4WD and Off-Road Driving

From outback off-roading to 4WD beach driving, Regional NSW has an abundance of terrain and trails to explore. Drive through UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, explore the Snowy Mountains and park your 4WD up on one of the many accessible beaches.

Combine a 4WD adventure with camping. You can hire fully kitted out 4WDs with a tent on the roof from Bear Rentals or for a guided trip Simmo’s Offroad Tours will take you on eco-certified 4WD tours to wonderful locations, from colonial goldfields to ancient limestone caves.

Outback Driving

You can enjoy a 4WD tag-along tour on the historic Eldee Station in the breathtaking Mundi Mundi Plains, near Silverton. Or drive through the outback on a Tri State Safaris in Broken Hill. Take the Gorge Loop Road in the Sturt National Park for stunning scenery.

Beach Driving

Explore beautiful terrains and take your 4WD onto some of NSW's beautiful sandy beaches, such as Airforce Beach in Evans Heads. With a council permit, you can take a 4WD onto sections of Hawks Nest Beach, also known as Bennetts Beach, in pretty Hawks Nest.

4WD vehicles are allowed on the beach in Worimi National Park, a significant place for Aboriginal cultural heritage and home to the Stockton dunes. You can also take a quad bike tour of the towering dunes or learn to surf on a 4WD tour with Bush Surfaris, on the South Coast.

Small group enjoying an Aboriginal cultural tour on quad bikes with Sand Dune Adventures, Port Stephens

National Parks

For trails in World Heritage-listed national parks, navigate the Oberon Colong and Howes tracks in the Blue Mountains. The Barrington trail is open between October and May in the Barrington Tops, with a number of camping spots along the trail. Near Port Macquarie is Hastings Forest Way, a 122km return touring route in the Werrikimbe National Park.

Other 4WD trails in magnificent national parks include:

4WD, Sturt National Park

Be prepared on NSW country roads and off-roading

Please read these safety tips before you start your adventure. When taking a trip on country roads or taking your 4WD off-road, be sure to plan your route. Keep in mind distances, the condition of the roads or environment you will be driving in, as well as weather and traffic conditions. Be sure to stop at least every 2 hours for a break, and make sure your vehicle has everything you need for a safe journey.

For off-road journeys, let someone know where you are going and your expected return time, in case you get lost or stuck somewhere. Travelling in groups (at least 2 vehicles) is highly recommended, and be sure to take extra breaks when off-roading, as it requires extra concentration. For more information on road safety please read Transport for NSW's Staying Safe.

4WD and Off-Road Driving in NSW