We love nothing more than a good 4WD track through incredible regions of Australia, and after nearly 8 months of travel we finally rolled into Queensland, in search of the best camping and tracks.
If you’re chasing 4WD tracks in Queensland, this is where we’ve listed every track that we’ve done, along with a heap of information about the difficulty level, what’s worth seeing and not, and heaps more.
If you are chasing 4WD tracks in other states, we have done exactly the same for Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
For now though, here’s some of the 4WD tracks in Queensland that we’ve done, with a heap of information on each:
There’s a few 4WD tracks that you can do at the beautiful Elim Beach, north of Cooktown. We only had time to drive out to the Coloured Sands, which are an easy beach drive not too far from Elim Beach. You can walk this if you prefer, and then hike into the Coloured Sands themselves, which are astounding.
The Daintree region was a bucket list item for us, and the Bloomfield Track is the perfect way to experience it. Whilst this is not a difficult 4WD track, its steep in both directions, beautiful and has some sensational places to stop and soak it all in.
If you make it to the top of Cape York, a good day trip is to head out to Mutee Head, the turtle breeding area, WW2 radar and then the Jardine River Mouth. None of this is overly difficult 4WDing, but the scenery makes it worth a drive.
Perhaps one of the most iconic 4WD locations in the country, getting to the tip of Cape York is hugely popular, and for good reason. We spent a number of weeks getting here, and have a very detailed post covering everything you need to know.
The Old Telegraph Track is the most popular substantial 4WD track in Cape York, and comes with significant risk even with modified vehicles and suitable drivers. It is however, the ultimate adventure.
If you’re keen on a short, but fun adventure through the rainforest and past a truly amazing fig tree, the Clohesy River Road and Fig Tree are completely and utterly worth a visit, not far from Mareeba.
Not far inland from Mossman is a beautiful National Park that hardly anyone seems to know anything about. Mt Lewis Road will take you up the mountain, and whilst its not overly difficult it is scenic beyond words, and we had an amazing few hours exploring the area.
Queensland has some iconic 4WD tracks, and none more than the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains. There’s everything from mild to wild here, with great views to back it up
If you’re heading to Cape York, you absolutely must stop in at Fruit Bat Falls and Elliot Falls. The latter requires a 4WD and a bit of experience to get you there, but the short drive off the Peninsula Development Road is well and truly worth it.
Lake Tinaroo completely and utterly blew my mind, and we had a ball exploring the area around the Lake. There’s a couple of 4WD tracks that are a whole lot of fun; Mount Edith, and Gillies Lookout. These are both easy enough to get to, but you need some decent all terrain tyres, a bit of clearance and skill, and a sense of adventure!
Queensland has some amazing waterfalls, and Blencoe Falls is up there with the best that we saw. A good part of the reason for this was the epic 4WD track that takes you there, up the range on Kirrama Range Road. We did it after some rain, and it was truly unbelievable, with insane views and scenery.
After a good couple of nights at the Pinnacle Hotel, we headed out for the day to do the Captains Crossing Track and explore some of the 4WD Tracks in the Mia Mia State Forest. This is a beautiful part of the world, and well worth a look.
One of our favourite campgrounds in Queensland so far is The Diggings, and the drive in is a heap of fun. There’s 3 ways that you can drive in, and all require a 4WD. There’s a nice creek crossing in the middle of the campground, and its just an incredible place to be.
If you’re chasing insane coastline, great 4WD and a place you can camp at, you won’t go past Cape Palmerston National Park. It’s truly unbelievable
One of the most scenic, short 4WD tracks that we’ve ever done is the Condamine River Road. This is breath-taking, and easy as long as the water isn’t too high.