Fraser Island has become a
Fraser Island has become a "sand trap"

Fraser Island a 'sand trap'

FRASER Island’s reputation as a 4WD enthusiast’s paradise is under siege.

The once tame roads that criss cross the island have become “sand traps”.

Fraser Island Recovery and Towing service operator Greg Ohl said he was berserk with call-outs as even experienced drivers came unstuck.

“Mate, I have no trouble getting around but if you are an inexperienced driver you have no hope,” he said.

“It is the worst I have ever seen it in my five years of towing. The roads are soft, rough and in desperate need of watering and grading.”

Mr Ohl said the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service needed to get out and about and to help fix the roads.

“They used to do it years ago but it now seems all forgotten and it’s the tourists who are paying the price,” he said.

Fraser Coast 4WD Association president David Robertson backed up the comments from Mr Ohl.

“The conditions are terrible – the lack of rain has made tracks tough going even for the best drivers,” he said. “I was on the island on Wednesday and spent most of the day pulling victims of the soft sand out.”

As a 4WD tourist operator himself, Mr Robertson said he was praying for rain to make the tracks more driver-friendly.

Fraser Island Taxi service owner Lisa Walker said it wasn’t just the sand tracks that were causing problems.

“The high tide road from Hook Point is dangerous ... someone will die on it unless it’s fixed,” she said.

“Its not just soft – it’s dangerous – and the corrugations are really bad.

“I have no idea why this road doesn’t have regular maintenance.”

Ms Walker advised all drivers to take extreme caution when visiting Fraser.

Vehicles getting bogged on the tracks are causing mini traffic jams right across the island.

With thousands of extra tourists expected to invade the destination in the coming weeks it is hoped rain comes quickly.


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