Driving conditions on Fraser are treacherous: business owner
TREACHEROUS driving conditions on Fraser Island threaten to take lives, according to a Cathedral Beach business owner.
Cathedrals on Fraser managing director Cathy Whitaker said erosion had taken much of the beach on the eastern side of the island, exposing coffee rock and large pumicestone.
Ms Whitaker said two international tourists came to grief in a four-wheel drive at Chard Rocks, near Happy Valley, earlier this week after a wave smashed their vehicle against rocks.
She said conditions had been unsafe since the January Oswald weather events.
"I've got a guy with us who hit white coffee rocks, which can be hidden because it's the same colour as the sand," Ms Whitaker said.
"He broke his nose, his ribs.
"None of the tracks have been fixed and you've got all these rocks exposed.
"We can't get around the back of the rocks so everyone has to take big risks to get around the front of them."
A Department of National Parks, Recreation, Sport and Racing spokesman said nature would run its course on beaches and no repair works would be undertaken.
Geoff Brittingham, NPRSR regional director for Sunshine and Fraser Coast, said he was aware conditions were risky but work was being undertaken to make non-beach tracks on the island safer.
Police statistics list three injury traffic crashes and one non-injury traffic crash on the island this year.