As the weather heats up and the sun gets into swing on our side of the equator, it’s clear that the time is ripe for adventure and escape. In celebration of summer and all things outdoors, we’ve put together a list of our favourite islands for 4WD sand driving. Has your top island made the list?
Fraser Island is an iconic favourite with the 4WD community and it’s easy to see why. It’s the largest sand island in the world and a Mecca for 4WDers: according to some, you need a 4WD just to get off the barge. Jokes aside, you will need common sense and preparation as plenty of unwary or inexperienced tourists have been caught by the tide or bogged in the soft sand.
The less well-known of Queensland’s 4WDable islands, North Stradbroke Island is just off the coast of Brisbane and is easily accessible at a mere 45-minute ferry ride out of Cleveland. Families will enjoy the netted-off waters on the west side of the island, while campers craving the quiet will love pristine Main Beach. Check out the Keyholes for a safe, calm dip and tackle the Tripod Track if you’ve had enough of the beach.
If you can’t decide between bush and beach, why not have both? Bribie Island is connected to the mainland by a road bridge over Pumicestone Passage and has terrific fishing and historical WWII relics if the challenge of sandy tracks isn’t enough to lure you. Pack a picnic to enjoy at Lighthouse Reach, a peaceful spot overlooking the scenic Glasshouse Mountains.
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Okay, so this Wedge Island that we’re referring to is the coastal settlement near Lancelin, WA but there’s no way we could leave it off. Any adventurous spirit will love this quirky community! There are no facilities or accommodation, but there’s plenty of 4WD challenges, snorkelling and sand boarding to be had.
If you’re still in doubt, here’s what the guys at 4WD Action have to say: “There are many 4WD tracks around this area of the coast, and the more exploring you do, the more you will find, and the more times you will get bogged, the more fun you will have!”
If you’re the sort that likes serious wilderness when you head out for a holiday, it’s hard to beat Tassie’s western coast. The Balfour Track is probably the island’s most famous trail and is suitably challenging even with lots of waterholes along the way. If you want something more sedate, the east coast has plenty of easy-access, scenic spots. Whichever side of the Apple Isle you prefer, one thing’s for sure – it’ll be really cold in winter, so summer is the best time to visit.
So that's it! Our Top 5 Islands for 4WD sand driving. Remember to adjust the pressures in your 4x4 tyres before you set out on the sand. You will find a handy pressure guide here.
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