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    My parents bought my beloved Prado and I've moved onto something different (still prefer Prado). We're looking at doing a camping trip later this year over to Fraser and the folks want to drag their camper over there. I've been to Fraser a couple of times and much prefer the Kingfisher Bay Resort barge in and out of Hervey Bay. My concern is that I don't remember how steep the hill on the track back into the resort is. I remember the sand leading up to it can be powdery in the hot afternoon sun, but that's not a major concern with good tyre pressure. The hill is easy without a camper, but I just want to be sure that a 2013 Prado 150 diesel AT can do it without much risk. Pretty sure it can, but I'd rather have confirmation from someone who has done it. Thanks!

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    I have towed a 2.5 tonne off road van on Fraser, I would not recommend accessing via Kingfisher as the climb in/out of Kingfisher then the track to the ocean beach can get very soft, especially this time of year. Depending where your coming from catching the barge at Inskip Point then running up the beach would I believe be a better option.

    Lee
    02 VX, Toyota Alloy Bar, IPF 900XS with 50 watt HID, 50 mm Lift- Lovell Shocks n Springs, Safari Snorkel, large Pioneer tray, Pioneer In-dash, Alpine roof mount DVD screen -handled the Simpson and Innaminka roads, now with a little TRD blower & Unichip

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    • #3
      Thankyou for your input. I'm familiar with that track. I don't believe that descending the hill will be an issue. It's a camper weighing at most 1.6t. What I'm specifically interested in is whether it would be too much of an ask for a Prado 150 Diesel with AT to pull it up the hill...

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      • #4
        The hill out of Kingfisher Bay is now bitumen all the way to the crest of the hill at the Dingo fence. You will only need to worry about returning to Kingfisher.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by David the Viking View Post
          The hill out of Kingfisher Bay is now bitumen all the way to the crest of the hill at the Dingo fence. You will only need to worry about returning to Kingfisher.
          That's exactly what I'm querying...

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          • #6
            Been a while since I was there so cant comment on current track conditions.

            i think the Prado could do it as the hill in has always been easier then coming out.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by David the Viking View Post
              Been a while since I was there so cant comment on current track conditions.

              i think the Prado could do it as the hill in has always been easier then coming out.
              Thanks for the feedback. I know that track quite well. I just can't recall how steep the hill is. Of course Youtube videos will never do a hill justice

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              • #8
                Originally posted by AK7 View Post
                That's exactly what I'm querying...
                Itís got rubber matting for the majority on the sand side.. should be ok saw some 7m boats come back a month ago
                2018 VX Prado

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Pradosaur View Post

                  Itís got rubber matting for the majority on the sand side.. should be ok saw some 7m boats come back a month ago
                  Cool. Thanks for that! 7M... Might as well bloody sail into Fraser with boats that big!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by AK7 View Post
                    Cool. Thanks for that! 7M... Might as well bloody sail into Fraser with boats that big!
                    Yep plenty did 5hat as well
                    2018 VX Prado

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                    • #11
                      It's been a while since I went there and can't estimate the exact conditions now.

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