If you’re looking for great 4WD tracks near the Sunshine Coast, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve outlined our top 5 four-wheel drive tracks with details of what to expect. From nearby islands to inland national parks, there is plenty of variety for beginner and advanced 4-wheel drivers.
It’s a good idea to ensure your 4WD is ready for your trip by getting it serviced by a 4×4 mechanic.
Some of our favourites include Bribie Island, Fraser Island, Landcruiser Mountain Park Jimna, Cooloola National Park and Conondale National Park. Whether you prefer scenic drives along the beach or a more rugged track challenge, we’ve got it all in this article, narrowed down to our top 5 favourite 4WD locations near the Sunshine Coast.
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Top 5 4WD Drive Tracks Near the Sunshine Coast
When driving on 4WD tracks, it’s important to remember to not let the adrenaline rush impact your decisions and judgement. Do not attempt flooded roads, know your limits, respect the environment and remember to take it slow.
1. Bribie Island.
Bribie Island is 80km away from Brisbane and is accessible by car. The island is connected to the mainland via the Bribie Bridge, which you’ll drive over to get to the beautiful island.
Expect pristine white sand, great surfing and spectacular 4WD tracks when heading to Bribie Island. The island has a great supply of 4WD tracks on the beach and some inland to enjoy. Stop by beautiful beaches, creeks and lagoons or drive on the inland tracks to enjoy the stunning scenery Bribie Island has to offer.
2. Fraser Island.
Fraser Island is about a five hour drive from the Sunshine Coast, but is definitely worth the long trip! As the largest island in the world, it comes as no surprise there are plenty of great 4×4 tracks to enjoy. You can drive up the eastern beach, which is a great way to take in how big the island is and most of it is 80km/h.
The drive along the eastern beaches takes you to Eli Creek, where four million litres of fresh water pour into the ocean every hour. Once you reach Eli Creek, head to the boardwalk to view the beautiful water.
After Eli Creek, keep heading north to Maheno Wreck, where you’ll find an 4,500-tonne ocean liner, which has been beached for more than 80 years. Don’t worry, the trip’s not over yet. Keep going to Orchid Beach, where you’ll find saltwater Champagne Pools, which you are encouraged to swim. The rest of Fraser’s coastline is patrolled by sharks and there are often dangerous rips, so if you’re looking for somewhere to swim, this is your best, and safest, bet, especially if you’re not the strongest swimmer.
3. Landcruiser Mountain Park Jimna.
The Landcruiser Mountain Park Jimna is renowned for being one of the Sunshine Coast’s best 4WD tracks. With multiple tracks ranging from moderate to hard levels, there is something for every 4×4 enthusiast.
The park consists of 10,000 acres of land for wilderness camping and 4WD tracks and is less than two hours drive from the Sunshine Coast. With 200 kilometers of specially designed 4WD tracks, there is plenty to experience when visiting the park. Visitors can also enjoy unrestricted camping, but there are official campgrounds with amenities for those who want it.
Visitors have to pay an entrance fee, depending on if they’re visiting for the day or staying overnight. Landcruiser Mountain Park Jimna charges $35 per vehicle for day trips, $60 per vehicle per night and $300 per vehicle staying 5–7 nights (with a $15 fee per night for storing your vehicle at the park office).
4. Cooloola National Park (Great Sandy National Park).
Cooloola National Park, also known as Great Sandy National Park, is about 1.5 – 2 hours from the Sunshine Coast and has a lot to offer. Visitors can enjoy all of the park’s natural features, from freshwater lakes to tall forests.
Cooloola National Park is home to endangered species like the ground parrot and Cooloola acid frog, which is why everything in the park is protected and visitors are asked to not take anything and ensure they keep everything clean.
The park has five main 4×4 tracks including the Cooloola Way 4WD track, Freshwater Road 4WD track, Harrys Hut Road 4WD Track, Poverty Point 4WD track and Kings Bore circuit 4WD track.
5. Conondale National park.
Conondale National Park is a 2 hour drive from the Sunshine Coast, with moderate level 4WD tracks. The large national park also has plenty of bushwalking trails to explore, so make sure to pack plenty of water!
The main 4WD tracks include Sunday Creek Road and Booloumba Creek Road, taking you along the western end of the park. Be prepared to cross over lots of beautiful creeks and drive through tall, forest trees.
If you go to Conondale National Park, ensure you have time to explore Summer Falls, Booloumba Falls, Peters Creek, Artists Cascades, Strangler Cairn and Mt Allan for some spectacular sights.
Before any big trip, don’t forget to book in with your nearest 4×4 mechanic for a complete service.