Three Japanese tourists found themselves in an embarrassing situation after their GPS led them to drive right into the muddy waters of Moreton Bay.
The trio were trying to get to North Stradbroke Island in Queensland yesterday when they took the wrong turn.
They travelled about 500m through mangrove mud, apparently unaware of the 15km of water separating them from their destination.
Yuzu Noda, 21, said their GPS guide "told us we could drive down there".
The tide left the car stranded. (All images by Chris McCormack/The Redland Times)
An RACQ tow truck driver ran out to help them.
No attempt was made to recover the vehicle.
The students said the GPS 'kept saying it would navigate us to a road'.
The car was covered by insurance, but they will have to pay $1500 in excess fees.
They are set to return home to Tokyo on Saturday.