Fraser Island Eastern Beach

The North of Fraser Island is maybe it's most isolated and remote part. This is partly caused by the fact that it is closed to all vehicles so visitors have to walk there and with no facilities at all, there is no place to stay, eat or get anything. The only exception being the beach on the ocean shore from Orchid Beach to Sandy Cape and from Sandy Cape to the lighthouse.

The North of Fraser Island is being regarded all of the island north of the line Orchid Beach - Wathumba Creek. At this line Fraser Island is at it's smallest and measures only about 5 km wide. Further north it widens again and at the northern beach it has widened to nearly 20km again. This part of Fraser Island is very different again from the rest as it is literally covered with lakes, some permanent some semi permanent. All of these lakes are window lakes and are rarely, if ever, visited. Except for Ocean Lake, which lies close to the Eastern shore and can easily be visited by anyone travelling north of Orchid Beach. The only human activity on this part of Fraser Island is the Sandy Cape Lighthouse which, although not being an manned lighthouse anymore, still shines it's light over the Breaksea Spit.

The vegetation in the northern part of Fraser Island is sparse and doesn't have any of the lush rainforest seen further south. Lakes, huge sandblows and a lack of people give this part of Fraser Island a desert like feeling.
While it is allowed to travel along the beach on the East of north Fraser Island, it is a very tricky and at times dangerous undertaking (No 4WD rental companies allow their vehicles being taken to this part of Fraser Island).

There is deep soft sand, severe tide restrictions and rocks have to be negotiated (especially at Ngkala Rocks). Inland there are no tracks open to the public at all. There is a turtle rookery (the only one on Fraser Island) a bit beyond the lighthouse. But as this area is off limits, a visit isn't possible. The most northern point of Fraser Island is Sandy cape. Although Fraser Island ends here, under water is extends for another nearly 40 kilometers as a sandbar known as Breaksea Spit.