5 Places You Will Need a 4WD in Australia

    When you are traveling through Australia, you can easily get around most of the major cities and coastal areas in a regular car. However, as you know, Australia has a lot of rugged, outback terrain. A four wheel drive vehicle is needed to get to a lot of different places in Australia. One of the best ways to see these rugged destinations or traverse these four wheel drive only road trips is with your own rental truck.

    You can hire a four wheel drive vehicle from Budget Trucks Australia  and pave your own wavy road. Here are 5 four wheel drive only road trips or destinations.

    1. Gibb River Road

    The Gibb River Road is one of the most well-known and exciting road trips in all of Australia and even the world. It is a remote road trip across the Kimberley, which is a region in the northern section of Western Australia. The road trip is 660 km from Derby to Kununurra. The road is only accessible during the dry season in the winter and spring from May to September. The vast wilderness of the Kimberley is such a magnificent trip because of the spectacular sights along the way including:

    • Bell Gorge
    • Windjana Gorge
    • The Cockburn Range
    • The Mitchell Plateau
    • El-Questro Wilderness Park
    • Lennard Gorge
    • Leopold Range
    • Manning Gorge
    • Mitchell Falls National Park
    • Purnululu National Park
    • Windjana Gorge National Park
    1. The Eyre Highway

    The Eyre Highway is the road that takes you through the Nullarbor Plain. The Nullarbor Plain means “no trees” and it is the world’s largest landscape of limestone karst. There are no trees and the road is flat, but that doesn’t mean you won’t need a four wheel drive to make this iconic trip. It is a challenge for many Aussies, and you can often see car stickers that say “I crossed the Nullarbor Plain” proudly displayed as a sort of rite of passage. It is located in South Australia and connects drivers to Western Australia. To the north of the Eyre Highway is the Great Victoria Desert and to the south is the Great Australian Bight. That is South Australia’s rugged coast with dramatic, jagged edge including the Bunda Cliffs.

    1. The Old Telegraph Track

    You can visit the remote and rugged regions of the tropical Far North of Queensland on the Old Telegraph Track road trip. This road trip takes you up the Cape York Peninsula from Cooktown to Seisa. It is often also called the Cape York Track. It is a long 848 km through the humid and hot northern peninsula. Because of the wet season in the north, this track is only accessible in the dry season from May to October. Some of the sights along the way include Lakefield National Park, Jardine National Park, Old Laura Station, Weipa, Thursday Island, Chili Beach, Eliot Falls, Fruit Bat Falls, and Twin Falls.

    1. The Red Centre Way

    The Red Centre Way is a circular road trip that takes you through the Northern Territory in a round trip from Alice Springs. The 5 day road trip takes you from Alice Springs through each of the four national parks in this region: West MacDonnell Range National Park, Finke Gorge National Park, Watarrka National Park, and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The landscape features mountains and gorges. At the centre of it all is Uluru, the largest sandstone monolith in the world and the rich Aboriginal history here.

    1. Stockton Beach

    Not all of the best four wheel drive destinations are rugged, remote outback locations. In fact, one of the best four wheel driving locations is at Stockton Beach. The sand dunes there are great for off-roading adventures. Stockton Beach is located in Newcastle, about 2 hours north of Sydney. Stockton Beach is one of the premier locations for four-wheel drive enthusiasts. Of course, driving isn’t the only thing you can do in Stockton Beach; it is also home to beautiful beaches on the Coral Sea, fishing, surfing, and beautiful views.

    Jason Hall
    Jason Hall
    Jason Hall is blogger and Brand Manager for Budget Car Hire. He enjoys writing about travel destinations and tips, especially in Australia.

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