Hook Pt - Fraser Is

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Gday All, off to Fraser next week for a week, come back the day the classic starts.... Can anyone tell me what Hook Point is like at the moment, I've heard you can run it at up to 3hrs either side of low at present.
Just wondering if any formites have been there recently and can confirm this ?

(5 more sleeps)

Cheers

Al
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:06

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:06
G'day Al,

Was there at Easter, it was OK then. But it is Hook Point - narrow at the best of times. Had to weave amounst some fallen timber closer to the barge. Can't remember the exact timing to low but I think it was a couple of hours before low. By the way we had a trailer and tinnie on top - so I guess no problems for those just in their 4by.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: ev700 - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:39

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:39
Beatit
Slightly off thread: any barges where you do not have to back trailer on or off?
Tks
ev700
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:49

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:49
Thanks mate, at the moment we should be hitting the beach about 2 hr before low so with what others have said we should be fine.

Al
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Follow Up By: Batboy - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:05

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:05
only barge at inskip you have to back off is the Rainbow helper.
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:29

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:29
Is there still an independant barge operator at inskip ?
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Follow Up By: Batboy - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:22

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:22
Well rumour has it that they are both owned by the same company now
What i heard wasn't real clear (or i wasn't paying much attention)

However they may still be being run as separate entities because the competition to get you on there boats is as active as ever.

We took the Manta ray as Easter beleiving it to be the independant one. Along with everybody else! Going over was fine because we went a week early but coming back we had to wait about 45 mins which i didn't think was to bad but they other boats were going back half empty. moral of story: If going at a busy time take the other one.

Actually I think the one you back off is the manta ray helper
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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:20

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:20
al, was there 2 weeks ago. with no wind surge 2-3 hours either side of low. as said you may have to weave around a few trees and get wheels wet if you'r past 2 hour
regards peter
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:51

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:51
Thanks Peter, should be there about 2hrs before low, would prefer not to wet the wheels if possible so if there's a bit of a blow up we can always wait.

Cheers
Al
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Reply By: Member - Ross H (QLD) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:34

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:34
Hi diesAL
I agree with beatit,just use your head and dont take any silly risks and try to hit inskip point at low tide and all should be sweet. Note the section of sand leading up to the boards for the high tide road is very soft so if the tide is to high for hook point let your tyres down on the barge or before. Have fun and enjoy your trip.

Regards ross
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:56

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 17:56
Thanks Ross, yeah mate I plan to let the tyres down anyway, always makes it bit easier on the car. Did you have to run the inland track if so is it advisable to run lower pressures on here as well ?
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Reply By: Member - Jack - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:44

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:44
Hi Al:

Just back from Fraser last Friday. 2 hours either side of low tide will get you through OK. We were about 2 1/2 hours and had to battle dead trees and soft sand. While we were there we nad a bit of rain wihich did not dampen our enthusiasm, and packed the sand down pretty well.

Not sure where you are staying, but we were at Dunduberra, and with the closing of camp areas up around Indian Head they all turn up there now. A couple of late night parties, drunk Irish staggering through my (isolated) camp area, another group screaming through the camp with radio blaring, high beam, and lots of noise. And not a ranger in sight. Next trip I think I may opt for the private camp areas further south of Dunduberra at Frasers.

But the island looks good, it is a delight to visit, and even without the normal campfire we had a good time.

Have fun.

Jack
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:04

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:04
Thanks Jack, 2 hrs before was when we were planning to hit the beach.
I try to stay as far away from camping areas as possible not that I'm anti-social but just to avoid the probs you mentioned. You didn't happen to check out any beach camp spots on the way up by any chance ?
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:04

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:04
PS: How was the fishing ?
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Follow Up By: Steve - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 20:42

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 20:42
Those Irish blokes are everywhere now ..
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:24

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:24
Hi Al:

Fishing was pretty ordinary, unfortunately. We fished both sides of the island with no luck. The weed is a pain on the east side (I think it is called "Fire Weed") and we just got sick of cleaning it off. Only a few small whiting on the west side.

But still a terrific place to go to.

Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:50

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:50
Al,
We were there for the cleanup weekend ANZAC, drove around Hook point 2 hours before low and it was ok, just a bit of dodging, ducking & weaving the timber as others have said.
But if you have any concerns, take the "inland highway".... we drove back to the barge via this road, it has recently been graded and whilst it is far from an ideal road, it is driveable at about 40-45 k's! Last time I was on it, 40 would have destroyed the front end!!!!!
It is corrugated but not too badly and you can then rejoin 75 Mile Beach at the first cutting which is north of Hook Point.

Enjoy your sta on Fraser, we love the place and I have to say I am jealous you're going.... ;-)

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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:25

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:25
Gday Brian, thanks for the info mate, I haven't been to Fraser for at least 15 yrs and from what I remember the inland track used to be a shocker good to hear it's not too bad at the moment. From what I've read your a bit of a regular on fraser, do you know of any good beach camping south of Happy Valley or has this been restricted, wouldn't mind staying around there as it's handy to the lakes drives etc... Don't know who is more excited the kids or me, I know the place will have changed since I was there last but I don't think there are too many things that will spoil this holiday.

Cheers

Al
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Follow Up By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 19:48

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 19:48
Al,
Do you have GPS??
If so, this is the waypoint for the spot that our club camps at for the cleanup...
S 25d 24.367'
E 153d 10.347'

It is about 3/4 to 1 k north of Poyungan Rocks, a nice area tucked in behind a dune and also has some nice shady trees.

Read the dingo info kit and stick to it! They are, according to the rangers, mating at present and therefore a little .... errr... "twitchy".. having said that, we had no problems with them and saw only two in 5 days... and one of those was on the western side!.. although they visited us every night after we went to bed. (fresh tracks in the sand!)

Have a good trip mate!
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:04

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:04
No I don't have a GPS yet but I will borrow one for the trip.

Thanks mate
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Reply By: Geoff - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:55

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 16:55
jumping in on this Fraser Island Question can any one tell me if the brown weed that has been there for the last three years has left the beaches yet. Just planning our annual Tailor fishing trip in September and all the boys are wondering if its gone yet.
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Follow Up By: Batboy - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:09

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 18:09
Heaps of it around at Easter up to Waddy point
Clear north all the way to Sandy cape
We were there for ten days camped approx 10 clicks north of Dundaburra and only had two days clear of weed in front of the camp
Heaps of dart
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Follow Up By: Big Woody - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:15

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:15
Hi Geoff,

That weed is a real pain in the a##e isn't it?. It sure did put a dampener on our beach fishing last time we were there.
After each cast and retrieval it took about 5 minutes to clean it of the line before you could fish again.
We fished all the way to the tip of the island and even the spots that looked clear were still full of it.

Cheers,
Brett
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Reply By: Member - Ross H (QLD) - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 20:59

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 20:59
Hi AL sorry I took so long to get back. Mate I run the Island on 16psi regardless and had no trouble on the inland road at all (adjust speed to conditions) it really wasn't too bad. Watch the back packers mate you will get sick of pulling them out.
have fun

regards ross
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:56

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:56
Cheers mate
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Reply By: BigPop - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:39

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 21:39
Al,
We're going up for the comp and going onto the Island Friday morning. From all the reports I have been able to get it's as has been said on here 2 hours either side of low and you will be fine around Hook Point.
We plan to go on around 9 - 9.30am as low water on Friday is 11.30am so should be OK. Only thing that may cause a bit of concern is the BIG seas that are going to be whipped up by the S/SW that are gonna start blowing in causing 3 metre seas. S'posed to last all this week from the forecast.
I have just spoken to my son in law in Caloundra and he said that the wind has already started to blow there - so there may be a bit of a problem with waves but all in all should be OK.

Have a great trip
Regards,
BigPop
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Follow Up By: DiesAl - Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:00

Monday, May 16, 2005 at 22:00
Thanks BigPop, the one thing I was hoping for was no wind... Don't mind the rain, but the wind can be a real pain in the arse (pun intended) cheers mate lets hope we get at least a couple of still days.
Good luck with the comp

Al
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Follow Up By: BigPop - Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 07:33

Tuesday, May 17, 2005 at 07:33
Just checked the weather reports on Brownie's Coastwatch and by the looks of things it's going to ease out a bit by the weekend and not be blowing so hard so hopefully we maybe in for some good weather.
The S/SE'ers don't worry us too much as we camp up at Orchid Beach so it's fairly sheltered in there from the southerlies - only if it turns around then we cop it. Here's hoping for some good weather.
Have a great week
Regards
BigPop
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