4WD and Off-Road Driving
For rugged driving pleasure, NSW is spectacular. Discover four-wheel-driving trails in UNESCO World Heritage wilderness, the Snowy Mountains and the striking outback. You’ll explore beautiful terrains and you can even take your 4WD onto some sandy beaches, such as Airforce Beach in Evans Heads.
There are great tours, too. Outback tours include Tri State Safaris in Broken Hill. You can learn to surf on a 4WD tour with Bush Surfaris, on the South Coast. Another amazing experience is a 4WD or quad bike tour of the towering Stockton dunes near Newcastle and Port Stephens, on the North Coast.
Combine a 4WD adventure with camping. Simmo’s Offroad Tours will take you on eco-certified 4WD tours to wonderful locations, from colonial goldfields to ancient limestone caves. Or enjoy a 4WD tag-along tour on the historic Eldee Station, on the breathtaking Mundi Mundi Plains, near Silverton.
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. Near Port Macquarie is Hastings Forest Way, in the Willi Willi and the Werrikimbe national parks.
Other 4WD trails in magnificent national parks include:
- Orara Escarpment for waterfalls, near Coffs Harbour
- Lobs Hole Ravine in the Snowy Mountains, near Talbingo
- Wadbilliga Road’s wild country, on the sparkling Sapphire Coast
- Gorge Loop’s outback landscapes, near Tibooburra
Please read these safety tips before your outback adventure. You’ll find many more national parks with tracks suitable for 4WD vehicles, such as Cunnawarra National Park near Armidale, Livingstone National Park near Wagga Wagga, and Woomargama National Park near Holbrook and Albury.
North of Sydney, 4WD vehicles are allowed on the beach in Worimi National Park, a significant place for Aboriginal cultural heritage and home to the Stockton dunes. With a council permit, you can take a 4WD onto sections of Hawks Nest Beach, also known as Bennetts Beach, in pretty Hawks Nest.