Western Australia has some of the best four wheel driving in the world. Whether it's to get to that spectacular location or you are into serious mud runs and rock crawling, there is something for everyone. I am slowly compiling a list of the locations you can go to. For now, please have a look at the ones below. They are listed and include their distance and direction from Perth. Please share this page with your mates, and look after the awesome country that we have in our backyards.
The Mundaring Powerlines Track is quite likely the most popular serious four wheel driving close to Perth. As the name suggests, it follows a powerline, and has a lot of difficult sections in it. There are plenty of 'chicken' tracks which allow you to drive around the obstacles, but even some of these aren't always straight forward. After a lot of rain, this track becomes considerably more difficult to do. I'd suggest going to Mundaring with a secondary vehicle!
Wilbinga is the closest beach and dune driving you can legally do to Perth. It is extremely popular, and is a decent sized area to explore. A lot of people camp at Wilbinga too, but please clean up after yourselves!
Dwellingup 106 SSE
Dwellingup is one of my favorite destinations, with a huge number of things to do. You can swim, fish, hike, downhill mountain bike, white water raft, canoe, photograph, enjoy nature and just have a good time away from the city! Dwellingup has a heap of camp sites; check with DEC and book yourself one!
Captain Fawcett Track 108 SSE
The Captain Fawcett Track is located within Dwellingup, and is accessed by going past the old township. It is a moderate 4WD track (very easy when it's not wet) with a couple of camp sites right next to the river. After a bit of rain, this track becomes very difficult, and is regularly closed.
Ledge Point 119 NE
Ledge Point is a quite little town south of Lancelin. You can drive on the beach here, heading south and that's about it!
Preston Beach 125 S
Preston Beach is another popular place to go 4WDing close to Perth. You can enter at White Hills, and drive through to Preston, and then down to Myalup. The beach changes a huge amount depending on the seasons and weather, but is always good for a drive and fish.
Lancelin Sand Dunes 127 NE
Lancelin Sand Dunes are extremely popular for 4WDing. However, they are also used by motorbikes and buggies, so make sure you are careful when driving through the dunes. These are plenty big enough to have a good time looking around!
Logue Brook to Harvey 135 S
This is a track that is relatively simple, with heaps of more challenging (to insane) 4WDing on the sides of it. Well worth a look!
Belvidere 155 S
Belvidere is a great beach just north of Bunbury, with camping facilities near Leschenaulta inlet. You can drive on the beach north all the way to Binningup if the tides are right.
Wedge Island 161 N
Wedge Island in the past was only accessible via the beach or inland track. My understanding is that the inland track is virtually closed, with access only along the beach (which is not for beginner 4WDers!). Take care, and watch the tide. There have been plenty of vehicles lost to waves, and just as many rolled over on the beach that has been chopped away by waves.
Brunswick Junction 164 S
Brunswick Junction is very similar to the Mundaring Powerlines track, except the area is spread out and you can camp too. It has a great river running through the area, and a lot of tracks that will have even the seriously set up 4WD's grasping for traction!
Grey 182 NW
Grey is a little shack town just north of Wedge Island. You can get on the beach here, and drive right the way up to Cervantes.
Cervantes 200 NW
Cervantes has a lot of beach driving available, and you can drive through to Hill River.
Honeymoon Pool 204 SSE
Honeymoon Pool is located not too far away from Harvey, Collie and Brunswick Junction (which is a 4WDing mecca!)
Hill River 213 NW
Hill River is a stunning river that flows into the Indian Ocean, in between Cervantes and Jurien Bay. I've never seen anyone drive north of the river for more than a few hundred meters, as the sand is just too soft!
Sandy Cape 236 NE
Sandy Cape is accessible by 2WD vehicles, but there are plenty of 4WD tracks running up and down the coast for you to explore. Just expect a bit of pinstriping on your vehicles as the tracks are tight!
Dunsborough 247 SW
The 4WDing opportunites around Dunsborough are fairly limited, with only a few beaches accessible towards Busselton. Sugarloaf Rocks has a good 4WD track (see 3 Bears Track) and Bob's Track, near Hamelin Bay.
3 Bears Track 297 SSW
The 3 Bears Track comes highly recommended by me. It's a short 4WD track that is suitable for moderately experienced 4WDer's with a little bit of clearance. The track runs along some of the most incredible coastline WA has to offer, and goes right past one of the most popular surf breaks in the area.
Bobs Track 305 SSW
Just north of Hamelin Bay lies a great 4WD track that takes you to a beautiful, pristine beach. After a bit of rain this track has a number of puddles, but the track is solid and easily done with a bit of clearance.
Lake Jasper 317 S
Lake Jasper is a well known destination for camping, and has a number of 4WD tracks in the area that lead to the coast (and Black Point)
Wave Rock (Hyden) 334 NSE
Wave Rock is a massive tourist attraction in WA. If you visit it, make sure you check out the Holland Track, and other 4WDing in the area.
Yeagarup 350 S
Yeagarup is my favorite beach driving destination that isn't too far from Perth. Head down to Pemberton, and towards the coast and you will have a blast. It also has Calcup Hill, which is a huge sand dune and will really test your 4WD!
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The Holland Track is very well known, and popular for 4WD's and motorbikes. The 4WD section starts just out of Hyden, and winds its way through to just south of Coolgardie. It's a great track, but go prepared in winter as it gets very boggy.
Walpole 414 SE
Walpole is another great location south of Perth. You can drive right out to the river mouth, and there is plenty of 4WD tracks around the inlets.
Peaceful Bay 447 SE
Peaceful Bay is a quiet coastal town that has great beach access. You can drive along the beach for many kilometers, and check out the inlet too.
Lucky Bay 550 NNE
Lucky Bay is an incredible place; just south of Wagoe and Kalbarri. You can camp in the dunes, and drive for miles along the gorgeous beach, or have a bit of fun in the dunes. It is very popular over holidays and long weekends, but there is plenty of room.
Wagoe 565 NNE
Wagoe is just a few km north of Lucky Bay, and is a running station. You can camp here, or stay in a chalet. It has private access to the beach, with some of the best fishing in WA.
Kalbarri 586 NNE
Kalbarri has a couple of spots you can go 4WDing - Wittecarra creek and along the Murchison River. Both are worth a look!
Orleans Bay Esperance 812 SE
Orleans Bay in Esperance is one of those places you could stay at for weeks on end. There are a staggering number of little beaches and coves, with brilliant fishing, snorkeling, relaxing and plenty of 4WD Tracks!
Fisheries Road in Esperance 830 SE
Fisheries Road is a great 4WD track that leads to Israelite Bay. The 4WD section starts about 100km east of Esperance, and ends at Israelite Bay, some 200km east of Esperance. It is remote, and is closed after heavy rain. This is a track you want to be very prepared for, especially if its rained a lot.
Thomas River Esperance 845 SE
Thomas River was by far one of my favourite places on our trip down south. You can drive for 30km along the beach, and hop from one beautiful beach to another. There are two sites you can camp at, and the area surrounding Thomas River is spectacular
Israelite Bay, Esperance 917 ESE
Israelite Bay is an extremely remote destination that is popular for those keen on fishing. It is accessed either from Fisheries Road, or from the north via Balledonia.
Warroora Station 1002 NNE
Warroora Station is another farm located right on the water, and has been set up for camping. It is located along the Ningaloo Reef, and is truly a magical place. They have a number of tracks, and beach access (with responsibility) is available. Please note, it does cost to enter this station.
Gnaraloo Station 1017 NNW
Gnaraloo Station is a working station that backs onto the Ningaloo Reef. There are a few 4WD tracks around the property, but they are very strict as to where you can drive. The location is truly stunning though!
Coral Bay 1137 N
Coral Bay is one of my favorite destinations. It truly is magic. If you head north, you can drive onto the beach, and explore a number of hill climbs. You can drive from Coral Bay to Yardie Creek (near Exmouth) along the coast.
Mt Nameless 1470 NE
Mt Nameless is a short 4WD track to the top of the mountain, just out of Tom Price. It has incredible views over a mine and the town itself, and is one of the few mountains you can drive up.
Cleaverville 1569 N
Cleaverville is to date my favourite beach camping destination. It is truly amazing, and you can 4WD into a few of the surrounding areas.
Broome 2184 NW
Broome is well known for 4WDing, with some of the longest beaches in WA!