This is an extended 8 day self sufficient trip along the northern section of the west coast of world famous Fraser Island. The paddling environment will be protected with clear blue water and white sandy beaches. The trip is graded at 1.5 and suitable for the more advanced beginner to intermediate paddler.
There will be a briefing and discussion about the trip 1 week prior.
Distance: 105 km
Paddle Duration: Maximum 5 hours/day with water/ rest breaks as required
Dates: Sat 29th June – Saturday 6th July
This is an extended grade 1 to 1.5 (advanced beginner to intermediate) 8 day trip to world famous heritage listed Fraser Island. This is the world’s largest sand Island and the area that we will be paddling is reasonable remote so we will need to be self sufficient for the entire 8 days. We will be paddling adjacent to the western coastline and will be paddling 20 to 25 ks per day with perhaps a lay day or two
The paddling environment is relatively protected waters and we will be paddling with a few hundred meters of the shoreline.
We will be leaving the Club shed very early on Saturday morning (about 5am) to arrive at Hervey Bay about 8.30am.
- We will then load our kayaks and gear on to a private barge which will drop us off at Moon Point on Fraser Island.
- We will then paddle north to Woralie Creek (about 14ks) for our first night (Saturday night). Our tentative trip plan is as follows:-
- Woralie Creek – Awinya Creek (8ks) Sunday night
- Awinya – Wathumba (20ks) Monday night
- Wathumba (rest/ play/ explore day) Tuesday night. Maybe a short night paddle.
- Wathumba – Teebing – return to Wathumba (25ks or less) Wednesday night
- Wathumba – Bowarrady Creek (18Ks) Thursday night
- Bowarrady Creek – Cougal Creek (14Ks) Friday night
- Cougal Creek to Moon Point (5ks – for pick up on Saturday afternoon by the barge).
- We will then arrive back to Hervey Bay about 4pm load the gear on the trailer and drive back to Brisbane (get back about 8.30pm)
Duration: 8 days
This trip is for kayakers who are a little more able or who have developed sufficient skills during semester.
Tides: Obviously vary over this period. Tide times will be distributed to all participants closer to the trip time. Mostly it is timed it so that we will have tidal assistance, but there are times when we will be paddling against the tide.
Moon: Last quarter to new moon.
- Depart cub Shed Saturday 29th June at 5am
- Arrive Hervey Bay at 8.30am Saturday.
- Get dropped off at Moon Point, Fraser Island at about 10am Saturday.
- Trip/ paddling outline as tentatively set out above.
- Be picked up at Moon Point Saturday (6th July) then dropped back to Hervey Bay then drive to Brisbane.
Approx time of arrival back at Club Shed is 8.30+ on Saturday 6th July.
Map: map of Fraser island
Emergency contact: Urangan VMR 41289666; VHF16, 67
Leader: John Simmons.
Registration: John Simmons. Applications now open (its May). Email and also express your interest to John when you see him. Please indicate whether you have transport and if you have roof racks for kayaks. If you have not kayaked with the organisers before, please give some indication of your skills level to assist planning. It will not be fun if you are not up to it.