Getting There & Getting Around by Four-Wheel Drive  -- Four-wheel-drives are the only vehicle transportation on the island. Many four-wheel-drive rentals are based in Hervey Bay, but you must be 21 or over to rent one. You'll pay from A$160 to A$300 a day, plus about A$25 to A$40 per day to reduce the deductible (up to A$4,000), and a security bond of about A$500 (by credit card), which will be held until return of the vehicle in the original condition. Rates are cheaper if you book for a week. Book well in advance. You must also buy a government Vehicle Access Permit, which costs A$39 from the rental company, Urangan Boat Harbour, or at the River Heads boat ramp.

Fraser Magic 4WD Hire (tel. 07/4125 6612; www.fraser4wdhire.com.au) rents four-wheel-drives and camping gear, offers four-wheel-drive packages that include camping or accommodations, organizes Vehicle Access Permits, barge bookings, camping permits, and secure storage for your car and will pick you up from the airport, the coach terminal, or your hotel. Aussie Trax 4*4 Rentals (tel. 1800/062 275 in Australia, or 07/4124 4433; www.fraserisland4wd.com.au), has offices in Hervey Bay and at Kingfisher Bay Resort on Fraser Island , and allows 1-day rentals.

Four-wheel-drives reach the island on the Fraser Venture barge (tel. 1800/227 437 in Australia or 07/4194 9300; www.fraserislandbarges.com.au), which runs three times a day from River Heads, 17km (11 miles) south of Urangan Boat Harbour. Kingfisher Bay Resort also runs a barge from River Heads. The round-trip fare for a vehicle with up to four occupants is A$155 (book ahead for the 45-min. crossing). Barges also provide access to Rainbow Beach and operate continuously between Inskip Point and Hook Point between dawn and dusk daily. It costs A$90 round-trip for a vehicle and four passengers.

Fraser Island Taxi Service (tel. 07/4127 9188 or 0429/379 188; www.fraserservice.com.au) is another option for getting around. There is only one taxi on the island (a four-wheel-drive, of course), so you must book ahead. They pick you up anywhere on the island and give you a quote on price before you set off. The taxi seats five, and there's also room for your luggage and fishing rods.

Fraser Explorer Tours (tel. 07/4194 9222; www.fraserexplorertours.com.au), which runs day tours of the island from Hervey Bay and from Rainbow Beach, costs A$165 to A$209 adults and A$99 to A$185 children 4 to 14.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.