Queensland road trip July

Rumpig

Adventurer
0.0 klms ZERO TRIP METRE AT EXIT OF CAR PARK AREA...Turn left onto
main road, sign “Road to Boonah, Not suitable for Trucks and Buses” 0.0 klms

9.0 klms Carrs Lookout...park vehicle on left of road outside Spring Creek Cafe &
Cottages, and walk to the timber boardwalk for spectacular vie 8.0 klms
3.1 klms Moss Gardens on right...... An enchanted forest of trees covered in moss
and lichen. It is also the location for a remaining section of the rabbit proof fence. 11.1 klms
2.4 klms Grid 13.5 klms
0.5 klms The Head...Keep Right 14.0 klms
0.7 klms Grid 14.7 klms
3.6 klms Grid 18.3 klms
2.2 klms Grid 20.5 klms
2.7 klms Grid 23.2 klms
3.2 klms Grid 26.4 klms
0.3 klms Grid 26.8 klms
1.3 klms Grid 28.0 klms
3.3 klms T Intersection, turn left ...Teviot Brook 31.3 klms
5.2 klms Croftby Rd on left, continue straight on along Carneys Creek Rd 36.5 klms
2.0 klms Turn left onto Dwyer Ridges Rd 38.5 klms
8.0 klms Turn right at T intersection onto Mt Alford road, towards Mt Alford 46.5 klms
0.8 klms Keep left 47.4 klms
2.7 klms Turn left onto Tunstall Rd 50.1 klms
0.9 klms Keep right 50.9 klms
0.3 klms Road turns to gravel 51.2 klms
0.9 klms Road turns to bitumen 52.1 klms
0.5 klms Road turns to gravel 52.6 klms
2.1 klms Road turns to bitumen 54.7 klms
0.4 klms Turn right at T intersection onto Lake Moogerah Rd 55.1 klms
9.3 klms Turn right at T intersection onto Boonah – Fassifern Rd 64.4 klms
1.1 klms Turn left onto Kalbar Connection Rd 65.5 klms
3.2 klms Turn right into Kalbar Showgrounds for completion of drive 68.7 klms
 

flashkiwi

New member
All great tips we really appreciate it! We are renting with Australian 4WD hire which does not seem to put any restrictions for places like Fraser Island. We did just get the new Hema road and 4WD atlas for which seems to be great!
What ever you do, do not rent from Australian 4WD Hire. They have a well documented history of ripping of customers with phoney charges and keeping the large deposits, vehicles without insurance, and poorly maintained . The Australian version of FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection is taking them to court. See these links or do some googling...

https://www.accc.gov.au/media-release/australian-4wd-hire-in-court-for-alleged-breaches-of-consumer-law-0
https://mr4x4.com.au/4wd-hire-ripoff-customers/
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-07/4wd-hire-company-refutes-litany-of-scamming-complaints/9935858
https://www.timnicholls.com.au/aus_4wd_hire
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g255055-i120-k9878349-o30-4WD_off_road_car_hire-Australia.html

Feel free to PM if you want further details.

Although a little bit more expensive try one of the more established company's such as Britz or Apollo.

For trip planning have a look at https://cloud.hemaexplorer.com.au and click on Main Map. Also note that the first two weeks of July are Queensland school holidays so camp grounds etc. may be busy.

FlashKiwi
 

Paddler Ed

Adventurer
+1 to FlashKiwi's comment.

CANCEL YOUR BOOKING WITH THEM NOW!

As he says, they've got a court proven reputation of being crap to deal with and willing to fleece you for thousands of dollars.
 

ndaciuk

New member
FlashKiwi & Paddler Ed, Interesting you should bring up the Australia 4WD Hire comments as they recently called me and canceled my booking saying that the vehicle I had rented was damaged and no longer available. So I have booked a pop top Landcruiser with Apollo instead. Maybe a blessing in disguise based on your comments!!

Do you all think I should be booking camping in advance of the trip? will it be so busy I will not be able to find spots to camp or even grab a hotel in certain cases?

Thank you again!
 

Paddler Ed

Adventurer
FlashKiwi & Paddler Ed, Interesting you should bring up the Australia 4WD Hire comments as they recently called me and canceled my booking saying that the vehicle I had rented was damaged and no longer available. So I have booked a pop top Landcruiser with Apollo instead. Maybe a blessing in disguise based on your comments!!

Do you all think I should be booking camping in advance of the trip? will it be so busy I will not be able to find spots to camp or even grab a hotel in certain cases?

Thank you again!
You should be pretty good to turn up on the day - maybe have a rough idea (check on WikiCamps in advance) of where you want to go, and then about lunchtime give them a call to see how they're looking for that evening. We did that area a few years ago now, and at about the same time of year, and did it with no bookings. If you're travelling a long way off to somewhere, maybe check earlier in the day.

Glad to hear you've got the Apollo sorted - remember that it's not allowed on Fraser or Moreton Island. https://www.apollocamper.com/terms/APAUFLEXAPAU1920.pdf

Ed
 

Regcabguy

Expedition Leader
I was there in '79 for 3 months. Once you got out of Sydney it was pristine aside from the skyscrapers of the Gold Coast.
Excellent air quality then. Even after all that time I was still getting into the wrong side.
 

flashkiwi

New member
FlashKiwi & Paddler Ed, Interesting you should bring up the Australia 4WD Hire comments as they recently called me and canceled my booking saying that the vehicle I had rented was damaged and no longer available. So I have booked a pop top Landcruiser with Apollo instead. Maybe a blessing in disguise based on your comments!!

Do you all think I should be booking camping in advance of the trip? will it be so busy I will not be able to find spots to camp or even grab a hotel in certain cases?

Thank you again!
You dodged a bullet there - great work! IIRC you will be travelling during the school holidays so some of the more popular areas (Fraser and Morton) may be booked. That said most places can find a spot for a self-contained vehicle for one night. Outside the urban areas you can try free camping (boondocking). Most of the smaller National Parks have camping, some are free and some are need to be booked online for a small fee. The WikiCamps app is a great resource. Put simply you will be fine!
 
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