For driving on Fraser Island it is essential to have 4WD with high clearance. You can hire a 4WD from Rainbow Beach (see 4WD hire). The Rainbow Beach/ Inskip Point barge access to Fraser is the easiest route to Orchid Beach. Cooloola Connections run a daily shuttle from Brisbane and Maroochydore airports to Rainbow Beach.
Vehicle Barges depart continuously (15 min trip) from Inskip Point in daylight hours. Allow 3 hours to drive from Rainbow to Orchid Beach (100km). Only travel in daylight and within 3hrs of low tide. Tides at Waddy Point. It is essential to purchase a permit from the QPWS Office at Rainbow Beach 0754 86-3160 or online.
Re-fuel at Rainbow Beach, buy a map and a tyre pressure gauge, deflate tyres before driving on to beach.
You can 4WD to Rainbow Beach from Noosa along North Shore beach however this route is particularly tide dependent. The final Double Island Point to Rainbow Beach section can only be made safely on dead low tide. In or after bad weather and heavy seas this route can be dangerous. (check conditions first with QPWS Office).
For first time visitors the National Parks links below are worth looking at.