Originally Posted by jacktheflyer
I have been reading a thread on the Wide Bay Bar which has become unpleasant so have started this new thread. As a recent sailor I have been across the bar 3 times in good conditions and intend to go across regularly in the future. I'd be interested in hearing of the experiences of others in crossing the bar especially if things didn't go as per plan.
Just an afterthought regarding crossing the WBB ... if you are heading south and encounter strong SE's or the tide isn't right, slip in to Garry's anchorage and drop a line or stretch your legs ashore. If there's the wind
has a Northerly component we've found good holding along the drop off just south of Cooloolol Creek (southern end of Fraser). Avoid Pelican Bay (on the inside of Inskip Point) if you encounter Westerlies. In general we choose not to anchor
there in any case because of the limited depth
(we draw 2.1m) but it is no problem for multihulls.
Be aware of the significant tidal run (upwards of 4kts at times) as you can get into trouble very quickly if you're not careful.
Last point ... don't miss Hervey Bay (on the northern end of GSS) as it is one of the best cruising grounds I've encountered in my travels ... it has many bolt holes for most weather
conditions, beautiful deserted beaches on the western side of Fraser. There's excellent provisioning
at Urangan and I recommend taking the western channel if you don't know the area as there is a sandbar on the north western side of Big Woody that can be a problem for keelers if you traverse other than the top of the tide
NB I've experienced tidal flow of 5-6kts across the entrance to Urangan Harbour so be cautious on your approach mid tide.