Mobile Phone coverage on Fraser Island

Submitted: Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 17:03
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I have a friend who is about to visit Fraser Island. He asked me about mobile phone coverage. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Reply By: Member - Robyn J (QLD) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 17:12

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 17:12
Phone coverage not good. The only place you can get some coverage is at Kingfisher Resort n the Western SIde of the Island -picks it up from Hervey Bay.Have had both Optus and Telstra phones there at the same time and sometimes one works better than the other and other times the opposite carrier works better.
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Reply By: Bonz (Vic) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 18:13

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 18:13
We got a little coverage in the car kit around Eurong on the beach, but the most of the rest of the east coast is hopeless, that was a Telstra GSM
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Reply By: Member - Andrew (Bris) - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 18:15

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 18:15
Was there a few weeks ago.
Optus digital only near Kingfisher.
Telstra digital and cdma in a few areas on the east coast.
New tower operating near Orchid, another was being installed near Eurong while we were there.

Best advice, leave the phone at home and enjoy the island.
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 19:45

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 19:45
CDMA (Telstra) coverage on the east side was OK up to about Eurong when I was there earlier this year. Nothing much north after that. No coverage in Dunbuburra.

GSM coverage (and CDMA) on the western side, which I think was over at Hervey Bay.

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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 21:02

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 21:02
hi pluto, as we dont know what provider your friend is on i can only talk on optus and cdma. optus has limited service on western side picking up from hervey bay and below eurong on eastern side. cdma on western side better but still intermitent. there are two cdma towers on eastern side, happy valley and orchid beach a third is approved and ready to go at eurong but they are still looking for a suitable location. there are public phones at all the epa camp areas and shops. the cdma info is gospel.
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Follow Up By: MartyB - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 21:44

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 21:44
Peter, Your info is outdated. They are not looking for a suitable location at Eurong. Tower is installed at the Eurong Ranger station. I returned from the Island today, the base will be working in a couple of weeks, trust me I know. Other bases are at Happy Valley & Orchid Beach.
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Reply By: Pluto - Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:42

Wednesday, Jul 27, 2005 at 22:42
All good info. Thanks everyone for the prompt responses. I'll pass it on.
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Reply By: prado_95 - Saturday, Aug 06, 2005 at 19:14

Saturday, Aug 06, 2005 at 19:14
Another spot that has good coverage is the Telstra tower, near the airfield.

Its a bit of a climb up from the airfild side tho.
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