We’re always on the lookout for 4WD tracks in Queensland, and have ticked a massive number of them off already. At our latest stay at the Pinnacle Hotel, we discovered that the Mia Mia State Forest, and the Captains Crossing track was just down the road, and decided to stay for another night to head in and have a poke around.
Where is Mia Mia State Forest?
This beautiful state forest is not far from Pinnacle itself, and only about 20 minutes from the Pinnacle Hotel, making it a very quick trip for the day.
What are the 4WD tracks like?
The drive into Captains Crossing is relatively easy, and when we did it I’d classify it as a rough gravel road, with a few little steps, holes and ruts to avoid, but certainly nothing a stock 4WD would have issues with.
Once you get to the bridge though, there are 4WD tracks everywhere, and many of these start to push the friendship a lot more.
Stay on the right side of the bridge
When you drive in, you’ll see some big, obvious signs that have been put up fairly recently, and they relate to entering private property, which has clearly been an issue in the past. Stay on the right side of the bridge, as the other side is private property.
Camping in Mia Mia State Forest
There’s some fantastic camping on the river at Mia Mia State Forest. I’m talking free, river front, quiet spots that are only 4WD accessible. I’d imagine on the weekend that this area could get busier, and noisier, but it’s a magic place to camp, and we would have liked to drag the Reconn R2 in for a few nights.
Does it suit caravans?
I guess you could tow one in, and you’d probably find a place to stay, but its not really suitable, with the tracks being narrow and limited for larger vehicles.
Is it worth a look?
We spent a number of hours at Captains crossing, just relaxing and soaking up the views whilst the kids played. We debated whether it would be worth dragging the Reconn R2 in for a couple of nights, and in the end decided not to. It’s a great spot, but there’s so many other great spots around, and we were happy just heading in for the day.
We didn’t do a massive number of 4WD tracks, but saw a big convoy come in and could hear them for several hours, heading off on the right side of the bridge, and clearly having a hard time getting up and over some obstacles!
If you’re after a great place to camp, and you want more Queensland 4WD tracks you won’t go too wrong here!