Here at the Chart & Map Shop we love getting out into the great outdoors as much as our customers do! When we’re too busy doing map stuff we enjoy reading about the best 4WD trips other experts have taken. We have compiled a list of 12 recommend trips, have a read and get ready for your next adventure.
To check out more trips our 4WD enthusiasts have embarked on, check out their website and social media channels.
You will need more than a keen sense of adventure to tackle the Billy Goat Bluff Track. The iconic track is listed as one of the most challenging in the country. But if you have previous 4WD experience and enjoy a challenge, you can take on the high country hills with confidence.
There are a few things to consider when taking on the track and the surrounding area of Alpine National Park including the track’s conditions, what you want to see and do along the way and where you will camp.
One of the greatest pleasures when camping is cooking a meal in a camp oven. Everyone loves stoking the fire, checking the coals and stirring the pot while cooking up a hearty meal.
A camp oven, also known as a Dutch oven, is a versatile cast iron pot with a lid that lets you prepare a family-sized meal anywhere. You can use a camp oven over the fire when you’re out in the bush or on the stove at home or even in your caravan.
Follow our camp oven cooking tips and you’ll be tucking in to a hearty meal before you know it.
Googs Track is on the bucket list of many Australian 4WDers. For those wanting to cross the Simpson Desert or complete the Canning Stock Route, Googs Track is an excellent introduction to desert and sand driving. The track has an interesting history and makes for some great sightseeing.
Western Australia’s iconic Gibb River Road isn’t for the faint hearted. The roads are often corrugated, flooded or closed, but you will be well-rewarded with incredible scenery that provide lifelong memories.
If crossing a desert in your 4WD is on your bucket list then you should definitely consider the Strzelecki Track. It’s easily accessible for those living in the southern and eastern states of Australia and can be completed in just a few days of easy driving thanks to good road conditions and limited passing traffic. The track’s interesting history and sights make for some great sightseeing in the arid landscape along this dusty dirt track.
During an off-road trip, your GPS can work as hard as your vehicle. Without it, you would be lost – literally.
If you are planning to do some four-wheel driving, then it’s an off-road GPS that you need. If you take a GPS that’s better suited to navigating around the metro area off-road with you it could cause serious problems out in the bush.
We recommend choosing a GPS model that can cope with you being out in the middle of nowhere and still show you the way to go.
There is no shortage of free camping in Victoria. Amazing beachside, riverside and forest campgrounds are available, some with all the fruit when it comes to facilities and others have none.
There are plenty close to Melbourne, making them perfect getaways for the weekend camper. You could spend every weekend of the year driving no more than a couple of hours to visit an exciting new location. The landscape varies from the rugged coastline along the Great Ocean Road, the densely forested ranges of The Dandenongs to the dusty goldfields inland.
If you are looking to save some money while touring around, try swapping out the odd night in a caravan park for a free campsite. Free sites are often closer to nature with walking trails at your doorstep and more social campers.
Home to some of Australia’s most iconic 4WD tracks, Cape York is on the bucket list of many 4WD enthusiasts. Not only is it the northernmost tip of Australia but it plays host to challenging and rewarding 4WD tracks. Some of the most well-known Cape tracks are the Creb, Frenchmans, Old Telegraph, Cape Melville and Bloomfield Tracks. Some of the tracks are short enough that you can complete the track itself in one day, but you might need to overnight it on the drive to and from the track.
From the Blue Mountains to the edge of the deep blue ocean, if you’re looking for free camping in NSW there are plenty of attractive options! Whether you’re on a tight budget or you just enjoy finding far-flung locations, some of these camp sites should be just what you are after.