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> 4WD deaths on Fraser Island
raniroo
post Apr 17 2009, 11:50 PM
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Fraser Island hits the headlines again, with a 4WD holding 11 tourists overturning in a remote part of the island, killing 2, and injurying 8 others....

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post Apr 18 2009, 06:21 AM
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Damn, thats awful.

I don't remember it being the safest thing in the world - chucking people behind the wheel who'd never driven a 4WD or on sand before, and many people were absolutely razzing the things about.

I don't know what time they were driving and how far in the tide was but we were distinctly told what times to drive on certain beaches so that we were nowhere near the tide.
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post Apr 18 2009, 06:51 AM
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It didn't say whether the tourists were driving or if there were drivers for the company driving the 4WD....With that amount of people in the car I would hope that the tour company had supplied the drivers (with experience)


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post Apr 18 2009, 06:58 AM
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Hmm! We had 10 in our car and we were just left to it. I'm not sure I remember there being seatbelts either come to think of it... we all just piled in the back.
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post Apr 18 2009, 09:00 AM
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Wow that really is a lot of people with someone driving with little to no experience of 4WDing...I am really surprised!


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post Apr 18 2009, 02:08 PM
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Fourby's can be a bit of a nightmare. Certainly worth someone with a bit of bread upstairs taking the wheel, especially on sand..


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post Apr 20 2009, 10:11 AM
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May I ask....why anyone would want to drive on a beach?


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post Apr 20 2009, 12:01 PM
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Its a sand island - if you wanna drive on it then you pretty much have to drive on the beach. And since driving is pretty much the only way to get round quickly, well...
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post Apr 20 2009, 01:38 PM
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Oh...how big is it? Can you ride a bike?


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post Apr 20 2009, 01:47 PM
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Biggest sand island in the world, 1840 square kilometres. Yeah, I guess you could go by bike. Many of the inland roads are all soft sand though and pretty bumpy so you'd probably have to stick to the beaches.
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post Apr 20 2009, 01:51 PM
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Interesting. How do the local people get around? The same way?


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post Apr 20 2009, 01:58 PM
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Not too sure, probably 4WD. Wikipedia says the population is 360 so there aren't that many of them.
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post Apr 20 2009, 01:59 PM
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No way, that's a pretty incredible place. I am not informed on this place. Thanks for clarifying a little.


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post Apr 20 2009, 11:23 PM
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QUOTE(starlagurl @ Apr 20 2009, 01:59 PM) *

No way, that's a pretty incredible place. I am not informed on this place. Thanks for clarifying a little.



Fraser Island is an amazing place. Great beaches, ship wrecks, rainforest, inland lakes, wild dingoes.....check out the "bikini photo" blog, that was Fraser Island! LOL

It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here is an extract from their website:

"Fraser Island lies just off the east coast of Australia. At 122 km long, it is the largest sand island in the world. Majestic remnants of tall rainforest growing on sand and half the world’s perched freshwater dune lakes are found inland from the beach. The combination of shifting sand-dunes, tropical rainforests and lakes makes it an exceptional site."





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post Apr 21 2009, 02:28 AM
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But you have to go quickly... there is a gorgeous lake there called Lake Wabby which is being infilled by sand and getting smaller and smaller every year... we were told it only has 15 years left at the current rate its disappearing.
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post Apr 21 2009, 10:40 AM
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It's one of the major stops on the backpacker trail but I never got around to going. I always thought it sounded a bit dodgy. Bundling 10+ people into a 4x4, probably with little to no experience (and probably boozed up) is just asking for trouble.


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