Best 4WD camping locations
Summer is coming and the heat is knocking on workplaces reminding us we’d all rather be anywhere than work!
Beaudesert Exhaust hears you loud and clear so we’ve put together all the reasons you need to pack up the esky, tent, fishing rod and a few spare tyres this holiday season.
Below are our top 4WD camping locations!
Peach Trees, Jimna State Forest
Where it is: Located in Jimna State Forest, this camping ground is 140km north of Brisbane and 40km North of Kilcoy.
Drive on the wild side of the Jimna State Forest. Close by 4WD tracks will have you roaming across the unsealed roads. The tracks are fire trails with some nice steep sections and river crossings. When you’re not grabbing the assist handles, you can take in some great views. This forest track turns to sludge very quickly so don’t try this on a rainy day. Full amenities and kiosk nearby will keep The Mrs happy.
Where it is: 2013 Inverramsay Road, Goomburra QLD 4362
Get the best of both worlds and visit Goomburra Valley to keep the family happy and your 4WD in action. If you’re travelling with restless kids there’s a light 4WD track for 6 kilometres from Manna Park to Mount Castle Lookout.
For those who plan on pitching a tent and making a proper 4WD holiday out of it, you have to choose the Janowen Hills 4WD Park. Let loose on 1000 acres of hilly terrain and rocky gullies. With over eighty 4WD tracks, ranging from easy to extreme, you will stay occupied for days. Goomburra Valley is approximately 2 hours west from Brisbane through Cunningham’s Gap and about an hours drive south of Toowoomba.
Benarkin State Forest Park
Where it is: About 150 km north-west of Brisbane, the final 16 km to camping areas is via winding gravel roads.
If nature is your thing, take the family or a group of mates to Benarkin State Forest Park for a drive through rainforest, hoop pine plantations and eucalypt forests containing blackbutt, tallowwood, white mahogany, gums and ironbarks to small flats beside the inviting waters of Emu Creek. Your family’s jaws will drop from these 4WD tracks, ranging from 30km to 100km over sharp rocks numerous creek crossings and mountainous terrain.
Benarkin is also known as The Timber Towns with towering pines planted in the 1920s thrive near blue gum and ironbark forests. Just off the D’Aguilar Highway there’s an unsealed 16 kilometre forest drive that will take you to Emu Creek, which is a great spot to stop for lunch or pitch a tent. Benarkin is roughly 150 km or two hours drive north-west of Brisbane.
Where it is: Situated on Moreton Bay.
Cruise across the white sand to your own 4WD adventure by the ocean. Make sure your 4WD is rust-proof, your tyres are at a good pressure for the sand and you have your beach permit before exploring these coastal camping hotspots. Try to spot the World War 2 bunkers and drive up to the northern end of the for the 4WD inland tracks.
Depending on how much you want rough it, you can camp behind the dunes at Ocean beach, pitch a tent in the bushy area of Gallaghers or drive to Poverty Creek (don’t let the name fool you) that is great for groups and big families with large grassy areas, picnic tables, toilets and fireplaces. Take the Bribie Island exit on the Bruce Highway up near Caboolture and drive for around 20 minutes and cross the bridge over the Pumicestone Passage.