Three non english speaking South Korean tourists travelling from Brisbane to Rockhampton had to be rescued from a remote track in a forestry reserve in southeast Queensland after they tried to follow the directions given by their car’s GPS system. The GPS led the tourists into a forest, requiring them to unlock gates and move rocks blocking the road.
The navigation system had them travelling gravel roads, then dirt roads, then through a couple of gates, and ended up bogging their two wheel drive in a gully.
Unfortunately they ignored danger signs and moved rocks blocking a road, to get to an isolated point near Childers that was practically inaccessible. They then tried to walk out, something that you are discouraged to do in the australian bush.
Bundaberg Police received a 000 emergency call about 1am seeking a rescue. Their car was found 6 hours later.
Its not the first time a GPS has led someone ‘up the garden path’ through the forest. Holidaying backpackers also got lost there the month before, after following their GPS too faithfully.
Police urge travellers to learn how to use their GPS, and turn back if something looks wrong or signs don’t match.