The Best K’gari (Fraser Island) Camping Areas

I acknowledge the Butchalla People, the Traditional Custodians of K'gari, and their connection to land, sea and community, and pay my respects to their Elders past and present.

Fraser Island has a ton of different camping options but for pretty much all of them, you will need a 4WD vehicle. Unless, of course, you’re doing the Fraser Island Great Walk, then you’ll only be needing your legs (and you’ll have the privilege of camping in walk-in camps only!).

On our Fraser Island trip at Christmas (yes, that wasn’t the best time to go…), we camped in three different spots: Central Station, Waddy Point (Top) and Dundabara.

But there are actually more options for camping on Fraser so here’s an overview of the different camping spots for vehicle-based camping.


There’s no shortage of campgrounds if you want to camp on Fraser Island but expect all of these to be busy during peak times like Christmas and school holidays.

To start with, you’ve got two commercially-operated campgrounds and a range of Queensland National Parks camping areas to choose from.

We don’t usually stay in commercial campgrounds or caravan parks as they tend to be much more expensive. If you need a powered site or like glamping in safari tents, you could try these:

Cathedrals also has a convenience store, fuel facility and laundry on site if you’re looking for those types of amenities.


If you don’t need power and prefer to spend a lot less on campsites, choose one of the 45 (yes, that’s right, 45!) camping areas operated by Queensland National Parks.


It can feel a bit overwhelming when it comes to choosing a campsite on Fraser Island. So start with just working out what you actually want or need:

  • Dingo deterrent fence or beach location?
  • Easily accessible and close to major attractions or remote location?
  • Generators allowed during specific times?
  • Toilet and shower amenities or bush camping?

My suggestion would be to pick your camping area depending on what facilities you need and the location. You don’t want to spend half your day driving around the island just to see the main sights if that’s what you’re there for.

If you’re after some time out and relaxing, choose accordingly.

Families often also prefer the fenced-in areas, especially those with smaller children.


We spent a week on Fraser and so decided to divide our time between three different camping areas but you could just pick one or two, totally up to you.


These camping areas are surrounded by dingo deterrent fences and have toilet and shower facilities (except Lake Boomanjin). Don’t forget your $2 coins if you want to scrub that stickiness and salt crust off you.

Camping areaLocationSitesToilets / ShowersGenerators?
Central StationInland, about 9km east of Wanggoolba Creek55 clearly marked sites, incl. 15 suitable for camper trailers, across 2 camping areasrainforest setting; 2 large, fenced-in areas; wash-up facilities; picnic tables; rubbish bins
DundabaraCentral east coast, about 19km south of Indian Head47 sites in large open areas, incl. 5 sites for camper trailers large, fenced-in area behind the dunes on the east coast; water taps; wash-up facilities
Waddy Point (Top)North east coast, about 5km north of Indian Head31 sites in group settings, incl. 5 sites for camper trailerslarge, fenced-in area in a coastal woodland setting on the north-east coast; water taps
Lake BoomanjinAlong the Southern Lakes Scenic Drive, about 12km north of Dilli Villageno defined sites
(no showers)
small, fenced-in area in an open forest setting within walking distance to Lake Boomanjin; tent-based camping only (vehicles stay in car parking area); picnic tables

If you don’t care about having easy access to showers or toilets, or if you simply love beach camping, choose one of these camping areas.

Camping areaLocationSitesToilets / ShowersGenerators?
Other features
Eastern Beach camping zoneAlong southern/central east and northern coast9 camping zones spread along 75-Mile Beach and up to Sandy Cape; capacity for up to 1,600 peopleno facilities (portable toilet required); some camping areas close to main attractions (Eli Creek, Maheno Shipwreck, Wabby Lake, …) and easily accessible
Waddy Point (Beachfront)
North east coast, about 5km north of Indian Head25 sites in large open areas, no defined sites (incl. 5 sites for camper trailers)
(showers at Waddy Point Top)
unfenced area in a beachfront setting; tent camping (vehicles stay in car parks); water taps
Western Beach camping zone
Along west coast7 discrete camping areas; capacity between 15-60 people for each zoneremote, unfenced beach camping; no facilities (portable toilet required)
WathumbaAt the northern end of Western Beach camping zone8 sites, incl. 3 trailer sites (max. 60 people)
(no showers)
tent-based camping only (vehicles stay in car parking area); picnic tables

There are another two camping areas (Ungowa and Garrys Anchorage) but these are only accessible by boat. Check the K’gari website for more details.

Check out the Fraser Island map for exact locations of each camping area. The K’gari beach camping zone map has even more detail specifically on the beach camping zones.


Once you’ve worked out the best option for your camping on Fraser adventure, organise your e-permit. Don’t forget that you’ll also need to organise a vehicle access permit (about $58 for a month).

The main thing to remember is that, you’ll need to organise both of these before heading to Fraser. You cannot buy them on the island unless you’ve got mobile reception and somehow manage to book your permits on your phone. Definitely not recommended at peak times though!

Also, keep in mind that you’ll only be booking to stay at one of the camping areas. There’s no specific campsite allocation at any of the campgrounds on Fraser. You simply choose the campground online and then you pick your own site when you get there.

We drove around each of the campgrounds a few times before settling on a site as we usually do because you’ve got to assess the situation fully, right?!

If you camp outside of peak season (Dec/Jan), you’ll probably have lots of sites to choose from, and won’t find camping on Fraser Island quite as noisy as we did.



We stayed here for three nights at Christmas with the first two being relatively quiet.

It’s a fairly big campground (60 sites) with some of the tent sites having platforms. It’s hard to get your car into these for easy access though so we ended up picking a flat one.

Camping at Central Station, Fraser Island
My one (blurry) campsite photo with our fancy new camping equipment addition: The insect shelter! We only used it once at Central Station before it turned into a swimming pool during the crazy rains

There are two sections: Kauri and Satinay.

The former seemed much less popular than Satinay, which suited us fine so we stayed there. I couldn’t quite work out why there were way more people in Satinay than Kauri. The run to the toilet block seemed to be the same…


PROS: Tons of shade, picnic tables on most sites (yay, we love having a picnic table available!), cold showers for free, and easy access to Wanggoolba Creek, Pile Valley and a couple of other walks. Also handy for exploring Lake McKenzie or Lake Boomanjin in the south.
CONS: Insanely busy during holiday season. It’s in a valley so any sound is amplified and echoes through the whole campground. It feels like everyone is right next to you even when they’re miles away, which is really annoying when people are into drinking and shouting all night. Toilets were a bit dirty, though that’s probably the crowds. Being in a rainforest, it was also pretty wet and had its fair share of mozzies, though thankfully no sand flies or horrible midges.
COSTS: $7.25 pp/pn (2023); pre-booking required

Outside the wet season and holiday madness, this is probably a really pleasant campground among tall trees.


Waddy Point has two campgrounds, one fenced in with amenities (top) and the other along the foreshore (beach) with only composting toilets.

The husband booked the top one, for whatever reason, for our next three nights and luckily for us, that turned out much better than being joined with boofheads along the beach front.

We had some shade in our site but not a whole lot so kept moving our shade cover (not in the picture) around all day.


PROS: Close to the beach without being on the beach (i.e. you don’t get blown away by the massive winds), almost no mozzies or other annoying insects, quite a few shady sites, fairly clean toilets, despite the dingo fence and gate it didn’t feel cage-y, and overall a more isolated feel than Central Station
CONS: A constant stream of cars (and 4WD cars are generally noisy) coming in to use the toilets and showers, which ground on my nerves, and showers that wanted $2 whether hot or cold
COSTS: $7.25 pp/pn (2023); pre-booking required

Probably our favourite campground of the three.


We spent our last two nights at Dundabara campground, right next to water pumps! Sleep was somewhat elusive until way past midnight when the pumps stopped.


PROS: Lots of shady sites (though if you’re late, you’ll probably be stuck with the non-shady ones), two toilet blocks which helps with the through-traffic of constant toilet/shower users, picnic tables on some sites, and a fairly short drive to Fraser’s main attractions (Maheno Wreck, Eli Creek, etc.) on 75-mile beach
CONS: Water pumps right next to us, super noisy people but obviously that can happen at any campground, no views of anything particularly special
COSTS: $7.25 pp/pn (2023); pre-booking required

Lots of people obviously choose to camp along the beach, and I think that could be quite attractive during less busy times.

I’ve seen amazing photos of sunrises and sunsets on the beach!

You do need to bring your own toilet or at least a privacy shower/toilet tent and I’ve heard some rather horrid ‘poo everywhere’ stories… So we opted for campgrounds with facilities this time.


Check out Queensland National Parks on camping at Fraser Island for more info, including booking camping permits.

Not sure what the tents and mozzies mean? Check out my tents and mozzies guide.

So that’s it! Feel free to leave comments or post questions if you want to know more about our experience camping at Fraser.


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  • Tanya
    18 August 2020 at 1:38 PM

    Waddy Point Top (tent site) and Dundubara campground shows campground facilities as can camp next to car. Is that true as we have a roof top tent and booked these sites for Christmas.

    • Kati
      19 August 2020 at 9:53 PM

      Hi Tanya,

      Yes, you’ll be able to camp next to your car at Waddy Point Top and Dundabarra. It’s only at Waddy Point Beach where you park your car just off the campsite – so make sure you’ve selected the right camping area for Waddy Point. 🙂

      Have a fab trip at Christmas! 🙂

  • Tanya
    20 August 2020 at 8:56 AM

    Hi Kati,

    Thank you so much for your reply, I was starting to get worried. I can now relax and organize the rest of the trip.

    • Kati
      20 August 2020 at 5:38 PM

      I’ve been there – nothing worse than worrying about whether you can camp somewhere the way you’d hoped you would! 🙂 Unless things have changed (entirely possible), make sure you bring some coins to have a shower (though maybe you have your own setup). 🙂


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