We’ve been through Margaret River plenty of times, but never really spent much time there, up until the last few years, and now we love nothing more than exploring the Margaret River 4WD tracks.
Initially, we assumed there wouldn’t be too many 4WD tracks in the area. How wrong we were; there’s a huge number of 4WD tracks ranging from coastal runs, beach driving, karri forests and some of the most scenic drives you’ll ever do!
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 forests and amazing wildlife. I’m sure there are heaps of tracks we missed too, especially inland.
Out of everything we’ve done though, these 4WD tracks in South West WA are spectacular, and highly recommended. There’s not many Dunsborough 4WD Tracks, but given how close everything is to each other heading towards Margaret River is easily done as a day trip.
If you are looking for a cheap, awesome place to camp that you can book in advance in the area, look no further – Jarrahdene.
Alternatively, on the other side of Margaret River is a fantastic place called Olive Hill Farm.
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.
4WD Tracks Margaret River
Lucky for you, we’ve made a map that shows a heap of the Margaret River 4WD tracks. If you flick around the below map, you’ll see all of the great tracks that we’ve explored, and I’m sure there are plenty more.
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.
2) Point Road
Point Road starts off from 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 forest, and is well worth the drive. The track takes no more than 30 minutes.
3) North Point
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!
4) 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.
5) Bob’s Track
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, and meanders through the bush before ending up on Boranup Beach. I’ve actually written a full post on this, which you can check out at Bob’s Track, Karridale.
6) 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.
7) 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. There’s also plenty of other south west 4WD tracks towards Pemberton including Yeagarup, Callcup hill, Lake Jasper and plenty more.
If you are looking for 4WD tracks in WA check the link out for a full map.
Who’s been to Margaret River? Have you done any of the 4WD Tracks? What did you think of them?
I did bobs track a few weeks back
Didn’t go in the beach though
It was raining and wasn’t a peasant day
I’ll be back that way to explore more though ?
Great to hear – its a fun little track. Probably lucky you didn’t go on the beach – go on a day when the weather is perfect and you’ll love it!
The north point trail looks nice! Do you have coordinate of where I should start?
You can get to it from lots of different places, including boranup drive. Best bet is to look on Google Earth and pick the widest looking track
Are dogs allowed at any of these locations?
So long as its not national park, yes
Did the Point Road track today with my wife and 2 kids (4 and 2 yrs old) in 2010 Ford Ranger Wildtrack. Was a great family activity. Being December the track was dry so didn’t have any soft spots but you could see where there would be some in wetter weather. I didn’t need to let the tires down for the summer conditions. There is a spot about halfway through where the dense bush opens up to lush ferns and huge karri trees. The scenery was so breathtaking we had to stop and get out and take pictures. Well worth it just for that section. I highly recommend this track as an easy one for the whole family.
Glad you had fun – its such a magic area down there. Point road is certainly a great track to dip your toes into!
Just did Three bears, Northpoint and Bobs / beach from Bobs;
Three bears awse! easy
Northpoint amazing first time ever experiencing this place
Bobs track was crazy hard last winter when I did it, this time I was shocked at how much it had changed, was not a challenge really at all, still I recommend dont do it unless you have a lift or you will scrape
The beach we went right, it was soft but we did ok with correct tyre pressure some guys coming out, about 8 of them had all got bogged and warned me of it – they must not have let their tyres down correctly.
You’ve been busy! Good to hear you’ve been exploring and having fun. North point is beautiful, isn’t it?!
Take care mate
can you camp out on any of these beach spots or are they for day trips only ?
You can camp at Boranup, Hamelin Bay Caravan Park and Conto’s, or Jarrahdene. Not sure if you are supposed to camp anywhere else. You could ring the Margaret River shire to find out for sure
All the best
Great pics guys, I’ve added some to my Things to do Pinterest board! Really handy google maps setup too!
Cheers for that mate. I’ll take a look when I’m back in Perth!
I’m assuming you are asking if you can take dogs? If that’s the case, it depends on whether its a national park or not. Many of these places are not, and some are even used for dog walking, but you’ll have to check prior to going.
All the best
We are heading to Margaret River in 2 weeks and looking at the North Point track. Looking at Google maps it shows the cape to Cape walking track. Do you drive on this to get to North Point? Thanks
Its been a while since we’ve done these, but I recall that some of the tracks down there are shared. There should be signs around that make it pretty obvious if you aren’t meant to drive there.
Have fun; its an awesome area