ELI CREEK CROSSING
THE crossing of Eli Creek on the east coast of Fraser Island can be a real trap. Sometime after us a couple of backpackers in an old Nissan Pathfinder ploughed into the water and, sadly, didn’t drive out the other side. The next day with the tide out we found them with their bonnet up and all the doors open, trying to dry out the Pathy. It was looking pretty sad, with no sparks to kick over the engine and, while they had rescued all their wet gear and clothing, the young couple were sitting forlornly on the boardwalk, their trip around Australia looking to be a fading dream.
Two other vehicles came to grief at the creek crossing by taking the wrong line and not paying enough attention to tyre pressures and momentum. Both were quickly recovered by the throng of people and vehicles that can normally be found at this spot during the day; one of the acclaimed highlights of Fraser Island.