This might come as a surprise to some, but there are actually some awesome places to stay on Fraser Island. Although it is an island that is made up entirely of sand, it doesn’t mean that it’s a camping only island, and there are a couple of great choices if you would prefer to stay at a resort.
Here’s everything you need to know to help you make the right choice about where to stay on your Fraser Island adventure.
Kingfisher Bay Resort
The main resort on Fraser Island is Kingfisher Bay Resort. Located on the western side of the island, Kingfisher Bay offers you a great place to stay with nice big rooms, four swimming pools, three restaurants and super comfy beds. During our visit to Fraser Island we based ourselves at Kingfisher Bay Resort for three nights and had such a great time.
After a day of exploring and sand driving all across the island it was so nice to come back to the resort, have a proper shower to wash off all that sand, and then wind down at the end of the night with dinner and a couple of drinks at the resort restaurants. Or you’re looking for a bit more of a relaxing day during your visit, you can also find the Island Day Spa at the resort, where you can treat yourself to a massage or a facial. Within the Kingfisher Bay Resort complex you can also find a small general store with food and drinks, petrol station, post office, gift shop and laundry.
One of the best things about staying at Kingfisher Bay Resort was the service and the staff. Everyone at the resort was so friendly and helpful, and had so much knowledge about the island and great suggestions of places and check out during our visit. They are also able to help you book any tours and activities you might want to do during your stay. With the jetty only a 5 minute walk away, it’s the perfect place to stay for all kinds of water adventures.
During your stay make sure you have dinner at the Sand & Wood restaurant at least one of your nights. They have such a diverse and delicious menu, we wanted to eat there every night! We can highly recommend the roasted cauliflower (above on the right), steak and seafood tower, but honestly everything we ordered was so good.
In addition to Sand & Wood, Kingfisher Bay Resort also has several other places to eat and drink. You can check out:
- The Sand Bar – an open air pub with a more laid back menu, think parmas, fish and chips and pub food
- Sunset Bar – great cocktails right on the beach next to the jetty, a great spot to watch the sun go down
- Seabelle Restaurant – a fancier dining option with an awesome seafood menu. You’ll need a reservation for this one, so definitely book in advance if it’s a special occasion
- Dingo Bar – a favourite of travellers from all around the world, Dingo Bar is the perfect spot for afternoon drinks, a game of pool and all kinds of fun theme nights
Kingfisher Bay Resort even have a small train that runs between the bars and restaurants every hour or so, which is so convenient if you just need a ride after a few drinks or if you’ve had a long day of adventuring and can’t be bothered to walk home!
Staying at Kingfisher Bay gave us the opportunity to regularly visit both sides of the island, and really get a feel for what Fraser Island is about. Definitely check out the Kingfisher Bay Resort website directly to make your booking, as they often have pay stay deals, early bird specials and all kinds of special offers throughout the year.
Getting to Kingfisher Bay Resort
Kingfisher Bay Resort have their own jetty and ferry service that travels to and from River Head, only about 20 minutes from Hervey Bay on the mainland. The jetty is right next to the resort, so you can be checked in to your hotel room and sipping cocktails by the pool in a matter of minutes.
The ferry trip takes about 50 minutes and operates between four times daily in each direction. During the off peak times a ticket to take across your 4WD will cost $190 return per vehicle, plus $5 per person in the car. You can also jump on the ferry just as a passenger with no vehicle for $60 return.
From Kingfisher Bay Resort it takes approximately 45 minutes to drive across to the other side of the island, where you can find Seventy-Five Mile Beach and Eurong.
Eurong Beach Resort
If you’re looking to stay a little bit closer to the main beach, then Eurong Beach Resort on the eastern side of the island is the perfect place to base yourself. Only a few steps away from Seventy-Five Mile Beach, Eurong has accommodation options for every budget. As well as regular hotel rooms, they also have two bedroom apartments to choose from which are great for families and small groups.
Eurong has a wonderfully laid back feel, with takeaway pizzas available each day, two swimming pools, McKenzie’s On 75 Restaurant, BBQ areas and just a very short walk to the beach. On the main street of Eurong you can also find a petrol station, general store and bakery, so it’s a great place to stop and stock up on snacks before heading out for a day of beach driving.
The friendly staff at Eurong can also help you book and organise any tours you might like to try during your visit, including 4WD tours and scenic flights.
The location of Eurong Beach Resort can’t be beaten if you’re planning to spend the majority of your time driving up and down Seventy-Five Mile Beach, but are still looking for a comfortable place to stay at night. To find out more about Eurong Beach Resort and check out their latest deals and promotions, head straight to their website for the best deals.
Camping on Fraser Island
Camping on Fraser Island is such a great adventure. You can camp right on the beach, surrounded by sand dunes in K’Gari, Great Sandy National Park. To camp on Fraser Island you will need a vehicle access permit, as well as a booking for your camp area, which can be made up to 6 months in advance.
Vehicle Access Permit: Before driving on Fraser Island you will need to purchase a vehicle access permit from Queensland National Parks. The permit costs $53.65 per car for 1 month or less and should be displayed on your dashboard during your visit.
Camping Permit: If you’re planning to camp on Fraser Island you need to book and pay or your camping permit before you arrive at your camp spot. You can book online here and it is recommended that you book well in advance for popular spots, as well as for peak times such as the summer months, long weekends and school holidays. A camping permit costs $6.75 per person per night or $27 for a family.
There are a few things to remember if you’re camping on the beach. Make sure you’re always on the lookout for dingoes on the land, and stingers in the water.
For the ultimate Fraser Island experience and a little taste of everything, why not stay a couple of days camping at the beach, and then a couple of days at one of the resorts. It’s the perfect way to experience everything Fraser Island has to offer.
So that you have absolutely all the information you need for your visit to Fraser Island, here are a few extra websites to check out:
- Fraser Island Condition Report – up to date information on beach, driving, walking track conditions, as well as any other important notices that would be good to know while you’re on the island.
- Tide Times Chart – especially important if you’re planning to drive further towards the northern tip of the island, as you could get stuck if the tide comes in.
- Kingfisher Bay Resort “What’s On” Guide – all the different activities, tours and events taking place during your visit.
We had such a great time during our visit to Fraser Island, and loved our stay at Kingfisher Bay Resort. We were already planning our return with our family during our visit, so that’s always the mark of a great stay isn’t it! If you come to visit make sure you end one of your nights with a Bounty Chocolada cocktail from the bar, absolutely our favourite drink from 2020.
We visited Fraser Island as guests of Kingfisher Bay Resort. All opinions are, as always, our own.