On the hunt for a new playground for your 4WD? Hit the road this weekend at one of the best 4WD parks QLD has to offer. From 4WD tracks on the Sunshine Coast to 4WD tracks near Toowoomba, you’ll want to tick these off your off-road bucket list!
Swan Gully 4WD Action Park:
388 Swan Gully Rd, Bromelton QLD 4285
This one is our personal favourite as there are heaps of tracks to put the old girl to the test and lots of ways around if an obstacle is too challenging. It's a great place to put th new lift or suspension to the test. It's $45 for each vehicle for the day and the family that runs it live on the property. The 'office' is a shed just as you drive in and it's completely out of cell phone range so organise what time you will be the owners prior to heading in. We also highly recommend bringing the essentials with you as the first track in is pretty challenging in slightly wet conditions. This means, UHF radio (handheld and fixed - you will need a spotter), winch and recovery gear like kinetic rope and recovery boards as a BARE minumum, as once you are in there is only one way out and that is through the park. We found that you can complete the main track with relative ease if you have a two inch lift and decent upgraded suspension like the one you see on the Ranger above, from Outback Armour.
Condamine River Rd, The Head QLD 4373
The tracks between The Head - Brosnan Rd near Killarney is a great drive if you want to do some scenic river crossings. There's no '4x4' tracks here but the creek crossings still get the adrenline going. The lookouts are also very worth the trek from Brisbane. Great place to take photos and get a nice underbody wash as pictured above.
Scenic Rim Adventure Park:
636 Tamrookum Creek Road, Tamrookum Creek Qld 4285
For all you city dwellers who want a nearby getaway, Scenic Rim is an obvious choice. It’s just over an hour away from both Brisbane and the Gold Coast. That means you can finish work early on Friday and be there by COB.
Scenic Rim offers more than adrenaline-filled 4x4 off-road tracks. You can experience:
4x4 trails – Over 20km of it ranging from easy to difficult.
The man-made maze – Do you dare to conquer the pitch-black maze?
An obstacle course – Offering a family-fun challenge with swings, walls and a flying fox.
There are 14 different campsites available, so you can choose to be sprawled out on green grass, in the bush or on a hill with an amazing view. And if you only want the off-road experience for when you drive, there are bedrooms you can hire for the night. New to off-road driving? Scenic Rim Adventure Park offers different beginner’s courses throughout the year.
Black Mountain 4x4 Park:
2354 Mulligan Hwy, Rossville QLD 4895
Up in the north, just 25km south of Cooktown, Black Mountain is easily one of the greatest 4WD parks in QLD. Now, when they say ‘mountain’, they mean it. With steep tracks and gullies, their 4x4 off-road trails go all the way up to extreme difficulty. And you won’t get bored with over 50km of off-road trails that each have their own challenges and payoffs. Just make sure you’ve stocked up on the essential 4WD touring gear before you take on the big tracks.
Janowen Hills 4WD Park:
1541 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra QLD 4362
Offering 4WD tracks near Toowoomba for both 4x4 beginners and experts, Janowen Hills has it all. Set up your tent in the beautiful camping grounds, then set off early along one of their 4x4 trails through hilly terrain and rocky gullies. Don’t forget marshmallows and a fire-starter kit. Fire pits are allowed here.
The Springs 4x4 Park:
21153 New England Hwy, The Glen 4370 QLD
With some of the most stunning 4x4 tracks in South East QLD, visiting The Springs is an unforgettable experience. Every trail rewards you with different views – from creeks and waterfalls (in the rainy season) to endless views on top of Love Hill and Bald Hill. Its location is perfect. You can spend one day on off-road trails, then spend the next driving 30 minutes to some of the best wineries in Queensland. Or you can go to a national park for a hike or go fishing on one of the many lakes in the region. If you like photographing wildlife, bring your camera! There’s an abundance of animals here. Wherever you end up going, the best 4WD parks in QLD call for the best vehicles. Want to get the most out of your 4WD? Check out our list of 10 must-have 4WD accessories.