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Ungowa day-use area

Jenna Tapply © Queensland Government

Ungowa day-use area

Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
No barbecues
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring
World Heritage Area

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Picnic tables No picnic tables
Sheltered picnic tables No sheltered picnic tables
Toilets (non-flush) No toilets
No barbecues
Lookout (natural) No lookouts
Dogs allowed on leash No dogs
Wheelchair access (may require assistance) No wheelchair access
Mooring points No mooring points
Anchoring allowed (conditions apply) No anchoring
World Heritage Area
Take a break from fishing and exploring in the Great Sandy Strait at this popular getaway spot, far from the crowds.
It's a great spot to get away from the crowds.
It's a great spot to get away from the crowds. Jenna Tapply © Queensland Government
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Deep in the Great Sandy Strait and hugging the island’s south-western shore, Ungowa was once the regular island access point from Hervey Bay and a thriving forestry department base.

Take a break from exploring the island and its surrounds and set up a picnic lunch in the sun-dappled eucalypt forests.

After lunch, climb to the top of the South White Cliffs and take in the sweep ocean vistas towards Bookar, Walsh and Turkey islands. You’ll gain a real sense of the coast's spectacular beauty and have the chance to snap incredible photos.

This park is part of the Fraser Island World Heritage Area, famed for its exceptional natural beauty, outstanding examples of coastal dune landform development and evolutionary history.

Getting there and getting around

The Ungowa day-use area is on K'gari (Fraser Island), 15km off the coast of Hervey Bay and about 300km north of Brisbane.

  • The day-use area is on Ungowa Road, 6.3km south of the intersection with Wanggoolba Road, 7.2km west of the Central Station day-use area, and 5.7km south of the Wanggoolba Creek barge landing area.

Getting to K'gari

You can get to the island by high clearance 4WD, on foot, by plane or with a commercial tour.

By 4WD

  • Your high clearance 4WD must have low range functions.
  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.
  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.
  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.

From Inskip Point (15mins from Rainbow Beach)

  • At the end of the bitumen on Inskip Point Road, reduce tyre pressure, engage 4WD and drive 500m onto the beach.
  • Drive onto the Manta Ray barge for the 10–15min trip to Hook Point on the southern tip of K'gari (Fraser Island), and the start of the Eastern Beach scenic drive.
  • Bookings for this barge are not required.

From River Heads (east of Maryborough)

  • Travel 10.6km along River Heads Road to the Fraser Island Barges landing area.
  • The trip to Wanggoolba Creek on western K'gari (Fraser Island) takes 30–45min.
  • The trip to Kingfisher Bay on western K'gari (Fraser Island) takes 50mins–1hr.
  • These barges run at fixed time and bookings are essential.

On foot

  • Walkers can board a vehicle barge to the island (details above) or arrive by plane.

By plane

By private vessel

  • Access K'gari (Fraser Island)'s sheltered western coastline by private vessel. The eastern coastline of the island is extremely hazardous and exposed to very rough ocean conditions.
  • Launch your boat at one of the many boat ramps on the mainland between Tin Can Bay and Burnett Heads. There are no boat ramps on K'gari (Fraser Island).
  • See Maritime Safety Queensland's Beacon to Beacon Guides for the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay for detailed navigational maps.
  • The waters adjacent to Fraser Island are in the Great Sandy Marine Park.

Commercial tours

  • You can join a range of tours that leave from a variety of centres.
  • For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Road conditions

K'gari (Fraser Island)'s sandy beaches and tracks have dry powdery sand and all vehicles and trailers must have high clearance. Vehicles must also have 4WD and low range functions. The island is not suitable for caravans, campervans and motorhomes, and trailers cannot access all areas. We don't recommend all-wheel drive vehicles.

  • Tides control access to some beaches, creeks, creek crossings and facilities. We recommend you read all the access information before travelling on the island.
  • Beaches and creek crossing change daily. Deep washouts can form at any time, particularly after heavy rain and rough seas. Wave action can expose dangerous rocks, wash up debris and expose tree roots that are particularly hard to see at night.
  • The roads around the Kingfisher Bay and Eurong resorts are sealed.

Parking

You can park your 4WD at the day-use area.

Fuel and supplies

You will find fuel (no autogas), supplies, restaurants and takeaway food outlets in the towns on the island.

Wheelchair access

The toilets are wheelchair accessible with assistance. The sand in the car parks and on the tracks is very soft and powdery and can be difficult to navigate.

When to visit

Opening hours

Ungowa day-use area is open 24 hours a day.

Check park alerts for the latest information on access, closures and conditions.

Climate and weather

K'gari (Fraser Island) has a subtropical climate with temperatures moderated by proximity to the sea. Average coastal temperatures range from 22°C to 28°C in December and 14°C to 21°C in July. Annual rainfall varies across the island, from 1200mm on the coast to 1800mm inland. The wettest months are January to March, with about 160mm rainfall per month. The drier months are winter and early spring. Moderate winds predominate from the south-east. Storms—occasionally quite severe—are common in spring and early summer.

Permits and fees

Vehicle access permits

  • A vehicle access permit must be purchased. Display the permit on your windscreen before driving in the recreation area.

Organised events

  • If you are planning a school excursion or organising a group event such as a wedding or large gathering, you may need an organised event permit. Maximum group sizes and other conditions apply depending on location and activity type.
  • To protect dingoes and participants, running events like fun runs and marathons are not allowed on K'gari (Fraser Island).

Pets

Domestic animals are not allowed here.

Staying in touch

Mobile phone coverage

Generally available. Check with your service provider for more information.

Tourism information

For tourism information for all regions in Queensland, see Queensland.com, and for friendly advice on how to get there, where to stay and what to do, find your closest accredited visitor information centre.

Be prepared

  • Parks are natural environments and conditions can be unpredictable. You are responsible for your own safety and for looking after the park.

  • Serious injuries have occurred from climbing; running, sliding or tobogganing down; and digging into sand dunes and sand cliffs.
  • Wear protective clothing and insect repellent to protect yourself from bites and stings.
  • If you're travelling or staying in areas without reliable mobile service, consider bringing a personal locator beacon (PLB).

Be dingo-safe

  • NEVER feed dingoes.
  • Always stay within arm’s reach of children, even small teenagers.
  • Walk in groups.
  • Do not run. Running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction.
  • Camp in fenced areas when possible.
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat).
  • Never store food or food containers in tents.
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait.
  • Plan carefully to be dingo-safe on K'gari (Fraser Island).
  • Report negative or close encounters with dingoes to the nearest ranger, or by phoning 07 4127 9150 or emailing dingo.ranger@npsr.qld.gov.au.

Open fires

  • Open fires are not allowed.
  • Bring a fuel stove for cooking and heating. The stove must be at least 20cm off the ground and use manufactured fuel (not timber). Take the stove and used fuel when you leave.

Rubbish

  • There are no bins. Take your rubbish with you when you leave.

Drinking water

  • Bring your own drinking water or fill up your containers at the day-use area.
  • Treat all water before use.
  • Use water wisely and report damaged or leaking taps and tanks.

Driving

  • High-clearance 4WDs with low range capabilities are needed to explore Fraser Island Recreation Area.
  • Check the K'gari (Fraser Island) conditions report for the latest information on access, closures and conditions within the recreation area.

  • Remember all vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply, even on beaches.

  • Serious injuries and deaths from vehicle accidents have occurred on K'gari (Fraser Island). Reckless and risky driving, pranks and speed have all contributed to vehicle rollovers and crashes. You need to be aware of the driving conditions and ensure your vehicle is in good mechanical condition.
  • Slower is safer and a safe driving speed may be lower than the signed speed limit. Speed limits on K'gari (Fraser Island) are generally:
    • 80km/hr (maximum) on the Eastern Beach
    • 30km/hr on inland roads
    • 40km/hr in beach pedestrian areas (including the Maheno shipwreck site)
    • 50km/hr on Hook Point inland road
    • 10km/hr in shared-use areas.
  • If you’re hiring a four-wheel-drive vehicle, make sure you are familiar with the specific laws.
  • Avoid beach driving 2hrs either side of high tide.
  • Beach conditions change daily. Deep washouts can form at any time, particularly after heavy rain and rough seas. Wave action can expose dangerous rocks, wash up debris and expose tree roots. Approach washouts, rocks and debris slowly, and use bypass roads if necessary. Avoid travelling at night as these hazards can be difficult to see.
  • Stay on the formed tracks and do not drive or park on the fragile foredunes. The dunes may be soft and unstable, collapsing under the weight of a vehicle.
  • When driving on inland roads give way to buses, trucks and to vehicles travelling downhill or towing trailers. Make use of passing bays and try to drive forward (not reverse) into them.

  • Read 4WD with care for important information on 4WD safety and minimal impact driving.

Walking

  • It is safer to walk during daylight hours. Beware of vehicles when walking on the beach.
  • Stay well clear of the condemned and deteriorating jetty.
  • Tall blackbutts and scribbly gums readily drop branches in windy conditions. Never linger under these trees in windy weather
  • Read walk with care for tips on walking safely and walking lightly.

Trail bike riding

  • Trail bikes must be registered and riders licensed.
  • Keep trail bikes on vehicle roads and tracks—they aren't allowed on walking tracks.

Canoeing and kayaking

  • The island's eastern coastline is extremely hazardous and exposed to very rough ocean conditions. The sheltered western coastline, Marloo Bay, and the lakes of the island are better for canoeing and kayaking.
  • Read water safety for important information about staying safe in and near water and caring for parks.

Boating and fishing

  • Launch your boat at one of the many boat ramps on the mainland between Tin Can Bay and Burnett Heads. There are no boat ramps on Fraser Island.
  • Fraser Island's eastern coastline is extremely hazardous and exposed to very rough ocean conditions. The sheltered western coastline of the island is better for boating.
  • See Maritime Safety Queensland's Beacon to Beacon Guides for the Great Sandy Strait and Hervey Bay for detailed navigational maps.
  • Wear high-visibility vests and use glow sticks when fishing at night.
  • Fish cleaning is prohibited in camping areas and on some sections of the beach—heed all signs. Where you are allowed to clean fish, ensure no dingoes are nearby and bury frames and offal in a 50cm deep hole, just below the high tide mark.
  • There have been credible sightings of estuarine crocodiles in waters of the Great Sandy Straits.

Swimming

  • There are no patrolled beaches, lakes or creeks on K'gari (Fraser Island) and we don't recommend swimming in unpatrolled waters. If you decide to swim, you enter the water at your own risk. The nearest patrolled beaches are on the mainland at Rainbow Beach Inskip Point and Hervey Bay.
  • Strong rips and sharks may be present in the ocean.

Last updated: 22 March 2018
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