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Road rules for Fraser Island

4WDs on beach of 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.

Community material

Fraser Island road safety fact sheets for international visitors:

Last updated
03 July 2014