We've been through Margaret River plenty of times, but never really spent much time there, up until recently.
I guess a part of the reason was I always thought that there were very limited 4WD tracks in the area. How wrong I was!
Our most recent stay down at Margaret River saw us drive some fantastic little tracks that lead to some of the best beaches we've ever been to, along with stunning Karri forrests and amazing wildlife. I'm sure there are heaps of tracks we missed too, especially inland.
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About Margaret River
Margaret River is located just over 3 hours away from Perth, in the south west of WA. It's extremely well known for surfing, amazing food and wine, massive Karri forests, stunning accommodation and some of the best beaches in Australia.
Where's the 4WD Tracks in Margaret River?
Just north of Margaret River is Kilcarnup Road, which is a short drive past some fantastic properties. The road soon comes to a Tee junction. Take the track to the right, which will take you straight towards the beach, where Joey's nose is and the Cape to Cape walk track. This track is sandy, but not difficult at all, and only takes a few minutes to get onto a fantastic beach.
Point Road starts off Conto Road (where the campsites are) and runs all the way through to the Boranup Forest Drive. It goes right through the middle of the Boranup camp ground. The track is pretty solid, with a few little mud holes in winter, quite a bit of limestone and lots of stunning scenery. It cuts right through the middle of the stunning karri forrest, and is well worth the drive. The track takes no more than 30 minutes.
North point is accessible off Caves Road, by following a heap of little fire trails. Any reasonable GPS will get you there, to a truly magic set of beaches. There's a huge rock that protects you from the big swell, and makes it nice and calm in the bays. The 4WD track is pretty easy and sandy, but just watch how narrow some of the fire trails can get!
Boranup forest drive
This is not really a 4WD track, but its worth doing. It's just a gravel road that travels through the Karri forest, with a lookout at one end and more giant karri trees than you could poke a stick at. It starts and ends on Caves road, covering several kilometres of forest.
Bob's track is a bit more of a challenging track than the others, but still easily within the realms of a stock standard 4WD with a reasonable driver. There's more rocks and lots of puddles in winter. The track starts not far north of Bushby Road in Karridale. I've actually written a full post on this, which you can check out at Bob's Track, Karridale.
3 Bears track - Yallingup to Sugarloaf Rock
The 3 Bears track has to be one of my favourite 4WD tracks in WA. It's not difficult at all; mainly compact sand with a few rocky sections, but it covers some of the most amazing coastline you will ever see. It gets it's name from the surfing spot that is seriously popular, 3 bears track. You can read the full post on this 4WD track at 3 Bears 4WD Track near Margaret River.
Hamelin Bay beach
Hamelin Bay beach is accessible if you go up Bob's Track. It's a spectacular beach, but can be very soft; you will want to deflate your tyres significantly.
Other 4WD tracks we didn't tackle
No doubt there's stacks of 4WD tracks we didn't head to - Hooley Road, Cosy Corner and several inland. There's so much beautiful country to explore around Margaret River, and if you have a 4WD you are laughing.
Who's been to Margaret River? Have you done any of the 4WD Tracks? What did you think of them?