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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.

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