beach driving laws

Submitted: Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 22:40
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hello again. can any one tell me what the laws are like concerning driving on the beach? is every beach different or are there state or even national wide laws/permits for driving along beaches? i'm pretty keen to get my new jeep into the sand but i don't fancy any hassle from local authorities.
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Reply By: Member - Old Girl - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 23:09

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 23:09
Normal road rules apply.
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Reply By: Member Andys Adventures - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 23:28

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 23:28
Some beaches require permits and the speed limit is 40kph. Best to check with your local council first.
Andy
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Reply By: Lyn W3 - Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 23:40

Friday, Jan 04, 2013 at 23:40
Once again I would stress that you should join a 4WD club for some instruction.

And if you get stuck have your own recovery gear ie. shovel, snatch strap and perhaps maxtracks.

You will also need a decent 12v compressor to pump your tires back up.

And also be aware of tide times if that effects your area.

So that has spent another $700 or so of your hard earned money.
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Follow Up By: Life Member - Doug T (NT) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 12:04

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 12:04
Couldn't think of anything worse than to see waves breaking over ones 4X4.

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Reply By: Member - Terra'Mer - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 00:03

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 00:03
As the others have said

Normal road rules apply
Plan around the tides
Do a 4WD course

Some beaches may require permits or may be closed for various reasons including aboriginal traditional/seasonal use so it will be good to check with the parks first

Watch for non vehicle beach users especially children running down to the water

Don't drive above the high water mark crushing very well camouflaged birds nests and eggs
Don't drive over vegetated dunes unless it is a designated track
Get some local knowledge about common quicksand locations
Tyre punctures on the beach usually occur above the high water mark while driving over marine debris
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Follow Up By: Member - Terra'Mer - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 00:07

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 00:07
Sorry, normal road rules don't apply unless the beach is a road. Some have an 80km/h limit, some 40km/h.
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Reply By: Tim - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 04:33

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 04:33
Road rules certainly do apply (NSW legislation and most likely national). Road rules exist on all road or road related areas. A RR area is defined as "an area designed or used for the carriage of motor vehicles for the payment of money or otherwise" or something like that. Tim
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Reply By: Robyn R4 - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 07:23

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 07:23
Council laws vary greatly!
Where I live, my local beach is "permit only" and they're damn hard to obtain (put your name in and it's like a lottery for any that have been given up over the past 12 months). But go to the next council area south and you don't need a permit (just good manners and common sense required!)
Check signs at each beach and ask (at local servo or fishing tackle store?) if unsure. The fines are enough to spoil your day!
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Reply By: matthew h - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 07:48

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 07:48
thanks a lot for the info, will be booking a 4wd corse in the next week or so depending on work commitments.
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 08:26

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 08:26
There is virtually no beach driving allowed in Victoria, thankfully!
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Follow Up By: Gronk - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 08:53

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 08:53
why thankfully ?? I don't get any great thrill out of beach driving, but I'm sure lots do !!!
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 09:21

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 09:21
Just a personal opinion, which, as we live in Australia, I am fully entitled to.
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Follow Up By: Bonz (Vic) - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 15:10

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 15:10
Shamefully I would say, there are many areas that would support beach driving in Victoria but yes there are very few that I know of, the dunes west of Portland being a notable exception, but you do have to be a member of the local club, member ship of which is available online I think
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Follow Up By: Member - 2000 Red Rodeo - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 09:12

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 09:12
Beach driving between between Seaspray, Golden Beach and Lochsport would fantastic for the struggling local enconomies of that area. Also fantastic for local fishermen.

But sadly in the Nanny state we are to worried about knocking a butterfly off course than looking after people.
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Reply By: rumpig - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 10:12

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 10:12
for the most part normal road rules apply, but speed limits vary drastically. you need to research and check what the speed limits are before you drive the beach you plan to go on, South Ballina beach for example is 30kph and places like Fraser Island have a 80kph limit, but certain areas on Fraser are also lower speed limits (around Eli creek, The Maheno ship wreck etc etc).
going on the amount of people i saw with kids and adults in the back of their utes driving at South Ballina last week you'd think normal road rules don't apply, but this is not the case.
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Follow Up By: DiscoTourer - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 13:38

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 13:38
Rumpig, did you not know that rules don't apply to us all ;-)

People that take firewood into areas when a total fire ban exists and $1000 fine applies (big signs displayed right in front of them), or where no offroad vehicles are allowed and they have two quads on their trailers.....rules are only applicable to those that choose to do the right thing and follow them.

For the rest....they are inconsiderate morons.

Brett....
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Follow Up By: The Bantam - Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:22

Sunday, Jan 06, 2013 at 12:22
Lots of people are pig ignorant...and lost of people ARE walking away with very large fines.

Up here in QLD...the coppers may not be there all the time, but at certain times they turn up in force.

Radars, random breath tests, vehicle inspections the whole package.

There have been a couple of times when there have been full blown enforcement operations set up on and adjacent to some beaches.
a couple of times they have inspected every suspect vehicle that came off the beach.....lots of blatantly illegal 4wds going home on tilt trays and trailers.

On any of the major busy times, expect to see police on any of the major 4wd beaches..Biibie, Frazer, Moreton, Stradbroke, Double Island / Tewaha ..and the rangers have been given certain enforcement powers too.

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Reply By: mike g2 - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 11:44

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 11:44
Agree with previous comments. its classed as 'off road'. check local authorities such as CALM (WA) and police for definitions and rules. plus each state and council has various rules for 4wd in general, some beaches and areas closed to 4wd due to environmental vandals (idiots) and developers or owners of land or council , duty of care and liability playing a big part now in legalities. need to check your insurance as well believe it or not, to ensure your covered for off road driving. 4wd course highly recommended, made a difference to my knowledge and skills in sand. have seen and heard of many a driver coming to grief on the beach. try going with a 4wd club or fishing group as a visitor then join if you want to,very useful. check out local publishers books such as ' western 4wd driver' magazine (WA) for local tracks-these show legal areas and have been checked out complete with directions,photos etc. check fire seasons as well-camp fire restrictions may apply
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Reply By: Witi Repartee - Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 13:29

Saturday, Jan 05, 2013 at 13:29
Use your indicators.
You will find a lot of drivers will cut across in front of you to stay near the firm sand close to the surfs edge...with no indication.
Cheers Witi
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