Fraser island over the last week

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 28, 2006 at 23:16
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We were at fraser last weekend as well and copped the winds and swell from cyclone wati. This time we stayed at kingfisher resort so wind was not an issue.
We have been to fraser many times over the past few years and I personally could not believe how the latest series of bad weather had changed the island.
We came on the island via inskip,hook point was a mess low tide but hardly any beach to drive on. The run up to Eurong was pretty messy a lot of weed and sloppy scum all over the beachand as said before hardly any beach. As you drove up the eastern beach there was at least a one meter drop onto the beach so that should give you a bit of an idea as to how much sand has been swept away.
The entrance to Eli creek was full of a very bad smelling sort of surf foam as were the champaigne pools. The beach north of eli creek was a lot cleaner but there was still plenty of errossion, the entrance to the cutting at indian head had square cut sand dunes nearly 2 meters high either side of the cutting (the tides had been very high). The inland tracks would have to be the best i have ever seen due to the large amount of rain(did not get to moon point)could have gotten through indian head in two wheel drive believe it or not and we only had one or two light shower while we were there. To give you a better idea how much sand was missing we were unable to get around any of the rocks even at dead low tide.
What was nice to see was how mother nature fixes itself, when it wes time to leave we drove the beach again from eurong to hook point and the beach was very clean apart from grass from the dunes all this in four days I could not beleive it, well it was onto the barge and around the beach to rainbow and down to check out the coffee rocks bad news for anyone wanting to go that way to double island point it will take months for that sand to come back but in time you would never know it was gone. Regardless of the conditions (weather)fraser island is still one of the most beautiful places to visit and we will always come back several times each year

regards ross
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Reply By: guzzi - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 08:20

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 08:20
Natural erosion!!??
No that cant be, it must be all those four wheel drives doing the damage..............
Nature wouldnt do that!
So now theyll look for an excuse to stop us so we dont slow down the "recovery process" yadda,yadda ,yadda.
I wonder how the lesser greebed duckbilled pippi is handling all this erosion.
The only true space is between a greenies ears, perhaps some of them should get out of the surburbs and see what really happens in a natural enviroment.
Amaseing what a cyclone can do from a distance isnt it.
Looks like the beach run will be interesting for the next month or so.
Fraser is a great place to visit, part of the appeal is its always changing.
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Reply By: Member - Ross H (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 10:14

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 10:14
guzzi
The beach will clean itself quite fast the sand will take time to come back.
If you are heading up over the next month just be careful as there is coffee rocks showing where there never use to be and an awful lot of tree stumps and logs washed up on the beach not to many washouts though. Hope you have a great time.
regards ross
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Reply By: Mav1 - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 14:21

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 14:21
Ross, I also spent 7 days beach camping at ocean lake from 16/3 on. A jaunt to Sandy Cape was via usual bypass up and around sth nagala rocks which wasn't too bad but nth nagala rocks now totally exposed and no way around except by traversing approx 200-300metres over and in and out them. Same deal for connors corner which is as you head down beach just before waddy. Went over rocks there a few times but got progressively worse with deeper holes. most people took long way round up ttowrds orchid beach shop then around a down past waddy ranger station. But the worst was trying to clean that weed infested fishy smelling muck from under the vehicle - sticks like glue
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross H (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 14:37

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 14:37
mav1
The good thing about staying at kingfisher was that you could wash the ute every arvo and you are right it stunk.
regards ross
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Reply By: rocketsalad - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 14:43

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 14:43
Kingfisher is a crap hotel.I cant believe it hasnt been on ACA for its dodgy dealings.
We wouldnt stay there even if it was for free.

rs
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Follow Up By: Member - Ross H (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 15:16

Wednesday, Mar 29, 2006 at 15:16
RS
We have stayed there about seven times and a few times over at eurong and never had a problem. We only stay when they have the specials so it is usually out of peak periods. Paying $120 a night (off season deal) is well worth it after a days driving the kids have the option of swimming in the pools till dark without any worries. Not sure what you are on about in relation to " Dodgy Dealings"
The resort has always provided a good range of activities.....user pays, can't expect any more than that.
regards ross
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