Sustainable Camping Queensland Tips – Sand Driving

Before you get behind the wheel and explore one of the many pristine beaches near Brisbane, or venture off the beaten track to find the perfect camping spot, there are a few things to keep in mind when travelling by 4WD.

The rolling, golden hills of sand dunes are not only beautiful to look at. Along with their vegetation, they play a vital role in the complex island ecosystem.

Here, we talk about why sand dunes are so important, and what you can do to help preserve our amazing beaches.

Dunes & vegetation: a key part of the island ecosystem

The vegetated areas on the dunes (consisting of grasses, deep root systems, and flowering shrubs) essentially hold everything together. They are a natural formation that help prevent erosion and provide habitat for local wildlife. Not only that, the dunes and vegetation reduce the impact of wind and water for visitors when camping in otherwise exposed areas.Some people are tempted by the pillowy terrain, thinking it’s safer to drive on the dunes and away from the saltwater. This is not the case. It can be very damaging to the beach landscape. Plus, no one likes a bogged vehicle before the holiday even begins.

Off-road adventures: where and how to drive safely on the beach

So, where should island adventurers drive? The best place to navigate the beaches is on the hard sand, down towards the water. Be smooth with your steering, acceleration, and braking, and also make note of tidal changes.

If you spot some tire tracks leading from the shore up into the soft dunes, this may indicate a camping area is nearby.

When leaving the main beach to enter a campsite, ensure you stick to the tracks and don’t interfere with the surrounding dunes and vegetation. They have a very important job, after all.

Being mindful in the great outdoors

Bribie Island National Park offers 4WD enthusiasts a great day out soaking up the sunshine and getting the adrenalin going on the tracks and beach. Driving routes include the 'loop', where you can experience bush and beach views, or stick to some off-road adventures along the shore.

Please note: A vehicle access permit must be purchased and displayed on your vehicle windscreen before driving and/or camping in the national park and recreation area on Bribie Island.

These are just some of the simple things you can do to help create a sustainable future for generations to come – so we can all continue to enjoy camping in the beautiful Moreton Bay Region.

Now, get out there and have some fun!

For the enjoyment of others and the sustainability of our treasured parks and wildlife, we ask that campers respect local ecosystems and tread softly when enjoying the outdoor experiences in the Moreton Bay Region. The ecology of our waterways and bushlands is important.

Video proudly supported by Austrack Campers, Australian Coastal and Marine Ecology (ACME), and Visit Moreton Bay Region. Spoken by Mat Davis of ACME.

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Acknowledgement of Country - We would like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the lands and waterways of the Moreton Bay Region, the Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi, Jinibara, and Turrbal people and pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise the ongoing connection that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have to this land and recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the original custodians of this land.