To Enjoy Your Drive On The Beach Follow These Tips
Vehicle Permits are required to drive on beaches and inland tracks in recreation areas.
Get your permit from Gateway Bait and Tackle 1383 Bribie Island Rd, Ningi
You must have a high clearance 4WD
Remember road rules apply
- Never drive when tired or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Use indicators when overtaking or turning
- Keep to the left of approaching traffic
- Wear seat belts at all times
- Remain within the vehicle while moving
- Give way to pedestrians (the sound of surf and wind drowns out the noise of your vehicle)
To reach the beach
- Use established access tracks
- Never drive across sand dunes or over coastal vegetation
- Travel at low tide or within 2 hours either side of low tide.
- Stay on hard sand between the waterline and the high tide mark
- Avoid salt water (it will rust your vehicle)
- Take care with creek crossings (the sand is softer and you may get bogged)
- Be careful not to disturb wildlife especially turtles who are nesting between November and March.
- Drive slow around flocks of birds
- Never approach dingoes. Stay in your vehicle till the go
- Should not be overloaded
- Load should be evenly balanced
- Heavy loads on roof racks make the vehicle top heavy and liable to tipping over.
- Park away from traffic areas.
- Reduce tyre pressure to have wider tyres for better traction.
- Remember to re-inflate when moving to a hard surface.
For your safety
- Watch for warning signs
- Avoid driving at night
- Keep a safe distance from other vehicles
- Keep below speed limits.
- Give way to vehicles travelling downhill.
- Heavy vehicles and vehicles with trailers have right of way in these situations.
Special hazards to watch for
- Rocks: Do not attempts to pass them if the tide is high. Use an inland pass
- Pools: These are sometimes left by a falling tide and will often have very soft sand at the bottom. Vehicles stuck here are harder to rescue. Pass on the high side.
- Washouts: These are ditches left in the sand by the surf and creeks. They are dangerous if hit at speed
- Aeroplanes: There are beach landing zones. Obey the signs and drive higher on the beach to avoid these areas. Planes need wet harder sand to land