Off-Road Adventures Around Australia

Posted on December 19, 2013 by

If you like to enjoy a taste of adventure when you travel, then four-wheel driving might be a fun new activity for you to try out on your next Aussie holiday. Off-road travel has become increasingly popular over the years, no doubt due to the freedom and flexibility it offers and the sense of exploration of “getting off the beaten track” and seeing parts of Australia many people don’t get the chance to witness.

Although it’s not for the faint-hearted or for those who need total comfort, off-roading can be a fun way to see the diverse regions of Australia’s countryside. There are a variety of great tracks to explore around the nation, so read on for five options to test out on your next adventure.

Off road drivingStock photo by zstockphotos 

Bloomfield Track

If you’re heading to Port Douglas and are looking for some different ways to explore the surrounding areas, consider an off-road drive along the Bloomfield Track. This coastal Tropical North Queensland route takes travellers between Cape Tribulation and Cooktown, revealing secluded beaches, steep mountain passes and ancient rainforests along the way. One of the country’s most scenic yet most challenging drives, the Bloomfield Track passes by the Wujal Wujal Aboriginal community (where a local family provides guided tours that educate visitors on the significance of the area), Cedar Bay National Park, Black Mountain National Park and Keating’s Lagoon.

Wonnangatta Drive

If the Victorian High Country is more to your liking, you might like to head down south to complete the Wonnangatta Drive. This track provides visitors with an opportunity to discover the history and heritage of this part of the state as they travel through rugged bush and take in the mountain scenery. Taking around two to three days to cover, the track includes highlights such as Talbotville and Grant, the 1860s goldfield towns; the Alpine National Park; Wonnangatta Station, the site of a still-unsolved murder mystery; spectacular views of Bryce Gorge; and the Guys and Howitt Huts built by cattlemen during last century. While this track usually offers dry conditions, it is classified as “very difficult” by Parks Victoria, so you should drive carefully.

Flinders National ParkStock photo by vandeets 

SkyTrek Track

 The Flinders Ranges in South Australia are popular with four-wheel drive adventurers, and the SkyTrek Track out of Willow Springs Stations, approximately 450km north of Adelaide, is ideal to add to your itinerary when you’re in the state. Run by the Reynolds family for more than 80 years, Willow Springs Station is full of stunning scenery for visitors to admire. SkyTrek Track should be started early in the day since it takes around six hours to complete, so tourists should be prepared for an early start. The track has been designed for visitors who want to ease their way into the adventure lifestyle and offers some of the best available views of the Flinders Rangers.

Sandy Cape Track

Known for its scenic beauty, the Sandy Cape Track is a challenging Tasmanian drive rated Hard by the Parks & Wildlife Service in Tasmania. The track is best travelled in summer and is better suited to experienced drivers. Tourists who enjoy beach driving, exploring deep water holes and seeing historical Aboriginal landscapes will be delighted by this quintessential Aussie journey. Please note that due to the level of difficulty in the area, the Arthur-Pieman Conservation Area Management Plan has made it mandatory to travel in groups of a minimum two vehicles, so take some friends along with you for this journey.

Old Telegraph Track

Following the original telegraph line running through the Cape York Peninsula, the Old Telegraph Track is completed in two challenging stages for experienced drivers only. Accessible during the dry season, this track includes a variety of creek crossing, corrugations and washouts for travellers to utilise their skills. Tourists can enjoy exploring the Heathlands and Jardine River National Parks along this journey, as well as Twin and Eliot Falls and a variety of challenging creeks including Gunshot, North Alice, Bertie, Cockatoo, Cannibal and Cypress.

Off roading

Although it’s great fun, four-wheel driving can be dangerous and stressful if you don’t know what you’re doing. Thus, some tracks around Australia should only be attempted by confident drivers. If you’re inexperienced but would still love to see track areas of the country that are off the beaten path, perhaps consider joining a four-wheel drive vehicle tour instead.


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