If you’re an experienced four-wheel driver who’s up for a challenge, read ahead for some of our top adrenaline-fuelled off-road adventures.
Queensland: the Old Telegraph Track
Cape York’s Old Telegraph Track is for experienced four-wheel drivers only, and is accessible only during the dry season. The 350-kilometre track includes sandy stretches and deep rivers – some containing crocodiles. Steep, sharp crags are another feature, and it’s not uncommon for travellers to turn their vehicles over on some of the steeper and muddier drops. Multiple river crossings give the Old Telegraph Track its character. The scenery includes tropical rainforests, watering holes and small waterfalls, and is well worth it if you’re game.
Victoria: Billy Goat Bluff trail
The Billy Goat Bluff four-wheel drive trail is found in the Alpine National Park in the Victorian High Country, roughly 350 kilometres from Melbourne. The track climbs to 1200 metres in seven kilometres, making it one of the steepest drives in Australia. It follows the very top of the mountain, where you’ll encounter panoramic views of tree-covered ridges. The drive is one of the most challenging in the high country, and should never be attempted in bad weather.
Western Australia: Gunbarrel Highway
The Gunbarrel Highway is one of Australia’s most demanding roads, stretching 1400 kilometres from Wiluna in Western Australia, to Yulara in the Northern Territory. The highway is extremely remote, so expect harsh desert conditions. The track requires a high-clearance four-wheel drive, and you need to be as self-sufficient as possible, as there are limited opportunities to restock. Permits are required and be warned: this track is extremely dangerous and not to be undertaken lightly.
New South Wales: Rover Trail
Five minutes from Coffs Harbour, the Rover Trail may be short, but it’s by no means boring. The track runs for seven kilometres, starting with steep and rocky ascents through lush forest, with sneak peeks over Coffs Harbour as you weave through the trees. At the first lookout, you’ll be rewarded with stunning views over the harbour, and you’ll test your driving on the way down with steep descents and rocky dirt roads surrounded by towering trees. Sections of clay and large rocks make the track more difficult after rain, and it can remain slippery for days. The Rover Trail also requires a high-clearance vehicle.