How to get to Fraser Island from Brisbane

how to get to fraser island from brisbane

If you’re heading up the coast from sunny Brissie, and making a beeline for Fraser Island along the way, there are a few ways of making the journey. How you get to Fraser Island from Brisbane mostly depends on your budget and time constraints, plus environmental considerations to take into account.

So if you are itching for a an epic Fraser Island Tour and are currently in or travelling through Brisbane;

How to Get from Fraser Island From Brisbane

Make the drive along the Bruce Highway

The 250km drive to Fraser Island from Brisbane usually takes around 3-4 hours and offers up some spectacular views along the way. Most of the drive passes through the Sunshine Coast so there are plenty of opportunities to stop at some beautiful beaches along the way, and a great selection of cafes and restaurants to make a pit stop for lunch. So if you have some wheels and are figuring out how to get to Fraser Island then the drive is an adventure in itself. The best place to arrive into is either Noosa, Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay. You will be able to pick up either a ferry or a guided tour from any of these places. Noosa is particularly gorgeous and deserves at least a day or two of your time.  Don’t forget that all vehicles on Fraser Island need to be of the 4WD variety, so leave your camper or car parked up during your trip. 

how to get to fraser island from brisbane
dropbear tour guide smiling at camera in his 4×4

If you do decide to make the journey by car, try to travel with as many mates as possible. This not only means you can split the cost of fuel but it’s a far better way of reducing carbon output. Cars or campers with just one or two travellers equals a large carbon footprint per person.

Let someone else do the driving and take a coach

How to get to Fraser Island from Brisbane you ask? Let someone else do the getting-there-part for you! There are regular coach services from Brisbane to both Maryborough and Hervey Bay with Greyhound, Pioneer, McCafferty’s and Suncoast Pacific. Taking the coach is a great way of seeing all the beautiful coastal scenery along the way at a low cost with minimal effort! There are enough services each day to fit in with most schedules.

How to get to fraser island from brisbane
view of Brisbane from across a river

Short on time? Take a flight

QantasLink flies 3 times a day during the week and twice a day at weekends from Brisbane to Hervey Bay. This is by far the most costly and least environmentally friendly option but if you only have a couple of days to spare, it’s a good option. And if it means the difference between seeing Fraser Island for yourself or missing out, it’s a no-brainer!

how to get to fraser island from brisbane
quantas airlines

So know you know how to get to Fraser Island from Brisbane, what are you waiting for? Whether you fly, drive or coach your way there, this beautiful sandy paradise island is worth every second on the road.