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Boat Harbour 4WD @ Kurnell (OLD)


I drove past this on a bit of a drive tonight (which included the Royal National Park afterwards).

It says it's open weekends and public holidays, and according to the street directory, it's a maze of tracks in and around the Kurnell Sand Dunes. I'm not sure how much is track, and how much is plain open space (with lots of hills emoticon ).

I propose we go for a day some weekend and get our X-Trails all sandy... It would be good experience and fun I reckon!

Jalal - I'm sure there would be nothing there to get yours scratched, so you have no excuse...

Cost is $15/day. I'm not sure if there is supervision or any guides to take you through it or not...




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Re: Boat Harbour 4WD Track @ Kurnell, Sydney


Thanks Rich,

Sounds good.

If my xtrail survives the Watagans without any scracthes, I might get it in the sand soon after emoticon

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Re: Boat Harbour 4WD Track @ Kurnell, Sydney


its pretty good down there, pay at the gate then find your own way around.
I did get the worst scratches ever in there but I know not tro go up that track again
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Re: Boat Harbour 4WD Track @ Kurnell, Sydney


Spoke to a mate on the weekend and he said he goes there all the time...

He drives a Suzuki Jimminy I think?

I'll ask him to come along, too. He would probably be able to show us the ropes (or snatch straps as the case may be emoticon ).



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Re: Boat Harbour 4WD Track @ Kurnell, Sydney


Peter, what particular track was it thata you got the bad scratches on (for Jalal to avoid emoticon ).

Here's some proposed dates for Boat Harbour day:

October:

Sunday 10th

Saturday 16th
Sunday 17th

Sunday 24th

November:

(maybe) Saturday 6th
(maybe) Sunday 7th

Sunday 14th

Saturday 20th


These are the dates I have free... All the other dates I have bucks days/nights, kitchen teas (Clare), weddings, computer user group meeting, and 4WD Training.



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Re: Boat Harbour 4WD Track @ Kurnell, Sydney


Rich
cant say exactly they are unmarked, but it is between the beach and the big flat open area and when you go up it the bushes are either side scratching you. When you get to top it veers Left and goes down. About half way there is a track to the right (if you are at this point take it)
If you decide to go another 5 yards on, the track has big deep ruts (you can stand in them and look under your car)

If you have stupidly decided to not take the turn off and find yourself at this point - and you cant reverse back up the hill, and you are the only person in the park. You could stop and wait or you could just put it in gear, close eyes and go for the ride.

If you do take this stupid option, you will say
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gee that was fun, wish someone took my photo but I aint doing it again



Can you pick the idiot who did this.

BTW who did you take for training

cheers
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Re: Boat Harbour 4WD Track @ Kurnell, Sydney


Peter, I can only guess that you are quoting yourself there emoticon

Looks like I'll either see if they've got maps @ the gate/office, or I'll do some walking before I drive blind...


I've been in touch with Misty's and am waiting for them to send me the info pack (I'm assuming it's on it's way through the (snail) mail).



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Rich
You shouldnt need a map for the place, but if you go up any of the tracks (which are only a couple of hundred yards) have a quick walk first
have sent you PM

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Sorry for the very short notice...

Clare and I went to Boat Harbour this afternoon because it was such a beautiful day and we had the afternoon free...



REPORT:


Excellent couple of hours!!!

Beach driving isn't so difficult after-all...

Drove past all the dunes as I hadn't driven on sand before, and didn't want to get stuck straight away!

After going down the steep hill onto the beach, saw two other (empty) X-Trails parked - probably owned by some of the many parachute-surfboarding people there, so didn't get to speak to either of them...

Drove quite a long way along the beach and turned around when it looked (and felt) like it was getting abit too soft, and had already been churned up by previous 4WD's...

Headed back to the dune pit in the centre of the park and watched some other 4WD's drive around for a bit, and there was also this massive Chev or something (I didn't know it was 2WD until I saw it bogged just before we left - I got photos too!).

There was also a wide shallow muddy puddle which I saw one 4WD go through at speed, which totally covered it in mud... Looked like fun, so of course I had to go through it too... Our X-Trail has never been so dirty - all over the roof as well! Got video footage from inside & outside the car (yes, two goes!), and photos of it afterwards, too.

Got some good footage going down the biggest dune there, and then I attempted going up it as well - and it made it first go! Piece of cake! Going down - the brakes were stopping the wheels, but the car would still slide a little. I could stop mid-way down more than once without it sliding. ABS didn't kick in, but gravity still pulls you down a bit. It was so steep that the digital camera slid off the front seat (without me braking at the same time).

Also attempted some of the bush tracks in there, and they didn't go very far and they all came back out into the dune pit anyway... One of the ones I tried was very narrow and too-soft sand for me to even think about continuing, so I just reversed out.

Also saw one 4WD come over a dune beside me (I was on the other side of the dune) and then they slammed on their brackes as there was a bit of rock there (I'd already seen it and driven around it), so there are some hazards associated with dune driving that isn't mentioned in any of the articles I've read about it (ie: head-on with another car coming up the other side emoticon ). I did notice there were patches of broken glass around the place...

Best $15 I have ever spent I reckon - only problem is that it'll probably cost me just as much again to wash it @ CarLovers tomorrow emoticon

Photos & footage to be uploaded hopefully later this weekend or early next week.



Asked about the season pass, and it ends @ end of this year, then the next season pass starts Jan 1st. Pass is $75, so unless we go about 5 times before Christmas, it wouldn't be worthwhile getting the pass...



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Re: Boat Harbour 4WD @ Kurnell


quote:

basshead wrote:

Sorry for the very short notice...

Clare and I went to Boat Harbour this afternoon because it was such a beautiful day and we had the afternoon free...




I did a quick internet search when you first mentioned it, and all I found were people bagging it. So I'm very glad you liked it.

Might give it a whirl myself sometime.

Do you get a map of the tracks for your $15 ?





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