Cathedrals on Fraser Island is a popular campground for those seeking a central place to stay with plenty of facilities for a comfortable trip. It is a fully fenced campground (so no worries about dingos) with a range of accommodation options including spacious tent sites and cabins, as well as the convenience of a grocery store and cafe on site.
For first timers to K’gari – it can be tough trying to decide on where to camp. So if you are considering setting up camp at Cathedrals – but want to know more – then this guide is the perfect read for you. This guide covers the different site and cabin options as well as details on all the park’s facilities. After reading this guide, you’ll be able to decide whether or not Cathedrals on Fraser Island is the perfect base for your camping trip.
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Where is Cathedrals – Fraser Island
Cathedrals on Fraser Island is centrally located on the east coast, just 6km north of the Maheno Shipwreck. It is the perfect spot for those planning on spending a few days on K’gari and wanting to explore all the east coast attractions.
In terms of getting to Cathedrals, from Hook Point, it’s around a 90 minute drive along the beach. If you’re coming from Hervey Bay – it also takes around 90 minutes to reach Cathedrals once you’re on the mainland. Simply follow the signs to Eurong and then turn left up the beach until you reach Cathedrals.
Cathedrals is super close to attractions such as Eli Creek and the Maheno Shipwreck. Then north you have Indian Head, Waddy Point, Champagne Pools and more. While in the south you have all the islands famous lakes, such as Lake McKenzie and Lake Wabby. Really – you can’t find a more central spot on the island.
The campgrounds are located just 400m off the beach, surrounded by a dingo safe fence and full of beautiful shady trees.
Accommodation Options at Cathedrals Camping Fraser Island
While Cathedrals is perfect for the campers, it also offers a range of options for those that prefer to stay in cabins. In fact, if you don’t want to lug your camping gear around – they even have permanent canvas tent setups too. Below is a brief overview of the various options available.
There is a range of self contained cabins from a 1 bedroom to 3 bedroom cabins. All cabins feature a kitchen, but not all come with private bathrooms. If you choose a cabin without a bathroom, you’ll have access to the on site amenities that are close by.
The 1 bedroom cabins can sleep up to 3 people with a double bed in the bedroom and a single bed in the living area. The 1 bedroom cabins come with a private bathroom.
With 2 bedroom cabins, there is the option of either with or without a bathroom. These cabins sleep up to 4 people with a double bed in one room and two single beds in the other room.
The 3 bedroom cabins do not have a bathroom – but can sleep up to 6 people. There is a double bed in the main bedroom and the other bedrooms each have two single beds.
All cabins come with a fully equipped kitchen featuring a 4 burner gas cooktop and grill, top-mount refrigerator, microwave, kettle and toaster. The cabins also feature an outdoor verandah with BBQ and all linen, towels, crockery and cutlery is supplied.
Cabins start from $190.
Another great option at Cathedrals on Fraser is their permanent canvas tents. These are a great alternative to lugging your own camping gear up to K’gari.
There are two sets of eight tents, each grouped together, centrally located close to the camp kitchen and amenity block. You have the option of either a single room or double room tent. The single room tents come with either a double or two single beds. With the single tents, there is the option of one additional person on a stretcher bed at an additional fee. The double room tents come as either a double bed with two single beds or four single beds. The beds are all comfortable sprung mattresses – however please note that linen is not provided but can be hired at an additional fee.
In addition to the beds, the tents have an outdoor undercover area with table and chairs, internal lighting and an external power point. There is also a communal fire pit located among the permanent tents and a camp kitchen. The camp kitchen is equipped with BBQ’s, gas cooktops, fridges, freezers, microwaves, kettles and toasters. The communal bathroom is also just a short walk away.
The permanent tents start from $65.
Camp & Caravan Sites
For those wanting to pitch their own tent or park up their caravan or camper trailer, there is the option of both powered and unpowered sites.
Unpowered and powered sites are set among the trees, providing loads of shade. Sites are reasonably spacious and allow between 1-6 people and up to 2 vehicles.
If you need even more space, there are premium powered sites which can accommodate up to 10 people. These sites also come with an undercover picnic table, fire ring and clothesline.
Powered sites start from $39, while unpowered sites are from $29. These rates are for two people.
Facilities at Cathedrals on Fraser Island
Cathedrals on Fraser Island is well known for being one of the island’s campgrounds with the most facilities. There is absolutely everything here that you could possibly need while camping.
General Store, Cafe and Bottle Shop
As you drive into the campground, the first thing you will see is the reception area, come cafe, come convenience store, come bottle shop. Everything you could possibly need is here. You can purchase fuel, ice, gas bottle refills, basic groceries and even alcohol too.
The shop is open from 8 am to 5 pm daily – or until 6 pm on peak season.
Camp Kitchens and Fire Pits
Several camp kitchens are scattered around the campgrounds, so no matter where you camp, you won’t be too far away from one. The camp kitchens are nothing fancy, but perfect for cooking all your meals. The kitchens include BBQs, gas cooktops, fridges, freezers, microwaves, kettles and toasters – you won’t need to bring a thing! They also include plenty of seating too.
There are also multiple communal fire pits scattered around the place.
Amenity Blocks and Laundry Facilities
Across the campground, there are two large amenity blocks which contain the bathrooms and laundry. These amenities are reasonably well maintained.
Cathedrals on Fraser Island – Our Verdict
We spent a few nights at Cathedrals during a week long camping trip on K’gari. We found the location absolutely brilliant for getting around to all the main tourist attractions on the island.
While the park doesn’t offer too many things to do (you’re too busy out exploring during the day anyway), it does offer everything you need for a comfortable camping trip. Having the grocery store, which is also a petrol station, cafe, and bottleshop is super handy. Plus unlike most of the other campsites on K’gari, Cathedrals also has hot showers, flushing toilets and is fully fenced, so you don’t need to worry about dingos.
If you’re looking for a central location for exploring K’gari, you really can’t beat Cathedrals on Fraser Island.
See all our photos of Cathedrals on Fraser Island here in our Qld Camping Facebook Group.
Hopefully you found this guide on staying at Cathedrals on Fraser Island helpful. You can read our other K’gari guides such as camping on Fraser Island here, things to do on K’gari here and how to get to K’gari here. You may also be interested in our guide to camping at Inskip Point here.