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Fraser Island - Easter 2018 - SE QLD

Discussion in 'QLD' started by Beau, Apr 6, 2018.

  1. Beau

    Beau Member

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    Hey guys.

    I mocked up a video of our recent Easter holidays trip to Fraser Island, Australia. Unfortunately, the weather was crap most of the time, so nearly no footage from the drone. Hope you enjoy the video.

    Cheers

     
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  2. Gerry and Robyn

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    Well done Beau, love it.
    Keep those videos coming.
     
  3. cbus

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    Nice work :cool:

    Makes one pine for the beaches.
     
  4. 68BUS

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    It is just a magic spot. Great video.
    And good driving through Ngala Rocks.
    It can be a tricky bit of track. It claimed 2 of 5 of our party last year. How on earth did the Jeep think they were going to turn around on that soft sand run?
     
  5. Barry

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    Looks like you had fun
     
  6. Beau

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    Haha, my words exactly. They were two mates - first in Jeep and behind him a Hilux. They went up and Hilux got bogged, radioed to the Jeep mate about it, so bloke stopped at that curvy bit and wanted to turn around and head back to help hilux..." Well, that didn't really turned out that well for him :) :) :)
     
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  7. cbus

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    Pity they didn't try some ' low tide only' beach access tracks :rolleyes:
     
  8. 68BUS

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    Yep, there is one way in Ngala, Flog it until you on the other side then turn around and go back. We did not bother trying to snatch our mates out. Just walked back with max trax. Mind you he is scared to lower pressures. I had a light load in the ute, was running 15psi and still had to flog it up that first hill. Great fun once through though.
     
  9. Andy.

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    Excellent work Beau. I stopped at Orchid beach last time I was there.
    Who needs a Syncro? (not mine)
     
  10. Beau

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    Good stuff. This t5 was lucky to be there at “perfect” track condition. There was a 4 motion T5 there last year. Got stuck first time just after the pool (bottomed up) and then again 10 meters up the track. 2 hours to get him out and back :)
     
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  11. Andy.

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    What fun! Think I will avoid Ngkala rocks for me :)
    Only tentative Beau, but am looking at a Morton trip mid August. Might turn it into a Syncro meet up?
     
  12. Syncro27

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    Awesome adventure Beau.

    Not surprised the syncro made it but I am surprised the T5 4 motion did it without getting hung up.

    I am sure a wet track would have helped that.

    Try soft powdery churned up sand and I bet the T5 would struggle as it would sink in too far for its ground clearance.
     
  13. Beau

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    Exactly, Scott. My mate in t5 last year didn't stand a chance (though he tried - a few times) :)

    Andy - sounds like a deal :)
     
  14. Andy.

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    T5 Seikel MMmmm......
    OK, will let you know when plans progress re-Morton.
     
  15. Gerry and Robyn

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    Hi Richard.
    We've never been to Morton Island
    We won't be far away then.....keep us in the loop.
    Gerald
     
  16. Syncro27

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    Moreton Island is great - all soft sand - especially after a long dry period which is what i found.

    Its a great fun island and the track across the bottom end of the island is a lot of fun - well it was 15 years ago.

    Plus the barge that takes you over was called the combie trader - very appropriate!
     
  17. 68BUS

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    Yeah, moreton is a piece of cake so long as you are aware of what the weather has been doing. After long periods of little rain the Tangalooma bypass is definitely a 15psi tyre run.
    The rest of the island is not too bad. If traveling south of tangalooma on the West coast only run near low tide. Not much beach there.

    We went in February and got the powder sand for a few days, then such heavy rain that we went out for some fun in a highly tuned 70 series (Turbo V8 pushing out 200+HP). And the whole island had turned to quick sand. So double diff locks, low range and giving the engine the run of its life. Had an absolute ball.
    The next morning we were speaking to one of the truck drivers running 37inch tyres. He struggled a lot getting through to Cowan even. But could see where we had been having fun the night before. Took a day for the tracks to settle down and a lot of people got stuck / broke parts doing it.

    Couple of the photos of what the beach looked like every 50-100m. So much damage but I dare say it heals pretty quick.
     

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  18. Syncro27

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    Wow, thats a serious wash away.

    We went after a massive QLD adn NSW drought that brought in a lot of water restrictions as the dams got low everywhere.

    We had the added bonus of coming through just after school holidays for QLD and the island was very well churned up.

    We got a minor side wall puncture in the drivers side front when driving the Tangalooma by-pass down to the wrecks and that kept the tyre low with me constantly pumping it up the rest of the trip around the Island.

    We also parked under a tree at the wrecks (hard to reverse park in sand I found) and a large branch of the tree fell on us while cooking dinner. managed to put my hand up and stop it hitting my syncro so no damage luckily. Beutiful spot though. There was only cold showers on the island then. But they were very refreshing.

    Some nice perched lakes too.

    Great fun you will all love it!
     
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  19. 68BUS

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    One of our crew got stuck on the Tangalooma bypass track because the Resort bus broke their diff. Not realizing it was serious the bus in front hooked onto them and tried to tow them out. Ripped the bumper off. 3rd bus was called in and ran out of fuel. Hilarious for us whilst he panicked about making the boat. They ended up holding the boat for everyone.
    It is a special place.
     

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  20. Syncro27

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    Thats too funny :D
     

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