Tides at Fraser Island

Submitted: Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 22:03
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We are headed to Fraser on the 17th of April and noticed the tides are high at around 9.30 to 10ish AM Depending on where you get your info.

We want to get onto the Island as early as possible after that (Hook point) and drive up to Dundubara campsite, we are just wondering how long after that we should wait.

Alternatively if we crossed up at Hervey Bay and crossed the Island via inland tracks could we avoid this issue all together?
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Reply By: Kim and Damn Dog - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 22:47

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 22:47
Gidday

Here is the link we use down South (Tide Clock), which I believe is Australian wide:

http://tides.willyweather.com.au/vic/melbourne/tooradin-pier.html

Hope this helps.

Regards

Kim
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Reply By: chisel - Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 23:09

Tuesday, Mar 30, 2010 at 23:09
http://www.bom.gov.au/oceanography/tides/MAPS/qld.shtml
Look for Waddy Pt.
Depending on conditions you may need to wait until 3 or 4 hours after high tide before you can get around hook point. Alternatively you can go up the inland track that bypasses hook pt. You should be ok on the rest of the beach from 2 or 3 hours after high tide (possibly ok even at high tide) except sometimes at Eli creek it can be a bit dicey if too close to high tide. It'll take about an hour to get from hook pt to eli ck.
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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:44

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:44
When I was there in Feb we got away with 2 hours before low but even then we had to use some of the bypass roads near the rocks
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Reply By: Atta Boy Luther - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:18

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:18
Tide Waddypoint 17/4/2010 924am high tide 1.48m . low tide 1506pm 0.51m .
Go across from hook point to fraser whenever you want . Travel the inland road and then head up the beach . Be very aware that the closer you drive to the head of creeks the larger the drop off . I have seen drop offs around a metre tall . There are numerous creeks from the inland road beach cutting to eurong . However this high tide is fairly small and as long as you are careful you shouldnt have any problems . Slow down to a crawl or stop and check any creek crossings if you are unsure . I would personally get to the barge right on high tide , by the time you cross on the barge and travel up the inland track it would be around 90 minutes after high tide anyway . Do you like corrugations ?
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Follow Up By: Atta Boy Luther - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:37

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 11:37
I forgot to add , google "fraser island accident" .
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Reply By: CJ - Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:59

Wednesday, Mar 31, 2010 at 12:59
Toad,

We made the mistake once of being impatient and took a combination of inland tracks and some soft beach sand at highish tide. 10-30km/hr

We will not do that again.

It is sooo much easier to have a pcknick for two hours and then to drive at 80km/hr using half the fuel. And best thing is you probably won't arrive that much later anyway

Enjoy the island,

CJ
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