Four Wheel Driving


Four-wheel driving is allowed on Flinders Beach and Main Beach. Vehicle Access Permits are required for driving in designated beach and bush areas on the Island. The annual permit fee maintains, improves, and supports the Island’s natural areas. Buy one online, or purchase one at Straddie Camping offices on the Island.

Driving on sand is different from driving on hard surfaces. You will need a 4WD vehicle. Be alert and familiar with sand-driving techniques, only travel at low tide times, stay on harder sand, do not drive or park in the water or the dunes, and slow down for other beach users and wildlife.

Driving is not permitted on beaches for 1 hour 15 minutes on either side of high tide time. This is both for your safety, and for environmental reasons. Beach driving rules are the same as when driving on a public road. Local Council Law Officers patrol the beach and Queensland Police also conduct regular speed checks and random breath testing on the beaches.

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