Driving on Fraser Island can be tricky and it’s certainly not for the inexperienced. You don’t have to have driven on sand before to have a go you just need to be sensible when it comes to recognising the limits of your experience and book the right type of experience for you.
DRIVING ON A FRASER ISLAND TOUR
Booking a tour is by far the safest way to experience the island. It offers you the chance to drive of be driving and with a guide leading the way you’ve got all the fun without any of the worry. We supply all the 4WD’s on our tours and our fleet is made up of the ever reliable Toyota Landcruiser. Fully automatic and geared up for sand driving they are perfectly suited to be put through the challenges of driving on Fraser Island.
If you have a full/open drivers licence, are over 21 and passed your driving test more than 12 months ago you can drive one of our 4WD’s on tour. You need to have the Photo ID Card Licence with you and if your licence is not written in English or states ‘Drivers Licence’ on it in English you will need to provide an international translation.
SELF DRIVE FRASER ISLAND
If you have your own 4WD it’s worth making sure that it is capable of driving on the island. Just because it is 4WD doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be able to handle all the different terrains on the island. It needs to have a decent amount of clearance, have tyres that you can let down to 24psi (no low profiles), and have low change. AWD (All Wheel Drives) are not suitable!
If you are hiring a 4WD you don’t need to worry about the car specs. Any hire company you choose will provide you with a hire car that is suitable to explore the island in. You can choose between auto and manual though personally we are a fan of auto if you’re a novice, they just make life on island time so much easier to enjoy. You must be over 25 to hire a 4WD and be very confident at handling a big car. It’s really not hard if you’ve been driving for years and take on all the instruction that your given at the briefing.
You must have your physical licence with you as it is illegal to drive in Queensland without having your licence. If the police stop you on Fraser Island the fines can be very hefty and we don’t want you to pay the government any of your holiday spending money.