Beach access fee to skyrocket

The State’s peak motoring body has urged four-wheel-drive enthusiasts to lock in their annual permits for North Stradbroke Island now, with the fee set to jump by more than $100 in the coming days.

RACQ spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said a valid Vehicle Access Permit was required to drive on Flinders Beach and Main Beach, but drivers needed to secure theirs quickly, as the rate for a 12 month permit was set to rise from $47.85 to $158 from 1 November.

“We encourage four-wheel-drivers to take advantage of the cheaper permit offer while it’s still available, so they can save themselves some cash in the long run,” Ms Ritchie said.

“A permit is your ticket to be able to legally drive on the island and enjoy the beautiful sandy beaches and the bush tracks on offer at North Stradbroke Island.

“Don't forget, your permit sticker must be displayed at all times and can be cancelled or suspended if you don’t comply with the conditions of issue.”

Ms Ritchie said as summer fast approached, it was a timely reminder for beach-goers to brush up on their road rules.

“If you’re taking your vehicle off-road, normal road rules still apply and it’s important they’re followed,” she said. 

“This means wear your seatbelt, stick to the speed limit, don’t get behind the wheel if you’re tired or affected by drugs and alcohol, and put away the mobile phone.

“You should also check over your vehicle and look at the tide times before you make tracks, and incase you get stuck, make sure you’ve got some recovery gear packed in to help get you back on your way.”

Beach permits could be purchased online or from the Reservations Office in Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island.