Fraser Island – Urangan to Wathumba 2017 (see alternate bad wind plan)

An eight day expedition along the western side of Fraser island (9 including travel). For more experienced paddlers and campers.

Note this trip is full. If you are a higher level paddler and are interested, let us know.

Alternate plan is here

Event ID: 20170922S
Last Modified: 2017-09-15 08:19:49
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Fraser Island is the world’s largest sand island, and part of a unique sand island system running beside south east Queensland. It has spectacular scenery and is home to an abundant array of wildlife. We will be visiting during the peak of whale season. which we hope to see during their migration.

This is a multi-day trip for experienced paddlers where participant numbers are limited for safety and camp site limitation reasons. Paddlers are expected to be self-sufficient and will need to carry all food, water, camping and safety gear required for the trip. This expedition will be run concurrently with a concurrent trip by the Queensland Sea Kayak Club.

On Friday we will load boats and drive up to Urangan for the night, staying overnight at the Harbour View Caravan Park (beside the put in point). We will spend three days paddling north to Wathumba where we will camp 3 nights and have two days to relax, explore Fraser or paddle at leisure (Walthumba Creek), or do a group paddle into Hervey bay. We will then spend three days paddling south back to Urangan. We plan to arrive at Urangan Harbour around the middle of Saturday and drive back to Brisbane that afternoon/evening.

Sails will be permitted BUT not essential on this Expedition.

Harbour View Caravan Park, Urangan

Phone: 07 4128 9374
Fax: 07 4128 9374

Harbour View Caravan Park
1 Jetty Road
Hervey Bay

Paddle Type Sea kayaking
Start Date 22-09-2017
End Date 30-09-2017
Trip days 9
Depart Date 23-09-2017
Return Date 30-09-2017
Paddle days 8
Trip Leader Peter Voght
Grade 1
Distance(s) 1. Sat – 18 km
2. Sun – 20 km
3. Mon – 13 km
4. Tue – 0-15km (local exploration)
5. Wed – 0-15km (local exploration)
6. Thu – 19 km
7. Fri – 15 km
8. Sat – 18 km

Total – 103km (max 20km per day).

Paddle Outline Note: Prevailing winds during September may be from the North. Legs 1 – 3 may be paddling into a head wind. Therefore imperative that you leave after the peak of high tide on the ebbing tides for tidal assistance north.

0. Friday, Load boats at shed. Drive to Urangan Camp site (depart by 1 PM). Camp the night in the caravan park

1. Day 1 – Saturday 23 Sept – Urangan to Coongul Creek via Big Woody Island (18 kms) (Night 1)

  • Special Purpose Marker Buoy (Yellow)
  • Yellow Marker to Northern tip of Big Woody Island – Stop if necessary)
  • 4.4kms to Red Marker Buoy at Moon Point Bank
  • 3.1kms Red Marker Buoy to Southern Tip of Fraser Island
  • Stop for break
  • Approx 3kms (Follow West Coast of Fraser Island)
  • Approx 3kms (Follow West Coast of Fraser Island to Coongul Campsite

2. Day 2 – Sunday 24 Sept – Coongul Creek to Awinya Creek – 20 Km (Hug Coastline) (night 2)

3. Day 3 – Monday, 25 Sept – Awinya Creek to Walthumba Creek – 13 Kms (Hug Coastline) – Passes Triangle Cliffs (night 3)

4. & 5. Day 4 & 5 – Tuesday & Wednesday, 26th & 27th Sept – Wathumba – local exploration. If conditions are suitable we may do a paddle into Hervey Bay and/or up the local creek. (night 4 & 5)

6. Day 6 – Thursday, 28 Sept – Wathumba Creek to Bowarrady Creek (Night 6) (19 kms)

7. Day 7 – Friday, 29 Sept – Bowarrady Creek to Coongul Creek (Night 7) (15 kms)

  • 9 kms
  • 4.5 kms

8. Day 8 – Saturday, 30 Sept – Coongul Creek to Urangan Boat Harbour (Final Return Leg) (18 kms)
Return to Brisbane (Sat PM)

Paddle Duration(s) Sat – 4 hrs
Sun – 4 hrs
Mon – 3 hrs
Tue – 0 – 4 hrs
Wed – 0 – 4 hrs
Thu – 4 hrs
Fri – 3 hrs
Sat – 4 hrs
  • 23rd Sat – L 0413 0.67; H 1022 3.34; L 1639 0.91; H 2230 3.30
  • 24th Sun – L 0442 0.80; H 1056 3.21; L 1715 1.12; L 2302 3.06
  • 25th Mon – L 0510 0.95; H 1132 3.06; L 1756 1.33; H 2338 2.81
  • 26th Tues; L 0545 1.14; H 1219 2.91; L 1854 1.53
  • 27 Wed – H 0028 2.57; L 0632 1.33; H 1333 2.79; L 2025 1.63
  • 28th Thu – H 0154 2.41; L 0753 1.48; H 1503 2.78; L2150 1.58
  • 29th Fri -H 0328 2.42; L 0924 1.46; H 1616 2.88; L 2256 1.42
  • 30th Sat – H 0437 2.56; L 1030 1.32; H 1712 3.06; L 2346 1.23
  • 1st Sun – H 0529 2.77; L 1122 1.13; H 1756 3.24
  • 2nd Mon – L 0027 1.03; H 0612 2.99; L 1207 0.94; 1835 3.42
  • 3rd Tues – L 0104 0.84; H 0651 3.22; L 1251 0.77; H 1911 3.58
Moon Wed 20th Sep: New Moon
Thu 28th Sep: Half Moon
Fri 6th Oct: Full Moon
Sunrise – Sunset times Sat 23rd Sep -> Sun 1st Oct
Sunrise: 5:36 AM -> 5:27 AM
Sunset: 5:44 PM -> 5:48 PM
Put in Point Urangan Harbour
Take out Point Urangan Harbour
Alternate Route Variations
  • Depending on conditions and forecasts, the group may alter the plan and alter the campsites and/or
Facilities There is no tap water available
There are no toilet or shower facilities
Limited toilets at Wathumba (paddle involved!)
No natural Fresh water available at Wathumba (10L required for the time we are there.)

Western beach camping areas
Map: Fraser Island beach camping zones map (PDF, 395K) ( )
Camping area features: 7 discrete, remote beach camping areas fall within the north-western beaches of Fraser Island. Each camping area is suitable for low-key beach camping experience–compact and mostly undefined sites with limited camping capacity. These are unfenced beach camping areas. Families with children are encouraged to camp in other camping areas with dingo-deterrent fences.
Location: These 7 remote beach camping areas are spread between Moon Point in the south to Wathumba spit in the north, on the north western side of the island.
The beach camping areas are:
• Moon Point camping area (boat access only)
• Coongul Creek camping area
• Woralie Creek camping area
• Bowarrady Creek camping area
• Awinya Creek camping area
• Bowal Creek camping area
• Teebing (Wathumba spit) camping area (boat access only)
Access: boat access only at Moon Point and Teebing (Wathumba spit) beach camping areas. Access all other western beach camping areas using high clearance 4WD’s. Drive on the defined foredune access tracks–not on the dunes.
Please note: Very deep and soft sands, deep creek crossing, rocks and debris make beach driving conditions very risky of submerging and damaging your 4WD. Help may be hours away and incoming tides do not wait. Ensure your vehicle is powerful enough for the trailer you are towing, and travel with other 4WD’s that may assist if you get bogged. For your safety, do not enter the ‘no vehicle zones’ between Hook Point and Moon Point, and between Towoi Creek and Sandy Cape lighthouse. These beaches are extremely hazardous for driving.
Number of sites: no defined sites.
Maximum capacity: Awinya Creek-40 people; Bowal Creek-20 people; Bowarrady Creek-15 people; Coongul Creek-40 people; Moon Point-20 people; Teebing (Wathumba spit)-50 people; Woralie Creek-30 people. Additional capacity is provided at some camping areas during peak periods. Keep your camp compact for other campers.
Camp sites are suitable for: tent camping beside your 4WD, off-road camper trailers.
Camp site surface: sand
Facilities: none.
The nearest portable toilet waste disposal facility is at the eastern beach entrance to Woralie Road.
The nearest QPWS waste transfer stations to dispose of rubbish are located south of the Maheno beach camping zone and south of Red Canyon.
The nearest water taps are at the Dundubara camping area. Bring your own water containers and treat water before drinking.
Open fires: prohibited.
Essentials to bring: fuel or gas stove, first-aid kit, portable toilet, prescription medicines (if needed), water containers, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sand pegs, tarpaulins, extra poles, ropes and lockable food storage containers. Smokers should bring small sealable canisters for cigarette butts. Also see: Things to know before you go ( ).
Mobile phone coverage: intermittent.

Map: Fraser Island Recreation Area map (PDF, 627K) ( )
Camping area features: ‘park and walk-in’ camping area, set behind the foredunes, near mangroves–expect mosquitoes and sandflies all year round, but especially in warmer, wetter months.
Location: western side of Fraser Island near the mouth of Wathumba Creek.
Access: high clearance 4WD, boats (high tide access upstream of mouth of Wathumba Creek), off-road camper trailers.
Number of sites: 20 sites in grassed open area, maximum of 60 people at any one time within this area, three designated trailer sites. Please note: You must specifically book your camper trailer into a camper trailer site. Tent sites are not separately defined, so please consider others and keep your camp compact.
Camp sites are suitable for: park and walk-in tent camping–that is, vehicles are parked a short distance away from tents. Three trailer sites.
Camp site surface: sand
Facilities: toilet block, picnic tables and nearby day-use area
Open fires: prohibited
Essentials to bring: fuel or gas stove, first-aid kit, prescription medicines (if needed), water containers, rubbish bags, insect repellent, sand pegs, tarpaulins, extra poles, ropes and lockable food storage containers. Smokers should bring small sealable canisters for cigarette butts.
Mobile phone coverage: intermittent.

Chart Information September Statistics

WIND SPEEDS (6.3 kn average)
Calm < 0.6 kn (8.3%)
Light < 6.8 kn (35%)
Gentle < 10.7 kn (35%)
Mod < 15.6 kn (20.3%)
Fresh NNW: 8%
NNE -> ENE: 7.4%

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Planned Route
Put in Point(s)
356-Urangan Harbour.jpg
Urangan Harbour and caravan park/campsite (Harbour View Caravan Park)
Extra Files and Links Fraser Island beach camping zones map (PDF, 395K)
Be Dingo safe (link)
Dingo safe (flyer)


Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk Assessment UQ Risk Assessment #45934; ✓ Animals and Plants (major injury);
✓ Animals and Plants (minor injury);
✓ Bad Weather / Weather Change;
✓ Boat Traffic / Shipping;
✓ Capsize;
✓ Carrying Boats;
✓ Cuts, Sprains, and Strains;
✓ Dehydration;
✓ Drowning;
✓ Enter / Exit Boat;
✓ Entire Group Capsizing;
✓ Equipment Failure;
✓ Fitness / Fatigue;
✓ Getting Separated from Group;
✓ Group Getting Lost;
✓ Heat Exhaustion / Hyperthermia;
✓ Hit by Paddle;
✓ Hypothermia;
✓ Ineffective Rudder;
✓ Medical Condition(s);
✓ Missing / Broken Paddle;
✓ Paddle Related Injuries / Tendonitis / Blisters;
✓ Panic / Fear;
✓ Rocks and Submerged Objects;
✓ Rough Seas;
✓ Sea Sickness;
✓ Separation from Boat;
✓ Sinking Boat;
✓ Strainers (Overhanging Trees / Mangroves / Fishing Lines / Structures);
✓ Sunburn;
✓ Surf;
✓ Tripping while walking;
Travel Risk Assessment UQ Assessment #57960; ✓ Becoming Lost;
✓ Breakdown or Breakdown in Remote Area;
✓ Chemical: Unleaded Petrol;
✓ Drowsiness while Driving;
✓ Incident or Accident while Driving;
✓ Injury from Loading / Unloading Equipment from vehicle;
✓ Loads Falling from Vehicle or Trailer, or hitting occupants in accident;
✓ Towing Trailer;
Risk 1 Kayaker(s) hit by whale
Risk 1 Context September is the peak of the whale season. Encounters with whales are likely.
Risk 1 Management / Controls Paddlers to stay at a distance from the whales (>100m), as per whale watching guidelines. Paddlers to make sufficient noise on the water so the whale knows they are there. Paddlers to avoid coming between male and female whales or between female whales and their young. Paddlers to say well clear of any whales exhibiting aggressive/angry behaviour (very violent tailslaps etc).
Risk 1 Before Management Mod
Risk 1 AFTER Management Low
Risk 2 Dingos
Risk 2 Context Fraser has a wild dingo population and are likely to be encountered.
Risk 2 Management / Controls Follow national parks dingo advice. Do not feed dingos. Pack food and rubbish away (in boats not tents). Stand upright and do not run. Walk in groups if dingos around.
Risk 2 Before Management Low
Risk 2 AFTER Management Low
Risk 3 Crocodiles
Risk 3 Context Crocodile sightings have been reported in southern Fraser island. These are very rare.
Risk 3 Management / Controls Participants made aware of reports and to remain vigilant especially when near the water’s edge. Crocodiles less likely to be around campsite creeks due to absence of food sources.
Risk 3 Before Management Low
Risk 3 AFTER Management Low
Risk Management
Risk Alleviation Group will have several PLBs, an EPIRB, and an in Reach system for remote communication, tracking, and emergencies.
Paddler Requirements ✓ Conditions can be calm, but can change dramatically with winds and tides contributing significantly to this.
✓ Paddlers must advise leaders if they have health issues or injuries that may affect participation. Ensure medication is carried and is accessible. If unsure, they should check with their doctor beforehand.
✓ Participants must be familiar with, and have demonstrated, a wet exit and T-rescue (in a sea kayak) while a member of the club.
✓ Participants must self-assess their, and their equipment’s ability to cope with this grade of club event. The club grading scale is located on the club website. This should be consulted prior to registration, and any concerns or anything needing clarification should be raised with the trip leader beforehand.
✓ Participants need the skills for the grade for the trip, unless modified below (Additional Comments).
✓ Participants should have an appropriate level of fitness. This is a trip that requires a moderate fitness level and a minimum sustained cruising speed as required by the {paddle grade
Emergency Contact Information Urangan VMR 41289666; VHF16, 67
Nearest Medical Help and Contacts Urangan Medical Centre
2 Toni Street, Urangan
Ph: 4128 9017

Monday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Saturday 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Safety and Personal Equipment
Personal Equipment (check link) ✓ Camping Gear (e.g. tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag);
✓ Clothing you can get wet (on the water);
✓ Cooking gear;
✓ Dry clothing (to keep warm);
✓ Equipment Requirements for Grade;
✓ Food adequate for trip duration;
✓ Footwear suitable for paddling, swimming and extra for on land;
✓ Paddle clothes to protect from cold/wind (e.g. thermal/spray jacked or cag);
✓ Review potential equipment;
✓ Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, long sleeved paddle clothes, sunscreen, etc);
✓ Water – 3L per day (4L if camping);
✓ Water and snacks accessible while paddling;
Kayak Equipment ✓ Dry bag;
✓ PFD and paddle;
✓ Paddle tie;
✓ Pump, sponge, bailer, and paddle float;
✓ Sea Kayaking Required Equipment List;
✓ Spray Deck (if you have never used one tell the leader before you register!);
✓ Suitable paddle craft (sea kayak if seakayaking);
✓ Whistle;
Safety Equipment ✓ First Aid Kit;
✓ Hand Pump (at least 1 per 2 boats);
✓ Paddle Floats (at least 1 per 2 boats);
✓ Repair Kit;
✓ Rescue Stirrup;
✓ Spare Paddle;
✓ Torch / Glow stick;
Communications ✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised Equipment Natural water sources are not available at Wathumba (3 days).
If planning to augment with natural water sources ensure you have sufficient fuel to boil water and /or other sterilisation methods. Collect from creeks only after the tide has gone out sufficiently to become fresh (they are tidal) – this will require planning!
Ensure food is suitable (check packet food is what you think it is (not pastes/sauces etc)\
3 – 4 L of water per day (10 L for Wathumba)
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment ✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;



Pre-trip Meeting 12-09-2017 8:00 PM
Pre-trip Meeting Location UQ Pool area
Pre-trip Meeting Details Discussion of trip details and provisioning.
Boat Loading 22-09-2017 10:00
Boat Loading Location Club Shed
Boat Loading Details We will load boats before departing.
Meet Location As per boat loading
  • Harbour View Caravan Park – Camping $24 (Friday night)
  • Seven Nights camping on Fraser – < $7 per night
  • Petrol money for your driver and trailier towing



Register with: Peter Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 1-09-2017 Event ID: 20170922S