Australia, with its vast and varied landscapes, is a 4X4 enthusiast’s dream. From the red dust of the Outback to the lush rainforests of Queensland, each track offers a unique challenge and an opportunity to explore the unspoiled beauty of the wild. These 10 tracks aren’t just routes; they’re gateways to adventures that test your skills, endurance, and love for the great outdoors.
They’ve earned their place on any 4X4 bucket list not only for their rugged terrains but also for the stories they hold – from the historical significance of the Canning Stock Route to the legendary Simpson Desert Crossing. They promise encounters with Australia’s unique wildlife, breathtaking vistas, and a sense of accomplishment that only comes from conquering some of the most challenging and rewarding terrains in the world. Whether it’s the thrill of navigating the infamous Old Telegraph Track or the serene beauty of the Victorian High Country, these tracks offer an experience that goes beyond driving – they’re about discovering the heart and soul of Australia.
The Old Tele’ Track
You didn’t think we’d be kicking off a bucket list trip with anything but the Old Tele’ Track did you? Whether you’re born and bread of the red dirt plains, or lived your whole life high in the mist of the mountains, this iconic track in Far North Queensland is a rite of passage for any 4X4 enthusiast. It’s a challenging journey through remote wilderness, offering rugged terrain, river crossings, and spectacular camping spots. The track’s highlight is the infamous Gun Shot crossing, promising both thrills and stunning natural beauty. If you’re brave or foolish enough to take it on.
GPS Coordinates: -11.133333, 142.383333
The French Line
Crossing the Simpson Desert is a truly epic 4X4 adventure. The default route across the desert is the stunning and iconic French Line. It offers drivers an experience like no other with over 1,000 dunes, vast desert landscapes, and the famous ‘Big Red’. It’s a test of skill and endurance, offering an unforgettable experience in one of Australia’s most iconic landscapes.
GPS Coordinates: -26.076018, 137.001863
Gibb River Road, Kimberley
The Gibb River Road in Western Australia is a remote 4X4 track known for its breathtaking scenery and sheer isolation. The track takes you through the heart of the Kimberley, with its rugged ranges, gorges, waterfalls, and abundant wildlife. It’s a perfect combination of adventure and natural beauty.
GPS Coordinates: -15.864165, 127.410264
Blue Rag Range Track
The entire Victorian High Country region should be high on the list of any adventurer, but one track stands out above the rest. While not technically challenging Blue Rag Range Track offers stunning vistas of the high country as it straddles spurs, summits mountains, and descends into valleys. The area’s history, including the legendary bushranger Ned Kelly, adds an extra layer of intrigue.
GPS Coordinates: -37.11454, 147.04180
Fraser Island (K’Gari)
While there’s no one specific track that’s a must-do, Fraser Island needs to be on every 4X4ers wish list. The world’s largest sand island is a unique 4X4 destination. Driving on the sandy beaches and exploring rainforests growing out of sand, Fraser Island offers an unparalleled experience. The island’s shipwrecks, dingoes, and crystal-clear lakes are added bonuses.
GPS Coordinates: -25.239722, 153.132778
This famous outback track runs between Birdsville in Queensland and Marree in South Australia. It’s a historic route that offers a genuine outback experience, with vast open spaces, arid landscapes, and a feeling of complete isolation. It’s a must for those looking to experience the heart of the Australian outback.
GPS Coordinates: -28.538333, 138.633333
Canning Stock Route
One of the most remote and longest stock routes in the world, this track is a serious challenge even for experienced 4X4 drivers. It offers an incredible journey through the heart of the Western Australian desert, with ancient landscapes and indigenous art sites few people will ever get to experience.
GPS Coordinates: -25.393307, 121.050591
Stretching from the Northern Territory to South Australia, Binns Track offers a diverse range of landscapes, from deserts to mountain ranges. It’s less travelled, offering a more secluded experience, and it’s filled with historical and cultural sites.
GPS Coordinates: -25.994013, 135.332821
In Tropical North Queensland, this track combines challenging 4X4 driving with stunning rainforest scenery. It’s a wet and wild adventure, with river crossings, steep inclines, and lush landscapes. It’s a must-do on your way to the tip to experience the Daintree in a seriously adventurous way. Plus, you’re just a stone’s throw away from the Great Barrier Reef.
GPS Coordinates: -16.063615, 145.476326
This historic track in South Australia offers a more relaxed 4X4 experience for your bucket list adventure. It’s rich in history, following the route used by pioneers and explorers. The track traverses a variety of landscapes, including arid desert and rocky outcrops.
GPS Coordinates: -30.082077, 138.781662