Tides on Fraser Island

Submitted: Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 09:03
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We have a chance to visit Fraser Island at the end of this month but during the period the high tide will occur from mid morning to lunch time with the peak just below 3 metres. How restrictive will that be for beach driving?
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Reply By: gbc - Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 12:48

Wednesday, Aug 06, 2014 at 12:48
Tide height is average for that area.

Give it a rest for 3-4 hours around the high and you won't have any stress.

You'll be able to drive fairly large sections nearer the high tide only to get to a pinch point further up the beach and be stuck with a good possibility of getting a salt water wash off on the wheels and underneath while you make your retreat.

Drive the beach early, go inland for lunch and daytrips, then drive back in the arvo. Not such a terrible tide scenario.
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Reply By: Tim F3 - Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 09:38

Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 09:38
We will be at fraser at the same time,as far as i can see peak tide is 1.82m at 5.11pm 5/9 not 3 metres.
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Follow Up By: Tim F3 - Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 09:39

Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 09:39
Forgot to say this tide info measured at waddy point.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kevin S (QLD) - Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 14:33

Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 14:33
Thanks Tim. I made the mistake of using a point on the west side of the island. The difference in tide maximum is surprising. The levels shown for Waddy Point are much better.

Have a good trip.

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Reply By: chisel - Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 15:10

Thursday, Aug 07, 2014 at 15:10
Typically high tide on Fraser is just a nuisance for most of the beach rather than something that would stop you completely. BUT ... Eli Creek is likely to be very difficult or impassable on most high tides.
Also any sort of swell or large seas will most definitely compound the issue and may make it impossible to travel along large sections of the beach especially north of Dundubara.
The other thing to consider is that even if you can get along ok at high tide you're likely to be stuck in some soft sand at the top of the beach making progress slow and fuel use extremely high.
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