MiCat fees to Moreton

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:01
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My whinge for the day - Sorry. Just got off the phone to the MiCat Ferry service to Moreton Island and got a price that seems way off the mark! It seems I have to pay EXTRA for back seat passengers even the kids! $140 (car +driver +passenger), $40 for each extra adult in the car or $75 for 3 kids under 13yrs, which makes $220 or $215 respectively before park fees! I think I'll take the Scarborough Ferry (Combie Trader) as you only pay for the car including who's in it.

Is this service just taking advantage of people that love to go to Moreton or do you all agree that they are fair/just in charging for back seat passenger? or am I just a whinging pom! (er don't answer that!). Where will it end, extra for roof rack or long range tank!
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Reply By: Turbo Diesel - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:08

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:08
Fair comments from a pom shawsie, basically you are paying for the extra service you get, thats if you want it though, faster boat a caffe latte of hot chocolate. I'm heading over in May and have also been shocked by the price, however thats the price you have to pay. When you consider the upkeep on say 37 foot Rivera and then think of the MiCat cost i think we get the price pretty cheap, remember everyone deserve to make a proffit. I like to to think that to stay on the beach at a hotel it would cost me $300.00 a night, plus dinner etc, however for around $300 - $500 you can stay at Moreton for a week with your whole family and have the best time of your life. Enjoy the island.
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawsie (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:16

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:16
Hi Turbo, I can see your point - the longer you stay the cheaper it gets. Pitty there's no other barge to keep the fare fair, but what can you do eh! I'm lucky I live 15mins from The Combie Trader so I'll be taking it Moreton. Cheers...
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Reply By: robak (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:14

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:14
That's certainly a bad start to a good hoilday and I guess with more poeple going to moreton instead of fraser they'll only get greedier.

I remember once when we went to Straddie with a few guys in a WB holden ute. The four of us sat in the front seat. The barge opertator said "Hey, this car only takes three people."
"No, it takes four. See." He just smiled and waved us on.

So there's are still some poeple who are happy to accomodate the needy.

R.
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawsie (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:23

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 12:23
Hi Robak, in some ways the high price is good - less people churning it up and leaving their rubbish behind, but it still makes for an expensive weekend as not everyone can take a week off work all the time, but you can swing a weekend.

The Straddie Ferry is still a reasonable price at $80 with my RACQ discount :o)

Cheers
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Reply By: Scoey - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:03

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:03
Hi Shawsie,

I've never looked into the MiCat, how long does it take to get over in it? Is it THAT much quicker? I've always gone on the Combie Trader and reckon I always will! Have fun over on the island lucky bugger! Cheers
Scoey
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawsie (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:42

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:42
Hi Scoey, no, I wouldn't say it's too much quicker, but it looks real nice with sleek lines and a bar/cafe upstairs that also looks good. It also puts down in the right spot at Tangalooma. It's got that 'i'd love to go on that' air about it, but like you, I'll stick to the Combie for now. Cheers.
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Reply By: Eddy - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:16

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:16
Hi Shawsie.

Fair comment I suppose, but what you have to understand is the way the marine industry works.

Every vessel in commercial survey in Queensland is strictly limited to how many passengers it is allowed to carry.
This is reflected in how many lifejackets and liferafts are on board also.

It doesn't matter if a passenger is in a car or standing on the deck they are still counted as passengers.

An operators pricing structure will to a large extent be influenced by the number of vehicles that can physically fit on the deck as well as the passenger number limit.

Eddy
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:27

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:27
If you have a look at the Combie Trader prices you'll find they're just about the same.
Combie Trader Prices

Two adults and 3 kids in a LWB 4WD will cost you $225.
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawsie (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:49

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 13:49
Sorry MrBichi, but:-

"LWB & SWB 4wd vehicles (including 4 adults or 2 adults & 3 children)" = $165

A saving of $55 on the Combie

Cheers
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Follow Up By: Browser - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:08

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:08
Hi Shawsie,

I agree with you the price on the Combie for the 4WD, 2 adults and 3 kids would be $165. My question is how then did you get it for $80 as mentioned in your earlier follow up? The RACQ site suggests that the Combi only offer a 10% discount off the off peak rates for RACQ members.
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawsie (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:11

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:11
The $80 fare was on the Straddie Ferry (North Stradbroke Island) - sorry if you misunderstood.
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Follow Up By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:38

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:38
Ooops.... should read a bit more carefully.
How long does the MiCat take for the trip? I believe the Combie Trader takes 2 hours. Is a faster trip worth the extra?
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:03

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:03
Hi Shawsie,

We regularly go over to Moreton and use MICAT. We also tow our camper over so we get a double whammy there but we still think it is worth it. We live on the Southside of Brisbane so it is also closer to us than the Combie Trader.

MICAT is very popular for the large number of people who stay at the resort and is also right near Middle Road so gives quick access for vehicles wanting to go to the ocean side of the island.

We have used both but prefer MICAT. Yes the price is a bit steep but it probably helps control the numbers on the island which is probably a good thing. IMO it is a better equipped barge and worth the money given the overheads they would have with it.

To put the cost into perspective the barge from Inskip Point to Hook Point on Fraser is around the $60.00 mark I think and takes all of ten minutes to get there whereas MICAT takes around an hour and a half for its charge.

We try and grab at least a week when we go over as this makes it a bit more economical.

Have a good one.
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawsie (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:09

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:09
Excellent comments Brian, fully understand where you're coming from.

Where's the Fronty?
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Follow Up By: Moose - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:22

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:22
2 interesting comments: "the longer you stay the cheaper it gets" and "We try and grab at least a week when we go over as this makes it a bit more economical."
Cheaper on a per day basis certainly, but definitely not cheaper.You still have to fork out the same ferry dollars whether you go for a day or a month. The price is cheap compared to the Jardine crossing!
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Follow Up By: Member - Shawsie (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:33

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 14:33
Hi Moose, just had a look at the Jardine Crossing: $88 for a 200m river (ouch!)

nuff said
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Follow Up By: Brian B (QLD) - Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 15:07

Tuesday, Jan 31, 2006 at 15:07
Shawsie,

Yes we traded the old girl in. I was going to buy a new Hilux but wasn't really impressed by them so we got one of the last 2004 style with only 12,000 klm on the clock and we are really pleased with it. Just in the process of moving radios and phones etc over to the new one at present.

Moose I hear what you are saying with the cost not changing but it is a bloody lot for say two days away whereas it evens out a bit on a longer stay. Yes it's probably an illusion but it makes me feel better if I am having a longer stay on the island after paying the barge fees.

I guess at the end of the day the moral of the story is, if you want to go, you've got to pay.

Have a good one guys.
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