Is 4WDing on Fraser Island the ultimate girls weekend? [video]

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If you think girls weekends are only about fluffy bathrobes, bottles of bubbles and filing nails, I’ll drink your champagne and raise you this weekend adventure.

This is what happened when 11 ladies deflated their tyres and inflated their sense of adventure with a weekend of 4WDing on Fraser Island.

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Before we started driving we had to refuel. Not the cars; they were full. We needed to jump-start 11 ladies about to cross the biggest sand island in the world. Photo: @kristaeppelstun.

Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island | blog.queensland.com

They say red cars drive faster, so it’s not surprising that ‘Red Hornett’ was our 4×4 steed of choice. Not only was she pretty, she was a comfortable ride around the bumpy tracks of Fraser Island. Photo @rikerama.

Eli Creek | Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island | blog.queensland.com

After shifting between the clutch and brake for a few hours, tubing down Eli Creek seemed like a good idea. Summer, winter – it doesn’t matter – Eli Creek is like jumping into a bucket of ice cubes all year round. Go on, get in. You’ll regret it if you don’t! Photo @rikerama.

Seaplane | Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island | blog.queensland.com

From inland tracks to a gazetted highway made of sand, we kicked into high range and belted out Beyonce while driving down the beach. Photo @rikerama.

4WD Convoy | Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island | blog.queensland.com

No phone reception meant no Google Maps, but getting lost was not an option with walkie talkies and the Australian Offroad Academy at the front and back of the pack. Photo @rikerama.

Lake McKenzie | Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island | blog.queensland.com

Rain, hail or shine, don’t resist a dip at Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island’s prettiest lake. We went in the late afternoon which meant we had the lake almost to ourselves… the perfect opportunity for a cheesy jump shot. Photo @kristaeppelstun.

4WD recovery | Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island | blog.queensland.com

It wasn’t all smooth driving though. We did have to recover a few ladies when the clutch got confusing. Luckily we had a few hands on deck to get out of this sandy situation. Photo @rikerama.

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Silver lining? A bogged car was the perfect prop to take a souvenir selfie to show we actually did go off-road (in case the boys didn’t believe us). Photo @kristaeppelstun.

Champagne sunset | Girls Got Grit on Fraser Island | blog.queensland.com

From motoring mayhem to Moet at Kingfisher Bay Resort‘s Jetty Hut, we celebrated graduating from Australian Offroad Academy’s Girl’s Got Grit course with flying colours and sand everywhere. Photo @kristaeppelstun.

Want to know more about learning to 4WD on Fraser Island? Check out this blog post.




  • W.D.

    Disappointing that something like this (which should be a positive commentary on females and branching out into ‘non-traditional’ interests) is completely ruined by the terribly outdated, female bashing in this piece.

    “We did have to recover a few ladies when the clutch got confusing.” Seriously? Why would you think for even a moment this is an appropriate comment to make? Would you even consider writing this comment if the driver was male?

    “A bogged car was the perfect prop to take a souvenir selfie to show we actually did go off-road (in case the boys didn’t believe us).” Yes, because obviously women would only be interested in 4WD’ing if we could take selfies and prove something to ‘the boys’.

    Such a wasted opportunity to actually write a meaningful piece, and instead resort to bashing your own gender to portray the giggling, eyelash fluttering stupid girl look.

    Believe it or not, some women out there (like myself) enjoy 4WD’ing and know how to operate a clutch. We’re also more interested in taking “selfies” of our vehicles than ourselves, and aren’t doing any of it to prove a thing to ‘the boys’.

    It’s possible to write an article about girls doing stuff – and doing it well – without resorting to making us out to be absolute morons. So disappointing.

    • Hannah Statham

      Thanks for your comment WD. While we know there are plenty of women who can handle a 4WD like no-one’s business, the Girls Got Grit course is aimed squarely at girls like us who couldn’t have imagined tackling those sandy tracks and recovering a bogged ute. This post (like the weekend itself) was not intended to be anything but a bit of fun and we sincerely apologise if it rubbed you up the wrong way.

      Hope to see you one day on the tracks of Fraser Island! I love nothing more than taking my Disco across there for the weekend with the skills I learnt doing this course.