Dilli Village Fraser Island

Trying to find out a bit of information about this place, the web site isn't the greatest. I just want to know if anyone has camped here what they thought of it, were there any problems etc., I've also read that it's the place for backpackers and there is no night time noise curfew, if any one can share some light on this matter it would be appreciated

Cheers

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:26

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:26
Hi Andrew
We stayed at Dilli Village Jan 06. We had a grassed powered site. Clean amenities. Its off the beach a bit. You can access it off the beach or from inland. Its a great camping spot for the kids. Some units there too. Its also fenced. Have also stayed along the beach in previous visits. We booked in and would stay there again. As for the cerfew I cant answer that one we were too buggered from the days fun to stay up late. i would imagine that as its in like a hollow noise would travel. if you think you want to make a racket maybe on the coast line might be of advantage.
Cheers
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Follow Up By: Bytemrk - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:41

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:41
We camped there in September 2006.

I'd say almost exactly on the spot of Old Girls's photo !

We found it the same. it was clean and comfortable enough. We had no drama with noise at all, it was quiet at night.

Safe environment for the rug rats..


Next time I think I would rather camp further north - but that is no fault of Dilli Village rather I'd want to spend more time to the north of the island and less time traveling.

Cheers, Mark
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:51

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:51
Rather Jan 07. Thank god the photos have dates.
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:47

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:47
Mark
Same.
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Reply By: robertbruce - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:54

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 22:54
I have camped and stayed in the units several times during the last few decades... it was a lovely place to stay, very family. Police and other workers sometimes billet there...

the best fishing hole on fraser is not far north from dilly...gosh my pulse races when i think of that fishing hole...lol..

a long time ago, before eftpos, the council running dilly used to somehow be able to bill me through my council rates notice...

sorry couldnt be more uptodate but I doubt it has turned into a party-village, the backpackers usually head much higher up the beach to cathedrals where they are catered for with beach-parties and horror-hangovers....

eack one of those 12 seat troopies loaded with backpackers is worth just short of 5K+++ in hire fees alone for the locals, so it no wonder they changed the natural flow of eli creek so the planes could land, they must be worth heaps
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:17

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:17
Planes have been landing near Eli for decades. During that time the creek has had several different courses. The only thing that changes it is mother nature..
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:52

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2009 at 23:52
In my 35 year history visiting Fraser

IMH 35year history of visiting it O, Dilly Village is the best family place to stay for several reasons...

Distance from the beach makes it safer if the kids try to wander down to it
There much much much less traffic on the beach
Peak-Hours traffic is more predictable running off the tides and barges
There are more freshwater creeks to explore from Dilly
And that darn good fishing hole..

Dilly used to have a swimming hole but the decision to turn the foredune swamps into campsite access tracks pretty much drained the foredune wetlands the whole length of the island...

in th 35 years ive visited it and walked most of it, Eli has never run straight out to the sea like it does now... the planes used to land outfront of Eurong or the old resort at Orchid Beach...

but there sure are some nice swish twin-engined, 6-12 seator airplanes parked at Eli Creek airport nowadays

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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 08:49

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 08:49
"so it no wonder they changed the natural flow of eli creek"

As I said, the only thing that changes the course of the creek is mother nature. At the moment it comes out about 100 metres south. This changed after a big storm about 3 years ago from memory. Used to run about 200 metres north and was banked up by the dunes so the overall water level in the creek was a lot higher.

After 35 yrs you should know that ;-)
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:16

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:16
John,
We too have been there in both. When it was to the north there was a cliff and one time we didnt have to wait for low tide to pass to go over. The bay up past Indian head changes too. Then way down at (Pin Cushion) Cotton Tree, amazes me what mother nature is capable of.
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Follow Up By: Johnny boy - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:21

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 19:21
Are we allowed to be honest about our stay because our stay for 7 days was not all that flash.
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:39

Thursday, Feb 19, 2009 at 21:39
Dilly Village is quiet and not all that flash but it's not far from Eli Creek which is still great to visit...

we shouldnt confuse profit-motive with mature-nature...
before the airport that creek used to run almost a kilometre to the north...it tool 40 minutes to float down and many family groups could park up to it without the slightest hint oif overcrowding....i guess now its easier to controll the crowds.
the bank it carved into the big foredune is still there and can be traced on google to reveal a much further sea-exit pre-airport days

If you Eli from Dilly low tide is good, there used to be so much water coming out it was impassable at hightide... it is probably passable at hightide now
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 09:09

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 09:09
Mate, I don't know what your issue is... your comments continually imply that an "airport" has been built at Eli, which has changed the course of Eli creek. That's total rubbish. Sure planes land on the beach, WHEN CONDITIONS ARE SUITABLE, but to imply that it's a true airport is plain wrong. Planes still do land at Eurong, also at Happy valley and Cathederal beach and anywhere else they choose to, but none of the beach is an airport. "Profit Motive" implies that the operators of the aircraft have influence over the conditions of the beach. Well even King Canute found he couldn't do that!

Your other comment.."the decision to turn the foredune swamps into campsite access tracks pretty much drained the foredune wetlands the whole length of the island"

If you knew anything about Fraser you'd know that any access tracks that run behind the dunes where created by campers looking to get out of the wind. There was NO "decision", just like there is and never was "foredune wetlands the whole length of the island".

As for "There much much much less traffic on the beach", get real. Have you been going up there with your eyes shut? Dilli, being at the southern end of the island, is on the busiest part of the beach. If you want less traffic, head north. The further you go the quieter it gets.


Sheeshhh!!!


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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:31

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:31
MB, i didnt imply, i outright stated what I had said but I was really poking a bit of fun, packing the sand and making the area stable you might say, you must be tone deaf...maybe tide deaf too

To get to Dilli village during high tides one prefers to take the inland track.....The inland track also exits north of dilli village...That means it bypasses Dilli during high tides. This means it greatly reduces the traffic during those periods and at other times .....the northern-central part of fraser is like a multi-lane highway. the beaches are longer which allows more traffic through during high tides...

there are/were foredune wetlands the whole length of the south-east face of the island...with foredune wetlands i really meant swamps, sinks, quicks and creeks

ill prove it .... water runs down the dunes both sides - or are you going to mislead more...

where is the huge swamp out the back of the aircraft landing sign six k's short of eurong them hey? hey? hey? ...

and the rear access campsite tracks came from the "sectioning policy" of the recently placed "beachside campsite areas". These "areas" are moved up and down within thier vicinity to reduce impact in one constant area... but all its done is drained the water...

all this makes staying at DIlli an even bigger bonus 'cause they didnt get the swimming hole and wets rite in front of it..... jeeshhh, shhhhhh


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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:33

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:33
Dilli Village

see the dried out wets running up the beach??
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:45

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:45
this is the correct link

dilli village

last spring as i rounded hool point, the baby seagulls took flight and flew escort along side the vehicle.
The flew a long "wing" formation and drafted from one side of the vehicles wash to the other.... it is a magic place
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:54

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 16:54
The inland road no longer goes to Dilli. You have to get on the beach about 3 or 4 k before Dilli. It's been barricaded off for years.

No one PREFERS the inland road. At high tide it can be your only option but it's a corrugated dangerous track.

Yes water does run down both sides of a dune. So what?

"foredune wetlands the whole length of the south-east face of the island" is hardly the "foredune wetlands the whole length of the island"

Ya don't have a clue what you're talking about.
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 18:44

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 18:44
water running down dunes forms puddles at the bottom..im sure you knew that well....

thanks for highlighting traffic safetys policy, i stand corrected...what happened to the road improvements, i thought they would be in by now. did it all go to air-strip stuff maybe??

but some ignorant dill must have thought it would be better to put campsite access tracks instead...
the old natural campsites reardune access never joined anywhere nearly as much as suggested....look at the google images in the above link, with little effort you can easily see where the wets areas used to be...

is the beach more dangerous than that road then, right... and where's that swamp gone again??
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Follow Up By: Member - Old Girl (QLD) - Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 18:47

Friday, Feb 20, 2009 at 18:47
Move on will ya.
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:55

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 17:55
move on to the answer as to where the swamp went - sure.... it drained when they put the aircraft landing warning sign in, part of the road infrastructor spending i bet...
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Follow Up By: huntin - Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:04

Saturday, Feb 21, 2009 at 21:04
I agree with follow up no.5. Was up there a fortnight ago for 6th trip after a few years working in the NT. We wont be going back. No camping at Lake Mackenzie, Indian Head or NE beachfront at Waddy Pt. All settlements/resorts are fenced like concentration camps, you have to book camps spots before you arrive on island. Eli creek is nothing special anymore, just small and straight out, and Waddy Pt beach camp sites now look out on a smelly sandfly infested swamp. A big disappointment after so many wonderful weeks in previous years at Waddy.
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Follow Up By: robertbruce - Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 13:30

Sunday, Feb 22, 2009 at 13:30
the fencing is to avoid native title claims.....such is the greed up there they let the dogs overpopulate to get funding for fences to avoid native title, not for dog attacks...

at the now "much easier to launch a boat" Waddy point; was the privatly owned 50foot luxury motor launch still parked behind the shed in the rangers station?..

that's what so nice about Dilli ... it hasnt changed all that much nor the geography around it... and that gives a family the chance to see bio-diversity and bio-destruction all in the one holiday...
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