Best beach camp on Fraser

I know this may be a very subjective question, but to those in the know, what would be the better camping spot on the Island.
As we've never been there, we'll be hoping to see all the sights in the one week we're there, so I guess central. I understand it'll be a case of check it out and choose one, but considering we have only a week, I prefer not to use up one day cruising up and down the beach, only to realise the first was the best :)
Any ideas would be great!
Thanks again
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Reply By: Member - troy s (WA) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 20:17

Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 20:17
BTW we are heading over there on Tuesday, so any fresh reports would be sweet, also regarding this crap weather we're experiencing here at Inskip, will that have a bearing on which camp?
cheers again
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Follow Up By: chisel - Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 21:00

Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 21:00
There are good sites from before Eurong all the way up to Sandy Cape. If you want central - just pick 2 or 3 of the zones in that area (eg. north or south of the Maheno) and check them out before deciding on a spot. It should only take you about 30 mins to check out a couple of zones completely - take some gps waypoints of the better spots and come back to the one you prefer.

If it is windy, try to get a spot with some protection rather than an open, exposed spot.
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Reply By: Member - Michael and Chris (QL - Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 21:09

Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 21:09
Hi Troy, we always camp about 500m north of Eli creek, this is quite central to the island so it gives you plenty of options to travel either direction. Eli creek is also a great place just to kick back for the day, my kids will play there all day and it is fresh water(cold!!!) so good to clean off any salt at the end of the day. Hope you enjoy your trip. Cheers Mick
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Reply By: Member - Rob S (NSW) - Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 21:45

Sunday, Mar 06, 2011 at 21:45
Hi Troy

Waddy point top camping ground is my preferred spot.
Nice and leafy and protected from the wind.
Fuel and supplies available from Orchid beach store.
And do day trips from Waddy , dosn't take long to travel back down the eastern beach ,You will see every thing in a week, with a little planning.

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Follow Up By: Crackles - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 17:28

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 17:28
"You will see every thing in a week"
Got to disagree there Rob. With tides often restricting travel together with the inland speed limits, even if you just visited the key attractions & did the short walks it would still take a minimum of 2 weeks to see the Island.
One thing that amazed us on our first trip was despite going during the Sept Holidays you could easily dodge the crowds by avoiding the "Poscard sites". At one camp on the West coast we saw a total of 5 cars in 3 days & passed about the same to Sandy Cape, our favorite spot by far.

Cheers Craig....................
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Reply By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 09:23

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 09:23
Best beach camping IMO is the Maloo area, just north of Waddy point. There's also some good spots at the Ocean Lake access track. These areas are in behind Waddy Point so are a bit sheltered from the prevailing south east winds.

If you want to do all the tourist things though, most of them are at the southern and central parts of the island so one of the more southerly sites may suit you better.
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Reply By: Member - Marian S (QLD) - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 11:55

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 11:55
We camp south of happy valley love to trip into the lakes.
Can anyone tell me if the lake makenzie is still open we heard it had been closed to all but tour companies.
Roll back the years to when we used timber cutter maps to find our way about over there. 1973ish. And the brumbies would mow the camp area while we enjoyed our day trips the dingo were too shy to come too close to humans.
Cheers enjoy your time on the island
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Follow Up By: MrBitchi (QLD) - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 13:07

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 13:07
MacKenzie is still open. Just have to put up with all the bloody tour buses taking up all the prime spots. The general public carpark has been moved way back so all the bloody buses can park. Last time I went there, about 2 years ago, we counted 16 buses in the carpark and there would have been close to 500 - 600 people in/around the lake..... No wonder it's being destroyed :-((
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Reply By: Member - troy s (WA) - Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 12:46

Monday, Mar 07, 2011 at 12:46
Thanks for the info fellas.
I reckon we'll end up around the Maheno, Eli area.
Lets hope it's not blowing too much! May even get the lakes and drives done and head north for a few days to relax.
I guess we'll see when we get there.
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