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NOW YOU’RE TORQUING: TYRE TIPS WITH DAVE D

When it comes to off-roading on islands like Fraser Island, everyone has a different set of expectations from their tyres.  Everyone also has a different set of criteria upon which they base their judgements.

Dave Darmody is the chief trainer at Australian Off-road Academy and an expert on heading off piste on the world’s largest sand island. His sagely advice is to consider everyone’s experience and opinion (including his own expert one below) and then form your own opinion.

Tyred of not getting the best out of your 4WD?

Tyred of not getting the best out of your 4WD? Image: Photography by Reichlyn.

Tyred of picking dud tyres?
Not all tyres are created equal. Your tyre purchasing decision should be based upon your needs and ambition – not what your vehicle manufacturer decides. First up, choose between a ‘passenger’ or a ‘light truck tyre’; then decide upon tread pattern.  Lastly, buy a premium brand that meets your needs.  As Dave says, you’ve just forked out a small fortune for your car – don’t skimp on your tyres.

How Low Can You Go?
There are very limited wheel/tyre options so you need to weigh up the potential rim damage and bogging potential when purchasing. The undeniable truth is that low profile tyres are generally a problem off-road and highly inflated low profile tyres are a bigger problem.

IMG_3495Under Pressure!
We’ve all met the bloke who refuses to let his tyres down. They are nearly as obnoxious as the “pfft, I did it all in 2WD” guy.  Just remember that you gain clearance by reducing pressure because you stay on top of the sand instead of going under it.

So, that dude on social media who recommended 22psi – without asking any basic questions
about your load, your tyre size and construction, the terrain and conditions – should probably not be your only source of info.

TOP TIP: As an aside, if you’re headed to Fraser Island, QPWS put out a fortnightly condition report that’ll let you know what to expect, pre-arrival.

One Gadget To Rule Them All!
Purchase a quality tyre gauge and use it because uneven tyre pressures can result in an inconsistent rolling diameter and can cause havoc with your vehicle’s safety and traction systems. But wait, there’s more… look at your driving style and avoid harsh braking and sudden steering and tight turns on higher traction surfaces.

This abridged content has been reproduced with permission.  To read Dave’s full blog, head to the Australian Offroad Academy website.  Want to know more about Dave’s training courses on Fraser Island?  Click here.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2015 in Guest Bloggers

 

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Fraser Island Any Time Of The Year

One of Australia’s most recognised rugby union players, Chris Latham, is tackling a new role as the ambassador and official face of Fraser Coast tourism.  

His service to the Queensland Reds from 1998 to 2008 has cemented him as one of Queensland and Australia’s great sporting icons… and he’s capitalising on his profile by lifting awareness of our gorgeous region by blogging about it… it’s called Fraser Coasting with Chris Latham… and here’s a sneak preview!

Chris Latham as snapped by The Age

Chris Latham as snapped by The Age

Chris recently brought his family across to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island for a little R&R… here’s his story…

It is a jewel in our crown and one of my favourite places in the world to be. Fraser Island is a playground on our doorstep that needs to be treated with respect, but nonetheless it also needs to be enjoyed whenever the opportunity arises.

I think any time of year is a good time to get across to the island, and with the warm weather we’ve been having pre-winter, the current clear crisp days are perfect to be on Fraser. I took the family across last week and as always the diversity on offer on Fraser Island is something to behold.

We stayed in the villas of Kingfisher Bay Resort – they’re beautifully appointed and the perfect launch pad whether you’re new to Fraser, or a local who knows their way about.

The sand at the moment is great for the 4WD so it was good the get behind the wheel and across to both the beaches and lakes.

Fraser tip: Check out the Fraser Island Condition Report before heading off on your island adventure.

Kingfisher Bay Resort's jetty is perfect for fishing

Kingfisher Bay Resort’s jetty is perfect for fishing

One thing I hadn’t done previously on Fraser was get out for a paddle board on Lake McKenzie. I would really recommend this with the unbelievable surrounds, and the relaxing undertaking of paddle boarding complementing each other perfectly.

A weekend spent with my family on Fraser Island is getting close to the ultimate for me. The only real thing I could hope to throw in would be to wet a line and see if the fish were biting. Lucky for us the resort had advised there were a few barramundi about, so we got down for an afternoon fish and topped off a great day.

Fraser Island is on our doorstep and easy to take for granted. I encourage you all to remember the diversity of both the Island as well as our whole region. The Fraser Coast really is a region to live life as it should be lived. Until next week I’ll leave you with a few photos…

4WD-tracks-in-sand

4WD-tracks-in-sand

Thanks to Latho and the team from the Fraser Coast Regional Council for allowing us to reproduce this content.

You can also catch Latho on Facebook.  And if you’ve been on Fraser Island and want to share your photos with us, simply check out our resort’s Instagram account and don’t forget to tag with #fraserisland and #kingfisherbayresort.

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2013 in Guest Bloggers

 

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The gang from Brisbane’s Radio 97.3FM enjoy time out on Fraser!

97.3FM’s Brekkie Announcer Terry and some lucky listeners won a trip to Hervey Bay to see the Humpback whales and ‘time out’ on Fraser Island with thanks to Tourism Queensland, Fraser Coast Tourism and Kingfisher Bay Resort. Here’s Terry blogging about their amazing adventures last week. August 2011.

At eight o’clock we all boarded the “Fraser Venture” barge to take us across to Fraser Island. It was on this barge
we met “Buttercup” – the barge’s ginger cat, kept on the barge to ensure pigeons didn’t make a mess of things. But
Buttercup was a favourite of all the passengers, and perhaps was a little bit spoilt.

All aboard the Fraser Venture for a great day out!

All aboard the Fraser Venture for a great day out!

When we arrived on the island we were met by a bus from Kingfisher Bay Resort.

Our tour guide and bus driver from Kingfisher Bay resort was Chris. Before his 7 1/2 years as a tour guide on Fraser
Island Chris assures us he was a professional snake catcher and handler. One promise we were all glad wasn’t kept was that
if he found any snakes on the road he would be sure to bring it onto the bus.

From the jetty we were taken to Central Station – so called because of all the rail lines that passed through it during the
time of logging on Fraser Island. In fact, it was only in 1991 that logging stopped on Fraser Island, and in 1992 that it
was declared World Heritage.

The history and science of Fraser Island is simply fascinating. We all know that Fraser Island is the largest sand island in
the world – but it is also the largest island in Queensland, and the sixth largest in Australia.

One of the most beautiful parts of the island is Invisible Creek (or Whispering Creek) – so called because the water is so
clear that it is impossible to see. At first your think you see some white, white sand. It is only be look and listening
very, very hard that you can tell that the most pure water is flowing silently down the creek bed.

The water is so pure we all decided to have a drink – and unanimously agreed it was some of the tastiest water we had ever had.
It is rainwater that was been purified by the sand over the last 150 years.

Wangoolba Creek is beautiful in the winter

Wanggoolba Creek is beautiful in the winter

Lake McKenzie is one of the largest lakes on the island. There are over 120 lakes on Fraser Island, of which only about thirty
are accessible.  The water sits about 72 metres above sea level, and is purely the result of rainfall. It is this, and the fact
that the water is slightly acidic, that makes it the cleanest, bluest water you will probably ever swim in.

The kids we brought along had a great time swimming in the water. Despite the fact it was August – the sun was out, and the
water was beautiful.

We ended the day with a very tasty lunch at the Sand Bar, located at Kingfisher Bay Resort – just near the jetty. Terry had the
Nachos while this intrepid reporter had the Chicken Parmigiana. We can both report that the meals at the Sand Bar are delicious
and well-priced.

Check out Terry’s Blog on the official 97.3FM website.  It’s complete with pics of their great day out:

http://www.973fm.com.au/shows/robin-terry-bob-in-the-morning/photos/Terry-s-Fraser-Island-Adventure

 
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Posted by on August 11, 2011 in Guest Bloggers

 

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Super Mum Symantha Perkins Takes A Holiday With Her Kids On Fraser!

This month’s guest blogger Symantha Perkins writes about her stay at Kingfisher Bay during a recent visit to Fraser Island. Sam is a ‘Super Mum’ to three gorgeous kids, is the Features Editor of ‘Holidays With Kids’ magazine and is married to ‘Super Fish’ Kieren Perkins.

Sam writes: We just had a fantastic getaway on Fraser Island, relaxing at Kingfisher Bay Resort. A huge thank you to all the Kingfisher team, especially Ranger Bec who taught the kids some valuable lessons about Aussie wildlife and eco-living, and gave Kieren daily updates on which tracks were safe for 4WDing.

Bush, sand, surf, beaches, rock cliffs, sand dunes, freshwater lakes, you names it Fraser Island has it!  When we weren’t lazing by Kingfisher Bay Resort’s pool or soaking in the spa tub on the deck of our treetop villa, we spent our days 4WDing around the bush tracks and cruising along Fraser Island’s awesome beaches. It’s the ultimate 4×4 destination and family vacation spot.

Our highlights were floating down Eli Creek and in The Champagne Pools, swimming in Lake McKenzie and hiking to Lake Wabby from Hammerstone Sand blow. A game of family ‘eye spy’ has never been so much fun with so many interesting things to spot, including dingoes (look but never touch), dolphins, turtles, kingfishers; no whales this trip – but maybe next time.

We’re already planning our next Fraser Island adventure. Keep and eye out for my action packed story, complete with all our family snapshots in the Spring issue of Holidays With Kids magazine – http://www.holidayswithkids.com.au.

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2011 in Guest Bloggers

 

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Easter Recharge On Fraser Island – Best Job In The World’s Ben Southall

Tourism Queensland’s Roving Global Ambassador, Best Job In The World Winner and now Best Expeditioner In The World – Ben Southall – takes time out on Faser Island over Easter.  April 2010.

The Best Expedition in the World launch is looming, with only three weeks to go until the big day arrives. It’s been a hectic few weeks, with training, logistics management, sponsorship deals and crew planning requiring relentless effort.

To have a fews days away from it all and recharge the batteries, I decided to take the Colonel (his 4WD) and Sophee (his girlfriend) over to Fraser Island for the Easter break.

The experience was bliss.

On the first day of our sun-kissed getaway, we escaped the crowds and explored the west coast of the island. By late afternoon we’d found ourselves the ultimate campsite by Woralie Creek. As the sun set we pitched the tent, enjoyed a swim in the calm ocean and cracked open a bottle of red wine. The rest of the night was history.

As the sun rose on Day 2, we eagerly set off towards Kingfisher Bay Resort (www.kingfisherbay.com), located 40 km further down the west coast. I’d popped into this eco-friendly holiday hub during Best Job but never had the pleasure of staying.

Soph and I couldn’t wait to reach our room, unload our weighty bags and ensconce ourselves in a good book by the pool. The next few days were set to be an absolute pleasure!

At the tired end of our final day on Fraser Island, it was time to fill my grumbling belly…I’ve still got to put another 2kgs on before the expedition starts. A feast was in order.  The resort’s Seabelle Restaurant came up trumps with a classic Australian selection; kangaroo, emu and crocodile to start with followed by one of my firm favourites – whole barramundi!

It’s rare for me to totally relax…to get mental and physical time off work. Kingfisher Bay offered the perfect formula; ocean views, the sounds of nature, a moorishly comfy bed, service with a smile and great food.

Fraser Island is a beautiful retreat that can be enjoyed in so many different ways and this Easter holiday will be remembered for a long time to come.  The energiser bunny is fully recharged and ready to go. Bring on the Best Expedition in the World!!

Check out the the blog at: http://islandreefjob.com.au/2011/04/26/easter-recharge-on-fraser-island/

Yours expeditionally
Ben Southall

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2011 in Guest Bloggers

 

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