4WD tracks at Wilbinga

Wilbinga is a spectacular 4WD accessible beach located only a short drive north of Perth. It’s commonly used for fishing, 4WDing and motorbike riding. It has become extremely popular over the last few years because it’s the closest Beach driving near Perth heading north.

There are a large number of 4WD tracks that you can play around on, some of which are actually quite challenging for the average car.

The beach is much like the rest of WA beaches; simple beautiful. We managed to get some decent fish there as well, which adds to the fun!

Wilbinga Beach at Sunset
Wilbinga Beach at Sunset

Where is Wilbinga?

Wilbinga is about 60 kilometres north of Perth. To get there, you just head straight up Wanneroo Road. After around 35km you will go over a little hill, and see a big pine tree forest on the left. There is a limestone track which runs directly west.

This is known as Wilbinga Road, and can be driven by normal 2WD cars if you take it slowly. A few kilometres down the track there are some signs and a ‘parking’ area.

This is where you need to let your tyres down. A number of people leave their 2WD cars here and ride their motorbikes through the rest of the track and onto the beach.

Alternatively, you can enter at the rest stop car park further North. Wilbinga beach access is not permitted via Two Rocks anymore.

A few 4x4 tracks at Wilbinga
A few 4WD tracks at Wilbinga

4WD tracks at Wilbinga

There are a lot of 4WD tracks that run through the bush near Wilbinga. Some are solid and easy to drive, whilst others can be more difficult.

We had a lot of fun trying to drive up the big hills (which are very obvious when you come across them). A lot of the hills have huge offset articulation, which is good fun to test your suspension on!

We found that 15 PSI was a good pressure to run our tyres at, as the beach is quite soft at times. You can drive both north and south of Wilbinga, depending on what you want to do.

If you are in a 4WD, keep a keen eye out for those on motorbikes, as they can often fly around a corner without expecting oncoming traffic! Also, take a look at the post I wrote on Beach Driving.

Be aware that you are not allowed to drive into the city of Wanneroo, or you may cop a fine from the rangers.

You are free to drive anywhere except south of Flat rocks, which is pretty hard to miss. Access from Two rocks has been closed, and anyone going in from there deserves a fine. I will repeat that; Two rocks 4WD beach access is off limits!

Flat rocks at Two Rocks
Flat rocks is beautiful
Soft sand and not enough deflation
Soft sand and not enough deflation
My new car at Wilbinga
My new car at Wilbinga
Trying to drive up a dune
Trying to drive up a dune

Wilbinga Camping

Camping  is not permitted at Wilbinga, although a lot of people still seem to do it.

Driving from Wilbinga to Moore River

If you are up for an adventure, you can start on the beach of Wilbinga and head north until you get to Moore River. In saying this, we tried it and got incredibly lost and had to turn back, and the better tracks are inland opposite Wilbinga.

I believe the easier way is to start at Seabird and work up.

The sandy track entrance
The sandy track entrance

There are a number of properties as you head further north with fences and no trespassing signs. We ended up at someone’s front door (without trespassing to our knowledge) which was quite embarrassing. Be careful of the cattle as well, because you will see them fairly regularly as you drive along.

We started back on the beach near Ledge Point and drove all the way up to Greenhead (through Lancelin and Wedge Island). We did have to pull onto the tarmac a few times, but you can do most of it on the beach.

What to take to Wilbinga

This depends entirely on how long you are planning on going for, but there are a few things that you should take even if you are just going for the day. I would suggest Tyre Deflators will make your life much easier when letting air out of the rubber.

I bought one for $20 (a ferret tyre deflator) and am very happy with it. A Car Air Compressor is also a must, as there are no petrol stations within a close distance, and driving on the road with low pressures in your tyres is not a good idea.

Maxtrax are a handy recovery device
Maxtrax are a handy recovery device

Take plenty of water and food, and bring the rods and other fishing gear. We had a fair bit of fun catching fish at Wilbinga, and if you pick the right time and place you can get some decent sized fish. I have heard of people surfing in this area as well, but you need to pick the day.

A snatch strap is also a good idea, as well as a shovel and Maxtrax. It’s easy to get stuck (see the pictures) and not so easy to get out. Just remember that snatch straps are only meant for so much force; dig a bit around the car before you try to pull it out!

Wilbinga was the first place that I took My Hilux, as you can see from the lack of modifications. It’s a great place to go four wheel driving as there are easy tracks and more challenging ones.

It is also very close to Perth and well worth a visit. Whether you want to have a cheap camping trip or just want to kill a few hours I would highly recommend Wilbinga!

Relaxing with a line out
Relaxing with a line out

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  1. Hey David,

    That’s pretty cool; I’ve not seen that before.

    It’s easier to just access it from Indian Ocean Drive, and it doesn’t upset anyone or give the 4WDing niche a bad reputation. It won’t stop many though

    Take care

  2. There’s a great new satellite image put out by wanneroo shire go to https://enterprise.mapimage.net/IntraMaps21B/?configId=ab754696-b230-4955-a588-975c4d34312a
    and turn on the satellite image layer. So detailed you can see people on the beach and all the road blocks. its probably illegal but lots do it- to access wilbinga from Two rocks head east from two rocks on Breakwater Drive and turn off just past the school then head for the water tanks on the hill and thence to the beach- look on the satellite image for details.

  3. Hey Jimmy,

    Thanks for letting me know about that; it shouldn’t do that. I’ll have a look into it

    Take care

  4. Such a great article and site in general except the two annoying sound clips that keep blaring out randomly at full sound.

  5. Hey Phil,

    Yep, too many idiots around who don’t do the right thing. I don’t understand why people would leave any rubbish behind, let alone the car bodies and all sorts of other junk out there.

    I’m sure it will eventually get closed because of this, but lets hope it stays open for a bit longer!


  6. We’ve been going to Wilbinga Beach for years, it’s a great place for 4 x wheel driving, fishing & camping for the family & close to Perth. However, antisocial behaviour, not being prepared to share campsites, not taking out your rubbish with you, have tarnished the experience a bit. Damn shame that we have more than our fair share of inbred morons prepared to ruin this place for others.
    Help clean up the place, take out your rubbish & a little bit more that others have left behind & we might all be able to enjoy Wilbinga a bit longer. Thanks.

  7. Thanks Aaron yeah a dry run is a wise move I think. Might go for a spin this weekend and scope it out. Thanks again mate!

  8. Hi Norts,

    I’d be loathe to suggest you try it – the gravel road isn’t the best, and from memory you have to go over a couple of soft hills. I haven’t actually been there in a while though, so I can’t give you an up to date track condition. The waves onto that beach could also be a problem, but maybe you are used to that. You can enter from Two Rocks, at Durrs Track which might be a better idea? I’d do a dry run and see before you tow the boat out there; the last thing you want is to struggle along towing a boat behind you!

  9. Hi all, just wondering how the main track from wanneroo rd to the beach is for towing a small fibreglass boat + trailer is? got a 18+1/2 FT boat, 1600kg approx. weight. Any chance towing it along the track gently and launching off the sand? Thanks in advance.

  10. Unreal mate, the beach changes so quickly. Some days its rock hard, and a few weeks like powder. All you can do is keep letting your tyres down, even to 6 PSI or so; just take it gently.

  11. G’day done a very small section in my 120 prado and a reli’s wrangler we both ended up being bogged for 3h on the beach bumped tyres down to 10psi. sand was like driving on foam “extremely soft ” never driven or seen sand so soft in my life so definitely be prepared and write Down the recovery number at the start if u plan on hitting the beach but definitely heading back better prepared

  12. That’s great to hear!


  13. Madelaine says:

    I rang the Rangers last year and was told the whole area is controlled by the DEC. After a few calls I spoke to a really nice guy who said we were OK to drive and camp through there…just observe the usual rules like rubbish, safe driving.

    We never made it there last year and I hope it will be re-opening.

  14. Hi Craige,

    Diesel 4WD’s are much more suitable for touring and general four wheel driving. The surfs are a great vehicle, with plenty of poke. My brother had one for quite some time, with the same motor. If I recall correctly the only issues they had related to the cooling systems on both the automatic transmissions and radiator. Do some research online, and make sure that your cooling system (s) are in great nick. Other than that, enjoy the vehicle; it will last for a long time.


  15. Hi Aaron,

    We ended up buying a 94 surf 3.0 diesel with 190K’s. We took a drive down wilbinga rd just this sunday and had heaps of fun. We didnt make it to the beach because it was getting late in the day so decided to turn around and come home. We are definitely planning a trip to wilbinga again when the weather warms up. I chose the surf over a landcruiser simply because i preferred a diesel over a petrol and found it hard to find an 80 series diesel landcruiser.

  16. Hi Craige,

    Sorry about the late reply; I’ve been out of reception. The 80 series are a great vehicle, in both diesel and petrol. The petrol ones are quite thirsty, but you will save a massive amount on the purchase price over a diesel in the first place; it may work out to be more economical anyway. The 80 is definitely the pick over a surf.

    Best of luck!


  17. Hi Aaron

    We were originally looking a getting an explorer simply because they seemed reasonably priced. However we have now decided it would be better to go with either a 80 series landcruiser or a hilux surf, I am leaning towards the landcruiser. We are looking at one tomorrow it’s a 94 4.5 petrol with 250k’s I would prefer a diesel but they seem hard to find or either out if our price range.

  18. Hi Craig,

    Wilbinga will be fine in an explorer. Providing you let your tyres down properly you wont have any issues. What has made you pick out an explorer over something else?

    Best of luck mate