Event Information

Information for the 2024 event will be updated as organising of the event progresses. Please keep checking back and look for updates in newsletters.

Due to the new vehicle registration cameras in operation, it is very important to let us know if you need to change the rego and car details. Last date for changes is the 13th of May

Please follow this link and fill out the form. Update Vehicle Rego 

Transferring a K'Gari Fraser Island Clean Up registration to another financial member in their own club.

Member receiving the registration transfer must have a 4wd Qld Account before completing form. The registration fee is to be sorted between the members. No transfers accepted after the 19th of April 2023

Please follow this link and fill out the form. K'gari-Vehicle and Camping Permits Registration Transfer


Event Timetable
23rd Annual K’gari Fraser Island Clean Up

Friday 17th of May 2024

7am – 11am –Trip Leader check in at Eurong beachfront. Club Trip Leader to provide all club volunteers check in documentation. Merchandise and raffle tickets available for sale. Volunteers locate club allocated camp zone / area, set up camp, and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Saturday 18th of May 2024

7am – 11am – Trip Leader check in at Eurong beachfront. Club Trip Leader to provide all club volunteers check in documentation. Merchandise and raffle tickets available for sale. Volunteers locate club allocated camp zone / area, set up camp, and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure

8am – 12pm Weeding with QPWS Rangers for assigned clubs (proposed)

8am – 2pm Beach cleaning for assigned clubs (north of Tukkee Worro, Indian Head).

1pm             Sausage sizzle for clubs performing Saturday beach cleaning only at Orchid Beach Trading post & Drift Bar

Trip leader to brief volunteers on OHS requirements and to verify all volunteers are wearing mandatory PPE garments. Your trip leaders will have issued you with rubbish collection bags, and will have briefed you on the system for collecting waste and the requirement to capture weight of all collected waste, plus counting the total number of bags delivered to the designated waste collection station. Let’s get Cleaning!


Sunday 19th of May 2024

8am – 2pm Beach cleaning for assigned clubs (south of Tukkee Worro, Indian Head).

8am – 12pm Weeding with QPWS Rangers for assigned clubs (proposed)

Trip leader to brief volunteers on OHS requirements and to verify all volunteers are wearing mandatory PPE garments. Your trip leaders will have issued you with rubbish collection bags, and will have briefed you on the system for collecting waste and the requirement to capture weight of all collected waste, plus counting the total number of bags delivered to the designated waste collection station. Let’s get Cleaning!


3.00pm 8pm  Volunteer thank you afternoon / evening at Cathedrals on Fraser.

3.30pm             Official event opening. Address by 4WD QLD President & KCU Coordinator (BAC welcome to country - proposed)

5pm                  BAC Dance Troupe(Proposed)

5.30pm             Dinner commences (children to be fed first).

6.30pm             Prize Draws commence

6:00pm             Raffle ticket sales close and the Island raffle draw commences.

7.45pm             Tangaroa Blue event statistics, sponsors and committee thank you.

8:00pm             Evening concludes, music starts up or pack up and head back to camp.


Monday 20th of May 2023

K'gari Clean Up concludes for 2024. Volunteers commence departing K'gari, see you again in 2025.


2024 Barge Prices will be updated closer to the event

Kingfisher Bay Ferry and Fraser Venture Barge (Now known as SEALINK)

The Kingfisher Bay Ferry departs Rivers Heads daily and lands at Kingfisher Bay Resort and the Fraser Venture Barge also departs River Heads daily and lands at Wanggoolba Creek on the western side of Fraser Island

Bookings for both the Kingfisher Bay Ferry and Fraser Venture Barge are required in advance. Over the Clean Up event weekend these barge services are busy so please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. All bookings for the event MUST be done via the Sealink Website to obtain the event discount. Please use this discount code which will be provided to those clubs travelling with Sealink. Please contact your club for discount code. Book K'gari (Fraser Island) Ferry (sealink.com.au)  Payment in full is required at time of booking with usual terms and conditions as per below.

Discounted Clean Up Volunteer / Sponsor Rates for 2024
Fraser Island Barges   River Heads     

Please note: booking is essential through the website only

Each passenger travelling cost at $10pp

$105 4WD Return                        

$135 4WD plus trailer(caravan)

Terms and Conditions:
Discount is only applicable for travel in the period of 17th – 31st May 2024. No exceptions!
Discount only applicable to return travel.
Full payment at time of booking is required.

Bookings Amendment Policy:
Bookings amended between 24 hours to 48 hours prior to travel times will incur an amendment fee of $25.00 per booking.
Bookings amended between 23 hours to 10 hours prior to travel times will incur an amendment fee of $50.00 per booking.

Refund Cancellation Policy:
Bookings cancelled more than 48 hours prior to 1st departure date will incur no cancellation fee
Bookings cancelled between 24 hours to 48 hours prior to 1st departure date will incur a 50% cancellation fee
Bookings cancelled less than 24 hours prior to 1st departure date or failure to the board will incur a 100% cancellation fee
Non utilised components will not be refunded
Published rates subject to change.

Manta Ray Fraser Island Barges

The Manta Ray Fraser Island Barges are a locally owned and operated and operates two barges daily from 6.00am to 5.15pm, 365 days a year.

Manta Ray Barges Inskip Point   

No Booking Required

Look for the green and gold barges on the waters edge at Inskip Point and follow the directions from the barge operators as they call you onto the barge, please park where directed in the designated lanes. The barges run back and forth all day approx every 30 minutes. Make sure you have your Vehicle pass displayed.

Clean Up Volunteer / Sponsor Rates for 2024 

$100 4WD Return 

$150 4WD plus boat/caravan / camper trailer 

Terms and Conditions
1. Discount is only applicable for travel in the period of 17h – 20th May 2024. No exceptions!
2. Discount only applicable for return travel.
3. Volunteers must have the supplied official Fraser Island Clean Up event sticker applied to the left hand side of their vehicle windscreen.
4. Discount rate only available for purchase on the Manta Ray Barge during the event weekend 17h – 20th May 2024 only, no exceptions! If arriving prior to the 17th of May, FULL RATES APPLY.

5. Volunteers must NOT contact the Manta Ray Office or Kosta directly. Direct all barge inquiries to your club trip leader only.

To help make each clean-up event safe and pleasant for everyone please read

the below information and acknowledge upon registration at check in.

Four Wheel Drive Queensland and the K'Gari clean up committee have pledged to QPWS that all volunteers registered for the K'Gari Clean-Up will commit to a minimum of 6 hours work on the event day. To ensure the health and safety of all volunteers it is mandatory for all volunteers to agree, understand , fill in and sign a Volunteer Event Registration Check In Form to be able to participate in the 4WD QLD K’Gari Clean-Up 17th – 20th May 2024.

All volunteers or legal guardians agree that 4WD QLD K'Gari Clean Up and the event organisers will not be liable for:
1. Any injuries sustained by the volunteer
2. Any act or omissions, negligence or fault of any person participating in the clean up event
3. Any loss or damage to property owned by, or in the possession of the volunteer

All volunteers or legal guardians agree that they:
1. Have received a thorough site safety trip briefing by the club trip leader prior to commencing the clean up and will comply with all directions at all times
2. Will take reasonable care for their own safety and will not do anything to harm themselves or other volunteers
3. Will accompany and supervise all volunteers 15 years of age or under who are registered under their signature
4. Will not handle syringes or other sharps but will inform the club trip leader immediately to ensure safe removal
5. Will supply and wear all mandatory personal protective equipment, high visibility clothing or vest, fully enclosed footwear, gloves, sunscreen, sunglasses / eye protection and hat. Long sleeved shirt and long pants are mandatory for weeding activities and recommended for volunteers carrying out beach cleaning. Volunteers who are not dressed in accordance with the mandatory PPE requirements will not be able to participate for safety reasons.
6. Will obey all lawful directions and instructions of the club trip leader or 4WD QLD K'Gari Clean Up Officials including QPWS Rangers, Police and Ambulance.
7. Have informed the club trip leader of any pre existing medical conditions that might affect their participation in the Clean Up event
8. Are not affected by drugs or alcohol

Event Code of Behaviour

1. All clubs and their members agree to abide by the 4wd Qld Code of Behaviour

2. All members agree to live in harmony with respect to other club members, the general public and not behave in a way that brings the association and its members into disrepute.

3. Aggressive behaviour, bullying towards members, office bearers of clubs or the association will not be tolerated.

4. Any dispute between members needs to be addressed through the clubs and/or association's management committee dispute resolution process.

Event Code of Conduct
1. All drivers must be licensed

2. Vehicles must be registered and in a roadworthy condition
3. All standard road rules apply when driving on the beach / inland tracks
4. All vehicles attending trips must have approved tow / recovery points (front & rear)
5. All vehicles must carry recovery equipment
6. All vehicles are driven at the owners risk. It is up to the individual to have adequate off road and camping insurance
7. All members and guests must conduct themselves in a responsible manner
8. All camp sites must be left free of rubbish and tidy
9. Dune driving / parking – IS NOT ALLOWED
10. K'Gari Fraser Island is a heritage listed National Park – Fires only allowed where permitted
Do not make food available or feed the wildlife, FINES APPLY. Store all food and waste securely in vehicles.
The below Code of Conduct have been produced by Four Wheel Drive Australia in the interest of promoting responsible vehicle use.


Off Road Drive – Code of Conduct (Code of Ethics)

  1. Obey the laws and regulations for Recreational Vehicles that apply to public lands.
  2. Respect the cultural, heritage and environmental values of public/private land, by obeying restrictions that may apply.
  3. Respect our flora and fauna. Stop and look, but never disturb.
  4. Keep to formed vehicle tracks.
  5. Keep the environment clean. Carry your own, and any other, rubbish out.
  6. Keep your vehicle mechanically sound and clean to reduce the environmental impact.
  7. Adopt minimal impact camping and driving practices.
  8. Seek permission before driving on private land. Do not disturb livestock or watering points, leave gates as found.
  9. Take adequate water, food, fuel, basic spares and a first aid kit on trips. In remote areas travel with another vehicle and have Royal Flying Doctor Service, or equivalent emergency contact by radio or satellite.
  10. Plan ahead and lodge trip details with a responsible person.
  11. Enjoy your recreation and respect the rights of others.
  12. Support four-wheel drive touring as a legitimate family activity.
  13. Consider joining an affiliated four-wheel drive club.

On Road Drive – Code of Conduct (Code of Ethics)

  1. Obey all the laws and regulations that apply to vehicles on public and private roads.
  2. Respect the rights of others to use and share the road space – acknowledge that your vehicle may be wider and higher than others, so keep as far left of the road as possible so as to allow a following driver some oncoming line of sight before fully committing his vehicle to the opposite side of the road.
  3. Keep a safe distance between vehicles – acknowledge that increased weight and tyre choice can affect braking distance.
  4. When following a smaller vehicle, increase the distance so that its mirrors have adequate vision beyond the larger vehicle.
  5. Break up convoys into groups of no more than 5 vehicles with larger separation between groups.
  6. Leave overtaking space between groups – be aware of overtaking vehicles and their requirements when moving through the group.
  7. Take care when cornering – acknowledge that increased weight combined with a raised centre of gravity can affect vehicle handling.
  8. Take care when reversing – check blind spots and ensure that no one has walked behind your vehicle before you reverse. If necessary get out of the vehicle to make sure the area behind is clear.
  9. Be aware of vision limitations and be particularly observant near children to avoid accidents.
  10. Ensure your vehicle complies with relevant State legislation in relation to roadworthiness and modifications.
  11. Keep your vehicle clean and in good mechanical condition to reduce the environmental impact.
  12. Make others aware that your four-wheel drive is a legitimate choice of lifestyle or family vehicle.
  13. Consider joining an affiliated four-wheel drive Club.

Camping – Code of Conduct (Code of Ethics)

Four Wheel Drive Australia supports dispersed vehicle based camping. Campers stopping in unspoiled areas are responsible for the next camper’s enjoyable stay. This is achieved by those who have been there before you, having left nothing but footprints when they have departed.

Upon departure, leave the area as if no one had been there and in the same or better condition than previously.

Ensure that the area you are visiting is not so sensitive that your presence will leave a permanent impact.


  1. Dispersed camping is recommended so as not to compact the ground surface and inhibit vegetation growth or regrowth.
  2. Use huts where provided only under the advertised conditions of use – many are for emergency shelter only. Use established campsites. When on a camping trip campers must be self reliant and carry your own tent or swag.
  3. Do not dig trenches or gutters around tents or swags.
  4. Locate your camp out from the drop zone of suspect trees and in particular keep clear of eucalyptus which may shed branches at any time.
  5. Camp on elevated land and avoid at all times dry river beds, which are extremely dangerous as flash flooding can and does occur.
  6. Camp at least 30m from any natural waterhole, creek or river in such a way that you do not prevent native fauna and station stock from gaining access to water.
  7. Do not camp within a 500m radius of a dam or constructed stock watering point.
  8. Do not camp within a 100m of any building unless specific permission has been granted.


  1. Don’t wash anything using soaps or detergents in streams and lakes.
  2. Wash points should not be located within 50m of any creek, stream, river or waterhole to prevent contamination of such waters.
  3. Care must also be taken to ensure that a wash point is not located over a watercourse that feeds into the water supply.
  4. When disposing of waste water spread it across the ground to enable natural filtration.
  5. Do not use waste water to feed the root systems of native flora as the residue contained within the water could be harmful.


  1. Adopt the practice of “leave no trace” camping.
  2. Take out what you bring in and dispose of rubbish in designated rubbish bins or dumps.
  3. Carry suitable containers in which to store rubbish and re-use where possible.
  4. Avoid carrying high rubbish potential items such as bottles, cans and plastics, and remove unnecessary packaging prior to departure on trips.
  5. Do not bury rubbish as it may be dug up and scattered by native animals.
  6. Dispose of plastics in disposal facilities provided or take it home with you for approved disposal.
  7. Nappies and sanitary napkins must not be disposed of in composting or deep pit toilets but should be packed safely and taken out to an approved disposal point.


  1. Always check for fire restrictions with local authorities and comply with their regulations.
  2. A Total Fire Ban is applicable to all types of fuel other than electricity, so be prepared.
  3. Do not create a new fireplace where one already exists.
  4. If a fire pit needs to be dug, try to remove the topsoil as a sod and place to one side. When the fire has been extinguished and is not to be used again, replace the sod
    over the cold ashes.
  5. Keep the area surrounding any open fire be clear of vegetation for a radius of 4m, or as required by the local authority.
  6. Spare firewood is to be kept a minimum of 3m from a fire.
  7. Do not use stones in the construction of a fireplace as they are prone to explode from the heat of the fire sending dangerous fragments in all directions.
  8. Use only dead fallen timber for fuel if permitted.
  9. Campers are not to cut standing trees as these are a key part of the environment.
  10. Never burn ‘treated’ timber in a fire. Suitable alternative fuels are heat beads, shellite, gas and unleaded petrol used in appropriate cookers.
  11. Never leave a fire burning unattended.
  12. Campfires should not exceed one metre in diameter and 0.5m in height. Separate cooking fires may be permitted if fuel is in abundance but should be kept to as few as possible. Set a time at which combustible rubbish, food etc, may be reduced in the fire.
  13. Do not place plastic/foam/metal objects in a campfire.
  14. When decamping, ensure that the fire is completely extinguished as residual hot ashes present a fire hazard and are likely to cause injury to foraging animals.
  15. Dispose of cold ashes around plants as these will liberate nutrients in the soil.


  1. Use properly constructed toilets where provided.
  2. Self dug toilets should be not less than 100m distant from campsites and water courses or water holes.
  3. Individual toilet holes should be as deep as practicable to prevent excavation by fauna.
  4. Do not attempt to burn toilet paper in toilet holes. Bushfires have been started by this practice.
  5. Fill in hole with removed soil and compact as much as possible.
  6. Chemical toilets should be used in those areas where the ground surface prevents digging adequate toilet holes or the soil is of a type that is not suited to such a purpose. They should also be used in those areas which have a sensitive environment and ecology which is easily disrupted. Waste from chemical toilets should be disposed of at authorised sewerage points.

Safety Information

Fraser Island is a natural environment and conditions are unpredictable. Keep you and your family happy and healthy by reading all the safety information on the QPWS website, in brochures and on signs. It’s up to you to make your visit to Fraser Island memorable for all the right reasons. To view the event risk assessment detailing hazards, risks and controls 

The health, safety and general wellbeing of all volunteers is Four Wheel Drive Queensland’s number one priority. To ensure the health, safety and wellbeing of all volunteers and to reduce the risk of injury and illness the below must be followed:

  • Wear high visibility clothing or vest
  • Wear closed in footwear
  • Wear long sleeved shirt, pants and gloves
  • Wear hat, sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Use rubbish tool to pick up rubbish to reduce risk of musculoskeletal injury
  • Have adequate supply of food and water and keep well hydrated and take regular rest breaks
  • Never handle suspected or identified hazardous or dangerous goods
  • Never handle syringes unless trained to do so. 
  • Have access to first aider and first aid kit in the event of injury or illness
  • Report all incident and accidents immediately to your club trip leader and please complete an Accident Incident Report Form.

Additionally, volunteers should work together in groups and ensure children are kept at arm’s reach at all times. Car-pooling is recommended and never drive or park vehicle on sand dunes (fines apply).

Report negative or close encounters with dingoes to the nearest ranger, or by phoning (07) 4127 9150 or emailing dingo.ranger@npsr.qld.gov.au

Have adequate communication means in the event of an emergency situation or incident occurring. Report all incidents immediately to your club trip leader and please complete an Accident Incident Report Form and provide to an event official or post to 4WD QLD.  

Dingo Safety

QPWS The Dingoes (Wongari) of K’gari (Fraser Island Safety and Information Guide)

First and foremost- NEVER feed dingoes

  • Always stay within arm’s reach of children, even small teenagers
  • Always walk in groups
  • Do not run – running or jogging can trigger a negative dingo interaction
  • Camp in fenced camping areas when possible
  • Lock up food stores and iceboxes (even on a boat)
  • Never store food or food containers in tents
  • Secure all rubbish, fish and bait
  • Plan carefully to be dingo-safe on Fraser Island
  • Report negative or close encounters with dingoes to the nearest ranger, or by phoning (07) 4127 9150 or emailing dingo.ranger@npsr.qld.gov.au

Driving & Tidal Information

Check beach and track conditions and tide times before visiting K'Gari Fraser Island.

Fraser Island’s beach and tracks are suitable for 4WD vehicles with low range capacity. All wheel drive vehicles are not recommended.
The National Parks, Sports and Racing publishes a fortnightly conditions report which provides up to date information on track and beach conditions along with up to date track conditions, park alerts and campsite availability.

Click here to view the current QPWS K'Gari Fraser Island Conditions Report


The Queensland Tide Tables publication is comprised of tidal prediction tables provided by the National Tidal Unit, Bureau of Meteorology.
Copyright of the tidal prediction tables is vested in Commonwealth of Australia represented by National Tidal Unit, Bureau of Meteorology.

For the weekend of 17th – 20th May 2024 the tide times for Waddy Point are as listed: –

Click here to download the Waddy Point K'Gari Fraser Island Tides for 2024


  • Lower tyre pressure to increase tyre surface area to prevent getting stuck in the sand.
  • All vehicles must be registered, drivers must be licensed and all Queensland road rules apply.
  • Beach conditions change daily. Deep washouts can form at any time, particularly after heavy rain and rough seas. Wave action can expose dangerous rocks, wash up debris and expose tree roots. Approach washouts, rocks and debris slowly, and use bypass roads if necessary. Avoid travelling at night as these hazards can be difficult to see.
  • Do not drive on the beach 2 hours either side of the high tide.
  • Stay on the formed tracks and do not drive or park on the fragile foredunes. The dunes may be soft and unstable which may collapse under the weight of a vehicle.
  • Cross Eli, Wyuna and Coongul creeks 2 hours either side of low tide (under normal conditions). The creeks on the western beach should only be crossed on the low tide. If it’s safe, walk beach creek crossing before you drive across. Never stop your vehicle midstream as your vehicle may sink or stall. never attempt to cross Wathumba Creek or Moon Point estuaries.
  • Four wheel driving on sand is different to driving a normal car and handling can be difficult. Slow down, pack light and store gear inside the vehicle.
  • Follow and stick to the speed limit. Slower is safer and a safe driving speed may be lower than the signed speed limited. In good conditions 80km/h on the astern beach,  30km/h on inland roads, 40km/h in beach pedestrian areas including the Maheno shipwreck site, 50km/h hook point inland road and 10km/h in shared use areas.
  • Drivers headed north of Ngkala Rocks must travel in groups and have the necessary experience and recovery gear
  • Authorised aircraft have signposted landing zones on the eastern beach and you must follow directions from the air traffic controllers.
  • When driving on inland roads give way to buses, trucks and to vehicles travelling downhill or towing trailers.

Click here to view the current Fraser Island Conditions Report

Tangaroa Blue Foundation Waste Statistics

for Fraser Island (K’Gari) Clean Up 2023


Tangaroa Blue is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris: one of the major environmental issues worldwide. The Tangaroa team three dynamic individuals who joined us for the Clean-Up were, Jodie, Ian and Melissa and they worked tirelessly with our volunteers to count and capture all the data. We extend them a huge thank-you and we look forward to a long collaboration with the

At the 2023 K’Gari Fraser Island beach clean volunteers netted 6,309.6kg of debris. We were very fortunate to be joined by members of the Tangaroa Blue Foundation who drove the data capture. 

Late in May this year, a total of 21 affiliated clubs made the journey to the island from all over southeast Queensland, for what was the 22nd Fraser Island Clean Up. This included 330 vehicles (including sponsors and catering), with a total of 626 adults & 95 children volunteers.

How much will we get in 2024


Culture and History

Captain James Cook, recorded the first European sighting and he originally believed the island was part of the mainland. Sailing past without stopping, on the HMS Endeavour at a distance of four miles offshore on 20th May 1770, he apparently penned the name of, The Great Sandy Peninsula, though this is not recorded in his ship log like the name he gave Indian Head. 

This sighting was also spoken of in aboriginal history. It is understood a group of Butchulla people watched the Endeavour sail past the island, when this ship got dangerously close to a known sand shoal and they began shouting and waving warnings to the ship. Cook, watching them from the Endeavour, logged that he sighted natives on a prominence.  He recorded that he chose to call this place Indian Head.

From Captain Cook’s log for 20th May 1770


“Sunday 20th Winds southerly gentle breeze. At 1o’clock in the PM we pass’d at the distance of 4miles having 17m water a black bluff head or point of land on which a number of the natives were assembled, which occasioned my nameing it Indian Head/Lat25’NBW.”

Historically, it was Captain Matthew Flinders, the young English navigator & cartographer, who was the first white man to set foot on the island, landing on the beach at Sandy Cape in 1802 when he was further exploring Captain Cook’s records of the coastline with George Bass. But it wasn’t named Fraser Island until after the remaining shipwreck survivors were rescued and stories told of the fate and the subsequent death of its captain, James Fraser who was allegedly speared by the local natives that these survivors were taken in by. There are a variety of tales about this shipwreck and it’s survivors which makes it impossible to clarify for whom the name Fraser Island was coined, but it is the name which has stuck. 

However, the island we know by the name Fraser has always been called K’gari (pronounced gurri) by the native aboriginal people. It was named after the sky spirit, who, in the dreamtime, the island was created from. 

It has a very long and rich indigenous history. To the Butchulla (Sea) people this place has always been paradise. Archaeologists believe that Fraser Island supported up to 3000 people who lived on marine animals and terrestrial plants. Evidence of Butchulla settlement in archaeological sites, midden heaps, ceremonial bora rings, fish traps, scarred trees, campsites and stone implements date back to between 1500 and 2500 years ago. However, the Butchulla People are thought to have lived on Fraser Island for more than 5000 years. The Butchulla have three principles they live by:

  1. What is good for the land comes first;
  2. Do not touch or take anything that does not belong to you; and
  3. If you have plenty you must share.

There are many sites of social and spiritual significance. It is very important to respect those sites. European settlement had a devastating impact on the indigenous population.

Although a few descendants continue to live on K’Gari Fraser Island their cultural heritage and ability to maintain their traditional practices have considerably diminished. Though native title was granted in 2014 which recognised the Island’s indigenous heritage and native owners the Butchulla People it was only in late 2021 that Fraser Island was renamed to it’s original, K’gari! What a significant step for the first nations people!

Additional Information on National Parks Sport and Recreation Website


Four Wheel Drive Queensland – K’Gari Fraser Island Clean Up 2023 held 26-29th May 2023 Post-Event Report

Four Wheel Drive Queensland (4WD QLD) in collaboration with our partners in this venture, Queensland Department of Environment and Science (DES), Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service (QPWS), the Butchulla Aboriginal Corporation (BAC); hosted another very successful beach clean-up this year.

Thanks to QPWS and the DES for the contribution of free camping and vehicle passes. Thanks also to Manta Ray Fraser Island Barges and Sea link Kingfisher Bay Ferry for their reduced pricing. Sponsorship this year was again strong for the event. The list of companies that assisted us is on the Clean-up website.

The Committee would like to make a particular mention of our returning major sponsor for this year, CAOS, who have not only been generous in their financial support, but also assistance with merchandising and marketing for the event.

Toyo Tires came on board to sponsor 4wd Qld for 2023. They strongly supported the K’gari/Fraser Island Clean Up.

Thank you to them for their support. The Committee would also like to acknowledge major sponsors Club 4x4 and Mr 4x4 Pat Cullinan who attended the event and created an amazing promotional video for the Clean-Up. All our sponsors know that your donations and prizes to support the event are very much appreciated. Mostly – thanks to the 4WD QLD affiliated club members who have dedicated their time to assist in cleaning the island’s beaches since 2001.

From the 26-29th May this year, a total of 20 affiliated clubs made the journey to the island from all over Queensland, for what was the twenty-second Clean Up. This included 245 vehicles with a total of 640 volunteers. Our sponsors were again more than happy to assist in the clean-up. Fortunately, the weather was very kind to us this year, with the sun gracing us with it’s presence for most of the event.

We cleaned on both days of the weekend, working north from Indian Head to Sandy Cape on Saturday and Hook Point to Indian Head on Sunday. The 2023 beach clean netted just over 6300kg of debris. This was primarily made up of marine debris that washed up from the ocean. Plastic pollution is the most widespread problem affecting the marine environment. It also threatens marine creature health, food safety and quality, human health, coastal tourism.

We are proud to be a small part in the action for environmental cleaning here at this iconic location. The collected rubbish was deposited in 3 x15m3 bins provided to us under a sponsorship agreement with Fraser Coast Regional Council. All waste data was recorded and collated by our partners, Tangaroa Blue Foundation. This is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris.

We look forward to a long and happy collaboration with them. Thankfully this year there were no incidents recorded with cleaning north of Indian Head. Sunday night “Thank You” dinner was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and we thank our sponsors who created a market feel with car and gazebo setups. Volunteers were thanked for their efforts with some generous prizes by sponsors. As in previous years, QPWS Community Liaison Officer, Jenna Tappley, brought along another excellent display of Four Wheel Drive Queensland artefacts, and skeletons. We were also supported by the local on duty Qld Police Service constable and the Qld Ambulance Service across the weekend.

Despite some challenges this year, the committee has delivered another successful event that was not only a great event for the affiliated clubs and sponsors, but once again has helped in keeping this heritage listed island in pristine condition. We have achieved previous planned improvements, which included having our event plastic free, developing a comprehensive event guide to be issued to all participants, mandatory PPE requirements, supply of sharps kits and information sheet provided to all trip leaders.

We are also in the process of moving to a new website platform, which will help to streamline the registration process in future clean-up events. As always, the Fraser Island Clean Up has provided a great opportunity for all those involved including 4wd clubs and sponsors, to contribute to a wonderful cause whilst having fun at the same time. The majority of committee members have expressed their desire to continue within a similar framework as a committee and we all hope for an even better event in 2024.

With our regards,

Lisa Fish

CARE Officer 4WD QLD on behalf of the 2023 FICU Committee


Registration for the event is $11 per vehicle. Includes a discount of barge fare, Free Camping on QPWS land and Free Vehicle Access Permit for the duration of the event. Friday to Monday.

Members need to create an account on the 4wdqld website and log in to be able to register for the event. Registrations close on the 1st of March. 


Meals are available for the Sunday night thank you dinner. The subsidised price is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children 12 and under. Meals are available to pre-purchase in the online shop on the KCU website. You will need to be logged in to access the shop.


Merchandise is available from the online shop, including events shirts, and jackets. Merchandise orders close on the 1st of March.