Distance : 36 miles (58 km)
Avg. Time : 2 – 3 Days
Start / Finish :
- See the QLD Government website for details of getting to and from Fraser Island.
Season : All year.
Maps / Info :
- When I did this hike in 1996 I used the map and trekking notes contained in John Chapman’s Bushwalking in Australia (1992).
- In recent years, a longer route (approx.90km), the Fraser Island Great Walk has been established. This hike, which incorporates most of the above-mentioned Central Circuit, starts at Dilli Village and ends at Happy Valley.
- A 1:50,000 Topographic map with accompanying trekking notes is available from the QLD Department of Environment and Resource Management. This same site has regularly updated information on track conditions.
- The other map option for hikers is the 1:130,000 Fraser Island Map by Hema publications (2010). Although not as detailed as the Great Walk Topo, it should suffice for navigation purposes.
Route / Conditions :
- Gorgeous multi-coloured lakes, stunning coastline, towering sand dunes and blissfully 4WD-free stretches of inland rainforest.
- All supplies should be brought from the mainland.
- Water is available at all campsites. Parks and Wildlife recommend that all water should be treated or boiled.
- Leave the heavy-duty boots at home. This is the perfect hike for trail runners, or even hiking sandals or running shoes.
- Camping permits are required. These can be booked online, over the phone or in person at QLD Parks and Wildlife offices. Click here for details.
- Due to the long-term carelessness of campers, dingos have become a significant problem at the island’s campsites. Be sure to adhere to the QLD Parks and Wildlife strategy in regards to being “Dingo-Safe” during your hike.
- The world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island is justifiably considered to be one of Australia’s natural wonders.
- The primary negative associated with this hike is the prevalence of 4WD vehicles along certain sections of the route. Thankfully some of the most scenic inland sections around the freshwater lakes are at least somewhat free of 4WD traffic.