Fraser Island Trip – Poona to Tin Can Bay

A three day trip (3.5 day including travel) along the southern side of Fraser island and into Tin Can Bay.

This trip was moved from April to the October long weekend (finer details such as tides/timings to be updated)

Event ID: 211001S

This is a trip along the Sandy Strait from the township of Poona along the south side of Fraser Island to Inskip Point and then into Tin Can Bay.

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 hope to see dugong and perhaps dingos.

On Friday we will load boats and drive up to Poona for the night, staying overnight at the Poona Palms Caravan Park (near the boat ramp put in point). We will paddle over to our Fraser island camp site in the middle of the day/afternoon. On Sunday we plan to paddle 22km through Tin Can Bay and camp for the night. Although this is long for grade 1, it is with the tide.

We plan to end the paddling at Tin Can Bay before noon on Monday (it’s a long weekend), and then drive back to Brisbane that afternoon/evening.

Paddlers are expected to be self-sufficient and will need to carry all food, water, camping and safety gear required for the trip.

Sails will be permitted BUT not essential on this trip.

Trip Route: Poona to Coolooloi. Coolooloi to Poverty Point. Poverty Point to Tin Can Bay.

The activity is run in accordance with the UQ Sport Approved Club Covid Policy (v5).
Please do not attend this activity if you have any associated symptoms
or have been near any hot spots.

This trip is subject to updated Qld Health, UQ, and UQ Sport Covid related advice.

Poona Palms Holiday Park
103 Boronia Drive, Poona Queensland 4650
Phone: (07) 4129 8167

Paddle TypeSea kayaking
Start Date01-10-2021 (day/evening)
End Date04-10-2021
Trip days3 (4 including travel)
Depart DateFriday 1st October 2021
Return DateMonday 4th October 2021
Paddle days3
Trip LeaderMartin Wynne
Distance(s)1. Sat – 15 km (~ 3hr paddling)
2. Sun – 22 km (~ 4.5 hr paddling)
3. Mon – 8 km (~ 2 hr paddling)
(Total – 45 km).

FRIDAY 1st October
* Load boats at shed. Time TBC
* Drive to Poona Camp site.
* Car Shuttle by early arrivals (1.5hr)
* Camp the night in the caravan park

SATURDAY, 2nd October
(High tide: 12:32 PM Poona)
10:30 AM Load boats & Briefing
11: 15 AM Early Lunch at Poona
11:45 AM Trip Briefing
Noon: Depart from Poona boat ramp
Potential stop(s) along Fraser Island
3:30 PM Arrive Coolooloi Camp Site

SUNDAY 3rd October
6:30 AM Breakfast
7: 00 AM Break Camp / Load boats
8:00 AM Depart
8:30 AM enter Tin Can Bay
9:00 Dugong watching on way?
11:30 Stop Tin Can Bay / Lunch
12:30 Depart Tin Can Bay
2PM Arrive Poverty Point Campsite
(High Tide: Tin Can Bay 1.25 PM)

MONDAY 4th October
(Low Tide: Tin Can Bay 8:06 AM)
6:30 AM Breakfast
7:00 AM Break Camp / Pack boats
8: 00 AM depart
10:00 AM Morning Tea Tin Can Bay
10:30 Car Shuttle (1.5hr) and unpack / wash gear.
12:00 Load boats
12:30 Lunch Tin Can Bay
14:00 Depart Tin Can Bay
18:00 Arrive St. Lucia / unpack gear
(High Tide: Tin Can Bay 2:41 PM)
Paddle Duration(s)Sat – 3 hrs
Sun – 4.5 hrs
Mon – 2 hrs

At Elbow Point (near Coolooloi campsite)
1st Sat – Low 5:49 (0.67m); High 11:47 (1.68m); Low 17:21 (0.55m)
2nd Sun – Low 6:55 (0.77m); High 12:49 (1.57m); Low 18:12 (0.68m)
3rd Mon – Low 8:14 (0.82m); High 14:03 (1.51m)
See Paddle Outline for local variations
MoonSat 1st: 75%
Sun 2nd: 64%
Mon 3rd: 54%
Tue 4rd: Half moon (neap tides).
Sunrise – Sunset timesTO BE UPDATED for OCTOBER
Sunrise: 5:47 AM -> 6:11 AM
Sunset: 5:18 PM -> 5:42 PM
Put in PointBoat ramp, end of Owen Cox St, Poona
Take out PointTin Can Bay Yacht Club at end of the Esplanade.
Alternate Route Variations We can end the trip early at the alternate take out points (below).
Alternate Take Out Points If conditions deteriorate we can complete the trip at aTin Can Bay on Sunday, or Inskip Camping area on Saturday or Sunday.
FacilitiesThere are no water, toilet or shower facilities at Coolooloi (Sat) or Poverty Point (Sun).
Toilet and showers available at Poona (Friday).
There is no tap water available except at Poona.
Toilets available if we visit Inskip point (near Coolooloi) or Tin Can Bay, but don’t rely on this (bush toileting).
Bring 3-4 L water per day (11-12L total) – in robust containers (no milk cartons!!)
Extra Files and LinksFraser Island beach camping zones map (PDF)
Additional Dangerous Animal Info
* Dingo Safe tips
* Be Dingo safe (link)
* Dingo safe (flyer)
* Crocodile Safe (rare sightings occur – non permanent population)
* Marine Stingers (Irukandji jellyfish are reported on the western side of Fraser)

Risks and Management

Sea Kayak Risk AssessmentUQCC Sea Kayaking Risk Assessment (Supplied on request);
✓ 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 AssessmentUQCC Travel Risk Assessment (Supplied on request);
✓ 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 1Marine stingers (Irukandji jellyfish)
Risk 1 ContextIrukandji jellyfish have occasionally sting visitors on the western side of Fraser in Summer months.
Risk 1 Management / ControlsParticipants to be made aware of symptoms and location of first aid treatments. Vinegar carried as part of first aid equipment.
Risk 1 Before ManagementLow
Risk 1 AFTER ManagementLow
Risk 2Dingos
Risk 2 ContextFraser has a wild dingo population and are likely to be encountered.
Risk 2 Management / ControlsFollow national parks dingo advice (see linked information). Do not feed dingos. Pack food and rubbish away (in boats not tents) or in Food storage cages at the campsite. Stand upright and do not run. Walk in groups if dingos around.
Risk 2 Before ManagementLow
Risk 2 AFTER ManagementLow
Risk 3Crocodiles
Risk 3 ContextCrocodile sightings have been reported in southern Fraser island. This is not a resident population.
Risk 3 Management / ControlsParticipants made aware of reports and to remain vigilant especially when near the water’s edge. National park information to be followed (see links).
Risk 3 Before ManagementLow
Risk 3 AFTER ManagementLow
Risk Management
Risk AlleviationGroup will have a PLB. Phone communication is generally available. Marine VHF radios will also be available (VMR communication).
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 InformationCoast Guard Tin Can Bay QF17
Norman Pt, Tin Can Bay, Qld, 4580
Ph: 54864290 | Mob: 0419 798 651
VHF 16, 67, 80, 82 (CALLSIGN: VMR417) 06:00 – 18:00

Alternate: VMR Hervey Bay mob: (07) 4128 9666; VHF 16, 67, 22, 73
Nearest Medical Help and ContactsMaryborough Hospital Emergency
(Closest from Poona)
185 Walker Street
Maryborough QLD 4650
07 4122 8222

Gympie Hospital
(Closest from Tin Can Bay)
Address: 12 Henry St, Gympie QLD 4570
Opens 8AM – 4:30 PM
Emergency department: Open 24 hours
Phone: (07) 5489 8444
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 sea kayaking);
✓ Whistle;
Safety Equipment✓ First Aid Kit;
✓ Hand Pump (1 per boat);
✓ Paddle Float (1 per boat);
✓ Repair Kit;
✓ Rescue Stirrup;
✓ Spare Paddle;
✓ Torch / Glow stick;
Communications✓ Flares;
✓ Mobile Phone;
✓ Signal Mirror;
✓ V-Sheet;
✓ VHF Radio;
✓ Whistle;
Additional or Emphasised EquipmentAll water to be carried. Water can be filled at Poona. Approximately 11-12 L of water should be taken (3-4L per day).
Ensure food is suitable (check packet food is what you think it is (not pastes/sauces etc). Camping stoves only (no fires).
Check of Paddlers’ Equipment✓ Bailing Device;
✓ Footwear (covered);
✓ Medication;
✓ PFD;
✓ Paddle Leash;
✓ Spray Deck;
✓ Suitable Craft;
✓ Sunsmart Gear;
✓ Water;
Poona Palms Holday Park and nearby Point in point (Boat ramp)
Coolooloi Creek Camp Site on Fraser Island
Poverty Point Camp Site
Tin Can Bay Take Out Point: Tin Can Bay Yacht Club at the end of the Esplanade.
Car Shuttle between Poona and Tin Can Bay (40 min each way). Note intersection close to Wallu (circled).


Boat LoadingFriday 1st October 2021. Time TBC.
Boat Loading LocationClub Shed
Boat Loading DetailsWe will load boats before departing.
Meet LocationTBC – depending on transport method.
Costs Poona Palms Holiday Park Camping ($14 to $20 TBC) (Friday night)
National Park camping < $7 per night (two nights so ~$14)
Money for potential Dinner on Friday night / Lunch on Monday
Petrol money for your driver
Additional Comments/InstructionsPlease bring mosquito repellent and sandfly ointment!


Register with: Martin Leader Email Address Location: Committee Contacts Page
Register by: 28-09-2021 (earlier if you need to do your rescue training)
Event ID: 211001S

Register here