On the Fraser Coast in Queensland (and other places), driving a 4WD along parts of the beach is part of the lifestyle. Nevertheless, beach driving is controversial. I must admit it bemuses me somewhat - how you can imagine diesel fumes add to beauty, and why you would want to spend a picnic in the shadow of your car. It is also a bit disconcerting as a beach walker to have to watch out for traffic!
I am interested to hear what others have to say.
Above: evidence that you are never really alone on the beach, and could get mown down at any time! I went for a walk along Rainbow Beach just after 7am, and had to watch out for vehicles. Mind you, one driver regretted his decision - the rescue would have proved very costly!
Below: King of all he surveys
Below: Peak hour
Below: Where there is driving, there are road signs. This makes a particularly unattractive backdrop to the beach!
Below: Mind you, you had better heed the signs, cos the local coppers patrol the beach. They also set up breath-testing, probably to nab drunken picnickers on their way home from a day down the beach.
Below: Heavy traffic!
Pictures below: Australia Day, Rainbow Beach. Not, in my view, a particularly inviting way to have a picnic: turn a beach into a car park. Others no doubt disagree.