Getting by barge to Fraser Island
Check our handy map and find more information on this page about the ferries.
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The Ferries to Fraser Island
There are three different ferry companies that sail to Fraser Island. Two sail from Hervey Bay (River Heads) and one from Rainbow Beach (Inskip Point).
Hervey bay to Fraser Island ferry
- Kingfisher Bay Ferry
The Kingfisher Bay Ferry service departs from Hervey Bay / River Heads and sails to the Kingfisher Bay resort. Tickets can be booked online via Sealink. Bookings can also be made by calling 1800 372 737.
- Fraser Ventures
Consider this ferry of if you don't need to go to the resort. This ferry sails to Wanggoolba Creek and can be booked online via Sealink.
Rainbow Beach to Fraser Island ferry
- Manta Ray Fraser Island barge
The Manta Ray Fraser Island barge is a locally owned ferry service. The ferry sails in 10 minutes to Fraser Island and departs every 30 minutes. It is not possible to book this ferry online. Find more information on this page.
Fraser Island Ferry cost
Have a look at the table below to compare prices for the Fraser Island ferry. We used return tickets in peak season since most people book these. The prices for both crossings that can be booked with Sealink are currently the same.
Fares Ferries to Fraser Island
|Fares||Kingfisher Bay Ferry||Fraser Venture||Manta Ray Barge|
|Large 4WD||$300 + $7 pp||$300 + $7 pp||$130|
|Standard 4WD||$230 + $7 pp||$230 + $7 pp||$130|
|Trailer/caravan up to 4m||$145 + $7 pp||$145 + $7 pp||*|
|Trailer/caravan 4m – 7m||$180 + $7 pp||$180 + $7 pp||*|
|Motorbike||$130 + $7 pp||$130 + $7 pp||$60|
* 4wd + Camper trailer / Trailer or Tinnie $230.00 return
4wd + Caravan or Boat $260.00 return
Travelling around Fraser Island
Fraser Island is an excellent island that you can visit with the 4WD. in fact, in many cases it is a must since you cannot get through the rather impassable dirt roads with a 2WD.
If you do not have a 4WD yourself, you can rent one in Hervey Bay, for example. You can choose to explore the island independently or with an organized tour. This is possible to book from the resort.
There are sandy roads all over the island and you can also cover quite a few kilometres on the beaches. It is very nice to stay and camp on the island for a few days.
It is not always easy to drive a 4WD, so consider carefully whether it is something for you and rent a good car instead of the cheapest one.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ferry companies that sail to Frasier Island are Manta Ray Fraser Island barge, Fraser Venture & Kingfisher Bay Ferry.
Manta Ray Fraser Island barge is the shortest and cheapest crossing to Fraser Island.
Getting to Fraser Island by 4WD costs between $130 and $342. Besides that, you need to buy a $54.55 vehicle permit.
Dogs are not allowed on Fraser Island.