Cathedrals on Fraser is a privately owned camping ground, which means you are not required to have a QPWS camping permit. However, all vehicles entering Fraser Island are required to have a vehicle access permit before arriving. You can get your permit online:Queensland National Parks Booking Service
You will need a 4WD to get to Cathedrals on Fraser. If you don't have one, you can always hire from Hervey Bay or Rainbow Beach. Check out Safari 4wd Hire: www.safari4wdhire.com.au
Travelling to Fraser from Rainbow Beach
From Gympie, follow signs for Tin Can Bay. Take a right onto Tin Can Bay Road and follow for approximately 40km, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road OR If you are coming from Bundaberg, continue on Bruce Highway, following signs to Tin Can Bay. Take a left on Tin Can Bay Road, then turn right onto Rainbow Beach Road.
Follow Rainbow Beach Road for about 30 km until you reach Rainbow Beach. The Manta Ray barge leaves from Inskip Point. Catch your barge and then drive from hook point north up the beach for about 60 km. About 10 minutes north of the Maheno Shipwreck, you'll find Cathedrals on Fraser.
The barge from Rainbow Beach (Inskip) to Hook Point
The Manta Ray barge operates daily from 6:00am to 5:30pm, making continuous trips between Inskip and Hook Point. The trip takes about 10 minutes; prices vary dependant on the type of vehicle you're driving:www.mantarayfraserislandbarge.com.au/bookings-fares
Travelling to Fraser from Hervey Bay
Follow signs through Gympie to take the Maryborough exit. From Maryborough, follow the signs and allow about 40 minutes to get to Hervey Bay. Follow signs to River HeadsORif you are coming from Bundaberg, turn off at Torbanlea and follow the signs to Hervey Bay. Stay on the main road, which becomes Boat Harbour Drive. The barge leaves from River Heads, which is 20 minutes south of Hervey Bay. Catch the Wanggoolba barge and then take the inland track from the west side of the island to the eastern beach, taking you through Central Station and ending on the beach at Eurong. Turn left and drive north up the beach. Cathedrals on Fraser is located about10 minutes past the Maheno Shipwreck.
The barge from Hervey Bay (Riverheads) to Wanggoolba Creek
This barge has about 3 departure times daily, departing River Heads around 8:30, 10:15 and 4pm, and departing Wanggoolba Creek around 9am, 3pm and 5pm. Please check the Fraser Venture barge website for the exact departure times, as they may change according to the tides:
Check the tides for your day of arrival and departure and book your barge accordingly. Be sure to allow enough time to make it up the beach during low tide, as Cathedrals is inaccessible from the beach during high tide. As a general rule, make sure you are off the beach for two hours either side of the high tide.
It is recommended that you reduce tyre pressure before you get to Fraser Island. If you are an unexperienced driver or towing a campervan, we recommend taking the Inskip barge out of Rainbow Beach to avoid the need to take an inland track. Generally the eastern beach route will be a smoother journey.
Beware of creek crossings during wet conditions as they may be higher than normal. On the contrary, dry weather can mean the sand is soft and your vehicle could easily get bogged.
In an emergency, dial 000. If you don't have mobile reception try 112. Help can be hours away, so carry a well-stocked first aid kit and medical supplies.
Fraser Island Police (Eurong): 4127 9288
Tow Truck Services (Eurong): 4127 9449 or 0428 353 164
Fraser Island Taxi: 4127 9188
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