The Fraser Island Clean Up is run over a weekend with Four Wheel Drive Queensland affiliated clubs and their members volunteering their time to clean and weed the World Heritage Island.
About Fraser Island Clean Up
The Fraser Island Clean Up is run over a weekend with Four Wheel Drive Queensland affiliated clubs and their members volunteering their time to clean and weed the World Heritage Island. The idea to hold such a large scale clean up, on the world’s largest sand island, was conceived by two mates sitting around a camp fire in 2001 sharing their four-wheel driving experiences and love of the outdoors.
Four Wheel Drive Queensland works closely with Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service as the driving force behind this annual event. The Fraser Island Clean Up relies on support from sponsors like you to ensure its continued success. Volunteers receive discounted barge fares, free camping and vehicle permits during the agreed duration of the event.
Four Wheel Drive Queensland duties and the event were then run by the Conservation, Access, Recreation and Environment sub-committee (CARE) under the title of Fraser Island Clean-up sub-committee. And these committees have been recognised for their commitment to the Island and the event and were presented with awards for their volunteer service by the Queensland Park and Wildlife Service.
This event receives considerable support from corporate sponsorship and is open to memberships of affiliated clubs of Four Wheel Drive Queensland. Thanks to the sponsorship, participants not only receive discounted barge access to and from the island, but are also granted free camping and access to the Island for the agreed duration of the event.
Some Rubbish FAQs
Did you know ....
Rubbish collected 2016
There was !!! tonnes of rubbish collected at the 2016 Fraser Island Cleanup and ......
Marine debris, also known as marine litter, is human-created waste that has deliberately or accidentally been released in a lake, sea, ocean or waterway.
What can I do?
When you are on a trip whether it is driving or camping take your rubbish with you. Always carry spare bags / containers that you can use to collect your unwanted rubbish in. Whilst you are enjoying your time whether it be 4WDing or camping collect others unwanted rubbish as you go.
How many animals are killed by rubbish?
Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a tasty treat. It is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins occurring throughout the world's oceans.
How much rubbish goes into Landfill?
Australia alone sends 20 million tonnes of garbage to landfill every year. Since the 1990's the number of landfills in Australia has fallen but the average size has grown. These large sites are increasingly sophisticated and generally run by large private companies.
Few shoppers stop to consider that disposable plastic bags have a devastating impact on marine animals such as whales, seals, sea birds and turtles. More than 100,000 animals die every year after becoming entangled in or eating plastic bags.
Four Wheel Drive Association President - Shane Rose
Four Wheel Drive Queensland's purpose is to represent our member clubs and their members. We endeavor to seek and promote positive outcomes for the greater four wheel drive community in Queensland. To this end we are the peak organisation representing four wheel driving in Queensland.
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Fraser Island Clean Up Gallery
Check out some of the images supplied by participants from previous Fraser Island Clean Up events.
Below is a selection of some of the wonderful things you can see and experience on Fraser Island (K'gari). Click on the image to learn more.
Lake McKenzie is a perched lake on Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia. The lake is located in the Great Sandy National Park. The lake is 1,200 metres long and up to 930 metres wide.
Eli Creek, the largest creek on the eastern beach of Fraser Island, pours up to four million litres of clear, fresh water into the ocean every hour.
The Champagne Pools are located on 75 mile beach just north of Indian Head. The rocks form a barrier for the ocean waters crashing in, creating shallow ocean pools or as we like to call it, natural Jacuzzis.
Lake Wabby is emerald green and sits within its very own sand dune (which looks like a mini Sahara Desert). It is the deepest of Fraser Island’s Lakes and the ultimate spot for a swim!
Central Station's beautiful rainforest area houses a display explaining the development of the island and its various flora and fauna.
Sandy Cape Lighthouse
Sandy Cape Light is a heritage-listed active lighthouse located on Sandy Cape, the most northern point on Fraser Island, and is part of the Great Sandy National Park.
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