You'll need to travel off road Australia to access many beautiful places. Sometimes, gravel roads will be your shortest route…or your only route. Four wheel drive tracks will take you even further.
It’s okay to feel nervous about traveling off road. Not everyone is a four wheel drive enthusiast. You don’t have to be. As long as you’re prepared with a 4WD (+ accessories) and some off road equipment, you’ll be able to travel most places off road without too much trouble.
Going off road will allow you to:
These roads make up the vast majority of off road Australia. They are often well-formed and graded throughout the year. Sometimes they are pot-holed and badly corrugated. Unfortunately you can’t tell the road conditions from a map.
So, while you might have a bumpy, uncomfortable ride – these roads are usually drive-able. Before you drive any unsealed road, you should always ask other travelers or locals for information, and check road reports online.
These are the roads marked as “4WD only” on your map. Usually these roads are much tougher to drive than unsealed roads. Their condition is more varied, and they are often not passable in certain weather conditions.
Check carefully with locals before you drive (or tow) down these roads. It pays to ask a few people, and ask specific questions – because everyone sees things differently. For example:
If you are not comfortable with their answers, don’t drive the road. Or consider driving it with some friends. You will gain confidence as you drive more of these roads, but never do anything unless you think it is safe.
These are just a few of the incredible places you'll need a 4WD to access:
Of course – it is possible to see many parts of our incredible country entirely on bitumen. But I really think you’ll miss some of the best bits if you decide to avoid off road Australia altogether.
So, go get your 4WD vehicle and off road equipment ready…and away you go!Trip around Oz › Off road Australia