How to get to Orchid House
Fraser Island and Orchid Beach are only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicle, or by air.
The Island’s only roads are inland sand tracks and the eastern beach. The eastern beach from Hook Point to Sandy Cape is the main highway for the island and is best driven on the hard sand below the high tide line. Always travel on the beach as close as possible to low tide, a dropping tide is safest. The western beach is dangerous for vehicles because of mangroves, creeks and unpredictable soft sand.
Police patrol the island and normal road rules apply with a maximum speed limit of 80kph on the beach. Driving on soft sand on the inland tracks requires some care and is best achieved with vehicle tyre pressure between 18 – 28 psi. Click HERE for Fraser Island Map.
Drive to Gympie then to Rainbow Beach to refuel and shop for your final supplies. From Rainbow Beach drive to Inskip Point beach for a 10 minute barge crossing to Hook Point, on the southern tip of Fraser Island. There is no need to pre-book as a number of barges operate a daylight shuttle service every day. Check the times of the first and last barge with operators. The scenic drive up the eastern beach at low tide will take you to Indian Head and Middle Rocks and usually get you to Orchid Beach in about l.5 hours.
Drive to Hervey Bay to refuel and shop for your final supplies. Barges from Urangan Boat Harbour and River Heads go to Moon Point, Wanggoolba Creek and Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island’s western shore. Drive across the island then up the eastern beach. These barges have timetables and bookings are essential.