Australia is home to some of the best 4WDing tracks in the world ranging from easy to extreme terrain. Whether you live on the eastern seaboard, west coast or anywhere in between, there are a multitude of quality 4WD tracks waiting to be conquered. 4WD Action put together a bucket list of 20 must do tracks, here are the top 5.
1. OLD TELEGRAPH TRACK, CAPE YORK, QLD (WORDS BY DESLIE SUMMERLAND AND WAYNE THOMAS)
Cape York has undergone many changes over the last few years, but if you are prepared to get off the beaten track, this is still one of Australia’s top 4WD destinations. Starting at Bramwell Junction, the track is completed in two stages and is full of corrugations, washouts and many creek crossings, making this a very mixed and challenging 4WD adventure.
2. KALUMBURU ROAD, WA (WORDS BY FRED WRIGHT)
When you’re 4WDing through the Kimberley on the Gibb River Road, why not get off the beaten track and really explore this beautiful corner of the country? This track can really challenge depending on whether it’s been attacked by a cyclone, severe monsoonal rain or if it’s near the end of the dry season. If you’re lucky it may have seen a grader’s blade, and if not, you’d better pray you’ve got good shocks! This is one place that any 4WDer must see, as you will be captivated by the sheer beauty of the place.
3. HAY RIVER/BOOKIE TRACK, NT (WORDS BY FRED WRIGHT)
You can marvel at the Simpson Desert crossing or the K1 Line, but this track combines sheer beauty with some of the most challenging remote desert driving you will ever experience. It’s not for the faint-hearted, foolhardy, or poorly prepared, so take this into account in your preparation. Remember that when you are out here you are really on your own – no fuel, water or food and possibly little hope of recovery unless you have deep pockets, so do your homework before you start.
4. FRENCH LINE, QLD-NT-SA (WORDS BY SHAUN WHALE)
Tackling at least 1200 red sand dunes, remote touring, camping under a starlit sky in the Simpson Desert and being miles away from anywhere is a taste of what to expect if you decide to travel the famous French Line. The trip is the most direct route across the Simpson Desert and is usually considered to be the track between Oodnadatta or Mount Dare and Birdsville, as these are the last places you will be able to get fuel from before entering the Simmo. Although the track is single lane, you can travel in either direction, but depending on the season, you will find that if you depart from Birdsville the dunes are steeper and harder to traverse. People will argue that either way is harder than the other, but if you ask us, it’s tough no matter what way you travel. This really is one track you should start planning now if you haven’t yet experienced this for yourself – you’ll have the time of your life!
5. THE BULMAN TRACK TO NHULUNBUY, NT (WORDS BY FRED WRIGHT)
I love this track for its challenge, unique and abundant wildlife, and ever-changing vegetation. Nhulunbuy is the major regional centre of the Arnhem Land Coast, supplying and serving the Nabalco bauxite/aluminium mining centre and as a result has all of the modern conveniences you would expect of a large town. The beach camping is some of the best in the country and the fishing is the best in the Top End. However, you do need to watch out for saltwater crocodiles. Many people put this place in the ‘too hard basket’ as there are numerous permits to source, but the efforts will be well worth it. It’s remote, a great 4WD adventure and you can be sure that very few 4WDers have ever been here – it is truly one of the most remote 4WD destinations in the country. On your return from Nhulunbuy, you have Katherine, Darwin, Kakadu, and Litchfield. Some say the Top End has it all, and they could very well be right!
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