4WD Tours of Fraser Island are one of the most exhilarating experiences backpackers can have in Australia but there are a few safety guidelines to adhere to in order to have the ultimate Fraser Island Tours and a safe experience.
Please note that official permits are needed for every single vehicle heading to Fraser Island.
You can obtain permits from the Department of Environment and Heritage offices in Brisbane, Hervey Bay and Rainbow Beach, recent legislation now means that backpacker tours are now tag-along tours.
4WD Safety Tips
- To make life easier try and follow someone else’s tracks, if they have managed to make successful tracks then this will help you, especially if you are new to 4WD.
- Part of the beach is used as a landing and take off strip for Fraser Island small aircraft so be aware of where this is and keep an eye out.
- Check tide times, low tide is the best time to travel – more space! High tide can cause vehicles to get stuck.
- Check your wheel locks – are they in the 4WD position?
- Check your tyre pressures at regular intervals.
- The beach is still a road and normal road rules apply so stick to the left and to the speed limit – 35km inland and 80km on the beach.
- Gutters can cause vehicles to overturn so be careful! Gutters are caused by the creeks flowing in to the sea.
- Drinking or taking drugs and driving is not tolerated and carries the same consequences as else where in Australia.
- If you are new to 4WD, take a small ‘how to’ course beforehand – this will make your trip much more enjoyable.