Melb - Fraser Is

Submitted: Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:39
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Real world figures on how long to get there? I figure 2 days really cruisey, but I am a 'lets keep going and get there' kinda traveller.

Which way would/do you you go?

Might try and sneak Sep School Hol's in for one.
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Reply By: Alan H (Narangba QLD) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:48

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:48
Sounds right to me!

I'd go newell hwy and when you get to Goondiwindi keep going north and bypass Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast and come in near Gympie
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Reply By: signman - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:49

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:49
Dunno what the travelling time from Melbourne to bleep tney is at the moment but,
bleep tney to Maryborough is a good 16- 18 hrs (allowing for pee stops etc). I have done a couple times in one leg..but boy I was stuffed (and I reckon almost dangerous).
If I go up the Pacific, I make Grafton for an overnite, or the New England, Tenterfield is good. After Tenterfield- go via the Mt Lindesay Rd, via Bald Rock- a bit of Bushranger history around there.(and a bit of dirt road)
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:16

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:16
cruisey you can do bleep ney in 10 hours with a stop at Holebrook for the Submarine.

12 hours if your old.
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Reply By: MikeyS - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:57

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 16:57
Howdy Truckster.

Did that last Sept Hols. Not sure about 2 days crusey. You could be getting to Rainbow Beach very late on the second day and if the tides aren't ideal you might end up staying on the mainland that night anyhow. Went Melb-Dubbo day 1 up the Newell, Dubbo-Bris day 2 but that was cruisey. Had several days at Noosa prior to Fraser so I can't judge how long Bris to Fraser, but Waddy Point back to Bris at the end was a pretty long day, partly because the tides meant we couldn't get down the beach until after lunch. Fantastic spot though. Waddy wasn't crowded at all even though tit was QLD school hols as well.
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Reply By: brian - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:15

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:15
Assuming you are camping might be better to cross over to the island on third day as you have to get passes etc from nat parks ,i think they close around 4.30pm but check,line up for barge and cross on barge and then driveup the beach say another 1-2hrsfind and set up camp before dark... Doubt you would get from melb to the barge by lunchtime the second day...but you would know better than me.The tide will influence travelling time ,occaisonally you will not cross eli creek close to high tide this could add another 2 hours to the trip,others on the forum will have up to date knowledge of eli creek at the moment.
Have a great time and a safe trip.
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:16

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:16
Truckster , more like 3 days cruise if your young fella is with you ,, takes round 3 hrs from nth side of Brisvegas depending on traffic ,, best to hit the barges in the mornings depending on tides ,,Fraser can be a bitch to drive in the dark if you dont know exactly where you are.
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Reply By: Wisey (NSW) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:27

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:27
Hi Truckster

As you know, about 2.300k to Hervey, about 100k less to Inskip Pt.
2 days, 11hrs ea will nearly get you there within speed limits (hols) Hume and Pacific hwy. Plus a few pi'stops. (Driver bladder releiver, stop,releive, survive aahhh)

New England is the way I go north from Sydney to avoid the coastle holiday hwy horrors. It's around the same time/disatnce with less stress/lights/towns/cameras etc and the people will say gidday on more occassions (passing wave) I love that.

2bobsworth
Andy
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Reply By: glenno(qld) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:30

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 17:30
5 hours from brisbane if you go up the sunshine motorway to noosa , and then up the beach to the cherry venture and around to rainbow beach driving on the beach all the way . Much better drive than driving on bitumen all the way to gympie . Check out google earth map .
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Reply By: Glenn (VIC) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 18:14

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 18:14
Hi Truckster,

Give Adam or Kir a call, I am sure they have completed the trip many times.

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 00:13

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 00:13
they fly up there.

hes pulling bits of skippy out of the jack grill, headlights, door, etc... We need to get skippy stickers made for him!
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11:47

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 11:47
And now the poor bugger has blown his clutch.

They normally drive up, but not sure when they last did so.

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 12:37

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 12:37
whats happening then? Trailering it home? Road trip?
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:51

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:51
Not sure yet Bruce, just waiting to hear more. He is with Total Care I think so should get it trucked home. If they don't hire a trailer to tow it back, I will go and pick up Al's car trailer and drive it up for them.

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 22:56

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 22:56
We should all get roo t shirts made up.

in the voice of George of the jungle.

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watch out for that roo.............. *THUD*
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Follow Up By: Rock Crawler - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 23:23

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 23:23
let me know if you need a driver/ passenger / real tow car lol
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Follow Up By: Glenn (VIC) - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 16:45

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 16:45
Truckster.....ROFLMAO

Eric....I will pass on that you have volunteered...hahahaha

I think that Adam will be cool. Having spoken to Adam and Al, I think they will have it sorted. Adam doesn't have Total Care, but I am sure he soon will, and it is the thruster bearing that has gone, not the clutch. I believe that he will drive it to Romsey and have it towed from there, or drive it to Mildura and have it towed from there. Will know more tomorrow once the competition and celebrations have ended.

Cheers

Glenn
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 11:31

Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 11:31
We will need to find out when its gettin towed home so we can sit on side of road with cameras.
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Reply By: AndrewW - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:47

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 20:47
We went from Melb to Fraser after Easter last year, went up slowly and came home in 2 days.

Left Fraser about 7:30am in the morning, off via Inskip Point, down the beach to Noosa, then to Brisbane, and down the New England Highway. Brisbane was a pain, and the New England had heaps of road works in QLD, so it was slow going. Pulled into Tamworth about 7pm that night.

Left 7:30am the next morning (not early risers) from Tamworth to Dubbo, then down the Newell. Stopped for about 45 mins only throughout the entire day and arrived home around 8pm in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. 1200kms in one day, but totally different than the previous day, 110kmh + most of the time, very easy driving. The Newell is a boring road though.

2 big days driving. I would bypass Brisbane next time, for sure, but I wanted to do the run down the beach to Noosa, and from Noosa it looked like the easiest way was via Brisbane. I would do more research about a better path next time.

For me, I hadn't driven to QLD before, I would rather take the time and see stuff along the way, the Armadale and Tamworth areas looked really nice, but work was calling.....

Andrew
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Reply By: mikell - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:21

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:21
Do it easy in 2 days. We do this drive every couple of years with 2 kids now aged 14 and 9.
We usually leave around 4.30 or 5.00am from Melbourne eastern suburbs and head up the Newell. McDonalds is strategically placed along this route and helps keep little kids happy and not fighting too much. We usually stop in Moree or if we have a good run Goondawindi. Next day we head up to Kingaroy and come out just below Maryborough at Kilkivan. Get into Hervey Bay about 2 or 3pm.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bware (Tweed Valley) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:37

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:37
No disrespect to you mikill but 2 or 3pm is not on the island. I will go with the others who say 3 days; even from Hervey Bay you need to wait for a ferry and if it is Friday arvo or Saturday you may need to have booked your ticket, then when you get to the island you may need to drive for an hour or more to a camp-site. Much cruisier to stop somewhere close the 2nd night like Rainbow Beach, Inskip Point, Tin Can Bay, Hervey Bay, then get an early ferry on the 3rd day and pick a campsite at your leisure.
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Reply By: Nick R - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:23

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:23
Truckie,
Done the trip part way up a heap of times, newell would be the way to go, make sure just out of dubbo you go to mendooran then coonabarabran, 45 minutes quicker than going through gilgandra.
Should be an easy 2 days, maybe 1 1/2 unless you have the little bloke with you, you'd have to get some new games for the DS if you wanted to do it in 2 days then!!!
12 hours should get you to Armidale or goondiwindi from melbourne
NickR

Ps. I believe you wanted a cd off the old bloke about a nissan, I will be down on the weekend, you west or east suburbs?
I'll be in point cook.....
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 00:43

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 00:43
yea the Nissan CD...
Im in East, Langwarrin area, dande..
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:45

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:45
Nick, just looking at the map, can't see how going via Mendooran can be quicker than going through Gilgnandra? I will do a Pauline......please explain, :-)
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Follow Up By: Nick R - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 15:24

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 15:24
I seem to remember it is shorter and more direct, might also be to do with the lack of traffic on that road
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 08:38

Saturday, May 20, 2006 at 08:38
Nick, thanks, I will try it next time and see, it will be new country atleast, LOL
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Follow Up By: Member - vivien C (VIC) - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 19:30

Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 19:30
If you like to try new country, it's a good drive from Dubbo to Dunedoo then Coolah and up the Black Stump Way to Mullaley then in to Gunnedah. The caravan park at Mullaley is a good, quiet stop. It's behind the pub where you can get a meal. The amenities are clean and the sites are on grass. It's about 10km shorter than going via Gilgandra and Coonabarabran but not sure if quicker. Definitely less traffic!
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Reply By: Leroy - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:31

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 21:31
Get to Coonabarabran on the firt day. Stay at the Clock Tower motel because it's off the main drag and you get a good nights sleep. Get up early and you will be on fraser the same night. Big haul but that's what i did last Nov. My little one travels well so that may also be a deciding factor for you also.

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Reply By: GaryInOz (Vic) - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:01

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 22:01
Truckie,

19 hrs seat time (1700km) to Brisbane via the Newell, turning towards Warwick at Goondawindi. Would be worth doing your shopping in Brisbane to save a bit on food/fuel/other supplies. Count on another 2.5-3 hrs to Fraser ferries, but check what time the ferries go (IIRC Am out Pm in). No point rolling up in the late morning/arvo if you have to wait until the following morning to catch the ferry out to the island.
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:21

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:21
Yea, sounds ok.

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 08:16

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 08:16
Ferries at Inskip run "dawn to dusk" on demand 7days per wk ,no need to book.Only problem is amount of soft sand due to tide times and traffic.
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Reply By: S&N - Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 23:24

Thursday, May 18, 2006 at 23:24
i did a cruisy first day and stopped in wagga wagga, then drove straight through to brisbane on the second day. did it by myself, but wouldnt recomend it, it took 16 hrs and i was stuffed when i got there. should have driven further on the first day!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:48

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 07:48
Melbourne to Dubbo is 10 hrs. Dubbo to Bris is 10 hrs (legal speeds). Bris to Rainbow beach is about 3 hrs. If you bypass Bris and go straight to Gympie via Toowoomba then Dubbo to Rainbow will take about 12.5 hrs. Don't really save much time bypassing Bris as the good roads make up for the extra distance.
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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 12:50

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 12:50
G'day Truckie,

Trust the advice of the locals mate. Bris to Fraser is a comfy 4 hours and that will depend on the tides if you plan to jump on the beach at Tewantin (and why wouldn't ya - that's what its all about). You'll have the ferry at Tewantin and the barge at Inskip a whole lot of beach driving in between. At this point you are at the bottom end of Fraser and another LOT of beach driving to get you to the middle of the Island. Crappy tides can make this a real chore so make sure you plan your arrival around the tides. About halfway to low tide to hit the Tewantin ferry would be good and if this was to happen just after breakfast time that would be perfect.

Now I know you already know this but let your tyres down.

Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:07

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:07
How big is the island? I mean how long would it take you to do a lap of it? Few days? Week?
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:18

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:18
Its 130K long with a few difficult spots when the tide is high as well as just a few difficult spots. Depending on your time constraint I'd give it a week (are you camping?). Bringing the missus, kids (?), there is plenty to look at like, all the lakes (don't miss Lake McKenzie - blue lake), Central station, King Fisher Bay resort on the road past Central Station on the west coast of the Island. Eurong and a number of resorts along the island for a gander or stay there if not camping. Orchid Beach township and the area around Indian Head. Try heading further north past Ngala Rocks - tricky and will test your 4WD prowess. Think you can still get to Wathumba Ck on the west coast past Orchid Beach.

I would give it a week and then again if you want to put your feet up and listen too the surf whilst wetting a line it is easy to spend more time there.

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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:43

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 13:43
Truckster , 7 to 10 days minimum to do the island justice ,,even Moreton which is only 40k x 13k wide takes 3 to 4 days.
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Follow Up By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Friday, May 19, 2006 at 14:30

Friday, May 19, 2006 at 14:30
Truckie,

This is camping mate.



Kind regards
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 19:48

Sunday, May 21, 2006 at 19:48
lookin good!
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