AUSTRALIA’S TOP BEACHES FOR 4WDING
Australia is home to some of the best beach driving in the world. We are extremely lucky to have such spectacular coastlines and long stretching white sand beaches on our doorstep. Beaches are always popular destinations for 4WDers, with some of the most popular being Moreton Island, Stockton Beach, Fraser Island and Bribie Island.
Moreton Island is a large sand island located 40km from Brisbane and is 98% National Park. There is more than 40km of beach to drive on and Moreton is easily accessible by barge. There are five camping grounds and five camping zones on the island along with three townships. All of the townships are on the west of the island with Kooringal at the south, Mulwer at the top and Cowan Cowan in the middle. There is loads to see on Moreton Island including the Cape Moreton Lighthouse, Tangalooma Wrecks, Mount Tempest (the biggest sand dune in the world), Blue Lagoon and the famous dolphin visitors.
Stockton Beach is located 30 minutes north of Newcastle, is 32km long and stretches from Stockton to Anna Bay. Stockton is extremely popular with buggies, motorcross bikes and four-wheel-drives. Stockton has enormous dunes which are extremely steep and is littered with a number of shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites. Stockton is also home to the well-known Tin City, 12,000 year old Aboriginal middens, remnants of World War II fortifications and a wealth of birdlife and shellfish.
Fraser Island stretches 123km in length and 22km at the widest point, making it the largest sand island in the world (covering a massive 184,000 hectares). Fraser is home to over 100 freshwater lakes, ancient rainforests and remarkable wetlands. The island is located 3.5 – 4 hours north of Brisbane and is renowned for some of the best fishing in the world. Seventy-five mile beach is an actual highway and is extremely popular in the winter during the tailer season.
Bribie Island is 34km long and 8km at its widest point. Bribie hugs the coastline and tapers to a long spit at its most northern point near Caloundra and is separated from the mainland by Pumicestone Passage. Camping grounds are about 16km up the beach and there are four freshwater lagoons along the beach as you drive up. Bribie is also home to World War II bunkers, which are hard to miss on your drive up the beach. Bribie is a great spot for a day trip or overnight trip and is easily accessible.
It is beach destinations like these that draw thousands of Australians to explore the amazing Australian coastline each year. If you are planning on doing some beach four-wheel-driving and want some driving tips and advice on tyre pressures give us a call on 1300 COOPER to talk to one of our specialists.