Beach driving in Robe area

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Hello All,
We're travelling to Robe with a group of 4 vehicles at Easter. We hope to do some beach driving and any advice would be appreciated. We know the basics like lowering tyre pressures, use of snatch straps etc and would really appreciate such info as GPS coordinates for beach entry, known problems (are tides crucial as on Fraser Island?), good fishing spots etc. Thanks in anticipation!
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Reply By: Voxson - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 19:48

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 19:48
Hi Mick..
We were down there a few weeks ago (robe) and the tide was about 1.2metres from memory and was fine...
S 37 10 891
E 139 44 464 are the GPS marks for the entry to the beach at Robe, or just look for the rubbish dump, because the entry is behind it..
If you want some serious fun go to Beachport for some really big dunes and enter the beach at 5 mile rock,, something 5 mile anyways hehe..
If you decide to travel from Beachport to Robe you may need a snatchem about ½ way along at Misery beach but apart from that all is cool._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 21:30

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 21:30
OK Voxson,
Now you've got me. Misery Beach/ yeah, right.
What other name does it have? Where is it in relation to, say, Long Gully, or some other well known spot (Evans Cave beach is a misery to drive on!) North or south of Nora Creina?
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Voxson - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 21:50

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 21:50
Sorry Rick.. I remember it as the name "misery" because someone told me to watch out for it.. I cant remember exactly where it was now, just that it was about ½ way through.
It was described to me as about 1km of soft sand which has a continuous arc to the right the whole way through..
There are some washouts in the sand through this stretch to make it a little harder which gives the vehicles a pretty good lean towards the water.
We were almost full lock to the right at these times and still drifting towards the ocean whilst trying to keep motion so we wouldnt get bogged..
I held 3rd gear low range and made it ok but my partner in crime "dick" got his car bogged there..,, but restarted again under his own steam by doing the old "full lock left and right trick"......
He has a 3litre patrol... It just lacked a little power for 3rd gear,,, should have been in second..But to answer your question... i dunno.._____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 23:38

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 23:38
Rick

Is Evans Cave beach the one you told us not to go on - after we went on it? LOL

AndrewAndrew - 1999 GU ST 4.2Turbodiesel Wagon
Whyalla SouthOz
http://autos.groups.yahoo.com/group/4wd_out_of_adelaide
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:08
Yes Andrew,
That'd be the one!

For everyone else, Evans cave beach is the most northern of the Little Dip conservatuion park. It is the first when approaching through the rubbish tip entrance
DO NOT DRIVE ON IT
Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Reply By: Member - Rick - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 22:13

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 22:13
Voxson,
It couldbe, from your desription, a beach north of a commonly visited fishing gutter at (can't quite recall:either 5 or 7) the 7 mile. That is, 7 mile north of beachport....much nearer beachport than Stinky Bay.

Just as an aside, I find that the higher the gear the better in those
'sliding/loss of steering/caught in the ruts/steep beach/bum slides to the water while steer tyres are pointed up the beach' scenarios.

I have driven up & down there heaps in a range of vehicles I have owned: Suzi LJ 50; Suzi LJ 50 with corolla engine;L Rover series 2 a; Navara dual cab petrol; Ford Raider (essentially a Mazda); and my current bus, GU patrol. 1st high is almost always a better option than
2nd or 3rd low. Every time I am fishing along there & I see a vehicle having trouble(assuming tyre pressures are OK) they are in the wrong ratio. Last experience was near Bishops Pate in January 2003. GQ at 12 psi couldn't make way in 2nd or 3rd low. Drove straight out with a few revs in 1st high...PS don't burn the clutch!Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Follow Up By: Member - Willem- Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 19:42

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 19:42
Last time from Robe along the sea at Little Dip I travelled in 3rd gear low range with 15 psi in 750x16 Dunlop Road Grippers and didn't get bogged. Just kept the revs up at a steady pace(no tacho..just me ear) and stuck close to the dunes. Stopped in a few places to sample the sea.

Stick to the track on the Coorong as the billions of shells make for certain bogging if you venture off it.

That whole coast is a most magical place.Cheers, Willem
Never a dull moment
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Reply By: Member - Rick - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 22:14

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 22:14
Mick,
Try a search!
these sites popped up when I just did one:
post #3991
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2310
2215Rick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Reply By: Mick - Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 23:32

Sunday, Mar 30, 2003 at 23:32
Thanks Voxson and Rick. Any info on driving on the ocean side of the Coorong? I'm thinking there's a spot to cross near Salt Creek??
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Reply By: Voxson - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 08:04

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 08:04
Mick, There is a crossing right opposite Salt Creek Shell servo called TeaTree Crossing but i am a bit of a shiela crossing there because of the ankle deep water just before the sand dunes... Everyone keeps telling me just to drive through it because it is just some fresh water puddles but it looks like salt water to me....
I go up towards Kingston about 20k's where you come across 42 mile crossing...
There is a remote chance of getting bogged along the beach there, so another words it is a piece of cake.
_____________________________________________
Countin the days till July 5th. *Cape York Trip*
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Reply By: Truckster - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 11:01

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 11:01
You can also tryAdelaide Groups list for more info, they have a VERY good DB of trip notes and GPS readings.
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Follow Up By: John H - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:47

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:47
Yep, Rick wrote them :-)
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Reply By: Mick - Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 23:19

Monday, Mar 31, 2003 at 23:19
Thanks again Voxson and also Truckster
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Follow Up By: Member - Rick - Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:11

Tuesday, Apr 01, 2003 at 21:11
Oooooopss...
Dunno what happened, but by now, you probably understand that Evans cave beach is to be avoided.
My apologies again for the repeatsRick: dreaming & planning are half the fun.....doing isn't so bad either!
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Reply By: Member - Rohan K - Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 14:40

Wednesday, Apr 02, 2003 at 14:40
Mick, the latest issue of 4x4 Australia has a brief piece on the Robe to Beachport run, with waypoints.Be good, or be quick.
Rohan
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