Fraser Island 4WD Trip 2019

Cathedrals Camping Ground | Fraser Island Hide map

In 2019 MPAQ will be holding an inaugural Plumbing and Gas Fraser Island 4WD trip from Friday 23 - Sunday 25 August. Over a weekend there will be camping, bonfires, food and drinks, lots of activities (including planned 4WD convoys to various places on the island) and of course, time to relax and enjoy the white sandy beaches of Fraser Island.

Families and friends in the plumbing and gas industry are invited to come along as well!

The Cathedrals property is dingo fenced with the grid at the entrance electrified. 

*Please note: Although registrations are still open, the group reservation at Cathedrals has now closed. We cannot guarantee that your camping site will be within or near the original MPAQ booked area.  

Date Proposed Event Schedule
Friday 23 August
  • Low tide: 7.00am | High tide: 2.00pm
  • Event registration open from 12.00pm (check-in and pick up your event t-shirts)
  • Arrive and set up camp (Cathedrals check in is available from 2.00pm - 6.00pm)
  • Attendees to arrange their own dinner and drinks (Cathedrals has a restaurant and cooking/fridge facilities available on-site. They also have a bottle shop open until 5:30pm)
  • Campfire welcome - bring a chair, grab some marshmallows and meet your fellow campers!
Saturday 24 August
  • Low tide: 8.00am | High tide: 3.00pm
  • Breakfast (provided by MPAQ)
  • A number of 4WD trips will be held (see further details below)
  • Attendees to arrange their own lunch (there are restaurants and shops in nearby areas to Cathedrals)
  • Official trip dinner and drinks from 5.30pm (dinner and drinks provided by MPAQ)
Sunday 25 August
  • Low tide: 9.00am | High tide: 4.15pm
  • Closing breakfast (provided by MPAQ)
  • Cathedrals check out is 10.00am
  • Pack up and depart from the Island or stay on and enjoy a few more days exploring!

Planned 4WD Trips (Saturday)

Locations Drive - difficulty level Description
Eli Creek Easy Eli Creek is a short drive from Cathedrals (approx 30. mins) and will take you directly past the Maheno Shipwreck. The creek is a popular picnic and swimming spot with a boardwalk that follows the creek inland. MPAQ will organise group volleyball and cricket but we also encourage bringing any tubes/floating devices as the creek is simply magical to sit in and watch the day go by! 
Lake McKenzie Intermediate Not including any stops, this drive will take approx 1.5 hrs each way. Drivers can stop by Eli Creek and Eurong on the way to the 'Jewel of Fraser Island', Lake McKenzie. Located 100 meters above sea level, this lake is comprised of pure rainwater only, and if you haven't seen it before, the beauty and colour sure does take one's breath away. There is also a rainforest walk on the way back to Cathedrals for anyone wanting to stretch their legs after a day in the water!
Sandy Cape Difficult Relax in the salty bubbles of Champagne Pools (45 mins from Cathedrals) before continuing north to the tip of the Island. An experienced MPAQ insider mentioned that he has never seen someone NOT get bogged around Ngkala Rocks, but that's all part of the fun! This will take drivers to the beautiful heritage-listed Sandy Cape light house so it is well worth the drive. Fun fact: It's also the tallest lighthouse in Queensland and was built in 1870.

Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Price Inclusions
Adult $88 ea.

Access to planned group activities (Saturday), event t-shirt and the following catering - light breakfast on Saturday and Sunday and dinner + drinks for Saturday night.

Catering to be covered by attendees: Dinner and drinks (Friday night), Lunch/Snacks (Saturday)

Children* $55 ea.
Family (2 adults and 2 children*) $286 per family

*Children must be aged 14 years and under.

Trip Costs (must be purchased directly through vendors)

Please note: Make sure you register with MPAQ before booking in the below.

Accommodation: Camping Permits and Site Fees at Cathedrals on Fraser - A group booking under MPAQ was made with Cathedrals on Fraser, with guaranteed site bookings available from Friday 23 August – Sunday 25 August. This group reservation has now ended so we cannot guarantee that your camp site will be within the MPAQ booked area (if you booked after Friday 21 June). Cabin bookings are not included in this reservation and are also subject to availability. Click here to view the group booking sites available and full accommodation details. Prices for accommodation range from $29 (Unpowered Campsite) to $75 (Family Tent). 

All accommodation must be booked directly through Cathedrals on Fraser (after registration is completed with MPAQ). Please contact Michelle at for further information. Bookings can only be made via phone (call 07 4127 9177) and quoting 'MPAQ Group'.

Vehicle Permits - If driving on the island, you will need to apply for a vehicle access permit and pay directly with the Department of Environment and Science prior to the event (One month is $82.80).

Barge Passes to and from the Island - Barges and ferry services run daily from River Heads (20 minutes south of Hervey Bay) to Fraser Island (Fraser Island Barges) or from Inskip Point to Hook Point in the south (Manta Ray).

Fraser Island Barges - Approximate Return Prices Off-Peak to Kingfisher Bay Resort (Click here for up to date pricing)
Pass Type Price Operating Times
Standard 4WD $175 ($5 per extra vehicle passenger excluding driver)

Daily departure times from River Heads:
6.45am, 9.00am, 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 6.45pm

Departure times from Kingfisher Bay Resort:
7.50 am, 10.30am, 2.00pm, 5.00pm and 8.30pm

Email the Barge Operations Office and mention you're with the MPAQ group to receive 10% off these prices.

Large 4WD $250 ($5 per extra vehicle passenger excluding driver
Boats, campers, caravans & trailers under 4m (including draw bar) $95
Boats, campers, caravans & trailers over 4m and up to 7m (including draw bar) $153
Walk on passengers $60 per adult, $30 per child (4 - 14 years), Free per infant (0 - 3 years)
Manta Ray Barges - Approximate Return Prices (Click here for up to date pricing)
Pass Type Price Operating Times
4WD including passengers $120

Two barges daily from 6.00 am to 5.15 pm (last barge to Fraser is at 5.00pm, last barge off Fraser is at 5.15pm). Service runs back and forth all day approx. every 30 minutes.

Mention that you are a part of the MPAQ event to receive $10 off your barge ticket!

4WD + up to 7×4 Box Trailer (Total Length 3.4m) $190
4WD + trailer $220

Vehicle/Transport on the Island - To access the camp grounds at Cathedrals, you must have a 4WD. If you do not have a 4WD or are not willing to drive your car on the sand, there are various 4WD hire options available below.

4WD Hire Options
Fraser Magic 4WD Hire (Pick up Hervey Bay) Fraser Island Off-Road 4x4 Hire (Pick up Rainbow Beach) Fleet Crew (Pick Up Brisbane)
  • Pick Up/Drop Off: Hervey Bay
  • Different vehicle types are available 
  • Offering $20 off per day (mention with Master Plumbers' for 23 - 25 Aug 2019 event)
  • Deposit: Nil; require credit card details
  • Safety: Provide a one hour safety briefing
  • Visit:
  • Address: 5 Kruger Ct, Hervey Bay | Phone: 07 4125 6612
  • Pick Up/Drop Off: Rainbow Beach
  • GU Nissan Patrol Wagon (6 cylinder petrol, automatic, a/c, comes with 5 seats - can put in a max. of 7 seats)
  • Discount makes it approx $180/day (mention with MPAQ event)
  • Deposit: Nil; require credit card details
  • Safety: 10 minute safety briefing video as well as a run through of the vehicle's functions, can do a practice drive on request
  • Visit:
  • Address: Lot 7, Shed 1 Karoonda Rd, Rainbow Beach | Phone: 0439 701 227 
  • Pick Up/Drop Off: Enoggera, Brisbane
  • Toyota Landcruiser Prado Wagon $185 (Automatic, 5 seats); Toyota Hilux Dual Cab Ute 4WD $150 (Automatic, 5 seats); Toyota Landcruiser 200 series 4WD $215 (Automatic, 8 seats) 
  • Discount gives $10 off per day for each of the above vehicle types (mention with MPAQ event)
  • Deposit: $200 non-refundable
  • Safety: Safety briefing video on beach driving and general 4WDing techniques
  • Visit:
  • Address: 1/268 South Pine Rd, Enoggera | Phone: 07 3162 5214


Thank You to Our Partners Supporting this Event!

Interested in partnering for this event? Click here or contact the MPAQ Events team on 07 3273 0800 or email!

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