Volunteering at Sandy Cape Lighthouse (Fraser Island)

Submitted: Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 13:52
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Hi,

Has anybody been a volunteer Lighthouse keeper at Sandy Cape Lighthouse? We met a bloke spending some time there on the weekend, and i'm curious as to other people's experiences of this volunteer role.

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Sounds like an interesting holiday option....i could even fix the spelling of "Meteorology" on the sign in my spare time ;-)

Andrew
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Reply By: age - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 15:10

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 15:10
Hey Andrew

What was the track like behind Brown's Rocks to get to the Cape ?. I was up there last week as well and everybody was saying not to do it or we would scratch the vehicle up and the track was pretty ugly, but obviously you got there no worries, so I only went as far as north Ngkala (should have kept going to catch the big whiting at the Cape).

Cheers

A
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 15:52

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 15:52
Brown's rocks? what rocks? LOL

Wasn't a problem at all .... too easy, could have done them in 2wd almost. I didn't think there was a track "around" just over the rocks.

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 06:39

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 06:39
hi andrew,
i have done some volunteer work at the lighthouse and surrounds over the years. i havnt stayed there but when i,ve camped at sandy cape many times and have gone up on a daily basis and helped out cutting fire breaks and done some turtle tagging with Aub the ranger.

i go up each year and have met many temp. caretakers and got the impression it was mainly bureau of met people who had a shoe in.
i notice the contact email is Aub but cant read the details??

a magic spot and i will be back November.

regards peter
do you geocache?
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Follow Up By: Rocky_QLD - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:13

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:13
Hi Peter

I have seen the sign and noticed the guys name "Aubrey Strydom". I went to school back in Murray Bridge in SA a long time ago with someone of that name, I wonder if it is the same person.

Regards
Rocky
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:24

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 07:24
Couldn't be too many people around with that same name. :-)

Yes Peter, was part of GC19BAM.....

Andrew
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Follow Up By: MartyB - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:33

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:33
How was the weekend trip to the cape. Hopefully we will get to one of these events one day. A few managed to climb the sandhill to visit my Maheno views.
My uncle & aunty used to live on the island and releived the lighthouse keeper a few times. They enjoyed the lighthouse. They had to do the BOM observations at 9am, 3pm and 9pm. Other than that they did some odd jobs around the lighthouse, some fishing and checking on turtles.

from Marty&Karen.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:45

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 20:45
Thanks for the info Marty...

Felt like a "biggest loser" challenge ;-)

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Peter D M - Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 08:11

Thursday, May 08, 2008 at 08:11
hi andrew,
i didnt know about the weekend activity, until the flood of emails early in the week.
i have another one placed at the lighthouse, it has been there since november, had a problem with my gps and havnt been able to activate it.
sounds like a good trip was had.

regards peter/sidknee
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Reply By: Holden4th - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 19:08

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 19:08
I must do this. I worked as a lighthouse keeper at the end of the '70s for two years. I have many nostalgic memories about this and to do a volunteer shift would be great. In my day 'weathers' were numerically encoded and sent via VHF radio. I imagine they'd be a bit different today if they use volunteers.

Any further info would be appreciated.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (QLD) - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 19:42

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 19:42
Broadband access there now from what was said to us....

Andrew
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Follow Up By: rumpig - Friday, May 09, 2008 at 21:13

Friday, May 09, 2008 at 21:13
here's a link i found for you mate
http://www.lighthouse.net.au/lights/Bulletin/0605/sandy_cape.htm
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