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You will sign (on the contract), that you have read this page and that you have watched the safety video’s. This is to ensure that you have the necessary information / knowledge to undertake a save and enjoyable trip.
Please contact us if you are still unsure about anything involving your trip after you watched and studied the content on this page.
Four Wheel Drive hire Fraser Island: Tips On Safety
At Four wheel drive hire Fraser Island we want you to have a safe and enjoyable holiday. Please read the recommendations on this page carefully and please keep to the rules.
Fraser Island’s beaches and sand tracks are rough and only suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles with low range capacity. All-wheel drive vehicles are not recommended and will land you in trouble.
Four wheel driving on Fraser Island can be dangerous. People have died in crashes on Fraser Island, so take sand driving seriously. Please have a look at this blog for more detail
- Four wheel driving on sand is different to driving on tar roads and handling can be difficult. Basically slow down, pack light, be alert and store gear inside the 4×4.
- Stick to the speed limit. In good conditions, 60km/hr on the beach and 30km/hr on inland tracks. Remember: slower is safer. Please adapt speed according to driving conditions.
- Do not drive along the fore dunes to avoid the high tides. Your vehicle can subside in the softer sands, become unstable and roll-over causing serious injury or death.
- For essential safety tips view the safety video Drive to survive on Fraser Island (Windows Media Video file, 2.1M)†
- Read the brochure Survive your drive on Fraser Island (PDF, 3.7M)*, for specific sand-driving tips for Fraser Island.
- For more information see driving on sand.
Where can you Drive
Drive on the harder sand between the waterline and the high tide mark for the firmest surface. Try to follow tire tracks of vehicles that drove before you.
Remember that other people use the beach, so stay alert, follow the normal road rules and drive carefully! Use only designated access points to the beach and keep off the sand dunes.
Always be alert and watch out for children on beaches.
Make sure you know any local rules about using vehicles on beaches. Do the right thing and other drivers will follow your good example.
Where must you not drive.
Keep off sand dunes except at designated crossing points for access to and from the beach. Driving on dunes will get you stuck and also leads to corrosion and hefty fines when you get caught.
Never drive on the sandy areas along the debris or drift lines as these are potential sites for the formation of new dunes. Plants growing on or near these lines trap windblown sand to form new dunes.
Rules for Beach Driving.
Be considerate to others. many people may object to vehicles on beaches, because of noise disturbance to wildlife, and danger to other beach users.
By following these tips you will help protect our beaches and have enure that your four wheel drive hire experience to Fraser island will be safe and enjoyable.
- Observe all the laws and regulations relating to the use of vehicles on beaches.
- Drive on the harder sand between the waterline and the high tide mark for the firmest surface.
- Keep off sand dunes except at designated crossing points for access to and from the beach.
- Vegetated sand dunes are easily damaged. Strictly avoid these areas.
- Recognize the right of others to use the beach. Be alert and drive slowly and carefully.
- Do not drive when you are tired.
- Do not drink and drive.
- Respect the wildlife—animals are easily disturbed. Disturbance can affect their survival.
- Carry your rubbish home. If others have left a mess, consider cleaning it up.
- Ensure that your vehicle is mechanically sound before your visit.
- Reduce your tire pressure when driving on soft sand but keep within the manufacturer’s specifications.
- Ensure your vehicle is in 4WD when on sand.
- Always carry a tire gauge, air pump, towrope, first-aid kit, adequate water, food, fuel and spares on all trips. At four wheel drive hire Fraser island we supply you with all of these items.
- Ensure you have a valid vehicle permit for those areas where a permit is required.
- In remote beach areas travel with at least one other vehicle to reduce the risk in case of trouble. And let a responsible person know where you are going and when you expect to return.
- Always travel at low tide, or within two hours either side.
- Never travel when the tide is coming in. If you get stuck the sea will take hold of your vehicle.
- You may choose to reduce tire pressure to maintain traction, but if you do, do not forget to re-inflate your tires to resume speed on harder sand or surfaces. Please see this post for more detail on tire pressure.
- Always carry a pressure gauge and pump to re-inflate your tires before traveling on normal roads, and keep within the manufacturers specifications. At Four Wheel drive Hire Fraser island we supply you with pressure gauge and also a small portable compressor for inflating tires where needed.
- Don’t forget to consider the load your vehicle is carrying, pack light and stow gear low inside your vehicle. Top heavy vehicles topple more easily.
- Reduced tire pressure will affect your vehicle’s performance. Remember to avoid sharp turns, sudden braking, high-speeds and driving over rough surfaces. Tires have been known to come off their rims. Serious accidents have occurred.
- Be prepared and carry a shovel, tow rope, snatch strap or traction aids in case you get bogged — and know how to use them.
Safety guides (printable)
Safety video clips
- Drive to survive on Fraser Island
- Driving on sand (Southern Cooloola, Northern Cooloola, Inskip Peninsula, Fraser Island, Burrum Coast, Moreton Island, Bribie Island)
- Slow is safe (Southern Cooloola, Northern Cooloola, Inskip Peninsula, Fraser Island and Great Sandy Marine Park)
- Fish bright at night (Southern Cooloola, Northern Cooloola, Inskip Peninsula, Fraser Island and Great Sandy Marine Park)
- Fraser Island conditions report (PDF, 1.1M)*
- Cooloola conditions report (PDF, 583K)*
- Department of Transport and Main Roads
- 9 Most dangerous things drivers do.
- Drugged Driving Prevention
- Age and driving
- Transportation Options for Seniors Who Don’t
- Mental preparation for driving