Whether you’re going on a solo adventure or hitting the road with some mates, Australia’s 4WD tracks are a great way to explore parts of country you never knew were there.
You can discover idyllic forests, sweeping deserts, hidden beaches, and towering mountain ranges. So, pack your swag, load up on supplies, and head out on one of these amazing tracks.
Gibb River Road
The Gibb River Road is a beautiful and remote 4WD track featuring gorgeous swimming holes, iconic outback landscapes, and epic gorges. The only drawback is how popular it is – during the busy season, things can get pretty crowded.
If you travel during April to October, you can dodge most of the crowds though, leaving you free to explore this incredible track in solitude. Some roads are closed during the wet season, so be sure to check road conditions before heading out.
- Where? Kununurra to Derby (WA)
- How far? 930 km
- How long? 3 days
- Best time to travel? May-September
Binns Track snakes through the Northern Territory offering an amazing combination of beautiful landscapes, historical sites, and truly challenging terrain.
On this track, you’ll experience mountains, deserts, and vast plains of grass stretching to the horizon. But to visit all the sites you’ll have to fight your way across sandy slopes, jagged rocks, bogs, bulldust, and riverbeds. But the rewards are all the sweeter for the struggle!
You’ll also discover pieces of Aussie history, such as the historical mines of Tennant Creek, and the cattle stations of Barra Country.
- Where? Mt Dare (NT/SA border) to Timber Creek (NT)
- How far? 2 191 km
- How long? 10 days
- Best time to travel? April-August
Victorian High Country and Billy Goats Bluff
Exploring the Victorian High Country by 4WD is a unique experience. Climb soaring peaks that open onto sweeping views of the low country. You’ll pass through abandoned mining ‘ghost towns’ that can all be explored.
Be warned (andget excited!) that some parts of these ‘Australian alps’ are seriously hard going. Billy Goats Bluff is ideal if you want a real 4WD challenge. It features extremely steep ascents that climbs over 1200 metres in just 7 km of varied surface conditions. At the top, you’ll be 1 480 km above sea level!
- Where? Mansfield to Harrietville (VIC)
- How far? 306 km
- How long? 3 days
- Best time to travel? December-April
Canning Stock Route
This track is not for beginners. One of the most remote off-road tracks in Australia, the Canning Stock Route was originally used to move livestock and is dotted with wells that were once used to water livestock.
What you won’t find on this route are towns, stores, or emergency support centres. The track passes through the Gibson Desert, Little Sandy Desert, and Great Sandy Desert – great for getting away from it all, but potentially dangerous.
Make sure you are well-supplied and, ideally, travel in a small convoy so you can help each other when necessary. Take note: the northern reaches of this route become impassable during the wet season, so pay close attention to the season and weather forecasts when planning.
- Where? Wiluna to Halls Creek (WA)
- How far? 1 800 km
- How long? 16 days or more
- Best time to travel? May-August
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