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Old 29-01-10
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We went to Robe in south east SA in the second week of January with the family for a week of rest relaxation fishing and 4wding. Had a ball the whole time. We hired a cabin in the Seavu caravan park which was about a 2 min walk into town and had a good enough cabin with a brilliant view.

view from the cabin in the caravan park over to Long Beach


We spent a day on Long Beach just swimming and messing around with the kids and had a nice BBQ tea. The sand on Long beach is hard and flat and there were heaps of cars but we managed to fine a little patch to ourselves. PS: Awning is on an angle to maximise shade.



Nice sunsets were the norm.


We did the track from Beachport to Robe and had a ball. (This is the second time I have done the trip but a first with the family.) We used the Wattle Rangers 4WD club notes which were awsome and a must have. We also got one of the packs from the visitor centre to get the Park Rangers notes but they said the ranger had been crook and the notes were about 3 weeks old. Not helpful. The sand was pretty soft on some beaches and often there was no way we were able to stop to admire the stunning scenery as i dont think we would have got going again. We were travelling alone and were reasonably comfortable as being peak time there were a fair few people around. However being the chicken I am we did have the maxtrax and an exhaust jack plus all the usual recovery gear. We did have a flag too, but plenty didnt.

We run BFGs with 75% tread left and i was lazy and tried 28psi for the first few km before finding a sand hill that i could not get over after 4 tries so had to go to 20psi and got over easy. Pressure is so important and along with keeping momentumyou really cant go wrong. For info we were 4Hlc all the way but coming off some of the beaches was a bit freaky with sand turning into rocks and dropoffs with out warning. All added to the fun!

However there were some great spots where we stopped.










Good to see the Crayfish boats keep coming in.


Overall an awsome place to relax and use the Paj in its home environment.
Any questions and i would be happy to help.
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Old 30-01-10
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great report, good to see you had fun, Rope is an awesome place to visit, went there about a year ago, My sister was there 3 weeks ago and she got stuck on the beach with very little in the way of recovery stuff, cost her $110 to get some local guy out to help ,gold, i tried to warm them about that soft sand but,,,,,,,,,,
The massive pristine sand dunes are incredible!!!
Thanks for the pics
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Ah yes, love that part of the world SIlver !
Great pics, specially the one with the little one relaxing in the chair under that shade !
Classic,
Beautiful.
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We used the Wattle Rangers 4WD club notes which were awsome and a must have. We also got one of the packs from the visitor centre to get the Park Rangers notes but they said the ranger had been crook and the notes were about 3 weeks old.
These have to be the best guides of the area IMHO. I have a trip going over on the LWE and we'll be using them.
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The sand was pretty soft on some beaches and often there was no way we were able to stop to admire the stunning scenery as i dont think we would have got going again.
Some of them get REAL soft - as you get further East the become more 'fun'. Port Mac to the border even has the lovely quicksand...
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However being the chicken I am we did have the maxtrax and an exhaust jack plus all the usual recovery gear. We did have a flag too, but plenty didnt.
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Wouldn't say a chicken - i'd say sensible and glad you had a flag - people who don't really are complete ****wits. So many of those ridges and bends are head-on material.
Some lovely areas and yep - the pics (sorry) don't do it justice but rather just make me want to get back there.

Sand Driving for those who haven't is one awesome time - i haven't met anyone who hates sand driving - give it a go - but go prepared!!!!
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Had a great trip much like Silver Fish's. Did some bits and pieces of the route because some sections were deemed too soft (by the ranger) and the wind had blown a dune in a such a way that you couldn't find a straight line up. The strong made the whole thing spectacular!
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What a great part of SA. Looks like you had a ball!
I'm heading down there in February for a weekend trip. If all goes to plan, I will be one out of 9 4wd's going! So hopefully recoveries should not be an issue....
Which beaches / parks were you warned about being too soft?
Cheers, Dan.
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What a great part of SA. Looks like you had a ball!
I'm heading down there in February for a weekend trip. If all goes to plan, I will be one out of 9 4wd's going! So hopefully recoveries should not be an issue....
Which beaches / parks were you warned about being too soft?
Cheers, Dan.
Yeah you definetly need recovry gear. My maxtrax came in handy on top of a dune when the Challenger had it's belly on the crest!

I gave away the trek notes I bought at the Robe information centre ($1 with the Ranger's notes and the 4wd club map and waypoints) so I can't remember exactly but it was the first beach coming from Robe and the 1st or 2nd beach from Beachport. You can can always detour via the 4wd inland track and come back to the beach at a later point.

Have fun and be safe!
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BigBloke65,
We are heading to Southend next week and are planning on doing some sand driving in Canunda and Beachport/Little Dip.
Was impressed with the sand flag on your bar and was hoping you could give us some info (where to get one, price, how to attach).
Also, what do you guys think about towing an offroad camper (850kg) from Carpenter's Rocks to Southend? Is it possible to use b-lines to avoid the beach/steep dunes? Will be 2 vehicles (one a Hilux w/o trailer). Havn't driven this section of the area before.
Cheers.
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Went there in Feb last yr......What a awesome place to visit
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Great report & Pics Silver Fish..

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