Summer Destinations For Your 4 Wheel Drive

Summer Destinations For Your 4 Wheel Drive

We don’t just use our four-wheel drives to get us through the work week. For us adventure seekers, our trusty utes afford us the freedom to get out and explore the beauty Queensland has on offer. Come Saturday, we ditch the bitumen for sand, dirt, river crossings and so much more. 

If you’re looking to explore the best summer spots for your next four wheel drive adventure, read on for our top recommendations.

Moreton Island

We’re starting off our round up with Moreton Island. Here, you’re not just treated to 4WD tracks, but an entire island! That’s right – the entire island is only accessible by 4WD. Travel along the seemingly endless, expansive sandy beaches while looking out on the shipwrecks and snorkelers. Or, if you’re after an adrenaline rush, drivers can trek overland and inland. Remember to bring your togs if you’re keen to explore the shipwrecks. Or, you may even opt for sand tobogganing while you’re there.  

While on Moreton, remember to take the tides into account, keeping in mind that the best time to drive is low tide. Find out more here.

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North Stradbroke Island

North Stradbroke Island, or Straddie, offers thrill seekers stunning 4WD tracks, in the bush and on sand. Sand tracks on Straddie weave their way through the Old Pine Forest and bushland near Brown Lake, Main Beach and Flinders Beach. Remember to pack the surfboards if you’re keen to catch some waves while you’re there. Most surfers tend to head to the northern tip, located further along the beach. Alternatively, you may choose to go fishing at The Pin, an idealistic spot surrounded by mesmerising views. 

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Bribie Island

Another summer spot famous for its 4WD access is Bribie Island. Drivers can explore Bribie’s long sandy beaches, wind-swept white dunes and stunning freshwater lagoons on the famous Ocean Beach drive track. This track is located along Bribie’s east coast. Along the way, dip into the cool creeks, check out the freshwater lagoons or cast a line from the beach. You’ll take in the beautiful views of Caloundra and Moreton Island, as you watch the ships headed for the Port of Brisbane pass the island. Once you’ve reached the north end of the drive, check out the heritage-listed World War II structures of Fort Bribie. 

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Great Sandy National Park

Great Sandy National Park is located just north of Noosa at Cooloola. This expansive drive comprises part of the Great Beach Drive. This drive connects the Sunshine Coast, Gympie region and Fraser Island. The glorious Great Sandy National Park is known as a 4WD haven. Visitors explore the stunning coloured sand at Rainbow Beach and Carlo Sand Blow, where they can immerse themselves into its unique “moonscape”. If you’re keen on making a weekend out of it, pack the camping gear and set up at Inskip Point and Rainbow Beach.

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Cape York

We’ll finish off with one of Australia’s most well known 4WD-only tracks, Cape York. This location indulges drivers with over 1,200km of tracks and roads. Plus, thrill seekers get to explore the many challenging river crossings on offer. The rugged terrain showcases the untamed beauty of Australia. Drivers can explore the scenery while traversing along Frenchmans Track (180km) and Old Telegraph Track (350km). Adventurers can either remain self contained and stay off the beaten track, or camp on one of the four campgrounds. 

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Vehicle Permits

For information on vehicle permits, head here

At Austates, we know how reliant tradies are on their four-wheel drivers, during the week and on the weekends. That’s why almost all our products can be fitted to a ute. We’ve helped countless people find the right equipment to make their jobs easier. Get in touch with our friendly team to find out more.