Jump to content
Beach Camping on Fraser Island
7 replies to this topic
Posted 12 January 2013 - 02:27 PM
We have just come back from Fraser Island. We stayed in one of the fenced campgrounds. We always do that when we go to Fraser Island. We do find the fenced campgrounds a little hot due to being set in bushland. They tend to get a little stifling due to minimal chance for airflow. As a result of this we are thinking of trying beach camping over there the next time. We have been worried about dingoes but thought that we might give it a try.
Has anyone on here done beach camping on Fraser before? I'm looking for others' experiences. We have beach camped elsewhere but just not on Fraser.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:03 PM
LOL DH really wants to camp at Fraser due to childhood memories. I'm very anti, due to dingoes. I will happily beach camp elsewhere (I'm partial to Teewah or Rainbow beach which has many similar attractions to Fraser minus the tourists and dingoes).
What was it about Fraser that you enjoyed so much? I'm trying to see if its my own neurotic fears or not. We have family friends who camp there annually. They are conscientious campers and always get bothered by dingoes. Just not something I'm interested with young children.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:13 PM
I've camped both on the beach and in the main campgrounds. This was before the main ones were fenced. It was freaky at night as you can hear them running around the camp ground brushing past your tent.
I would love to go again but not with kids. Personally, I would only camp in the fenced areas. I was cooking dinner one night and was nearly attacked by a dingo. I think if another camper hadn't come running at It with a big log it would have attacked me. If you do camp outside the fenced areas, never go anywhere alone. Even if you go to the toilet at night take someone with you. There is not much food for them on the island and when desperate they will and have taken on adults.
Do you have kids? There is no way in hell I would ever take any kids there after what happened to me.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:34 PM
We have been to Teewah and camped on the beach. It was great. We will probably go again if we don't go to Fraser at Easter. The things we love most about Fraser are Eli Creek and the Lakes (Birrabeen, as it's quieter and less popular and Lake McKenzie). We spent two days this time at Eli Creek. I love how you can just park your 4WD right beside Eli Creek, put up your shelter and the kids can play there safely. Is there anything like that within close proximity to Teewah?
We also live in Hervey Bay so it really is very convenient to get to and from Fraser Island. Teewah isn't so far away so is another good option.
I can imagine that dingoes would've spent a lot of time around those main campgrounds if they weren't fenced as there would've been a constant source of campers and food to be found. I can imagine your experience would've been terrifying.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 08:45 PM
And I did want to add, another reason we want to do beach camping is that we will be able to get a nice grassy site which you cannot in the fenced campgrounds. The sites in the fenced campgrounds have a sand base so you end up getting quite dirty even though there are lovely showers as part of the amenities. I found when we beach camped at Teewah we just didn't get so dirty due to being on a grass site.
Posted 12 January 2013 - 09:42 PM
We did beach camping on Fraser Island before kids and never had dingoes near us. DH did almost step on a huge snake when he went for a wee in the scrub behind though!
I guess I wouldn't do it with kids under 5 as you are VERY close to the surf in most places and you just wouldn't want to have to keep that close an eye on them. And the dingo factor too.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:20 PM
We beach camped on fraser october 2011. We camped at Waddy Point. I had a 7 month old and a 5 yr old with me. We never saw a dingo in the area but we saw footprints in the morning. Just make sure you put away any food scraps and we kept our food in the locked trailer or car (not in the tent as dingos have been known to get into tents to get to food). We had a fabulous time.
Posted 17 January 2013 - 01:24 PM
We also camped at waddy point, well just north of that. Didn't see a single dingo the whole time.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
Parents are being warned to check their baby's cot is not one of those which have been recalled in recent weeks due to safety concerns.
Celebrities often state that their post-baby weight loss is down to breastfeeding, and breastfeeding alone. But that's not the reality for all women.
Most kids have their own personal brand of oddity. It's usually nothing to worry about, but every now and again you might find yourself scratching your head and asking, ?Really? Is that really a thing??
Parents can assess their children's progress at critical developmental stages, thanks to this new app.
Cerise and Tim Lawn spent two years fighting to find out how a healthy pregnancy turned into a nightmare birth, and why their daughter now suffers from disabilities she shouldn't have.
Christina Aguilera and her fiance, Matt Rutler, have welcomed their daughter into the world.
An Australian couple caught up in Thailand's surrogacy crackdown have said many parents are distraught and facing dire financial difficulties as are they are unable to bring their surrogate-born babies home.
New mum Nicky Rigby thought her exhaustion was due to the demands of looking after her baby. But the 26-year-old was seriously ill with diabetes, and died due to her condition not being diagnosed.
In case you are co-sleeping with your baby, and all the ?helpful? advice from others is sending you down the slippery slope of self-doubt, let?s bust a few myths on the topic.
One mum-to-be discovers pregnancy hormones can give rise to some surprising emotions.
The secret to making your partner feel special is to know which language of love they favour ? and it?s the same for your kids, too.
I had my daughter four months ago via caesarean, and I want to get back into exercise. What are some good first steps I can take?
The secret to a perfect relationship is admitting you are wrong after an argument, five kisses a day and sex twice a week, a new survey suggests.
Take a minute to remember some of the greatest films of your childhood ... and have a few tissues close at hand.
?Why doesn?t she just leave?? is the common question people ask when trying to understand domestic violence. For many, leaving the relationship is far from straightforward.
Membership to eBay's Bubs? Corner is free and includes a $10 coupon to spend on nappies each month - a win for multitasking mums!
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
Testing ?no more tears? shampoo in your own eyes, warming cucumber sticks so they're not cold straight from the fridge, waking a sleeping baby to check they?re still breathing: these are all symptoms of Precious Firstborn Syndrome.
Little Ezra was a "Harry Houdini" who loved trying to escape the family home. Now, after his tragic death, his parents are doing what they can to help others.
As I sat across the table from my friend ? me, a seasoned mother of three; her, a brand new mum ? I thought of all the mistakes an old-hand parent can make when visiting a newborn baby.
Ever wondered what would happen if adults were allowed to act like children? This dad's hilarious video clip will give you an idea of what life would be like.
The number of confirmed cases of influenza in Australia has doubled the number for the same time last year - and women are 25 per cent more likely to get it.
Feeling exhausted due to the demands of caring for a baby? Imagine the life of this mum, who gave birth to three boys and one girl in just nine months.
Lowest prices on everything baby, only at Big W. Sale starts August 4 and ends August 20 2014.
We have 3 Red Smiggle prize packs to give away! Enter by posting a photo of something red to your Instagram.
Whether they're out of favour traditional names, or the parents were a little creative, here are the least popular names of 2013.
We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)
Mind, body, beauty, life
We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.