When we’re not busy installing air conditioning systems in residential homes and commercial buildings, many of our mates love taking their work 4WDs for a spin around Brisbane’s best adventure destinations!
We’ve asked around and here are our top five picks:
1. North Stradbroke Island
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Distance from Brisbane: 50 minute drive and a 45 minute ferry ride
Set against gorgeous white sands, lush forests, and stunning coastal headlands, North Stradbroke Island, or ‘Straddie’ as it is often affectionately called, is the perfect place to go for a laid-back long weekend. The North Island offers great beach fishing, secluded camping spots, and spectacular views of the winter whale migration. For a map of the best 4WD tracks, camping spots, caravan sites, and boat ramps you can visit the Department of National Parks.
2. Lamington National Park
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Distance from Brisbane: 2 hour drive
If waterfalls, ancient trees, abundant wildlife, and tropical rainforests are more your thing, then Lamington National Park is the way to go! There is a fantastic 4WD trek on Duck Creek Road (just south of Beaudesert) and a plethora of expansive walking tracks to keep you busy. Lamington National Park also has a number of beautiful camping spots, a treetop walk with nine suspension bridges, bird-feeding activities, a flying fox (perfect for the kids), glow-worm tour, and more.
3. The Condamine River
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Distance from Brisbane: 2.5 hour drive
Looking to step up your four wheel driving game? Then the Condamine River is the place for you! With 14 river crossings, muddy terrain, waterfalls, and plenty of adventurous activities for the kids, the Condamine track is well-loved by beginners and seasoned pros. Be sure to pack the appropriate recovery gear and check the weather before you go as the river can rise pretty quickly. If you are brand new to four wheel driving, we also recommend travelling with another group of 4x4s to stay safe.
4. Moreton Island
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Distance from Brisbane: 20 minute drive and 75 minute ferry ride
With no roads, gorgeous beaches, glassy lakes, and starry night skies, Moreton Island is a haven for four wheel drivers. Getting to Moreton Island from Brisbane is as simple as hopping on the MICAT ferry. As the island is all sand, you may like to lower your tyre pressure on the ride over. Once you arrive, there are plenty of activities to do, from whale watching to snorkeling around the Tangalooma shipwrecks, and watching the sunset from your campsite.
5. Mount Mee D’Aguilar National Park
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Distance from Brisbane: 60 minute drive
D’Aguilar National Park is the ideal place to go off-road driving. The park begins behind Mount Cootha, with the closest section of the park only 13 km from the Brisbane CBD. The Mount Mee forest tracks will take you past spectacular views, waterfalls, pools, gorges, rainforests, and historical landmarks. You can find a full list of activities to do at Mount Mee by visiting the Department of National Parks.
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