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The following posts have been tagged with "4X4". Browse through these 4X4 articles to gain insight into what you may or may not want to do on your trip if it includes 4X4.

Mui Ne Sand Dunes – Offroading, ATVs, Sledding

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
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ATV Mui Ne White Dunes
My friend riding his ATV in front of a huge white dune with no footprints

Mui Ne has some of the craziest sand/soil I’ve ever seen, the reds were darker than I’ve seen even in Australia. The big draw for tourists in Mui Ne, other than the world class kite surfing, is the sand dune tour. We mentioned these tours in the Mui Ne Fairy Stream article, and we also mentioned how the Fairy Stream was more unique and we liked it better, however the sand dunes were a good visit as well. There are 2 sets of dunes the jeeps will take you to, one is white, and one is orange. The better ones in my opinion were the white sand dunes, and that’s what we’re talking about here.

A Jeep Made Out of Passport Stamps

Friday, June 17, 2011
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Passport Stamp Jeep
A Jeep made out of passport stamps from around the world

A really cool ad campaign by Land Rover

Largest Sand Island In the World – Fraser Island

Fraser Island Beach
Beaches, Streams, Sand Dunes and Forest cover Fraser Island

Fraser Island is one of the best places to visit in Australia, worth going out of your way to see. Fly into Brisbane, and head a couple hours North to Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, or Hervey Bay, the 3 crossing points over to Fraser. You have several options on how to get around: you can rent your own 4X4 doing everything yourself, do a self drive tour, where you ride along in a caravan of 4X4s, but drive your own vehicle, or take one of the massive offroad buses in a group of 15-25. I made the mistake of doing the bus tour, because my license had expired, and this tour provided transport in and out of Gold Coast; I knew straight away this was a mistake.

Crystal Clear Eli Creek, Fraser Island

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
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A Perfect Day At Eli Creek, Fraser Island
Perfect weather on Fraser Island, hot but the cool water of Eli Creek cools you down

Cool clear waters to relieve the heat, Eli Creek is a definite highlight on Fraser Island. On a nice day, its tough to beat the heat of Fraser Island, the lakes are warm, the ocean isn't safe by means of 18' Tiger Sharks and Portuguese Man-O-Wars (Blue Bottles) and sometimes shade is difficult to come by. Luckily there is Eli Creek; park your 4X4 on the beach and jump into the refreshing clear waters. There is a raised wooden boardwalk which goes several hundred meters up stream and provides access to the creek. Walk up, then float down the knee high waters to the end where it dumps into a pool on the beach. Everyone parks their cars around this pool, some people choose to drive through it which is fun to watch, and people just lounge around.

Fraser Island By Air

Maheno Shipwreck Ariel View, Fraser Island
Maheno Shipwreck as seen from the air

As soon as you arrive in Australia, you're going to hear about Fraser Island and The Whitsundays. Everybody sees Fraser Island by 4X4, which is amazing and has to be done, but while there I highly recomend you also splurge and pay the $75 to take the breif scenic flight over the island. How many places in the world do you get to use the beach as your runway? You get to see things from a completely different perspective; you also get to see things you probably won't make it to by car like Butterfly Lake. Chances are on a nice day you'll spot Stingrays, Manta Rays, Dolphins, and maybe even sharks. This is one of those things you need to put in perspective, I know $75 sounds like a lot, but take a night off the drink and do this instead.

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