Tides
Only travel in daylight and within 3hrs of low tide. Tides at Waddy Point.
Tyre pressure
Drop to 15-20psi before beach travel. If you get stuck you can drop tyre pressure to 10psi
– do this first before you go down deeper. There is air and fuel at Orchid Beach.
Police and speed
Australian road rules apply on Fraser Island. Watch out for speed signs approaching townships. There are police and radar is used.
Pack carefully
Stow all luggage securely.
You may encounter sudden drops in sand levels, ridges, holes and bumps while on the beach.
Indicate
When approaching oncoming cars, clearly indicate your intention. Do not change your mind!
There are many overseas visitors driving on the island. When approaching people be aware they cannot hear you coming ….ALWAYS SLOW DOWN.
False Beaches
These vary in size and run parallel to the ocean. A false beach can become isolated from the main beach by a small lagoon. The edges of these “sand bars” can be very soft and dangerous. If you find yourself on one, stop and follow your tracks back the way you came.
A general safety rule is to follow other tracks when you can.
Creeks
Beach driving can be hypnotic and there are numerous creeks and drops offs that can be hard to see. Slow down on approach and proceed slowly through the water. It is easier to follow another car….if there’s water or bumps you will see them go through first.
Parking
It’s safest to park above high tide mark, particularly in remote areas.
Park at 90 degrees to the ocean so it is obvious you are stationary.
Always look around you when walking on the beach as cars approach silently.