There’s more Melbourne 4WD tracks to explore than you could do in months on the road, and on our Big Lap of Australia we were able to find, and do a huge number of them. We’ve listed them below, with links going to posts with more information along with plenty of photos.
There’s an incredible number of 4WD tracks around Anglesea, and we based ourselves at Hammonds Road North for a few nights to explore the area. These range from basic gravel roads to fairly gnarly 4WD tracks, and its incredible country to explore.
The Great Ocean Road has a huge reputation, and gets driven by thousands of tourists every year. However, almost all of them miss out on amazing opportunities just nearby, like the Jamieson Track.
This 4WD track leaves from Jamieson Campground, which is one of the most amazing camp sites on the Great Ocean Road.
Not long after you leave the camp site it heads up a fairly steep incline with ruts and a few holes, completely obliterating the possibility of doing it in a 2WD vehicle, and you have a great view from the top, before it joins in with a massive array of other tracks.
We spent a good couple of hours driving around this area enjoying the amazing scenery and views, before coming down and popping out right at the Great Ocean Road sign. If you get an opportunity to do the Jamieson Track, its well worth the effort.
If you are chasing a fairly easy, but very picturesque 4WD track close to Melbourne, you can head out to the Brisbane Ranges, and take a drive through a number of tracks.
We camped a night here, before dragging our Hybrid Caravan with us through the rest of the ranges (which became more and more beautiful the further we went), and thoroughly enjoyed it.
This part of the world doesn’t require huge tyres, lift kits or lockers, but is steep, occasionally slippery and a magic part of the world.
If you want to put your big lifts, tyres and lockers to use, Cobaw State Forest is the place to go. We spent a night camped here too, and explored a lot of 4WD tracks.
Some were well beyond the capabilities of our Isuzu Dmax (especially with a family on board, and no spotters!), and others were well and truly enough to make me wonder if we’d need the winch or not.
We didn’t do any damage, but found a huge array of easy, medium, difficult and insane 4WD tracks that would suit all types of vehicles and driver experiences.
If you want enough 4WD tracks to keep you busy for days and days, head out towards the Blackwood and Lerderderg area. Many of these 4WD tracks are difficult, requiring careful wheel placement and having a locker is certainly advantageous.
We spent a couple of amazing nights at Amblers Crossing, and found more 4WD tracks than we could poke a stick at. The number of trees down, and mud or water still around in summer in the Blackwood area was quite staggering, and made for some interesting challenges.
If you’re chasing free camping in Victoria, you can’t go wrong with the Big River State Forest. There’s a heap of 4WD tracks here too, some of which take you right into the Victorian High Country including Mount Terrible.
One of the more well known 4WD tracks in the Victorian High Country is to the top of Mount Terrible, and the views here make it completely and utterly worth the drive. We headed up Moonlight Spur and Mt Terrible track, and back down the other side, and had an absolute ball.
You can continue from here across towards Woods Point, with a heap of time required to get it all done.
Some of the history in the Victorian High Country is absolutely mind blowing, and Walhalla is a very well known historic town, with scenery that is up there with the best that we’ve seen. We had an absolute ball exploring 4WD tracks around Coopers Creek, Bruntons Bridge, into Walhalla and then back around.
We arrived in Walhalla down the Telecom Track, banging and clanging our way down a steep, offset and fairly nasty 4WD track. Our point of arrival just happened to be the gold mine tour (which is great) car park, and we got some awfully strange looks from different tourists who were there!
If you’re heading to Licola, there’s some fantastic 4WD tracks in the area, with Mt Margaret being one of the more well known tracks. This starts (or ends), not far from Licola, and takes an immediate, steep drive up for what seems like forever.
This is a difficult 4WD track, which requires some quality tyres, a bit of clearance and a locker or two is greatly appreciated. There’s a lot of loose, slippery rock to navigate, but we stopped at a place looking out over the Licola Free Camping options, and I was absolutely speechless.
This part of the world is nothing short of magnificent, and seeing it from the top of a mountain with a 4WD track running right through is a memory I won’t forget any time soon. We didn’t do the entire 4WD track, but its supposed to be amazing.
If you want to get to Jamieson from Licola without driving a million kilometres around either way, you can take the Jamieson Licola road, which is currently modified due to a landslide on the main road that hasn’t been repaired yet.
I’d only classify this track as 4WD only because of how rough it is. You don’t need massive amounts of clearance, but its obscenely rough in sections and we were well and truly glad of getting off it when we finally arrived at Granny Flats Campground.
It took us something like 3 hours to do 70km, which explains the condition you’ll experience.
Perhaps the most well known attraction in the Victorian High Country is Craigs Hut, a beautiful part of the world that has insane views. This was rebuilt (like many of the huts in the High Country), but is visited by a lot of people every year.
The first part of the drive to Craigs Hut is really easy, with nothing more than some decent tyres, and lowered pressures needed. The 4WD section starts a few kilometres from the hut, and whilst we did it at a time when it was really easy, I can see it would get chopped up very quickly with a bit of traffic.
If you’re driving up to Craigs Hut, take the tiny detour to do Razorback Hut. It’s really easy to get to, and another incredible hut. This was in use with a horse touring company when we arrived, but it was still pretty magic to walk around and check it all out, and it doesn’t require any serious 4WD tracks.
There’s a few little holes with water in them, but you’d get a stock 4WD in here without any real issue.
One of the more enjoyable 4WD tracks near Melbourne that we did was to see Bluffs and Lovicks hut. We headed out from our camp site at Frys Flat for the day, and had a great time.
The weather at these two huts can be insanely cold, and we picked a day where the clouds were in really thick, meaning we couldn’t see too much off the track at all.
This 4WD track requires some decent tyres and sensible driving, but isn’t overly difficult. Both huts are nothing short of fantastic, and we’d highly recommend doing the drive.
There are literally hundreds of 4WD tracks in the Victorian High Country, and after a couple of days enjoying Frys Flat, we headed out again to find more.
We ended up doing a good mix of tracks that were easy, moderate and quite challenging before checking out Running Creek and then going back to camp.
There’s some magic country here, and if you have the time we’d really recommend a good look around.
The 4WD tracks around Melbourne are epic
Coming from Perth, I had absolutely no idea of what to expect when we rolled into the Melbourne area in terms of 4WD tracks.
The Victorian High Country is up there with the best places we’ve ever been to in Australia (for camping, 4WDing and adventure), and if you are in the Melbourne region you’re doing yourself a disservice by not checking out some of these amazing 4WD Tracks.
Of course, as we explore more tracks (we didn’t finish Victoria before we had to head to NSW and QLD), they’ll be added here, and you’ll find an even more comprehensive list of places to take your 4WD out near Melbourne.
Of course, please respect the tracks and areas, and leave them in pristine condition. They’re too good to ruin.