Where can you stay on Fraser Island?
There are plenty of campgrounds on Fraser Island. You do have to jump through some hoops to stay at them, but, as you need to apply for a camping permit. This is specific to the campsite you want to stay at and you can apply for this up to 6 months in advance. Bookings at these campgrounds are limited to 14 days in advance. This is due to potential forest fires, which can result in campsites being closed for lengthy periods of time.
The other option is to stay at some of the designated informal campsites. These can be found along the beaches on the eastern and western sides of the island. The western sites are more off the beaten track, and the eastern sites can be found just over the sand dunes that line the beaches. Always remember to be careful when preparing food, and don't leave any food or trash behind. You don't want to start attracting wild dingos.
If you want to secure something, without jumping through too many hoops, then there are some amazing accommodation options. Places like The Kingfisher Bay Resort can offer you that bit of added luxury after a long day of driving and exploring.
Final Thoughts On Fraser Island
We love Fraser Island. It's one of the best islands in all of Australia, not only on the famed East Coast, in our opinion. Having driven a lap of Australia in our 2WD campervan it's an incredible experience being able to drive a 4x4. It immediately made us think about doing another lap of Australia in a 4-wheel drive one day.
The ultimate experience would be to hop on the ferry and explore the island in your own 4-wheel drive, at your own pace. We would have likely stayed for a week or even longer if we were able to do that. Most of the things we saw, and what have been mentioned here are on the east coast of Fraser Island, but there is still even more to see. We can't wait to go back one day and do it all on our own, and explore the entire island to it's fullest!