Want to try catching some beach worms as well as enjoy the serenity of a secluded little beach. Middle Beach might be the spot for you if you are planning to visit the Orchid Beach or Waddy Point area of Fraser Island.
Where Is Middle Beach?
Middle Beach is part of the rocky outcrops between Waddy Point and Indian Head. It is located directly between Waddy point and south to the Champagne Pools. It’s the little patch of beach between Waddy Point rocks and Middle rocks.
Middle Beach between Waddy point and Middle rocks
When the fierce westerly or southern winds are blowing a gale, this little stretch of beach is the place to park yourself for a few hours and enjoy the serenity. The worms don’t like the wind either so this little stretch of beach is the spot to catch them.
It is the only track down that way, but it is not signed. Its a bit of a secret spot.
Watch Rusty Drive the Track to Middle Beach
No Vehicles along this stretch of beach
What Can You Do there?
This stretch of beach is about 1km long. The great thing about it is that once you make your way down the track and onto the beach you are required to park your vehicle in the designated area. There is a big warning sign and a roped area that you are not able to drive past.
This beach is a NO VEHICLE ZONE. Meaning that you are not permitted to drive your vehicle along the beach.
No Vehicle Access South of This Point on Middle Beach
Perfect if you have kids with you, as you will not need to worry about them as they run wild up and down the beach.
There is plenty to do in this area:
- Try fishing off the rocks at the northern and southern end.
- Stay for a picnic and enjoy the serenity
- Go worming and catch your own bait
- Walk the length of the beach
- Try boogie boarding in the waves
In addition it is important to be aware of the roaming Dingoes in the area. Often they are found behind the dunes so never let your children walk alone or out of your sight.
How Do You Catch The Beach Worms?
Using a piece of Pipi flesh to catch a beach worm
This is a question we are often asked and often we have given hands on instruction to newbies out there giving it a try.
This is our tips just for you.
- You need a STINKER – this is basically a piece of rotten old meat or old fish frames that are placed in a netted bag. Keep it as simple as a net orange or onion bag, tie a piece of rope to the end of it.
- Find a good sand bank – To find a good one you need to look along the shore line and find a spot that has slightly higher ground where perhaps the incoming waves don’t quite reach the high point or just cover the bank with shallow wave wash.
- Tread lightly on the sand. Remember the worms are under your feet hidden in the sand. They feel every movement and vibration so you don’t want to scare them away.
- Dont have your back to the waves. Always try to position yourself facing sideways to the waves. Nothing worse than having a huge wave surge push you over unexpectedly.
- Hold onto a bait. Get yourself a pippi or piece of the rotten meat as the worm lure. You need this in addition to the Stinker.
- Roll in Sand. Once you have caught some you need to remove the slime form their body and roll them in dry sand to preserve them. We also add a little red food colouring when we bag them. This makes them more alluring as bait when we use them for fishing.
The Worming Technique Explained
Catching worms is a case of practice makes perfect. It is harder than it looks but once you get the hang of it you will be pulling them out of the sand like a Pro.
Our daughter Lotus holds the local Orchid Beach record for pulling 58 worms in one hour. She was 12 years old at the time and we still cant beat her.
What Else Has Middle Beach to Offer
Apart from being secluded and a great spot to catch worms middle beach is just nice place to go exploring. Its beautiful in the early mornings to watch the sunrise and take some photos. But it is also a nice escape from the crowds of 75 Mile beach and the other touristy spots.
The sand is pure white but sadly as you walk along the beach sometimes you can find litter that has washed up onto the shore, especially after storms and higher than average tides.
We have often walked the entire length of this beach collecting the washed up plastics and litter. We have found some very interesting stuff including a collection of about 40 single thongs, a letter in a bottle, broken plastic chairs and even a few plastic coat hangers.
It’s a great community service, the wildlife appreciate it and you will feel good too.
Orchid Beach has a waste refuse drop off point so you can dump the rubbish free of charge if you should collect any.