With such incredible 4WDing opportunities in Australia, we try to make the most of every opportunity we are given to lock the house up and head bush. Whether its a few hours on a local track or weeks on end of paradise, you can read about it below:
A lazy afternoon at Two rocks, enjoying the beach, testing the 4WD's on the hill climbs and attempting to catch a feed of fish.
Mundaring is the go to 4WD track for us after a heap of rain, and it didn't disappoint!
After taking no annual leave for over a year, we were very happy to have 5 weeks off, to explore the Kimberley in the northern part of WA. It's known for some of the most amazing places in Australia, and lived up to its reputation.
I've split our trip into a series of 5 photo posts:
We'd been itching to go camping for some time, and set off on a Saturday morning to find somewhere to camp around Collie. It might sound like complete madness (we thought it was too at the time) but we ended up with a mint camp ground on both nights, with no one around!
We've got some epic beaches around Perth, and Two Rocks is the closest 4WD accessible one north of the river. There's beach driving, dunes and a whole heap of fun to be had.
After having such a great day at Waroona the weekend before, we decided to haul the boat down and stay a couple of nights. It was a great trip, with plenty of adventures in the 4WD's and boat
It had been a long time since I'd been to Waroona Dam, and was keen to head down for the day and explore the area. We drove around the dam, and then headed to Dwellingup for a bit of fishing in the river.
On the September long weekend, we headed south to explorer Milyeannup, D'Entrecasteaux National Park, Scott National Park, Nannup and Balingup. We did a bit of fishing, a heap of 4WD tracks and relaxed at camp on a private property in Milyeannup.
One Saturday afternoon we managed to squeeze in a few hours of local 4WD tracks around Byford and Jarrahdale.
Dwellingup has more 4WD tracks than you can poke a stick at, and we decided to find a few more!
Every year, off road racing is held in Mogumber. I went up for Saturday, and had a blast. It's an unbelievable sport!
We try to do this run at least once a year, and headed up with 6 other vehicles.
Perth Girls 4x4 and Air Down 4x4 put on a fundraiser for Steve and Lynne, who you can read about here.
A long weekend was the perfect opportunity to head out to the Holland Track. We did it after a significant amount of rain, and the mud was plentiful!
The weather wasn't looking good for this weekend, but we found a great place to camp with plenty of beach driving, and even threw in some salmon fishing.
Late on a Saturday afternoon we decided to head to Mundaring for a bit of a play. This was the first time in my 80 series, and the first real test for the lockers.
We spent the day exploring Julimar, which has some great 4WD tracks. We have plans to visit when its wet; it will very different!
Majority of the Lennard 4WD track was easy going, with spectacular scenery. There were a few parts that were steep, loose and rutted which provided us with a lot of fun!
The last part of our 3 weeks down south was spent at Denmark, where we did as many 4WD tracks as we could find
A few days around Albany were greatly appreciated on our 3 weeks down south; there is some amazing coastline and epic 4WD tracks
Esperance is well known for its beaches, but it has a heap of great 4WD tracks too. We visited Israelite Bay, Cape Arid National Park, Le Grand National Park and Stokes National Park
Not long after getting my 80 series we took it down to Alexandra Bridge, and spent the weekend there. It's an incredible location, albeit a bit busy!
Yeagarup is probably the best beach/dune 4WDing you can do in WA. It is a spectacular place, with Calcup Hill being one of the highlights
Pemberton has a number of amazing places you can camp at, with plenty of tracks that meander through the big forrests.
One of the beaches not too far away from Perth that you can 4WD on is Preston. We spend a day on the beach just relaxing and fishing, and drove up to White hills and out.
This is a reasonably well known 4WD track that runs through the back of Dwellingup. Only the first part is 4WD, with the rest of the track being gravel or bitumen. In the wet this is shut as it becomes extremely difficult. We spent a weekend camped here (free) and had a great time
I've loved the south west of WA for as long as I can remember, and had a fantastic time exploring around Yallingup over a weekend.
Walyunga National Park is the closest National Park to Perth that you can camp at. We spend a weekend here, and have to say it's quite an awesome area!
Not long into this trip a good mate rolled his Patrol. Fortunately no one was hurt, but it wasn't one of my my enjoyable days out.
You can get onto the beach at Grey, drive up to Cervantes and get back onto the beach heading north, all the way to Hill River. Good luck driving north of this though; the sand is insanely soft.