Robe or Portland for some sand driving?

Submitted: Friday, Mar 11, 2005 at 08:08
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Hi all, just thinking about doing a trip for some sand driving and two suggestions have been Robe and Portland. For those who have been which would you do again and why? Pros and cons of each would be great.
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Reply By: Member - Blue (VIC) - Friday, Mar 11, 2005 at 09:28

Friday, Mar 11, 2005 at 09:28
Hi cj,
haven't done it at Portland but we did a road trip a couple of years ago incorporating Robe. We got on the sand at Carpenters Rocks, due south of Mt Gambier and had mostly sand driving through to Robe. We spent a couple of days camping in the dunes along the way, allowing for plenty of fun to be had. We had maps of the area which were fairly accurate but I can't seem to be able to find them at the moment. I'm pretty sure we got them from The Melbourne Map Centre though.
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Reply By: Crackles - Friday, Mar 11, 2005 at 18:14

Friday, Mar 11, 2005 at 18:14
Portland is a great spot to spend a couple of days with some very challenging dunes. It's not recomended to go down on the beach as it's a bit treacherous. You'll need a giant flag & have to pay a fee to the Portland Dune Buggy Club but well worth it. It has a nice camp site tucked out of the wind & not that far to duck back into town. It is ideal for 4bys big on power who like to play ;-)

The SA beaches are better if you have more time as there's alot more ground to cover. Most of the tracks are of an intermediate standard & follow along a spectacular stretch of coast line. There's a bit of History to see along the way & many lookouts & fishing oppurtunities. Behind Beechport there is a speed bowl great for a play & a couple of more serious dunes up at the Millicent Dune Buggy Club area. Some buitiful beaches up around Robe. If you like a challenge (& the beach is open) take the day drive all the way up to the mouth of the Murray along the Coorong. These areas are more suited to staying in a rented house or caravan park as finding a camp site (particually for a group) on some of the long weekends can be hard. It is a tourist area so is often very busy.
Which would I do again? Both. Take the family to Robe & a boys trip to Portland.
Cheers Craig..........
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Reply By: dougie diesel - Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 08:12

Monday, Mar 14, 2005 at 08:12
Hi cj,
We recently spent 9 days in Robe due to a burnt out clutch trying to get unstuck from deep sand in the Little Dip CP. Can't remember the name of the beach we were stuck on but was the third beach from Robe end. We ended up being referred to a local chap by the local RAA contactor who pulled us out and towed us back into Robe (thanks again Neville). The reason we got so badly stuck was that unlike most beaches, this particular one needed to be transversed up at dune level rather than half way down the beach. The moral of the story is; Ask the locals, get out and survey the beach before driving on it and don't panic if stuck. The bit we saw of the Little Dip looked wonderful and maybe we will go back and see more of it one day.
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