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!
Telephone Lane 44km S
Telephone lane is a ‘road’ that is pretty much impassable come winter rains. A lot of vehicles get badly bogged and wet out there, but it is a lot of fun if you pick the right weather. Here’s a video of us doing most of the track:
If you want something else close to Perth, there are some fun little tracks near Jarrahdale, and also Albany Highway off Jarrahdale road.
Wilbinga 65km NNW
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 (although its technically illegal), but please clean up after yourselves!
Julimar, 83km NE
If you are after a range of 4WD tracks through the WA bush, Julimar is the place to go. A lot of the tracks are easy gravel ones, but there are some very technical hill climbs and nasty bog holes. In winter, its pretty full on 4WDing.
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.
Waroona Dam, 119KM S
Just over an hour away from Perth lies an awesome fresh water dam that is fantastic for swimming, fishing, 4WDing and water skiing. The tracks range from mild to wild, and the scenery is unreal.
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 ofc 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.
Wellington Dam, 195 SSE
Collie has a lot of great 4WD tracks, and one of the better known places is Wellington Dam. There are tracks taking you around the dam itself, along with lots of technical driving and difficult sections further out from the water.
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.
Margaret River 4WD Tracks, 269km SW
There’s a heap of 4WD tracks around Margaret River that go to various beaches and through amazing forests. If you put some time in, you’ll find some truly unbelievable locations.
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)
Scott River National Park, and Nannup, 300km SSW
There are some truly awesome 4WD tracks around Scott River National Park, and Nannup. Some of the tracks are easy, and others require some seriously modified 4WD’s, and that’s in the dry!
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!
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.
Waychinicup National Park, 465km SE
Cheynes Beach and Waychinicup National Park have some great 4WDing with spectacular views. You can comfortably spend a day exploring this magic coastline.
Bremer Bay 498km SE
If beautiful beaches, epic 4WD tracks and untouched fishing is your thing, Bremer Bay is for you. There’s more 4WD tracks on both the east and western side of town than you could explore in weeks.
Lynton Station, 506km NNW
Lynton station, or Linga Longa is an awesome private camp ground not far from Port Gregory and the Hutt River. There are lots of 4WD tracks around Hutt River and Port Gregory, and its a great place to spend some time exploring.
Lucky Bay 550 NNW
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 NNW
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.
Murchison House Station, 574km NNW
Imagine a piece of private property, more than twice the size of Singapore that backs onto the Murchison River and the ocean which allows you to explore anywhere on the property (asides from where the commercial activities happen). Murchison House Station has so much variety and lots to see.
Kalbarri 586 NNW
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.
Francois Peron National Park 832 NNW
If you’ve never seen red sand by the tonnes before, Francois Peron National Park is the place to go. It’s got lots of 4WD tracks, great fishing and some brilliant places to camp.
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
Steep Point 869km NNW
The Western most point of Australian mainland is an achievement in itself, but the beaches, cliffs and fishing are out of this world at Steep Point. The 4WD track in can be a bit of fun too, but the location takes the cake for this place!
Dirk Hartog Island 875km NNW
Just across Shelter Bay lies Dirk Hartog Island; the ultimate place for adventure in WA. Think restricted visitor numbers, untouched fishing locations and some of the best beaches in the country.
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.
Kalgan’s Pool 1247 NE
If there was a better free camp in WA, I’d be hard pressed to find it. With awesome views, a fantastic 4WD track on the way in and some of the most amazing scenery you’ll see in the Pilbara, Kalgan’s Pool is certainly worth a visit.
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!
Middle Lagoon 2380km NE
North of Broome lies Cape Leveque, a brilliant piece of country. Mid way up is Middle Lagoon, which has two amazing beaches, and a few 4WD tracks to explore around the place. It’s a great spot to relax for a few days!
Kooljaman 2413km NE
Right at the top of Cape Leveque is Kooljaman, a popular destination for relaxing, sight seeing, fishing and 4WDing. You can camp, or stay in a variety of other accommodation options.
El Questro Station 3226km NE
The Kimberley is a truly special place, and El Questro station manages to give you a perfect taste. There are lots of 4WD tracks around the place to amazing gorges, along with plenty of beautiful places to explore.
Mitchell Falls, 3648km NE
The Mitchell Falls are located in the northern part of WA known as the Kimberley. They are spectacular, but require undertaking a badly corrugated 4WD track and then hiking a few hours in, or going by helicopter. They are beautiful, but go prepared!