Fraser track/beach/sand conditions

Submitted: Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 22:34
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Hi all,

I'm lucky enough to be heading to Fraser in two days time - my first trip too! Can't wait! Just wondering what this rain will have done to the beaches and driving conditions? I presume it will have helped make it a little easier to get through some of the softer sand areas and inland tracks?

Any tips appreciated!

Cheers,
Diz
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Reply By: Member - Bill F (VIC) - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 22:40

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 22:40
Hi Dizne,

Drop your tyre pressures as soon as you get on the barge

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Reply By: zook - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 22:50

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 22:50
What are you driving? the rain will make the sand a fair bit firmer, and you shouldn't find it too hard.

follow advice above, drop your pressures and you'll be fine.

have a good trip!

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Reply By: Dizne - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:07

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:07
Cheers guys ... I'm driving a stock '93 Bravo with cheese cutters, and my folks are driving their '97 Rav4. Have heard horror stories about the sand to the barge at Inskip and off the barge (and around) Hook Pt.

I have heard it suggested that it might be best to enter the beach at Rainbow and drive north to the barge from there?

Your opinions?

Cheers,
Diz
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Follow Up By: Member - Troll 81 (QLD) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 00:18

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 00:18
Yes getting of the barge can be tricky and I have seen lots of people get stuck there. Like the others have said drop the tyres right down before you get onto the beach and then make sure you keep up the momentum. If you feel like you are going to get stuck don't keep spinning the wheels. Stop and reverse and go at it again
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:43

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:43
At Rainbow, the sand can be a bit soft getting on the barge. Rain may have helped.
I usually use the road. Not as potholed as it used to be.
I dropped my tyre pressures as I left the road before crossing the sand to get to the barge. Usually run 25 psi in my LTs (run 40 on the road), and drop them more if I need to. 25 psi seems OK doing 80km/hr going up the main beach.
The RAV4s are so light they just bounce over the sand. Leave my pajero way behind. They just have to look out for any ruts, not as much clearance underneath.
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Kerry W (QLD) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:39

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 12:39
Hi Dizne
Check out our Trek notes and feedback on Fraser -

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lots of hints in there for you.

On your way over dont forget to say Hi to Koster on the green Manta Ray barge they are sponsors of our site.
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Reply By: Brian B (QLD) - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:39

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:39
Diz,

CLICK HERE and you hopefully will be taken to the EPA site where you can download a Fraser Island conditions report.

If the link doesn't work go to www.epa.qld.gov.au and select camping bookings and then select Fraser Island. You will dig your way to a point where you can download this report and other good info on the island.

Enjoy your trip.
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Reply By: Dizne - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:47

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:47
Thanks Brian, I have checked the latest online report, but it is from 6 June, so wouldn't have info on what this rain of late has done to the island tracks and beaches. Anyone with first-hand knowledge? Cheers, Diz
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Follow Up By: Dizne - Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:48

Thursday, Jun 22, 2006 at 23:48
Sorry, make that 9 June (not 6 June).
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Follow Up By: age - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 06:52

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 06:52
Diz

Tracks are packed down pretty well - they got a few showers yesterday and some good rain in last few weeks. Tracks on northern end of island were touched up after Fishing Comp at Orchid beach and track through Indian is a breeze. Hook Point good from mid tide down. Follow bitumen north of Rainbow to track to barge (dont bother with beach from Rainbow as entry exit at Rainbow end is no better/worse than at barge end) - let tyres down BEFORE going down track. Lots of people get stuck on this track as they are running highway pressures - dont wait until you get on barge - let them down in the carpark !!! Have fun

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Follow Up By: Dizne - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:12

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:12
Cheers Age! Sounds like it sound be smooth sailing (touch wood!). I am absolutely itching to get going in the morning!

Can anyone recommend a good site online with a comprehensive list of what to take on a 4wd trip to Fraser? We are not camping, but I still wanna make sure I don't forget something obvious! (Like beer! Oh, by the way, can you get extra supplies of take-away alcohol on the island?).

I have been so busy I haven't really had time to pack, so have a BIG arvo planned today after work, where I will try to get most of the ute packed for an early start!

Cheers again,
Diz
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Follow Up By: age - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:17

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:17
You can buy take away supplies at Eurong, Happy Valley and Cathedral on the eastern beach side - pretty expensive though. Time your run for an easy trip - 12:30pm low tide tomorrow, so I would plan to be at the barge about 10:00am. Make sure you have your permits as being school hols tomorrow the National Parks Office in Rainbow will be crowded and they never cope with the crowds (expect an hour delay otherwise) - you can buy online now and just pick up at office, but preferable to get them today from one of their offices.
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Reply By: Member - Ken J (QLD) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:15

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:15
Hi Dizne,
Any rain on island sand tracks can only help.See my reply 10th march 06 (id171870 ) on tips. Just make sure u drop your tyre pressures 22/24 lb b4 leaving the tar . Make sure u have a snatch strap how to use it & where your snatching points are on your Vehicles . Good luck , you bshould have a great run.

Remember, Fraser was the last place God made.

Kind Regards Ken J !MPG:3!
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Follow Up By: Dizne - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:33

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:33
Thanks Ken, but how do I search (and find) your reply "10th march 06 (id171870 ) on tips"?

Cheers,
Diz
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Follow Up By: Member - Oldplodder (QLD) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:45

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:45
Put 171870 in the post number search.
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Follow Up By: Dizne - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:06

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:06
Do you mean the "Post Find" box on this page: www.exploroz.com/Forum/Default.asp

If so, it doesn't come up with your reply?!
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Follow Up By: porl - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 15:36

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 15:36
Hmm, yum, i see Indian Head I sea fresh talor fillets in beer batter, yum ...
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Reply By: Wizard1 - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:34

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 07:34
Depending which barge you take determines when to let tyres down. If you are going to King Fisher Bay then you don't need to do it until you dissembark.

We were there for our first time at Easter. We have a Prado TD and for the most part it is very easy, but slow and teadious on the inland tracks. Vehicles with low clearance like, RAV 4 tend to flatten out the sand in the middle of some tracks. It rained when we were there and made no difference.

If you go into any of the softer sand on some of the exit/entry tracks (like Indian Head) to East Beach the RAV4 may have further problems due to not having low range as you need some momentum and bottom end torque to avoid getting stuck. If you don't have experience with driving in soft sand you may have dramas. But as some have said letting pressures down may help and keep the snatch strap handy.
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Reply By: Member - MrBitchi (QLD) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:23

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 08:23
Dizne,
Yes you can buy beer on the island (Happy Valley resort or Kingfisher) but you'll need to mortgage your 4B to cover it ;-)

Best to take as much with you as you can. Most supplies can be bought, at a price, including fuel. Believe it's around the $1.50 mark at the moment. I usually carry as much as I can with me and make sure I fill up at Rainbow.

Look out for the Paj next weekend. WIll be going up on Saturday ;-))))
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Follow Up By: Wizard1 - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 09:23

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 09:23
We stayed at King Fisher as first timers to the island and still took our own beers in the waeco which we kept in the room. Better than the bar prices. Forget getting fuel there....I'm surprised they don't charge for water!
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Reply By: Shawsie (Bris) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:52

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:52
Hi Dizne,

We were there 2 weekends ago and camped at Waddy Point 100k up the beach. It Pi$$ed down for 2 days solid so we came back early :o( If you go at low tide you can drive up Teewah beach and then Rainbow beach as Mudlo rocks is very passable (What rocks!). The recent rain will make the trip a breeze even for the Rav (took our old rav all around Moreton) including a lot of the inland tracks on Fraser. Drive to Inskip on the black stuff from Rainbow and make sure your tyres are down BEFORE heading to the barge. Have a good'n...

Andrew
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Follow Up By: Shawsie (Bris) - Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:54

Friday, Jun 23, 2006 at 13:54
Forgot to add:-

Fuel was $1.80 at Orchid Beach and $1.75 at Happy Valley (GULP!)

AS
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