Australia is a paradise for an adventure seeking road-tripper. If you have love for adventurous road trips, then Australia is the place for you. Australia offers some of the best tracks for 4WD. These rugged tracks will take you to rugged mountains, outback deserts and tropical savannah. Here’s a list of ten top places that will keep your tyres covered in mud for an experience worth living.
- Canning Stock Route
This 1,800 km long fabled remote track runs from Wiluna to Halls Creek (WA) and offers a challenging experience to all the 4WD drivers. There are no towns along the way, no major services and a general absence of emergency support makes this track all the more challenging. It crosses through the Gibson Desert, Little Sandy Desert and Great Sandy Desert. It is advisable not to travel this secluded route alone, a group of 2-4 vehicles is best. The best time to plan a trip will be May-August.
- Gibb River Road
Travel 660 km long One of Australia’s most challenging 4WD track of approx 3 days through the Kimberley region. Along the journey see freshwater crocodiles, swimming holes, beautiful landscapes, camp at Lennard and Bell Gorges and a lot more. Allow yourself to take scenic flight over Mitchell Falls and the Mitchell Plateau or a stay on El Questro Wilderness Park. This is a dry-season track so the best time to take an adventure on this track is from May to September.
- Old Telegraph Track
Old telegraph track also known as Cape York track is 848 km long, rough track which takes about 24 days to complete. The track is mostly narrow with rocky and eroded patches. Even though the track is very rough and patchy, it crosses through some beautiful country with several creeks and river crossing. This track features a lot of river crossing which may make the progress on the old telegraph track slow at times, but it is still worthwhile. The best time to take this adventurous excerption is from May to October.
- Binns Track
The Binns track is a collection of outback tracks extending from Mt Dare in South Australia through to Timber Creek in Northern Territory linked by sections along the Stuart Highway. Binns Track, which was named after Bill Binns, a ranger with NT parks and wildlife for 32 years, crosses varied terrain including sandy desert, rugged hills and open plains. As with all Australian outback travel, the best time to travel this 10 days long track is from April to September, avoiding the scorching summer months.
- Gunbarrel Highway
Gunbarrel Highway is Australia’s one of most roughest highways which is challenging and succeeds in giving you adrenaline shaking experience. This 1,420 km long track is for those who can handle the challenge of washaways, heavy corrugations, stone, sand and floodplains. This track offers a number of places to explore including the Yelma Stockyard ruins, Mount William Lambert, the Gnamma Rockholes and the Giles Weather Station. The best time to travel is April-September. Prior permits from Ngaanyatjarra and Central Land Councils are required.
- Simpson Desert French Line
A Simpson Desert crossing rates high on every 4WD bucket list and the French Line, at 439 km long, is the shortest and most direct route across. The track is only single lane wide leading and can be quite busy at times. Exercise caution when cresting dunes for oncoming traffic, sand flags are compulsory. A South Australian Desert Parks Pass is required for all Simpson crossings as this is a protected area. The best time to travel this trail is May-September.
This 4WD track is situated in the Grampians National Park taking you to an outback journey among peaks and different rock formations. This trail allows you to enjoy waterfalls, perspective views, blooming wildflowers and more combined with your adventurous 4WD experience. Along with 4WD and walking, this trail has picnic and camping spots along with eye luring views.
- Anne Beadell Highway
The Anne Beadell is considered to be the four wheel driver’s alternative to the Nullarbor Plain. It is the most direct route, east to west, or vice versa through Great Victorian Desert. The trip will take you through several stations and Aboriginal Trust areas. There are several camping places along the way but are no facilities, travellers must be completely self-sufficient. The highway title is a little misleading as the Anne Beadell is a little used track, often very narrow, twisty and sandy. Whilst much of the trip is over red sand, you will experience road surfaces from fairly hard and packed to very soft and sometimes corrugated with the track being washed out on occasions.
Drive on forest track in East Gippsland and encounter 4WD routes through rugged country. Get a chance to discover the wild and remote beauty of mountain and coastal landscape. There is a wide network of tracks allowing you to enjoy environments of the Alpine National Park to the hinterland forests and beaches of Croajingolong and snowy river in between. If planning to stay then various accommodation and campsites are available along the way.
- The Border Track
The mallee country around the South Australia/Victoria border offers a challenging experience. While comparatively short compared to some of our other drives the Border Track can present some difficult driving conditions as it crosses many steep sand dunes with clay swales in between. Because of the narrow nature of the track there is a strict North to South one-way traffic through most of the track. There are a number of campgrounds with limited facilities.The track is closed during high fire danger periods and travellers should avoid using the track after rain.From the north-east corner of Ngarkat Conservation Park, the Border Track is restricted to one-way access. You can only travel from north to south. At the junction of the Border Track and the Centre Track (approximately 29 km down the Border Track), the track reverts to a two-way system. The one-way system has been implemented to protect the sand dunes, track surface and vegetation. The Border Track presents extremely difficult driving conditions. If you are not fully prepared, and supported by other vehicles, don’t go. Due to the high fire danger and lack of emergency vehicle access, the Border Track is closed throughout the fire season. Please use an alternative route if travelling through the park during this time. Moderate amounts of rain can flood the track for a number of days. To avoid damage to the track do not use it after heavy rain.