Four Wheel Driving on your exotic vacation !
Queensland's magnificent beaches are great places to swim, fish, camp
and explore. Please look after the bush and beaches when you visit and leave them unspoilt for others to
Where can you drive ? There's plenty of exotic
getaways in Australia, but if you're going to travel on Fraser Island, the only way to do it is in a four
wheel drive. Many roads are reasonably easy to navigate and with a little care will take you to most of the
major attractions on the island. Four wheel drive vehicles can be hired from a number of companies in Hervey Bay
and on the island, but if you plan to hire a 4WD for your exotic vacation, don't forget to book ahead.
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For additional information on Fraser Island and hiring four
wheel drives we suggest you visit:Fraser Coast Holidays
When driving on the beach, drive on the harder sand between the
waterline and the high tide mark to get the firmer surface. Remember that
other people use the beach, so stay alert and follow the normal road rules.
Please drive carefully and use only designated access points and keep off the sand
dunes. Don't 'bust dunes' - please protect them.
Exotic Getaways - Hints for beach driving:
Travel at low tide or within two hours either side. You should consider reducing tyre
pressure to maintain traction. However, don't forget to reinflate your tyres to resume speed on harder sand
or surfaces. Always carry a pressure gauge togther with a pump to reinflate your tyres before travelling on
normal roads. Reduced tyre pressure will reduce your vehicle's performance, so remember to avoid sharp turns,
sudden braking, high speeds and driving over rough surfaces. Tyres have been known to come off their rims and
serious accidents have occured. Be prepared to get your vehicle out if you get bogged in soft sand. Carry a shovel,
tow rope or traction aids and know how to use them.
Rules for beach driving: Driving on beaches
can give you considerable pleasure. However, please be considerate of the other beach users. Follow these tips when
driving: Plan your trip before you leave and obtain maps. Observe all the rules and regulations relating to driving
on beaches. Remember, these regulations vary from place to place. Contact the local Council or Park Ranger for this
information. Be alert and drive carefully and slowly. Do not drive when you are tired and certainly do not drink
and drive. Respect the wildlife. Keep the beaches and dunes clean and carry your rubbish home. If others have left
a mess, please consider cleaning it up. Ensure your vehicle is mechanically sound before you visit. Ensure your
vehicle is in 4WD when on sand. carry a first aid kit, adequate water, food, fuel and spares. Ensure you have a
valid vehicle permit for those areas where a permit is required. Let a responsible person know where you are going
and when you are expected to return.
The Queensland Government's Environmental Protection Agency publishes
a "Driving on Sand Safety
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Four wheel driving on your exotic vacation