Road rules for Fraser Island
Driving on Fraser Island can challenge even experienced drivers. It's easy to get in trouble when driving an unfamiliar vehicle in a difficult environment. Laws were introduced to help keep visitors safe.
From 28 February 2011 all hire 4WDs used on Fraser Island must:
- have all seats facing forward or rearward (not side-facing)
- have a maximum of eight seats
- have all items stored securely inside the vehicle – below the top level of the door frame, and not the roof
- be fitted with seatbelts which meet Australian Design Rule standards.
If you are found breaking these laws you will be given a fine. You will also get 3 demerit points if you exceed the carrying capacity of the vehicle.
These laws apply to hire vehicles only – private vehicles are exempt due to a reduced crash risk.
In addition, lower speed limits now apply for all vehicles:
- 80 km/h on beaches
- 30 km/h in townships and on inland tracks.
Police enforcement of new speed limits and vehicle inspections by Transport and Main Roads transport inspectors have been increased.
Beach driving is dangerous and requires a high level of concentration. These laws should help make it safer for visitors to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island road safety fact sheets for international visitors: