Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
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Werner O
5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020 • Friends
This was the single most disappointing experience of my trip to fraser. After the long drive and walking up the hill to the lighthouse, the staff were more interested in chatting to eachother and we were flatout ignored. No information shared, no museum view even though it was well before closing time. Experience left me rather angered to be honest. Lighthouse itself is in excellent condition though, just would have liked the staff to do the job they are paid for!
Written 30 June 2020
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Kevin W
Hervey Bay, Australia296 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
It takes a while to get there from Eurong. Maybe ask at Orchid Beach store what the conditions are like, they will always give you the heads up (Nygala rocks can be challenging). Also fuel up there if need be, nice to help out the locals. The bypass tracks can be very soft if no rain and coming from Hervey Bay I can tell you they have had very little for some time.
Keep to low tide and if its hot when you get there definitely take a drink with you up to the top. You can also fill up your bottle up there.The views are spectacular. An interesting little museum up there too. Also at the bottom of the track you will see a sign to WW2 bunkers and lighthouse keepers graves to your right before you climb up.
Depending on the time of year and tides you may see whales or sharks herding bait fish into the shallows. The lighthouse is as far as you are allowed to drive north....
Written 11 December 2019
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Theo C
Sydney, Australia155 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
The three hour journey to the lighthouse from Eurong has some adventurous sections for novice 4-wheel drivers but that is part of the fun of the trip.

We drove both directions along the beach and set out at about 7.30am (as the tide was going out) and returned to Eurong at about 4pm (just ahead of the high tide, which wasn’t very high that day). We made several stops along the way as well as the lighthouse.

The cape was beautiful: white sand, turquoise and navy water capped with white. The 1.2km walk up to the lighthouse is all uphill on a vehicle track. The steepest section have boards which makes for a solid footing.

There are no public facilities at the lighthouse (no toilets, no water, no shop).

There is a bench on which to take in the view.

A shed with locked mesh doors and a display of random finds is rather grandly labelled Museum.
Written 28 May 2019
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RossAnn W
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
What a strange title. My wife and I have visited Fraser Island every ten years since 1978. In 1978 the trip to Sandy Cape was an adventure and it has been ever since. There was little to be read about it back in 78, so it was learn as you go, although there were a few books published. With coffee rock to skirt around, soft sand bypasses, drop offs from the upper dune area, sometimes 3 metres(which we tried to avoid as we are conservation minded) the whole journey was or is exciting. The Light House was the goal. It has been open for the public to inspect and on some years closed, so check ahead. The usual 4WD prep is needed- fuel, recovery gear(we have never used ours), reduced tyre pressure, beach rules, at least some food and drinking water, steady driving(rollovers still occur), watch for creek wash outs and preferably go with another vehicle. It's a long run from the Waddy Point and Indian Head up, so if you can, camping up in that area is worthwhile. Pick your tides so you drive a few hours either side of low tide. Be aware that extremely heavy rain on a beach can be like a white out in the snow- you lose definition of any creek washouts and the tide lines. There are also more, faster and deeper creeks than you expect during that type of rain. You likely already know that the creek is shallower nearest where the creek enters the ocean. Pick your line in the coffee rock areas- getting "hung up" on a rock has been the end of some 4WDs. Some years there is no rock exposed. Not far from the lighthouse are massive sand dunes that collide with the beach, usually ending in quite a sharp steep face. One year we climbed the back and then ran down the face. Mind you, our car looked like a speck at the bottom. Once you gain momentum (I mean running as the sand is chasing you) the only way to end your journey is face down on the concrete sand at the end. Advice- don't race.
We found brackish swamps behind the beach line ideal for rinsing off the days salt. From recall you can't or shouldn't drive around the western side of the tip. The soft sand will swallow most vehicles. Every 4WD is worth protecting $2000 to $200000, which ever value- it is the key to this treasure on Fraser Island. Keep the key to this treasure safe and in good running order. Key- yes, take a spare. We have found keys in the sand- along with false teeth. I'm sure you will find more info on the lighthouse itself, but the getting there safely with your loved ones is the most important. If one day you find yourself standing next to a good looking bloke ,with gold flowing locks, near the lighthouse, then it's definitely not me. Maybe I will see you there soon- Ross
Written 14 February 2019
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Aussie-in-paradise
Sydney, Australia100 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Family
Don't be put off by the 1.2km walk up a steep hill.

You will be more than rewarded by your effort. I'm 52 and not really fit, and i smoke. It took me 25 minutes to wander up, i paused 4 times.

Take water with you and your camera, there are no toilets up there, just great views. look through the window for a very impressive solar setup. The history of this light house and its construction is really interesting.

We did the walk then had a BBQ, which we took with us, lunch back on the beach. Just watch the tides when driving, as with anything on the island.
Written 29 October 2018
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79Landcruiser
Sydney, Australia451 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2018 • Family
Great view, awesome coast line and place. Its a must to take the steep hike up to view it. Interesting read about the history whilst up there.
Written 23 July 2018
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Kym P
Canberra, Australia132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
If you’ve made the effort to come to fraser surely you have to go to sandy cape. Great drive up from orchid beach, can be a bit tricky when traversing the inland bypass to get around the rocks, very sandy but doable when we went through (dec 2017). There really does need to be a dedicated radio channel so people can let others know they are coming along that part of the track from the other direction. We were lucky to see a turtle on the beach and enjoy a bit of time whilst waiting for the tide to drop at the cape end. The first leg of the walk to the lighthouse is STEEP and whilst the rest isn’t a dawdle it is easier (are we there yet...). I must admit from all the hype I expected the views to be more than they are...perhaps I am just spoilt by all the amazing sights on fraser.
Written 3 December 2017
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Amesf89
Hervey Bay, Australia12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Family
For us this was a once in a lifetime hike to the top. We wont do it again as it was a very long walk with our young children, but none the less, once at the top the view was incredible. If you are fit and healthy, have children that like long steep walks or no children, go for it!
Written 27 October 2016
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JGDynamo
Canada2,158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2016 • Friends
Fantastic views from the top make it worthwhile, it’s not a really hard climb but it is steep and a bit challenging in places. Bring water, a snack and your camera as the views are stellar and it is serene and quiet up there.
Written 21 July 2016
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MickKylie
Sunshine Coast, Australia3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Family
OMG what a climb on a hot day. But once at the top the view is amazing. Take the time to read the signs and the history of the lighthouse as it is very interesting.
Written 5 April 2016
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