Sand on Lighthouse Beach compared to Fraser Is?

Submitted: Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 10:26
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Hi there folks,

Did a bit of camping on the Australia day long weekend up at Treachery Camp in Myall Lakes. It was a great spot. Decided to take the subaru forester on to lighthouse beach. Let down the tires, etc etc but still very hard work. Couldn't get out of first gear as car lost momentum too quickly and got bogged down. On the second attempt made it up the incline to get out.

The sand on Lighthouse Beach was very fine, and there were quite deep tracks in most parts of the beach, and I felt the forester constantly struggled (I know it is not a real 4wd, so any suggestions to buy a real 4wd are for the future, not now). I am planning a trip to Fraser Island in a couple of months, however, if the sand there is like Lighthouse beach (i.e. deep tracks and very fine), then I am not so keen. What is the sand like on Fraser? How does it compare to Lighthouse beach if anyone has been to both?


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Reply By: pips - Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 10:29

Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 10:29
Hey Tom
just curious......wheres Lighthouse Beach?
cheers pips :)
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Reply By: TomHo - Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 10:44

Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 10:44
Lighthouse Beach is in Myall Lakes National Park, near Buladelah (couple of hours north of Newcastle), NSW. The beach is only small - 1 or 2km long. Treachery Beach is also nearby, slightly longer length.
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Reply By: Andrew (Bris) - Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 10:53

Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 10:53
Never been to Lighthouse Beach, but just came back from 10 days at Fraser.
Conditions change greatly with the weather. Generally you wouldn't have any trouble on the beach as far as Indian Head. Usually the soft-roaders have trouble getting on and off the beach, and in particular spots like trying to get around Indian Head.

If there's been plenty of rain, just about any two wheel drive could get around most inland tracks with the major problem being tree roots and such that need some clearance.

On this most recent trip the tracks were the worst I've seen in a long time, and most soft-roaders were really struggling or more usually stationery on their bellies with sand flying everywhere. The island is very dry at the moment.

Check the post about Fraser Island a couple of days ago.

It doesn't take much rain to make the inland tracks feel as hard as bitumen, but at the moment the ruts are deep, and the sand is more like powder.
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Reply By: Red One - Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 11:20

Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 11:20
I think you would have a difficult trip. Why not hire a 4wd up there and leave the Forrester on the mainland.

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Reply By: Member - Jack - Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 12:15

Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 12:15
The run up the beach is pretty easy if you pick your tides right. I would have some concerns on the inland tracks in your Forester, mainly due to insufficient ground clearance.

You may also find the following link helpful.

Fraser Island Conditions Report link

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Reply By: chisel - Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 23:31

Sunday, Feb 04, 2007 at 23:31
Plenty of Foresters visit Fraser and have no trouble. As stated above the tracks are much better if it has rained or it is cooler (winter). A friend of mine has a Forester and it has been at least twice with no trouble. There are some inland tracks which could cause some clearance issues but more likely you'll just scrape a bit more than you'd like, rather than get stuck. If the sand is very hot and dry then expect to get stuck once or twice - but there'll usually be someone along in a minute or two to get you out.
Don't let anyone put you off going!
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Reply By: TomHo - Monday, Feb 05, 2007 at 20:44

Monday, Feb 05, 2007 at 20:44
Thanks, appreciate the answers. Not too worried about scraping as invested in a proper sump guard. I'm sure there are plenty of people on Frasrer who relish the opportunity to help a stranded driver! I am well aware of my car's limitations so am not intending to try the hard stuff.


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