9 of Australia’s Top Off-Road Destinations

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Australia is a land of endless off-road jewels, from Cape York to the Simpson Desert. Here are nine of them.

1. The Simpson Desert

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Beautiful blue skies and eye-catching orange sunsets above the scorching sands of the Simpson Desert is an image burnt into the hearts and minds of many a traveller. Prepare for unparalleled isolation, steep dunes and a wild, unforgettable adventure.

2. Tasmania’s West Coast

The west coast of Tasmania is renowned for its isolation and untamed wilderness. It provides a challenging, highly memorable off-road experience for adventurous four-wheel drivers. Flowing rivers cut through forests of lichen-swathed giants through to the Southern Ocean. Here, the rugged coastline is at the mercy of the Roaring 40s westerly winds.

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3. Cape York Peninsula, Queensland

Also referred to as “the Tip”, Cape York Peninsula is best adventured in the dry season (May to November). This being said, you should have your snorkel at the ready, as water-crossings are usually the greatest challenge facing drivers in this part of the world. Expect to find immense tropical forests and to immerse yourself in Indigenous culture. Pack your fishing rod and keep an eye out for hungry crocs.

4. The Vic High Country

Don’t let the closeness of Melbourne to this part of Victoria fool you – this is truly some of the most technically-challenging four-wheeling on offer in Australia. The reward is well worth the effort. Lush green forests, stunning views and fascinating pioneering history in the home of the Man from Snowy River.

5. The Flinders Ranges, South Australia

The Flinders Ranges are a geological wonderland, featuring some of the most impressive ancient rock formations on offer in our great continent. There’s also endless off-roading, ranging from easy to extreme in difficulty. Make your way up to the Northern Flinders Ranges at Arkaroola for difficult tracks. Here, you will find the incredible Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary – a stunning place to visit.

6. The Kimberley Region, Western Australia

The Kimberley covers 400,000 square km, encompassing what is believed to be the last pristine area of savanna woodland on earth. The size of California, with one road running through. Regardless, there is absolutely no shortage of off-road potential here. Beautiful waterholes and waterfalls as well as an endless abundance of Australian flora and fauna are all on offer in this surreal part of the world.  

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7. Fraser Island, Queensland

The world-heritage listed Fraser Island is a four-wheel driver’s paradise located off the southern tip of Queensland. With an area of roughly 184,000 hectares, it is the biggest sand island in the world. It is also the only place in the world where tall rainforests grow out of sand dunes at elevations of over 200 metres. Fraser Island is an unforgettable off-road experience that can only be believed if experienced.

8. Uluru, Northern Territory

Although Australia is a country in which the majority of our population lives within 50km of the coast, it goes without saying that our true heart lies in the centre of the nation, especially near that of Uluru. You haven’t truly experienced Australia until you have experienced the burning red sand in every direction.

9.Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Tropical wonderland doesn’t even do this stunning part of the country justice. Characterised by endless wetlands, waterfalls and wildlife, the Kakadu National park is a sight that has to be seen to be believed. It also contains an abundance of Indigenous culture. The perfect trip for any Australian adventure lover.