Nomads Fraser Island Tours
Nomads Fraser Island Tours
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Our guides will lead you through one of the world's most pristine and unique environments. With its lush rainforest, towering hardwood forests, endless golden beaches and crystal clear freshwater lakes and streams, Fraser Island is a precious natural wonder. This stunning world heritage listed paradise is also home to Australia's most pure Dingo blood line. Not to be missed!
K'gari (Fraser Island), Queensland, Australia

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Séamus M
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2023 • Friends
Fraser island is simply gorgeous and a must see on any trip! The sights are breathtaking and driving along the beach in convoy is a great experience! Unfortunately our car had a broken stereo and charging ports. Hence the 4 stars. However the trip was saved by our excellent guide Colin, who was just incredible from start to finish! He took brilliant care of the entire group and made sure everyone had a comfortable trip. Cannot praise him enough.Thank you Colin!!
Written 28 July 2023
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Travel Penguin
4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
I don’t even know where to start.

First: the bed sheets
Second: the insurance
Third: the food and premises/I don’t even know where to start.

First: the bed sheets
Second: the insurance
Third: the food and premises/hygiene
Fourth: guide

I booked with an agency for 529$, i chose the nomads camping option. We had a „safety“ briefing the evening before at 18:00 where we had to sign a „contract“ and got an introduction. The guy told us we had to pay 2x20$ cash on top of the tour price for: 1. sleeping bag and 2. insurance for the car, making it 569$.

He did say „sleeping bag“ and that we would get 10$ back, but the other 10 would be for the cleaning. Since we didn’t get a sleeping bag, but just: a pillow case, a cover for the thin mattress and a very thin cotton sheet, I don’t see how the cleaning amounts to 10$. Also I woke up at night because I was freezing so much, it was like 20-22 degrees C, it was rainy and windy, the wind came in through the nets/windows in the tent. The next morning I talked to the guy organizing the breakfast and asked if there is a way to get warm blankets, he said I could rent some at reception. 1. there was no obvious reception at this place and 2. I’m not gonna pay even more for not freezing, I feel like they should have given them to us for free like every other hostel does. But he didn’t care. The people in the dorms paid 20$ more, the rooms were warm because they didn’t have ac. BUT THEY HAD A COTTON SHEET *AND* A WOOLEN BLANKET. What for?! Also there were signs in every room forbidding them to hand those warm blankets out, they would be fined for It. They did it anyways because it’s the obvious thing to do if part of your group is freezing at night. Also we had to clean the tents at checkout but they don’t have to clean the rooms. —> the sleeping bags is what the palace tour gets because they sleep in tents at the beach, nomads have bought palace, so the group got the briefing after us at 18:30.

The car insurance was laughable, the guy doing the introduction put it this way: if something happens, you pay zero. BULL****! Read that „contract“ and you see that it excludes so many things like windshield and wheels and accidents with other cars, it basically covers stuff like hitting a tree. Also if you already had a private car insurance they made you pay anyways, they didn’t accept your insurance. But then the contract also states that not only the driver is liable for damages, but the whole car (8people) and if they cannot cover it, the rest of the group is liable too. You also authorize them in the contract to charge your credit card with whatever arises in damages. Also the contract asks you to confirm you have watched a video on how to drive safely on the island - guess what: we haven’t watched that video.

The food is the cheapest stuff you can get. So if I spend close to 600$ as a backpacker on a tour, I expect better than the cheapest cereal brands from the supermarket, more than 2 kinds of jam with the cheapest toast, something else than sandwiches and wraps with each time the same toppings, something else than pasta, sausages with potatoes and a veggie mix and gravy and not just 1 welcome drink a night that you cannot even choose, but the option to choose from like 3-5 different drinks. Also we had to cook ourselves, it was always a different group of like 7-8 people cutting the veggies, no idea if they even washed their hands and everybody just grabbed into the veggies to put the stuff onto their wraps and sandwiches. It’s corona times guys, this is not hygienic.
I haven’t seen anybody wiping the tables, the food remains from the day before were still on the tables, the toilet paper was refilled but there was so much dust on the floor, I didn’t have the impression that anybody cleaned the toilets and showers while we were there, also there was not even soap in the bathroom to wash your hands after going to the toilet.

Palace had one guide, nomads had one guide, we were each around 28 people. Our guide behaved more like a stern but at the same time relaxed leader. He did make us feel safe, he gave lots of orders via the radio to the other drivers to get them the the next spot safely, he let us listen to any music on pretty high volume, he did tell us a bit about the places when we got there, but he wasn’t very excited about it, it was rather monotone and sometimes hard to understand with the wind. Questions about the places And history where ok but he was really rude to me when I asked if we should take our stuff with us, once we got out of the car, because he hadn’t said what we were about to to at that place, and I just wanted to take it right with me if we had to.

They say you aren’t allowed to bring your Own alcohol, but you actually can, you are just not allowed to drink in the tents and in the common area. Of course they want you to buy the booze in the liquor store, which is extremely expensive, it’s 65$ for any spirit and the cheapest wine in a bottle is 22$.

You can go on a scenic flight for 80$ but you need to be at least 3 people, or pay 240$ yourself for a 15 min flight. Just walk up to the pilots and talk to them. I would have loved to do it but was the only person in the group who wanted to do it. Maybe if they had told us during introduction, more people would have decided to do it instead of buying the alcohol.

All in all I’m pretty disappointed with the information, transparency, that you only get to know about the contract the evening before you go, so you have to sign or lose your money, the service, the accommodation, the food. The island is beautiful. But you shouldn’t go without a tour because driving there is tricky and dangerous.
Written 20 March 2020
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Lauren G
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Fraser Island is such a good experience I recommend for everyone to do it! You drive around in a 4wd with a bunch of strangers that will become your friends. Most people have so signal and are forced to not use their phones which was a nice break. The views are out of this world. And I have to mention our tour guide Steve, it wouldn’t have been the same without him! He was so nice and funny and just an all round lovely man. Really enjoyed the whole experience!
Written 2 March 2020
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Rebecca
Bristol, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Was a fantastic trip! Our tour guide (Steve) was knowledgeable, passionate and was a great laugh the whole few days! The food was pretty decent too, and the 4x4’s were super fun to drive even when ours broke down! The last day was super long as the place we visited wasn’t amazing but there were about 30 of us and we were all made to feel like a little family!
Written 12 February 2020
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Rosie McCabe
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Had a really good time visiting Fraser Island. I met some wonderful friends who made the trip so much fun. It was well organised from the start even with a large group (30 people).
Our guide was knowledgable and passionate about the island, however did choose to chill in the car or on the beach when we visited each location. This was a bit disappointing as sometimes we wanted to know more information about the places and for direction, so seemed a but lazy.
Overall it was a great experience!
Written 17 January 2020
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Jon B
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
While I really enjoyed my tour it was only because of the people I met, the beauty of Fraser Island, and my tour guide who was awesome (Kester).

The overall experience seems like a money grab by Nomads. They pack a ton of people (8 in each 4x4 and a full bus out there) then only have one guide with a group of 30+. You end up cooking your own meals, cleaning up after eachother, and eating the most plain/cheap food possible. Breakfast was bread and crap cereal with skim milk. Lunch was sandwhiches and wraps every day. Dorms were hot and dirty. And they make you buy alcohol from the local shop which is about double the price of anywhere off the island. Then they make everyone in the car (even those who aren't driving) pay an additional $20 for insurance at the door.

Fraser Island is a must see. And doing a tour will probably be a good time for you. Just keep in mind these guys really don't do much except get you to the island and provide a good guide to show you around. No real comforts and definitely not worth the prices people are paying. The bus had 50+ people in it. At around $500/person that's $25k+ that they're bringing in every day. Their overhead is minimal... so you'd think they'd at least give you a decent meal or provide enough staff to handle the cooking/cleaning... but that's not the case. Great business model for them though. They're cleaning up off the backpacker circuit.
Written 13 January 2020
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Alexandra
Sydney, Australia1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
I honestly never write review but this tour deserves one! Tony was amazing guide I had so much fun I met such an amazing people! I love everything about this tour! Recommend 100% 🤙🏻
Written 18 December 2019
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Cedric M
9 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We booked the 4x4 Tag along Tour with the Nomads Travel agencies. The Island is one of the most beautiful things we ever saw. Unfortunately we still returned disappointed. The Tour is definitely not worth the money. Save the money for a Tour on the Whitsundays where people exceed your expectations or at least match it. Or probbaly try one of the other company's who operate on Fraser. Be aware that the Nomads marketing is very good. They sell you this trip very easily and build up high expectations which will not be for filled during the Tour. First of all we were summed on 6:30 in the Morning but we didn't arrived on the Island untill ca 12:20. Which means we wasted 6 hours or in other words 1/6 of the whole trip allready on the first day for waiting. The bus that took us to the starting point where we entered the 4x4 cars was very old and freezing cold because the ac system was damaged. We arrived at Gassation where we had the chance to buy some snacks arround 8:45. From there it was not a long way anymore to get to the cars. Unfortunately they mixed up their headcount which made it hard for (Steve our Tour guide) to know if everyone is here or not. So we ended up waiting ca a hour before we got into the cars. We had bad luck and missed the fairy to the island which gave us ca. arround 20 more minutes waiting time. After getting to the Island the next stop was the nomads "resort". We got there arround 13:00 and 13:15. This is where we in car 4 learned that we will prepare lunch for the next 3 days for all 27 people. This was never told on the briefing the day before nor on the sale of the tour. And you would certainly not expect to prepare your own lunch if you pay more then 500 AUD for a tour. Not even mentioning preparing lunch for the whole group! During the sale/briefing they just tell you lunch, breakfast and dinner is includet. They make the accommodation sound fancy with the word resort which it is certainly not. The Dorms have no AC. And people who sleep in the tents have to clean their own tents prior departure at the last day in the morning. On this day we only got to drive to lake Mckenzie and stayed there on the main attraction of the Island only for 1 hour after we complained that 45 minutes is definitely not enough. According to steve we had to leave on time because we have to get to the bottle shop which allready closes at 5:30. He gave us the 15 minutes more but then rushed us back to the resort and put allot of pressure on the drivers to get back in time. Over the radio we had to listen to sentences like:"if there is just little mistake and it will be your fault that the whole group will be to late for the bottle shop". In my point of view this should not even concern us because we paid money for a organized tour on Fraser and it is not our foult if they didn't planned it well. And secondly for most of the people is it the first time driving on the sand with such conditions. After the first day allot of people in our car who at first wanted to drive were scared to do so. The Bottle shop is the most expanisve bottleshop i have ever seen. But this was expected since it is the only source for the nomads Tour to get there alcohol because its no byo. The cheapest whitwine in the shop tasted like goon but was in a Glass bottle for 22 Dollars.

At the evening many of our group had a talk with the general manager Steve. The talk lastet about 1 hour and people were complaining about the things i allready mentioned. There were somer more issuses for example the bar who was supposed to be open till late was just open til ca 9:45.
Steve is of course very good at copmlain handling but he was often hiding behind the phrase this is industry standard. I think he took our complains very serious and we were happy that he listened to us. I hope they will change some of the things.

The second day was pretty good because our tour guide knew that we were disappointed.you could clearly tell that he was trying to make it up to us. The only thing the bothered us at the second day was that we hade the same lunch like the day before. Instead of toast it was just the same ingredients but as wraps. In the evenig we got disappointed again by one of the most unmotivated Bartender I ever met. He was unfriendly, unmotivated and stressed out. The night before they closed the bar apparently because now one was in there and a staff member was sick. And at this night we saw what happens if suddenly people are using the bar. It was chaotic and the bartender could not handle so many guests. He certainly made a good night because alot of people including me bought drinks there. If i hadn't done his job and walked arround and asked everybody to sign up for beerpong no one would have used that bar. And no one was informed that we had to sign up. There were literally about 25 people waiting for the game to start and when i asked the barteneder when the game starts he told me:" so far no one signed up, seems like nobody is interested if it stays like this i will not start the game.

To sum up, these were just examples of a lack of organization skills. Fraser Island is a beautiful place and a must see on the eastcoast. But i would recommend to go with a other organization. Even thought the general manager gave us a 20 Dollar bar voucher at the end probbaly he saw all the bad Feedback from their own survey. Honestly not one in our car gave mor than 6 out of 10.
They really need to work on there skills because if they continue to operate like this at some point backpackers will not take that anymore.
Written 18 December 2019
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Daniel C
New York City, NY5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Couples
Fraser Island is a pristine and magnificent destination. I’m incredibly glad that my girlfriend and I dedicated a portion of our trip to see it.

The Nomad tour was appealing because it seemed to be a safer option than traversing the sand island alone and it seemed like a very efficient way to see everything we wanted to.

The safety aspect was certainly true. Driving the 4x4’s was very fun, but it would have been pretty dicey had we attempted to see the whole island alone given we didn't have much experience driving in sand. With the instruction of our guide, we felt very comfortable and were more willing to push our limits (the drive inland to lake Mackenzie is very bumpy but tons of fun).

We did see all the sites that we were promised, but the organization and timing of the separate excursions could have used some work. We didn’t depart for a single destination on time and every visit felt rushed. We even had to sprint out of lake Mackenzie so the group could get back to Eurong resort to buy alcohol before the one bottle shop closed (this was at our guide’s insistence, not the group’s collective desire).

That leads me to the aforementioned emphasis on drinking. I should lead with the fact that, at age 30, we were the oldest on the trip by a 3 year margin, so our agenda was a bit different than most others in the tour. There were 31 people on the tour; the average age was 24 but the median was more like 21. If you are looking for a way to see Fraser Island while still getting drunk cheaply, this is the right tour to be on. If, however, you want your money to be allocated toward clean lodging and sanitary food, I would not recommend this particular excursion. (Admittedly, at age 21, I would have most certainly chosen the former). I highly recommend Fraser Island, and the nomad tour, for what it is, is great. Just be aware of what you are signing up for.
Written 29 November 2019
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Hello and thank you for your feedback, We enjoy the kind words you've spoken about the joys of driving and how spectacular the island is. National parks is very strict about the amount of time you're allowed at each destination and driving along the beach is challenging with different tidal conditions. Please understand timing and getting around the island is always a challenge which is why we cover this in the pre departure brief. As for the partying, Nomads Fraser Island is actually one of the only tag-along-tours that is a less party and with more of an emphasis on comfort. While we can understand individual guests can dictate the tempo of the trip, how did nomads Fraser Island create this party atmosphere? We would like to accommodate all guests on our trip by being the only company that offers for dorm and camping options. Thank you for the feedback and please don't hesitate to contact us with anything further.
Written 2 December 2019
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thewatkins05
Henfield, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
Absolutely amazing tour of Fraser island, honestly look no further for a tour! Our guide Kesta was a legend, so intelligent about the area and hilarious also!! We were his second tour since starting the job i believe, and he smashed it out of the park!!
The camping option was great, and the dorms were lovely too. The bar was cheap, and the barman was excellent, he even took us down to the beach to see the glow in the dark plankton at like 2am😂
This tour will give you the best experience of fraser island, thanks so much Kesta!!
Written 27 November 2019
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