All About 4WD in Australia
Duck Creek Road 4x4 Track
Duck Creek Rd is a well-maintained off road track that is only accessible by 4wd. At the entrance, you will get a donation box to help keep up the maintenance of this wonderful track.
Duck Creek is located in close proximity to both Brisbane & the Gold Coast. This picturesque track is ideal for any 4wd camper as it drives through Lamington National Park rainforest. This road quickly turns from hard clay to soft mud due to the presence of the rainforest. Winter months are relatively safer as the track won’t change much at that time. However, the track becomes impassable to vehicles other than 4wds after heavy rainfall due to huge ruts and landslides.
What to expect
Duck Creek is a scenic off-road track that winds up to the mountain range until meeting the bitumen surface onto O’Reilly’s tourist centre at the top. While making progress with the 4wd you will find many camping areas. Besides, there are quite a few picnic spots along the Duck Creek as you make your journey to the top.
One major camping site is situated in the Lamington National Park rainforest. In the camping site, you will get detailed maps for bushwalking. A restaurant with the awesome view is located at the top where accommodation facilities are quite decent.
In the south of Birsbane, Duck Creek offers the ultimate thrill of 4wding. There are virtually countless of places to stop, take photos and gather experiences that you can treasure a lifetime.
Thinking of crossing water in your 4wd-Plan Ahead
Water terrains are altogether different compared to other 4wd tracks as it requires thorough planning, stability and utmost control. The danger of damaging your 4wd is high. Read on to learn to avoid those dangers and make your next water crossing a fun experience.
Initial planning & parts to look for on your 4wd
At first ‘walk’ through the crossing to gauge the depth, feel for holes and determine the traction. This provides time to your differentials, gearbox and transfer case to cool down before really hitting the water which is vital.
Radiator fan should be checked with the engine turned off. If your 4x4 runs on petrol engine consider using a moderate dose of CRC or similar water repellent. Diesel engine vehicles are not that vulnerable to water damage and minimise the flow of water that gets into the engine bay. Be aware of where your air intake is if you don’t have a snorkel. Do not go deeper than that level because water will cause terminal damage to your engine and it takes plenty of money to repair.
Crossing waters is like blind driving and all about feeling what is beneath the wheels & how they are responding. Slow and steady is the key here. Maintain a steady rhythm (commonly low 1 or low 2 on your 4wd) while keeping control over the vehicle. After crossing the terrain pull over on a slope and let the water drain away. Meanwhile, complete your post-crossing inspection on differential, gearbox and transfer case oils for water contamination.
Learn to run your 4WD tyres longer
4WD tyres are broadly categorized into 3 groups: Highway terrain, All terrain and Mud terrain. You have the freedom to decide the tyre type depending on where you want to drive it. However, choosing and fitting the correct tyres to your 4x4 is critical for the longer duration.
Find few simple tips below that make sure your 4wd tyres will last longer.
First of all, you need to pick the right tyre for your workhorse depending on the road you will mostly encounter. For instance, fitting a set of MT tyres on your 4wd won’t work if you spend your time cruising highways. On the flip side, mud terrain tyres suffer when used heavily on bitumen.
Four corners of your car treat tyres differently. More specifically, front left tyre of your vehicle will round more off its shoulder-front to rear & side to side than its right counterpart. So, it’s a prudent choice to rotate your tyres after every 5000km.
Include checking the tyre pressure in your morning routine just like you check oil and fluids. Run the correct pressure as recommended by vehicle’s manufacturer. Low tyre pressure creates blowouts because tyres become overheated rapidly.
In 4wds, precise wheel alignments bring benefits to tyre life especially when the alignment is adjusted to camber and caster. Due to the off-road operation, many 4x4s wheel alignments get awry. Check the wheel alignments regularly to keep your tyres nice & sound.
How important is the High Lift Jack for 4WD?
High Lift Jacks, sometimes known as Kangaroo jack or Wallaby jack are very important for your 4WD as they are used for jacking up the car off road and worked as a winch.
When you are 4wding, it is quite safe to assume that the ground is uneven. On a ground like that, standard jack is simply useless. By virtue of a high lift jack, you will be able to lift the car without further damage off a rock or stump on which you are caught on. Also, when your 4WD is bogged this jack enables you to get the car high enough to put something under the wheel to help get you out. High lift jack is something like an electric 12,000lbs winch and you need to readjust it every now and then but when all else fails high lift jack is better than anything.
With manufacturers changing the 4WD design, you must be wondering about the mounting point for the high lift jack. Well, here is the solution: there are quite a few attachments onto the wheels and steel bulbar where you can actually attach the high lift jack. In Australia, you will get a good high lift jack for less than 200 dollars.