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Hi all,

I am planning a 7 week trip to sunny Q/land to sail / fish the barrier reef coast and a few islands anytime between Nov - March. This adventure is new and exciting but never having visited Q/land mid coast before its almost impossible to plan an itinery and need your help to formulate the ideal fishing /sailing trip plan.

The yak options is either the Adventure Island single or the Windrider 17 and intent to take the camping gear setup for freedom camping as well as staying at campsites for the luxury of hot showers and motels as required.

Also happy to join in any organised group fishing / camping adventurers too. Open to all suggestions that will make the trip memorable. I have trawled through the trip reports history and pm'd the authors of interesting trips but not had any replies, maybe my comp is cactus?

Anyhow, this is going to be a trip of a life time and want to get the best out of it so if you can help it would be appreciated.

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Brian
 

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Hot showers handy to where you're fishing is a city thing, none around here that I can't think of. A hot shower is also the last thing you'll probably be wanting...hottest time of the year and Feb is the wettest, for this area at least. Mosquitoes, heat, rain, lack of facilities, floods, cyclones, stingers, crocodiles, snakes, sharks......yep, probably best you stay home ;)
 

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Hi Woobly,

Please don't sell the yak. Sorry to put you off but with the heat and the humidity you will be exhausted after a day or so.

The weather here at the moment is glorious and we live in paradise at this time of the year.

Plan for a trip May to September.

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Ian
 

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I was being sarcastic with my previous comment but it is what you would probably consider too hot to be fishing in the middle of the day at that time of year, not saying I don't do it but its bloody hot!
 

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Q/land mid coast
Weather is covered but no-one has asked about the range you're looking at. It sounds like an amazing trip but will the Yak be your only method of getting around? (I couldn't quite establish that from your initial post) If you are truly planning a mid coast trip (can you drop where you plan to start/finish yet or is that still to be decided?) there can be a decent gap between coastal communities so careful planning around supplies or setting up a food cache with a friendly akff member might be in order too. I only suggest that as I don't really know the daily range the larger sail variety of yaks have.

Edit: Of course if you've got a vehicle and are land-based and moving between major spots then disregard my questions. :D
 

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Hi guys,

You can work out that I am a Southerner and nil Q/land experience.

Cool with the jackspeak.

My plans are not formed yet and 100% flexible around good recommendations.

Objective is to fish and sail most days but not 12 hr days nor travel big distances in the yak, preference is to do a driving tour with recreational sailing and fishing thrown in.

Does that help

B
 

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Hi nad 97, I have a NP pajero turbo diesel.

Alex, I am honing in on Whitsundays and Hinchinbrook for one trip and a second trip to do Sunny Coast / Double Island and Fraser Island.
 

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Are u going mostly solo?
 

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Everyone loves where they are from, its Australia, we got a bit everything. Everywhere u go its god's country. That said my slice of paradise is in your target area and it wouldn't be right if you drove through without having a paddle. In regards to the critters great and small that can kill; hurt; or just make things uncomfortable. Again its Australia, u don't get beauty without the beast and im sure u have experienced some of its beast already. There are hundreds if not thousands of places to camp/sail/fish from here to the top of the hinchinbrook and salt or fresh the next adventure isnt far. I think your trip would be greatly dependent on weather and over 7 weeks cant see it going all your way. Between the lakes and dams, sheltered estuaries, marinas and bays, high winds and wet weather doesn't necessarily mean no fun. Just means being able to change plans to suit.
Example: Mackay, poor weather, kinchant or eungella become options. good weather flat top and round top islands straight out from pioneer river, green island off shoal point. Really good weather, Seaforth or cape Hillsborough with rabbit island not far.
Airle beach, poor weather, some sheltered bays from wind or inland around proserpine has some some good barra fishing in the dam. good weather, pigeon island is just out from the marina but u cant miss shute harbour. plenty of fishing, sailing, snorkeling and everything else a tourist could want. The same applies the whole way north. Do your best to source local knowledge just before and while your at each location.The majority of coastal towns will be able to accommodate you camping or not but i recommend calling ahead to avoid any mishaps. If I was lucky enough to do a similar trip Id do my best to meet,fish with or correspond with as many other yakkers as possible, as they can take alot of guess work out. The generosity of the majority on here is astounding! Im sure u have worked most of this out already and basically all u need to do is get packed, get up here and rip in. I am very interested in ur reports of the trip and happy to help further if needed. Dont forget the camera
 

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Qld yakking highlights for me (I only know the bottom half).

Hunting barra Mondurra or Awoonga. Gladstone.
Sandy straights inside Fraser.
Contact the Sunshine Coast boys. I'm guessing they will look after you. Try sunshiner
Bass hunting Somerset. But maybe better I. N NSW on the wAy there.
Bull hunting Brissie River.
Coochie, contact Red.
The pin, you'll need an escort, try Grinner.
I'm adding in Toga in SEQ. know nothing about it
Try the Passage for Jacks.
Moreton - take a ferry.
When is the tailor run on Fraser?
I'd also hassle the Palmy boys if you want a surf.

Anyway it's a start.
 
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