Recently my family and I had a wedding to attend in sunny Queensland, on the Sunshine Coast. Being such a beautiful location we decided to make the most of it and have a decent holiday. We lived there years ago but didn’t 4wd at all, so this trip I was keen to hit the dirt and explore as much as I could.
Don’t forget your permit
I was excited to see if I could make it to Inskip Point from Noosa along the beach front. So with our picnic packed and a couple of coldies in the esky, we headed off to the Tewantin ferry. The good news is that Queensland Parks and Wildlife Great Sandy information centre is just before you catch the ferry, so getting your beach permit is easy.
I will say the lady at QPWS did psych me out a little and had me questioning my abilities before I even got on the ferry. They strongly recommended not to go over, as it was high tide and 4WD’s are likely to get bogged.
They couldn’t tell me roughly how big the beach front was at high tide. To be honest I doubt if they had actually ever been over there and driven on the beach. Or perhaps their negativity could have just had something to do with the amount of backpackers hanging out of troopies that come through the place.
$13 for a beach pass and $7 each way for the ferry, I didn’t come all this way to not at least try. Once we made it to the beach entrance at 3rd cutting, I noticed there seemed to be a lot of vehicles leaving the beach and not many going my way. I was hoping that it was just because it was lunch time but I was really starting to think the QPWS lady was right. At the air down area I decided I better talk to some locals and find out how bad it actually was.
The fella I spoke to said to watch the washouts throughout the camping area, and it’s a bit chopped up and super soft in sections. This is nothing I wouldn’t expect from any beach at the end of the weekend.
We were going find out for ourselves, I dropped the tyres to 12psi to over compensate and hoped for the best.
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Jumping on to the beach, the entrance was chopped up and definitely some of the softest sand I had ever driven in. I was glad I overcompensated with air. H4 2nd gear and holding the revs around 2.5k in the sweet spot with plenty of torque and power available, the Fortuner was eating it up.
Soon enough there was moisture coming through the sand, which naturally hardened it up and became good to drive on. At first I didn’t know if it was fresh or salt water in the puddles however after hitting one, a quick taste test said its fresh water.
The water seemed to run out of the mountain across the beach, a side effect of this is that it leaves washouts along the beach front. Take it easy through them as most are a lot deeper than they appear. There is definitely fun to be had flexing through the bigger ones. Watch a few here.
The Teewah camping area is huge and there are plenty of fun little rhythm sections full of soft sand on the edges to explore. It’s not the dunes of Stockton Beach but still fun none the less.
On our way to Inskip Point
Pushing on, we came to Freshwater Rd and decided to take it across to Rainbow Beach and head to Inskip Point this way. It was pretty cool driving the inland track, its narrow, super soft and a little challenging at times. Definitely an awesome drive.
We made it! Inskip Point, WooHoo! Yep that’s the Fraser Island ferry in the background. It was so tempting to go to Fraser but we just didn’t have the time. We found our own slice of paradise, had a picnic, a stubby and just soaked up the views of Fraser Island off in the distance.
On the road again, we headed back to Rainbow Beach to see if we’d be able to drive up to Double Island Point and slip back across this way. Unfortunately the tide was too high so we headed back to Freshwater Rd. It was awesome getting to throw the Fortuner around down this track again.
Once back on Teewah Beach, we went up to DI (Double Island) and checked out the lighthouse, let the kids have a play in the water and enjoyed an ice cold beer. It doesn’t get much better than that. The only thing I’d do differently is get on the beach earlier so I had more time.
It was an awesome adventure with plenty of fun to be had for all. It’s a great drive and well worth checking out for yourself.
Have you been to Inskip Point? What did you think?