4WD heaven: The top 5 off-road tracks in Queensland
1. Landcruiser Mountain Park - (Sunshine Coast): How to get there: Head inland from Beerwah, through Kilcoy and then towards Jimna, where you'll have 16km of dirt road to warm up on before reaching the park's lengthy access road. Why it's great: 200km of specially designed 4WD trails range from easy routes for the beginner up to mighty inclines, deep gullies and water crossings to test the hardiest of drivers and machines. Tips: Bring camping equipment and supplies - it's worth spending a few days here. Bring spare fuel as none is available on site. Watch out for: Some of the trails are only for the experienced with properly equipped 4WDs. Seek advice from the park owners for routes to suit your abilities. Don't overestimate your skill in this remote spot. 2. Cape Palmerston National Park - (Mackay): How to get there: Turn off Bruce Hwy at Ilbilbie, about 70km south of Mackay. Drive east 6.5km towards Greenhill.Why it's great: It's a great spot for beach and creek fishing, and camping. Tips: It's beach driving 4WD only, so reduce tyre pressure for the sand. Watch out for the soft sand at Shifty Point. Watch out for: The tides. They can reach 6m, so check the high and low times before you go and don't get stranded. 3. Kalpowar State Forest: How to get there: For the scenic route, head south towards Miriam Vale on the Bruce Hwy before diverting left onto Blackman's Gap Road and left onto Gladstone-Monto Rd before a right onto Kalpowar Rd.Otherwise, continue south on the Bruce Hwy for about 38km, until a left turn takes you to Kalpowar Rd, directly to the state forest. Why it's great: A tranquil bush setting, with not another vehicle or individual in sight, is a four-wheel driver's idea of nirvana. With tracks for the moderate off-roader right through to the most daring adventurer, Kalpowar State Forest is the cream of the crop for four-wheel drivers around Gladstone. Tips: A support vehicle could make you feeling more confident with challenging yourself and your vehicle. Take a map to ensure you get the most out of the day without needlessly getting lost. Watch Out for: There are many dirt bikers making the most of challenges. Keep an eye out for them, and another eye out for bikers in trouble. 4. Cordalba State Forest: How to get there: Cordalba State Forest is in the Burnett Valley between Childers and Gin Gin with access via Promisedland Rd. Why it's great: Cordalba's rugged hills provide a peaceful day trip for those wanting to escape the city bustle. Tips: Some tracks require high clearance and vehicles with differential locking capabilities, because the track conditions can often vary. Watch out for: Be aware that you travel along private property fence lines. Never venture into these properties. 5. Byfield National Park to Five Rocks: How to get there: When you get to the third round-a-bout in Yeppoon - Rockhampton, take the first exit into Appleton Dr. Follow the road around into Anzac Pde. When you get to the next roundabout take the second exit into the Yeppoon - Byfield Rd. Drive about 40km before turning right into Waterpark Rd. Follow the signs, some of which indicate you can proceed past a certain point only by 4WD. Why it's great: The rugged drive through Byfield National Park, an hour or so north of Rockhampton, to get to the unique Five Rocks beach is as much a part of the adventure as the destination. Getting to the remote Five Rocks requires unsealed road and sand experience, a tyre gauge, compressor, recovery equipment, water and if possible an extra vehicle in case of trouble. Tips: Pack a recovery kit for your 4WD. Water is essential. Take oceans of it! Check your tyre pressures, especially for the Water Park Creek-Five Rocks stretch. Watch out for: Locals who know the place intimately. Five Rocks lies unguarded to the mercy of the sea and is a haven for divers, fishermen and campers. Locals will tell you the effort to equip your vehicle properly is worth it.
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