is a great place to see whales, dolphins and more!
Then, if conditions are good, we’ll have the opportunity to head over to Champagne Pools. At the pools you can relax by the ocean in a natural jacuzzi caused by waves crashing over the volcanic rock that the pools are made of. We then travel back in the afternoon for dinner and drinks.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3 : Lake Wabby, Return to Rainbow Beach
This morning we’ll be heading to Lake Wabby, a lake surrounded by natural bushland full of unique Australian wildlife that’s said to disappear and be engulfed by sand in the next 100 years. Lake Wabby is also Fraser Islands deepest lake, here you can relax and go for a swim or just explore Lake Wabby’s surrounding natural environment while you think about the amazing time you had.
After lunch, don’t be sad, but after checking out the sand dunes it’s time to check out of Fraser. We say our goodbyes to Fraser Island and leave Lake Wabby behind as we begin our drive down to the beach and back to the barge for boarding.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
All tours depart from Freedom Hostels Rainbow Beach, 18 Spectrum Street, Rainbow Beach, Queensland 4581
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world, world heritage listed and stretching over 100km along the southern coast of Queensland. A place of exceptional beauty, with long uninterrupted white beaches flanked by strikingly coloured sand cliffs. The island has over 100 freshwater lakes, some tea-coloured and others clear and blue all ringed by white sandy beaches. Ancient rainforests grow in sand along the banks of fast-flowing, crystal-clear creeks.
Fraser Island is a precious part of Australia’s natural and cultural heritage, it is protected for all to appreciate and enjoy.
Fraser Island is the only place in the world where tall rainforests are found growing on sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. The low “wallum” heaths on the island are of particular evolutionary and ecological significance, and provide magnificent wildflower displays in spring and summer.
The immense sand blows and cliffs of coloured sands are part of the longest and most complete age sequence of coastal dune systems in the world and they are still evolving. They are a continuous record of climatic and sea level changes over the last 700 000 years. The highest dunes on the island reach up to 240 metres above sea level. The Great Sandy Strait, separating Fraser Island from the mainland, is listed by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar Convention). The wetlands include: rare patterned ferns; mangrove colonies; sea-grass beds; and up to 40,000 migratory shorebirds. Rare, vulnerable or endangered species include dugongs, turtles, Illidge’s ant-blue butterflies and eastern curlews.
At 500km south of the Tropic of Capricorn, Fraser Island has a hot and humid climate but is cooled by sea breezes. Its summer maximum average temperature is only 30 degrees C, although the summer months have some extremely hot days. Winters are mild, with average temperatures of around 15 degrees C. This is usually the dry season and most winter days are sunny and frost free, making for a very pleasant climate. People with fair skins need to be wary when out in the midday sunshine since unprotected skin can burn in a few minutes. Hats, cool clothing that protects from the sun, sunscreen and common sense are essentials to enjoying Fraser Island summers.
- Lake MacKenzie – the jewel of Fraser Island, Lake MacKenzie is a large perched lake with crystal blue waters and white sands. The area is one of the most popular on the island so can get crowded during the middle of the day in peak season. There are toilet facilities and an enclosed picnic area – no food or drink is to be consumed outside of this area in an attempt not to attract dingoes.
- Lake Wabby – a green colored barrage lake approximately 45 minutes walk from the beach, with a large sand blow that is slowly encroaching upon the lake. Freshwater turtles and catfish can sometimes be seen swimming in the lake. The path to the lake will split with only 100m difference between the two however the slightly longer way takes you over a sand dune. This split is well marked. If you take the one way into the lake over the sand dune you will be walking down the sand dune – much easier than up the sand dune. On the way out, walk along the lake with the lake on your right and you will see the second path at the edge of the lake taking you through the rainforest. Walking through the sand dune can get quite hot during the summer and it’s a good idea to bring water along. Locals bring bodyboards to slide off the sand dune into the lake. Do not run into the lake off the sand and attempt to dive. Many people get seriously hurt and even paralyzed trying to do this every year. The only toilet facilities available are at the beginning of the walk in.
- Indian Head – the rocky outcrop at the northern end of the main beach. Climb to the top to look down into the ocean and spot sharks, rays, turtles and dolphins. Beautiful outlook.
- Champagne Pools – north of Indian Heads, these rock pools provide a safe place to bathe in sea water. Their name is derived from the froth created when waves break over the edge and into the pools.
- Eli Creek – a freshwater creek midway along the main beach where bathers can float or walk down with the slow current. The water in the creek can vary quickly but does not get above waist height of an adult 5’9″. The deeper parts can usually be avoided by walking on the other side of the creek. A boardwalk provides access to the top of the creek. It is an easy walk both on the boardwalk and through the water.
- Maheno shipwreck. The SS Maheno had been a passenger steamer, travelling between New Zealand and Australia and used by the NZ Navy as a hospital ship during World War one. The Maheno was retired and, in 1935, the SS Maheno was being towed to Japan for scrapping when a cyclone off the coast forced it ashore. The wreck of the Maheno sits a few km north of Eli Creek.
- One of the best ways to see Fraser Island is to hire a 4WD and explore at your leisure.
- Accommodation options range from basic cabins to 4 star resorts.
- Another popular option is camping on the beach or at inland campgrounds – most vehicle hire companies also hire camping gear.
- If time permits you should allow at least three days to discover the wonderful sights of Fraser.
- To ensure quality of service it is recommended to hire from a company that is a current member of the Fraser Coast 4X4 Hire Association.