Beginner in Fraser Island

Submitted: Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:22
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Hi All,

I'm planning to go to Fraser Island on March, from Victoria with my Land Rover Disco II, but given that I'm relatively new to 4wd I want to know how hard it really is.

I've done a 4wd Proficiency Course from 4wd Victoria and 3 or 4 trips mainly to Otways and the High Country.

How much experience is really required to enjoy Fraser? or is it just matter of the usual 15-19psi and take care?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions,

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Reply By: robak (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:31

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:31

You should have no problems on Fraser. Just lower you tyre pressures for the inland tracks and the northern end where the sand can be soft and don't forget your recovery gear. There are plenty of first time 4wdrivers over there, if they're not idiots, they don't have any hassels.


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Reply By: Member - Beatit (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:31

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:31
G'day Evila,

Your right about the tyre pressure and also be mindful of the tide as it is easier to drive on the firm sand and in some places you can't get around on the high tide.

Should have no problems as you said just take care and watch those washouts and creek crossings.

Kind regards
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:43

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 12:43

Agree with what the other replies have said.

CLICK HERE and once the screen loads click on the online section on the right hand side of your screen. Navigate your way to Frsaer Island and you can download some information on the island which is beneficial.

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Reply By: Member - TonyG (Qld) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 13:08

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 13:08
Hi Evila,

The fact that you have even asked for advice from others makes me think you will have no trouble at all driving on Fraser Island.

Not like the hot heads who think they know it all, and due to carefree atitude end up in big trouble. Fraser Island is notorious for idiots 4x4'ers.

Agree with comments about tyre pressure, and keep the speed down and you will be fine.

I have always found that a sensible and steady approach has already stopped 99% of potential troubles, and if still unsure on the island, you will always find someone only to ready to help. This has been my experience anyway.



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Reply By: jo and mark - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 13:12

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 13:12
Hi there

My husband and I went to Fraser at the beginning of the year as first timers, you will find a thread a few pages back somewhere titled something like first timers to fraser, somthing like that with the name jo and mark.
Everyone gave us heaps of info, it may be worth you looking for that thread because there really was some great advice and helps.
At least you won't be over there is the heat of summer!!!
Good luck with trip planning and keep us updated!
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Follow Up By: evila - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:53

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:53
Hi Jo,

I have just read your post and definitely puts me at ease.

I'll let you know how we go.

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Reply By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:07

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:07
Gday Henry

How long are you going for? Fraser Island is just the same as any other place where you have done some 4x4 work. If you use your brain think about stuff adjust your car for the conditions then you will be fine. Most import thing I can add and it's been said above is tyre pressures. Make sure you have your tyres ready before you get on or off the barge. Also if you are going to camp in a place that is not fenced for dingos then you have to flat strap everything down if you leave your camp site more than 20 meters. Last time I took those see through containers with the lock down lid and even they had to be flat strapped.

Enjoy your trip and have fun
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Reply By: Fusion - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:41

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:41
G'day Henry,

Everyones answers are right, you should have no problem with some common sense and care.

I was over there in December and shot a heap of virtual tours. You can check out some of the sights before you get there:


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Follow Up By: Fusion - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:42

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 14:42
Sorry should have posted that as a proper link:

Fraser Island Virtual Tours
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Follow Up By: evila - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:54

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:54
Hi Aaron,

Great views!

Can't wait to get there.


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Reply By: evila - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:57

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 15:57
Hi again,

Thanks to ALL for your comments.

I'll take your suggestions into account and keep you posted on how we go.


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Reply By: Member - Brian (Gold Coast) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:25

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:25

Fraser Island is a beautiful place!
You will enjoy it immensely with a little common sense. The rules I stick too are as follows;

Tyre pressure are the key, I run mine at 18 psi.

I use 4wd everywhere except the few places where there is bitumen, it amazes me that people will change back into 2wd on sand! I use 4 high on hard sand and 4 low on soft sand and inland tracks.

Remember that with tyre pressures reduced, your speed should be reduced and slower, wider turning circles are required.

READ the info pack that you get with your permit and LISTEN to the rangers, they are NOT tossers who want to stuff your visit up, thye are there to HELP you! And OBEY the instructions!! We do, and have never had a problem with the "wildlife".....

Lastly, please post a thread here afterwards to let us know how your holiday went, we are interested in other people's adventures!!!!

Have a safe and happy holiday there



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Reply By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:33

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 20:33

You say that you have done a 4wd Proficiency Course. Did they include sand driving in the course?

Tyre pressure and momentum is the way to drive on sand. 4 wheel drive, centre diff lock engaged, and high range.

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Follow Up By: evila - Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 23:13

Monday, Jan 30, 2006 at 23:13
Hi Wayne,

Yes, they covered sand driving.... very briefly though.... just 1 excercise.

As per your recommendation, I drive a Disco 2 with no center diff lock, but have electronic traction control, which prevents the wheels from spinning.


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