Straddy on the Weekend in our 4×4.


David and I were joined by friends of ours, Jim and Bernadette last weekend on a trip to North Stradbroke Island.  We caught the Red Cat vehicle ferry over on the Friday night, which is a 40 minute trip from Cleveland and stayed at the Islander Resort.

Our mission was to go out Saturday and Sunday on reconnaissance to find great camping spots for future visits to the island.  Jim and Bernadette own a Jeep Cherokee and we went in our Nissan Navara D40

The first day we followed Jim onto the beach and there was a tractor facing us quite close infront which distracted David’s grand entrance and we got bogged. The sand at the entrance is usually quite deep and soft.  We could have let our tyres down as most people do but David didn’t want to have to reinflate them, only being on the beach 2 days for a few hours at a time… Oops..  As we have only had our Nissan Navara D40 since Easter David is still learning what she likes and doesn’t like!!

She likes 3rd gear in L4 for the soft stuff. Thank you Jim for towing us out. What’s a 4WD trip without getting bogged. That’s the fun of it!


Take a look at the video footage below

 Straddy Beach Video – Nissan Navara D40

There is plenty to do on the island for a day trip, or longer as we found out.  We drove up the beach from Flinders Beach to Main Beach and around to Point Lookout on inland tracks. Visited Brown Lake, the Point Lookout Surf Life Saving Club, went bush walking to view whales out in the ocean and saw some from the beach on a few occasions. They were about 800m to 1000m away from shore. Had to use the binoculars to see better, or just zoom in my Canon camera…


Saturday lunch, we called into the Little Ship Club and had a great feed and enjoyed the spot. Sunday lunch, we pulled into a camping area behind sand dunes to eat fresh prawns and Moreton Bay Bugs caught locally. The prawns were HUGE and so delicious! We found some great camping areas too.


We will be able to go harder when we lift our Nissan Navara D40 2 inches… Can’t wait.

North Straddy can get quite packed out in the holiday seasons as it is a popular family holiday destination for campers so best to plan to go outside of these. Oh, and July can be cold… We Queenslanders feel the cold… 🙂

Here are a few other pics I took which I found interesting, perhaps you will too.


Hope you have enjoyed this post.  Thanks for reading.

Linda Lang

Queensland Bearings & Industrial Supplies

And Sprockets come even bigger than this one!

Queensland Bearings & Industrial Supplies just sold this sprocket.  It is a large ¾ inch pitch, 30 inch outside dimension, British Standard Sprocket used to drive the barrel of a cricket pitch roller wheel.  The Terrafirma Roller is being made for use at the Gabba Cricket Grounds.

Sprockets are used in bicycles, motorcycles, cars, tracked vehicles, and other machinery either to transmit rotary motion between two shafts where gears are unsuitable or to impart linear motion to a track, tape etc.

Perhaps the commonest form of sprocket is found in the bicycle, in which the pedal shaft carries a large sprocket-wheel which drives a chain, which in turn drives a small sprocket on the axle of the rear wheel. Early automobiles were also largely driven by sprocket and chain mechanism, a practice largely copied from bicycles.

Sprockets are of various designs, a maximum of efficiency being claimed for each by its originator. Sprockets typically do not have a flange. Some sprockets used with timing belts have flanges to keep the timing belt centered. Sprockets and chains are also used for power transmission from one shaft to another where slippage is not admissible, sprocket chains being used instead of belts or ropes and sprocket-wheels instead of pulleys. They can be run at high speed and some forms of chain are so constructed as to be noiseless even at high speed.

If are interested in finding out anything further about the Terrafirma Roller, our customer Mark builds them and he has a website you might want to go and check out.  He sells them for around $27,000.

Thank you for reading.

Linda Lang,

Queensland Bearings & Industrial Supplies.

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