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    Camping/ Getting away/ Fraser?

    Gents,
    Bought this bad boy below on the weekend for a gumtree bargain.
    Anyways I want to get away with the nopics and kids (2x under 2 years old)
    Was thinking Fraser Island or somewhere similar but pretty damn open to suggestions.

    I love a road trip and want to do Uluru before they stop me climbing it but thatís probably in 2019.

    From what I see on Facebook Fraser looks way too busy for my liking but maybe thatís just over Christmas?

    Iíve got an Isuzu Mux as a tow car and the van has heaps of ground clearance and is setup to free camp but in saying that Iím pretty new to 4x4ing.

    I guess itís a pretty vague question but anyone got a little secret spot they love that they care to share ( Iíve overdone most of the south coast of NSW)







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    I was planning on using this thread for a running record of trips and mods i do to the van.
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    With young kids those ages I would be more inclinded to try Double Island Point / Inskip Point / Freshwater camping areas first. They are close to Fraser but mainland so are easy to duck into Rainbow Beach if you need something in a hurry. Actually, Freshwater just down from Double Island would be my suggestion.

    Edit; You could then do a daytrip/s to Fraser when the tides suit.
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    Fraser is always very busy over xmas and easter holidays in particular. Not too bad if you go North of Waddy Point, because there's not much up there and the backpacker buses and tag-alongs don't go past Champagne Pools/Indian Head. But if you haven't been before, those southern lakes and stuff are well worth seeing. Best to do it in winter imo. Less crowds and generally better weather conditions.
    Get some Max Trax or similar would be my advice for towing in sand. Even experienced sand drivers will get caught out eventually towing in sand. But there's only one way to get a feel for it...

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    Please donít be someone on the FB page ĎI got bogged at Inskip pointí who drives on without dropping tyre pressures.
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    Pebbly Beach near coffs.

    If you want to try your hand at some 4wding, I like all the forests around nana glen, north west of coffs. Be aware that its very very different between dry and wet. In dry weather its relaxing forest drives, in wet weather a lot of the tracks turn into slippery clay nightmares where even twin-locked on 35" mud terrains you'll be running out the winch pretty regularly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hotgemini View Post
    where even twin-locked on 35" mud terrains you'll be running out the winch pretty regularly.
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    Don't worry so much about crowds on fraser. Its easy to look at the photos of big line ups for the barge and think it must be a traffic jam but the place is huge. Just dont go to lake mckenzie and you'll be fine. Even eli creak winds down the beach a very long way so theres always somewhere to park up and have a bit of room around you. That all being said, only christmas, australia day and easter are busy, the rest of the time its empty.

    Instead of lake makenzie go to lake birrabeen, its basically the same but you'll be lucky if there's one other car there. If you really don't wanna see people head right up north, most 4x4 drivers dont have the skills to pass ngkala rocks, so north of there you'll see very few cars, no bus's, no fucking stinky backpackers. If you want to avoid the lines for the barge just be a normal person and book in advance on a barge leaving from hervey bay, its best to stay away from anything to do with rainbow beach and inskip as its bogan central, you actually get big crowds up there now of people just sitting and drinking booze at hard to pass places and water crossings waiting for people to fuck up so they can video it, yell insults and post it to facebook.
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    ^ good advice.

    If you just want to camp / chill then Moreton Island is great, crowds are limited both by ferry and camp site availability, bogans don't want to pay the ferry fee or have to book in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MartyHusseinXF View Post
    This is how I know you drive Asian 4x4's.
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    christmas crowds on fraser peak from about the 10/12 to about the 7/01. outside of that it's busy but fine. as others said, camp somewhere towards the north (the further north the better, but dundabura, ayuna, waddy, and anywhere north of orchid will be ok) and it'll be fine even in the busy period.

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    Just got back from Fraser.

    Had Eli creek all to ourselves at 7 in the morning, was so peaceful. Buses and tagalong tours started rolling in at 8am on the dot. So get there early to see it at it's best. However when it's busy there are plenty of tidy backpacker chicks around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gats View Post
    Just got back from Fraser.

    Had Eli creek all to ourselves at 7 in the morning, was so peaceful. Buses and tagalong tours started rolling in at 8am on the dot. So get there early to see it at it's best. However when it's busy there are plenty of tidy backpacker chicks around.
    In their Bikinis. I love it.

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    Fraser is awesome. As others have said, plenty of room and pretty empty most of the year. You will need a week on the island as a minimum.

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    Awesome gents. Fraser is on the cards soon (once we get some practise).

    Had an electric brake controller and an Anderson plug put in so I can charge the van battery whilst I drive.







    Also shifted around the the garage and put the van in ďmy hoist bayĒ (which has no hoist yet as I spent the money on a van)



    Iíve been trying to work out the best place to put a cage so the one year old will sleep.
    I think his cot on the fold down table/bed will work the best.








    Planning on doing a couple of nights away over Australia Day weekend if I can get in somewhere.
    I ordered a portapotty today to keep the nopics happy and Iím still yet to work out a way to easily heat up a babies bottle in the middle of the night when we are off the grid, if anyone has any ideas?
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    Deua National Park out at Bendethera is a nice place for a weekend getaway considering where you live.

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    Hmm...
    Im a bit sceptical...

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    Haha, was the only one there when I went. Maybe I was luckier than I thought.

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    Me and some other PF'ers will be on fraser for australia day, if you end up that way send a message
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