Goolwa to Murray Mouth

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 10:40
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Went down to Goolwa and drove along the beach for the first time. Hoped to get to the Murray Mouth. Got a few km's up but it became quite soft. As I was alone I turned around. Tide wasn't that low so I had to drive close to the dunes.
What I was wanting to know is how hard it is to get to the Mouth from Goolwa and how far is it. If I planned to go down there on low tide then does that help?

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Reply By: cuffs - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 10:59

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 10:59
Low tide is best but I have been up and down at high tide close to the dunes, did you lower your tyre pressure? makes all the difference and if you don't you are making it hard for those who follow.
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Reply By: Gossy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:08

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:08
yes, had the tyres down to 19psi. That's one of my pet hates where people don't let down their tyres!
so basically your saying that where it got soft (a few hundred metres past that pier) it doesn't get any softer? As I didn't know the beach I played it safe. My thoughts was that if it got any softer I may have been in trouble.
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Follow Up By: cuffs - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:31

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:31
The soft spot is past the fence, old barrier, about 5 km to another fenced off area then it is soft but even subies make it to the mouth 18psi will do it, just don't stop.
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Follow Up By: Member - Davoe (Widgiemooltha) - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 16:01

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 16:01
19 psi fully doesnt cut it. as mentioned in another post i was running about those sort of pressures and nearly lost my 4by on the beach. On the way back ran 12 and is was like driving on bitumen where as I was previosly struggling. went down to about 8 psi to clear a difficult cutting for access to bellingers beach. You really have to try these lower pressures to fully appreciate the benifit it gives you. A vehicle will perform better on the beach in 2wd running 12psi than in 4wd running 19
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Follow Up By: Brew69(SA) - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 17:41

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 17:41
I have driven a mazda 808 coupe to the mouth with 35psi in all tyres?
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Reply By: Dean (SA) - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:49

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 11:49
I went for drive down to the mouth a couple of weeks ago on the outgoing tide. The high had been right up to the sandhills which I thought was unusual given the estimated tide height and summer.
Due to this I found I was driving on soft wet sand, and yes it was boggy around the fence.
Try on a hot summers day with a gentle northerly, it'll be like a freeway.
I think its 12ish km and its the same all the way, but then again beaches can change daily.
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Reply By: Gossy - Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 16:15

Tuesday, Jan 10, 2006 at 16:15
thanks for the feedback. I have always been a bit concerned about the tyre coming off the rims but I guess as long as i don't do sharp turns I should be ok. As it's only a short drive from Adelaide I will try going much lower the next time I am down there.
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Follow Up By: Member - Coyote (SA) - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 11:25

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 11:25
Might see you down there Gossy.. I head down there whenever I can. Am only new to ADL so it's pretty much the closest thing I can find to Frazer/DI pT near Brissy.. Same as the comments above.. the only spot you might find it difficult is where you have to head up over the dunes in oe spot beacuse the beach is closed. .Many larger 4WD's have been stuck there whn I've gone through, and my attitude had been, if they have their own recovery EQPt, happy to tow em out if not.. see Ya sill y buggers.. learn the hard way.. but generally with low pressur you should make it through no worries. The actual mouth areea is quoite big but unbfortunaly there always seems to be a few twits with motorbikes going beserk and even the odd twit driving his Pajero through the surf towing a boogy board.. You'l be amazed at what some clowns do to their vehicles..
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Reply By: Gossy - Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 11:38

Wednesday, Jan 11, 2006 at 11:38
I agree about the recovery gear. Even just going down for a look the other week I still took the compressor, two snatch straps and 4 D shackles. Very unfair to expect to use other peoples gear.
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