Waddy Point Rocks
On the eastern side of Fraser Island is a rocky headland called Waddy Point. It sits just north of the popular and iconic Indian Head and Champagne Pools where you will find bus loads of tourists and rows of 4WD’s.
Once you pass these two hotspots and head inland you will enter the township of Orchid Beach. From this point you will get back onto the beach and this is where you will see Waddy Point to the east.
You can’t miss the rocky headland. In the mornings you will see the sun rise above the rocks and cliff face.
It has an amazing view if you follow the little dirt pathway up to the top point. From this vantage you will see the waves rolling in and pounding against the rocks causing a drenching if you get a little too close.
It’s also a great spot to fish from the lower rocks around the base of the headland.
What Else Can You See And Do At Waddy Point?
Waddy point is a great meeting place. If your up at that end of the island, perhaps staying at Orchid Beach, take the 5 minute drive to Waddy point can provide a great day of entertainment for the family.
You can :
- Park your vehicle and set up your awning for a picnic or sit under the shade of the trees
- The kids can climb ” Big Mumma” sand dune that is close by (walking distance)
- Go sandboarding down the dunes surrounding Waddy point
- Check out the fish trapped in the natural rock aquariums at Waddy Point
- Walk the dirt track up to the Waddy Point Cliffs
- Watch the bird life that come to rest on the rocks
- Throw a line out off the rocks and catch a Tailor or Dart
- Swim in the shallow bay of Waddy point
- See the Humpback Whales frolicking past the point
- Go treasure hunting and collect the shells that get washed up onto the rocks
Natural Aquarium at Waddy Point
Can You Camp At Waddy Point?
Yes you sure can. There is a campground just south of the waddy point Headland. You will actually pass it on your way to the point.
It has a lower camping area that is beachfront and a higher camping ground that is fully fenced and managed but not on the beach. There is access to toilets and showers at both sites.
Check out our review and information on Waddy Point campground here.
Can You Swim At Waddy Point?
You can certainly swim in the bay on the western side of the rocks. It is not advisable to swim close to the rocky headland nor swim out past the rocks as sharks are known to lurk around this area catching fish for dinner.
The water is usually clear with little waves unless the wind is blowing from the west. Its a great spot for the young kids to swim and play in the water. It is nice and open and you can see in every direction.
Sometimes during peak holiday times it can get very busy along this stretch of beach. So be mindful of vehicles.
Any Dangers At Waddy Point?
Yes there are a few to be aware of:
- When climbing up to the top of the point be careful when you are close to the edge. There is sometimes loose rocks and it can be extremely windy.
- Be careful of large waves washing over the lower rocks especially when fishing in these spots.
- Be mindful of sharks in the water if you are swimming and don’t go out too deep
- Sometimes box Jellyfish can be found washed up on the sand. If you see any it means they are in the water so don not swim for your own safety.
- Watch out for vehicles on the beach around the Point especially if you have children with you.
- Always be Dingo Safe and watch your kids and never walk anywhere alone.
Anything Else You Should Know?
Waddy Point is a beautiful spot that is definitely worth a visit. It is only a short drive to so many of the best places to visit on the island including:
- Indian Head – 30 min drive
- Champagne Pools – 20 min drive
- Ocean Lake – 15 min drive
- Middle Beach – 2 min drive
- Orange Creek -17 min drive
- Orchid Beach Township – 5 min drive
- The Cape and the Lighthouse – 50 min drive.
Driving times are approximate depending on tide, track and beach conditions.