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Date Registered: 01-2011
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Fraser Island 8-15 April 2011


Hi all,

Just got back from fraser, or as my 4 year old says Fraserniland. This post will be quite lenghty, I will give a run down of the island conditions and how the exy performed. I will upload the pictures after i am done.

For those who don't want to read the lot here is a quick overview.

Exy in short excellent, it dealt with almost all that was thrown at it and except for the high clearence areas it did remarkably well. For those of you who dont know in sand you need momentum, and the closer to the ground the more sand you have to plough through washing off your speed/momentum this equals stuck in the soft deep stuff.

The island has had so much rain in the last 4 months that it is the hardest most compact it has been in years (say the locals). Most driving was in 2wd which suited us to a tee. No issues with the overheating of the rear trannie, i did have some issues with 4 wheel lock but learnt how to over come them eventually.

So now for the long drawn out version.
A 3 am start, breaky, packed the over night bags and loaded the kids in the car after staying the night at Gympie, by 4am we were on the road and zipped on down to the Inskip Point via Ranbow beach. By 5 am we hit the soft stuff and let down the tyres.

I am running the OEM Bridgestone 215/65/R16 on Steel Rims, i dropped my tires to 18psi that seemed to be a nice starting point. I was with two good friends and their families, one was driving a worked GU Patrol and the other in a standard 2010 Hilux duel cab. I figured if the exy gets stuck i got the pull out power along for the ride so i wouldn't be stuck for long. We headed down to the point and waited for the barge.

Pick the exy

So on the Manta Ray barge and pickup the permits ( you can order and pay online and pick them up on the barge). A quick get out and look for the 10min ride over to the island.

BargeTrip Over

Getting off the barge was easy, the sand hard and compact the tide coming in slowly, we headed around Hook Point along 75mile beach to Indian Head.

The beach was better then the Highway, 75 mile beach.

Because the tide was coming in slowly we had no problem passing the rocks at Dundubara and Yidney, then up past the Mahino Shipwreck
Vroom Mahino in the distance

We got to the house and all was fantastic, we stayed at Marloo Blue and it was everything we could imagine. Here is a pic from the verandah.

Over the next week we travelled to Wathumba the track was good, but during the week it turned into a 4wd track due to the number of people churning through it in 2wd causing deep ruts and corrogations.

We went to the Sandy Cape Lighthouse which was a great day out and you could see out 50km over the Sandy Cape spit. Here are the photos
On the beach at the light house.
Dingo
Looking towards Hervey Bay
Massive Dunes
Someone not so lucky.
North of the dunes.

It was interesting to hear the comments of real 4wd'ers as we named them, our friends would get waves .... we would get stares and some folks even commented, such as one group from Townsville (so their car stickers said) who we heard say "Get your cameras ready guys this one is gonna get stuck for sure." as we rounded Ngkala Rocks, we negotiated some little waves (more timing then anything) and we were through, I dont know if they got the pictures they wanted as we werent around long enough to find out.

Lake Mckenzie was fantastic, gorgeous, and fun 4wding track aswell, some parts took a couple of goes but the exy was in her element, again clearance was a bit of an issue. Lake McKenzie
Central station was another world, beautiful rainforests with tall tall trees, invisible creeks and stunning wildlife here are some pics,
Invisible Creek - Central station rainforest
Stag and Elkhorns aplenty - Central station
Central Station - Goanna


Eli Creek simply stunning, and litrally too, brrrr but you get use to it and great fun for the kids.
Eli Creek
Mixing it with the big boys
Playing in Eli

Many an afternoon at Waddy point fishing (the fish just jump on your hook) our kids loved the sport although most were thrown back, but you couldnt get easier fishing, sandy beach 30cm of water and fish on almost every cast. South Waddy.

Indian Head bypass was fine in the exy, a bit harder on the way back at the end of the week as we had no rain and the easter push were arriving, this caused the sand to get powerdery and soft, I found 2nd gear keep the revs up over 3k, keep your speed up and drive on through no real problems. If you lost momentum you lost traction, that being said on occasion the soft sand on the beach was easy enough to drive out of so i guess it was dependant on the sand underneath.

I found as soon as the back wheels started to spin faster then the front, the wheel slip light would go on and it would drop back to 2wd. Even if i was in 4 lock and the ESP was disengauged.

I found i would forget to turn ESP back on everytime i started the car.... i would be driving down the beach and the slip light would flash, i was then reminded to turn off ESP.

If you drop your engine revs you will find it hard to get them back up (i dont know what the exy diesels are like) so i stayed in 2nd gear and gave it a firm shoe.

The front Recovery point, .... FANTASTIC.... used it for a total of 3 snatches without issue, i was also snached backward twice using the towbar pin, no issues there either.

The entry and exit points of Eurong, Yidney rocks and dundunbara were really really good... very firm no run up needed was the best i have ever seen.

Here are some pictures of the Ngkala South Track, this was the one that gave us the most trouble.Ngkala Rocks Enterance
Ngkala South midway looking north
South Nkgala Track 3/4 Mark looking south
Down to the beach, looking north

After a number of attempts we hooked the exy up to the patrol and basically towed through to assist with the momentum, i could have dropped the tire pressure a little more but we just muscled it.

On the way home (friday the 15th) just after 9 am, waves upon waves of 4wds, Camper trailers, and tourist troupies were headed up the beach, it felt like an invasion after driving beaches that were all but empty for the last week.

When we hit the traffic of brisbane friday afternoon, we were having trouble dealing with it, i guess we just love the wide open space.

I will try to limit it there, if anyone wants any further info please pm me i am all to happy to send pics and give details, that being said give it 1 or 2 weeks and this report (conditions etc) will be outdated, as the sand shifts so much day to day.

Cheers











Last edited by Koobs, 19/Apr/2011, 5:30 pm


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Great report... Thanks

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Great photo's and report!

Looks like you had some fun!

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Quick question.. When you used the front recovery point, are you talking about the screw in eye that sits off to the right?
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Re: Fraser Island 8-15 April 2011


quote:

Quick question.. When you used the front recovery point, are you talking about the screw in eye that sits off to the right?



Yes Zaeed, that's exactly what we used, and it performed well. Unfortuately there are no other recovery points on the front of a T31.

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Were you snatching or just pulling?
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Were you snatching or just pulling?



We did both, at a couple of points at Ngkala rocks, the sand is so soft and deep that we could only drive so far before the sand sapped our speed. A good mate in his patrol snatched us out and continued to pull keeping up the momentum so that we could get through.

I can say i now have the utmost confidence in the front loop now, as I was a bit weary prior to going.

Hope the info helps.

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