Thursday, June 18, 2015

Here's What's Currently Biting On Fraser (with Zoe)

FRASER ISLAND: Wind is most definitely not a fisherman's friend and the large swell has made it a bit difficult to get the lines to stay out over the last few days. Schools of mullet have been spotted north around Waddy Point, which means the tailor aren't too far away - as the boys from RBAC found out recently.

Not to be deterred, a quick trip over smooth tracks to the sheltered western side has meant that reputations stay intact and that fish can still be served up for dinner. For those that love their flathead, there have been some beauties caught (and spotted) around Ungowa.

A big thanks too to Andreas Peuler who wrote in (via Facebook) to tell us he'd cleared some fallen trees from the track in to Ungowa late last month. There'll be some pretty happy fisherfolk on Fraser at the moment because of your good deed.

Andreas hard at work on the track to Ungowa.

The good news is the sun is shining and conditions are looking better for the back half of the week as we await the NW wind turn- around that'll see tailor on the bite. There's also been plenty of folks heading across from Dilli to Birrabeen on the southern lakes circuit drive, which is in great condition.

You'll find Zoe R working in the Front Office at Eurong Beach Resort. We don't mind telling you that, when it comes to fishing, she gives visiting fisherfolk a run for their money.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Fraser Islanders Rally Behind Nepalese Orphans

On 25 April, Australians woke to the news that almost 9,000 Nepalese had been killed and tens of thousands more injured in a earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter Scale -  the worst natural disaster to strike Nepal since the Nepal–Bihar earthquake in 1934.  Hundreds of thousands of people were made homeless with entire villages flattened.

The devastating news touched the hearts of people on the Fraser Coast who have a special connection to Nepal through the Forget Me Not Children's Charity, started by local Lars Olsen.

The news broadcasts also made quite an impact on Fraser Island and resort staff decided to raffle an iPad to help raise vital funds for the Nepal Earthquake Rescue Fund.  Staff even gave up their 'Dingo Dollars' (resort cash) to buy canned goods and non-perishables to send over.

Tickets in the relief raffle were sold in all areas of our business including Eurong Beach Resort, Brisbane Office, Hervey Bay based departments, Fraser Island Barges, Kingfisher Bay Resort and Fraser Explorer Tours.

According to Group General Manager, David Hay, who championed the cause - the support from all the team was overwhelming and the group matched staff's fundraising dollar for dollar.

"We are very proud to have been able to help the people of Nepal in this small way, who have been devastated by this disaster," Mr Hay said.  "Our Human Resources Manager, Natalie Griffiths, deserves a special mention as she sold over seven hundred tickets, which was an outstanding effort."

Kingfisher Bay and our staff on Fraser Island have had a long association with Lars and the F-M-N home. Over the years we've hosted balls and fundraisers and past staffers have sat on the board and visited Nepal. We've also donated prizes to help boost fundraising and our David Hay's wife, Michelle, is a current board member.

A cheque was presented to the Vice President of Forget Me Not Australia, Peter McKay (pictured above right), in a modest ceremony on Fraser Island today.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fraser Fishing With Wilko

FRASER ISLAND: Last weekend wasn't particularly flash for those brave souls fishing the eastern beach. We had a couple of mentions of good sized stubnose dart (oyster eaters to some) being caught in deep gutters on the incoming tides south of Eurong Beach Resort.

Locals venturing over to the western side have mentioned some good sized fish - suspected large trevally - that "got away" on the mid tide in.

Pic Cody Doucette, The Matador Network.

There's also mention of tailor being caught off the eastern beach... and as soon the north westerly wind return, we will see them in large schools just off the beach. Good luck to all that are wetting their lines this week.

For those heading over from Wanggoolba, some solid rainfall has hardened the tracks nicely, making for easy access for all 4WDs around the island.

John 'Wilko' Wilkins is the Resort Manager at Eurong Beach Resort and a mad keen fisherman.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Tailor, Pippies, Good Beaches and More!

FRASER ISLAND: Local fisherman have reported light north-easterly winds and some great fishing on Fraser. Tailor have been caught off the beach this past week. South of Eurong Beach Resort, we've also had reports of good sized dart being caught in a deep gutter (it's around the 40km point as you head north from Hook Point).

However you're 'doing Fraser', we hope you enjoy it!  Photo: Cody Doucette, The Matador Network.
For regular visitors, we're pleased to report that the pippies are back around the front of the resort.  North of the Fraser Island Police Station, good sized sand whiting and flathead are being landed on the incoming tides. North of Poyungan Rocks, they've been catching dart, whiting and the old tailor during the past week.  There's been some good sized male mud Crabs being caught around the Wanggoolba Creek area.

On the tracks, beach driving conditions, either side of high tide, are good but please exercise caution - there are plenty of wash outs, traffic signs to obey and people to watch out for (who can't hear you approach due to the wind/surf noise on the beach).

We have had some decent rain fall a couple of weeks back which makes for great driving around the inland tracks. The track from Dilli Village to Central is particularly good at the moment.

However you're doing Fraser, Enjoy!

John 'Wilko' Wilkins is the Resort Manager at Eurong Beach Resort and a mad keen fisherman.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Hallelujah! The Humpbacks Are Here!

FRASER ISLAND: Mother Nature has given us some good, late, high tides of late, which are perfect for those that want an afternoon fish and some great beach driving on the world's largest sand island.

We've had reports of bream, flathead and whiting plus the swallowtail dart are always around.

Humpback Whales have been spotted on the east coast. Image by Troy Geltch, from Air Fraser Island.

Our beach pilots have spotted the first of the humpback whales over Fraser Island and have spotted sharks chasing some huge schools of fish.

And remember, if you're stuck for bait ideas - you can't go wrong with Fraser Island beach worms. If you're not quick of hand, we've got some frozen in the General Store over at Eurong Beach.

Happy fishing folks.

John 'Wilko' Wilkins is the Resort Manager at Eurong Beach Resort and a mad keen fisherman.
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Four Top Tips For A Tip Top Easter On Fraser Island

Hervey Bay’s Dave Darmody runs the Australian Offroad Academy and tackling Fraser Island’s sandy tracks or teaching others how to do it properly and safely is something he does very regularly.

This Easter, he’s back and he’s armed with plenty of tips for having a top Easter on Fraser Island (with pics by Eurong Beach's very own Zoe R).

A Great Sandy Happy Easter from all on Fraser Island.  Photo Origin: Unknown.

 So whether you’re staying on the sunset side of Fraser (at Kingfisher Bay Resort); tackling the surf side with a stay at Eurong Beach Resort or just heading across with Fraser Island Barges for a camping adventure with the family, you won’t want to miss these top tips from a Fraser Coast local.

1. It’s Easter, So Let’s Keep Good Friday, Well, Good!
Stunning 75 Mile Beach by Zoe R
Early afternoon low tides make for lazy mornings and afternoons of trouble-free, wide-open beaches… but the big high tide at around 7am on Friday might make for some frayed tempers and heated engines.

If you are heading up Fraser's famous 75-Mile Beach, you may just want to chill out and wait until low tide (you really should, it's better for you, your car and the island). Those coming across from Wanggoolba Creek or Kingfisher Bay will have a different set of challenges – fun challenges - if the weatherman is wrong and we don't get a little rain this week.

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2. Head Off Piste
Lake Allom's famous turtles
Try the Southern Lakes Drive - it has some 'challenging' sections and takes you through 20+ kilometres of gorgeous and diverse ecosystems. On this route, you’ll get to enjoy Lake Birrabeen (our favourite) and Lake Boomanjin... they're as equally lovely as beautiful Lake McKenzie.

Further north of Eurong Beach there are a couple of lesser known lakes that are well worth a visit. Lake Garawongera, out behind Happy Valley, is a gem and the road from it to Poyungan Valley is worth a drive for the more adventurous. Likewise, finding your way to Lake Allom (and its famous Fraser Island Short-necked Turtles - pictured above) is a rewarding experience.

3.  Keep Cool And Keep Your Cool.
You can cool off in the Champagne Pools or Eli Creek... but when it comes to driving keep your cool!  We know that everyone should slow down on the highway when it’s busy… well the same applies for the beach!  It would also be great if drivers indicated their intentions and fishermen didn't park on the hard sand when there isn't much to be had.

But you know what? Some just don't, or won't. 

There is no driving environment more dynamic than the beach… so slow down, be aware, take a deep breath and drive to care for your precious cargo... despite what others are doing…. After all, you’re on holidays in one of the most beautiful spots in Queensland

4. Where Are Your Kids?
Leave only footprints. Photo: Zoe R
We love our Dingoes, but we hate it every time they make the news for the wrong reasons. Keep your food locked away; your kids close and check out QPWS' Dingo Safety tips for when you’re out and about in the Great Sandy National Park.

Kingfisher Bay's latest Ranger blog also talks about what behaviour to expect from Fraser's most famous locals in Autumn....


Dave reckons the Eurong Beach Resort Bakery’s Chocolate Croissants are in a class of their own… but at this time of year, you might want to add our freshly-baked hot crossed buns to your shopping list – it’s the best Easter treat you’ll get for 75 long miles.

Whatever you're up to this Easter, stay safe and stay happy.

This blog has been reproduced with the author’s permission. Click here to read the original story OR find out more about Dave’s training courses on Fraser Island.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fishing On Fraser With Zoe

FRASER ISLAND: If you're heading our way this week, we're chuffed to report that the inland tracks are great at the moment, with one soft patch just west of the resort.
That's Lindsay, the Fraser Island wormer! This man has skills!
Sand whiting are on the bite on the surf side of Fraser Island and those in the know are heading just south of Eurong Beach Resort (near the 80km speed sign) to fish the gutters there. Some eager staff members caught nice, plate-sized whiting using Fraser Island worms (we stock them at our General Store).

More and more fisherfolk are starting to stay at the resort and we're told a couple of guests caught plate-sized dart after lunch (just north of the Eurong police station) using pippies as bait.

All in all if you're headed our way, you'll do ok a couple of km either side of the resort. Happy Fishing!

You'll find Zoe R working in the Front Office at Eurong Beach Resort. We don't mind telling you that when it comes to fishing, she gives visiting fisherfolk a run for their money.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Track Talk With Wilko

FRASER ISLAND: What a difference a week can make on Fraser. Our experts out and about on island tells us the tracks have dried out a lot and the usual trouble spots - between Creek Road and Lake McKenzie; the 4.1 out of Kingfisher Bay; and the jump up to The Champagne Pools are soft. It's a timely reminder to drive to conditions and let your tyre pressure down as necessary.

75-Mile Beach is still great at low tide, but tricky at as little as two hours off the low tide. And last, but not least, Eli Creek has some boggy water-logged sand along the edges towards ocean, stay off it after the high tide has gone out.

Happy four-wheel-driving if you're headed our way. And don't forget to tag your holiday snaps with ‪#‎fraserisland.‬

John 'Wilko' Wilkins is the Resort Manager at Eurong Beach Resort and a mad keen fisherman.
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