Photojournalist Kristy Muir visited Fraser Island in March for a four-wheel driving adventure. There was so much to see and do. Pictured: 75 Mile Beach. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily
Photojournalist Kristy Muir visited Fraser Island in March for a four-wheel driving adventure. There was so much to see and do. Pictured: 75 Mile Beach. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily Kristy Muir

Girls access all areas in four-wheel-drive at Fraser

THERE is a big wide world out there to explore and most of it can't be accessed in your average car.   

I never imagined I would become an advocate for owning (or renting) a four-wheel-drive, but learning to talk the torque on Fraser Island earlier this year changed all that.   

Now I am planning my next few trips in Australia, and abroad, and they all involve a four-wheel-drive.   

For me, the appeal of four-wheel-driving is that it just gives you more options when exploring areas off the beaten track.  

Photojournalist Kristy Muir visited Fraser Island in March for a four-wheel driving adventure. There was so much to see and do. Pictured: Ashton Rigg, Christina Butcher, Kristy Muir and Anna Kantilaftas. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily
Photojournalist Kristy Muir visited Fraser Island in March for a four-wheel driving adventure. There was so much to see and do. Pictured: Ashton Rigg, Christina Butcher, Kristy Muir and Anna Kantilaftas. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily Kristy Muir

And before all the women reading this dismiss four-wheel driving as "a men's only" activity, I am here to tell you, you couldn't be more wrong.   

And in case any women reading this dismiss four-wheel-driving as "a men only" activity, let me say you couldn't be more wrong.   

All modern four-wheel-drives are jam-packed with all sorts of gadgets and functions to help you on your adventure.   

That is not to say there aren't risks when it comes to going off road, but there are just as many on the bitumen.   

In case you get bogged, stuck or flip your vehicle,  - you need to have either a satellite or mobile phone or have let someone know when you are meant to arrive at your destination, so they can raise the alarm if you don't turn up on time.   

Photojournalist Kristy Muir visited Fraser Island in March for a four-wheel driving adventure. There was so much to see and do. Pictured: Australian Offroad Academy instructor Dave Darmody demonstrating the recovery of a vehicle that was stuck on a hill. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily
Photojournalist Kristy Muir visited Fraser Island in March for a four-wheel driving adventure. There was so much to see and do. Pictured: Australian Offroad Academy instructor Dave Darmody demonstrating the recovery of a vehicle that was stuck on a hill. Photo Kristy Muir / Sunshine Coast Daily Kristy Muir

No matter how beautiful the scener, you should always keep your eyes on the track or road.  

Do not let any of your passengers distract you, or following vehicles fluster you into increasing your speed.  

You need to travel at the pace you are comfortable driving but, if you do have room to move over to let other vehicles pass, then you should.  

There are so many places to go four-wheel-driving around Australia and abroad, and the rules and etiquette can differ.  

If you are headed to somewhere you haven't been before, make sure you do your research and prepare for the unexpected.   

And if you don't feel confident to do the trip on your own, you can hook up with a tour group and be part of a convoy, or you can do an off-road driving course before you head off on your adventure.   

I was a guest of Australian Offroad Academy when I learnt how to handle a four-wheel-drive on Fraser Island and it gave me the confidence I needed to take on my upcoming driving trips.   

Top off-road spots

  • Simpson Desert
  • French Line, Australia
  • Greece and the islands
  • Fraser Island, Australia 
  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Cape York Track/Old Telegraph Track, Australia
  • Stockton Beach, Australia
  • Namibia, Africa  


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