Fraser Island driver etiquette – dos and don’t s to avoid road / beach rage !!
The beaches along Fraser Islands coast line are classified as gazetted roads, so normal Queensland road rules and regulations apply.
However, there is a few unspoken rules to abide by, as a matter of driver courtesy to other drivers and pedestrians on the beach.
Simple courtesy includes:
- Be Patient. There is no need to hurry, and no one is in a hurry. This is holiday time. Relax…
- Ensure you indicate to oncoming vehicles. Give plenty of warning and make your intentions clear, as to your side of the beach when oncoming vehicles are approaching.
- Small vehicles give way to larger vehicles when someone needs to deviate into a passing bay, particularly on the sandy tracks.Similarly 4WD gives way to Tour Buses and lone vehicles give way to multiple and towing vehicles
- Vehicles going up hill give way to vehicles going down hill on narrow tracks.
- Use only existing passing bays
- Keep left and leave a wide girth between on coming vehicles and the waters edge.
- Be mindful of the birds on the beach. They congregate in huge flocks and often die of exhaustion taking off and landing for every vehicle that passes. Leave a wide girth around them to avoid unnecessary disturbance.
- Stay on the beach and do not go” Bush Bashing” through the sand dunes.
- Check rear vision mirrors regularly
- Should you see a vehicle bogged or broken down , always nice to stop and see if they require assistance.
- Beware of pedestrians and small children on the beaches, slow down when approaching.
- Drive around behind fishing rod holders on the beach, you don’t want to drive through someone’s fishing line.
If you are aware of these simple courtesy’s it will make your travel experience far more relaxing.
And Fraser Island is all about relaxing and enjoyment.
Leave the Road Rage behind in the big cities.