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Tour, 4WD, Camping & Fishing Near Brisbane

Tour, 4WD, Camping & Fishing Near Brisbane

Camp Spots April 4, 2017

4WD, Camping, Fishing Near Brisbane

4WD, Camping, Fishing Near Brisbane how does this sound?  Adventure is taking a leap into the unknown. If you’re new to 4WDriving or just want a great day trip or dirty weekend away then our selection of 4wd spots are for you


There are so many more spots in south east QLD that lets you do everything from camping to fishing while exploring new and wonderful places.

Buckle up and hang on and enjoy some of our favorite dirty 4wd destinations.

  1. Duck Creek Road (Lamington National Park)
  2. North Stradbroke Island
  3. Mount Mee D’Aguilar National Park
  4. Moreton Island
  5. Condamine River Track
  6. Landcruiser Mountain Park(Bonus Track)

Here Goes Each One of the 4wd tracks near Brisbane in Detail:

1. Duck Creek Road (Lamington National Park)

Distance from Brisbane: 69 km

Trek Distance: 36 km

Skill level: Easy (Heavy rainfall can be difficult to possibly impassable)

This moderately easy trek is a family-friendly day drive. The start is only an hour’s drive south of Brisbane and heads into Lamington National Park. From cascading waterfalls to tropical rain forests, as well as caves and creeks, this park has heaps to offer those with an itch to get out and explore.

Start your track by heading to Beaudesert, at the intersection of Brisbane, Telemon, and William streets. Zero your tripmeter and get any last minute supplies and petrol from town, then head out by going south on Brisbane Street. Brisbane Street turns into Kerry Road. After 20.2 km, you will see the start of Duck Creek Road on your left. Duck Creek Road is a 15.8 km off-road trek that winds through beautiful forests until ending at Lamington National Park Road.

You are now in the Green Mountains section of Lamington National Park. Take a right to head to the Lamington Campground, O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and extensive walking tracks. Follow the link for a map of Section. The road that heads left from Duck Creek Road is 4 km from Kamarun Lookout and 28.5 km from the town of Canungra.

Lamington National Park has campgrounds available for overnight stays in designated areas. If staying overnight, book online before your trip. The 150km of dedicated walking tracks and a trip to Elabana Falls are recommended. Be prepared to see growth forests, wonderful views, and to make great memories.

2. North Stradbroke Island

Distance from Brisbane: 50 minute drive & 45 minute ferry ride

Skill level: Treks of varying skill levels across the Island.

This popular destination is one of the three famous sand dune islands off the coast of Queensland. North Stradbroke is a favorite Aussie destination, because it has great beach fishing, camping and four-wheel driving all set against a magnificent backdrop. From views of migrating whales on the headlands to lush forests and endless powdery beaches, North Stradbroke is a total stunner.

The island can be reached by driving your 4WD onto a Stradbroke Ferry from Cleveland. Cleveland is a quiet bay-side city that’s 50 minutes from Brisbane. Remember to purchase a Vehicle Access Permit before you do any four-wheel driving on Stradbroke.

Flinders Beach and Main Beach are the best spots for beach driving. Good fishing spots can also be found along both, which is great for anglers who wish to wet the lines and try some beach fishing. Camping locations are scattered around the island. If school holidays are on, be sure to book in advance because they do sell out.

If you’re looking for some remote beach camping, be prepared to go without amenities, fires, or toilets. The upside is a rare opportunity to camp where it is truly remote, quiet, and peaceful. You will be rocked to sleep by the sounds of crashing waves on the Main Beach. Camping and permits of the Minjerrabah recreation area is managed by Straddie Camping.

3. Mount Mee D’Aguilar National Park

Distance from Brisbane:  57 km (if entering from Laceys Creek)

Trek Distance: 59.7 (If starting at Laceys Creek, heading to Somerset Lookout and ending at Archer camping area)

Skill level: Easy – if you stick to the main 4WD tracks and conditions are dry. There are smaller off road treks that are moderate to difficult

Boiling Billy’s 4WD guide, ‘4WD Treks Close to Brisbane’, says D’Aguilar National Park is “one of the best bush four-wheel drives close to Brisbane.” This trek is close enough to the city to be a day trip, but is well worth staying for the weekend. The park’s Forest Drives are easy when dry and will take you to waterfalls, pools, gorges, rain forests, historical landmarks, and spectacular views.

The park starts behind Mount Cootha, with the closest sections of the park only 13 km from the Brisbane CBD. The park is divided in two: South D’Aguilar and Mount Mee. Mount Mee is where the four-wheel driving treks can be found, and is an hour’s drive from Brisbane. Vehicles are allowed on all forest drives of Mount Mee, unless signage says otherwise. Fortunately, vehicle permits are not required.

Use a map and the Department of National Parks, Sports and Racing driving guide of D’Aguilar National Park to plan your route. A trek that is recommended is heading to Dayboro via (45 min from Brisbane) and entering D’Aguilar National Park through Laceys Creek Road and exiting the track through Rasmussen Road at the Archer camping area.

If there has been heavy rain, double check to see if roads are closed by looking up park alerts. This will inform you of up-to-date information about park access, closures and road conditions. For more information about the D’Aguilar Range, take a look at this Park Guide.

With fun driving tracks for all skill sets, camping, beautiful scenery, and lots of fun activities, Mount Mee D’Aguilar National Park is an ideal place to go and explore for the day or the weekend.

4. Moreton Island

Distance from Brisbane: 40 km

Trek Distance: 38 km

Skill level: Tracks of varying levels across the island

 The exposed side of Moreton Island spans 38 km from North to South and is a haven of 4WD only tacks. Located approximately 40 km from Brisbane, the island is great for a wide range of day trips, family excursions or adrenaline-filled adventures. Getting to Moreton Island with your 4WD is as simple as driving onto a ferry such as the MICAT, that is located about a 20 minute drive from Brisbane.

Once aboard, many 4WD drivers find it helpful to lower their tyre pressure to suit the conditions expected on the island.

Moreton is entirely made up of sand and is particularly well known for its bare sand areas. If you are keen on camping, plenty of sites are located on the beach and have water views and shade. Ranging from surf beach to calm water, there is an ideal camping spot no matter what your needs are!

Moreton Island, originally called Moorgumpin meaning the “place of sand hills,” is the Indigenous name for this island. The island itself is 95% National Park and holds a rich history of cultural heritage, beautiful scenery and a variety ofwildlife. Whether you are watching the whales pass by, heading out to soak in the natural tea tree oil in the Blue Lagoon or taking a dive to look at a sunken ship, there is much to choose from when exploring this diverse area!

As this island is 4WD only, it is important to consider bringing along a few safety and vehicle supplies such as a shovel, a tow rope and a tyre compressor.

5. Condamine River Track

Distance from Brisbane: 85.7 km to Boonah

Trek Distance: 85 km (approx.)

Skill level: Medium

Looking to step up your game and challenge yourself with some river crossings? This track is well loved by four-wheel drivers, because it follows an old bullock wagon track that crosses the Condamine River 14 times! This track will take you through rain forest and valleys to plenty of swimming holes, grassy picnic spots and waterfalls.

The most famous spot along the track is Queen Mary Falls. To see water plummeting 400 meters from a cliff is well worth the 2 km long walk. Daggs Falls, Dolly on the Rock and Paddy’s Knob are all also worth a stop and gander.

The track runs from Boonah to Killarney and can be started from either end. Much of the track is bordered by private property and without amenities or camping nearby. Camping can be found at Queen Mary Falls and Koreelah Creek (a few kilometers off the track).

Directions from Boonah:

Heading south on Boonah-Rathdowney Rd. Then:

3.4 km Turn Right on Mount Alford Rd
13.4 km turn left on Dwyers Rd
21.2 km Turn Right on Carneys Creek Rd
28.2 km Turn Right on The Head Rd
46.4 km Turn Right on Condamine River Rd.

Be aware of rain in the forecast before you head to the track. If it’s raining, the track is be closed. Along with heavy rain comes the potential for rapidly rising water levels. The Condamine River can go from almost four inches of water to well over the bonnet of a 4WD.

With plenty of river crossings and spectacular scenery, the Condamine “14 Rivers Run” is worth a visit.

6. Landcruiser Mountain Park

Distance from Brisbane: 158 km

Trek Distance: 200 km total

Skill level: Easy to Difficult

Landcruiser Mountain Park (LMP) is a 10,000 acre wilderness designed for camping and 4WD off-road enthusiasts. Conveniently located near Jimna, Queensland, the park is suitable for both amateurs and professionals four-wheel drivers. LMP has over 200 km of 4WD specifically-designed trails, from water crossings to deep gullies.

The park is a working cattle property and Queensland’s first private wilderness park for those who love 4WDing and bush camping. Visitors are allowed to camp anywhere on the property. With plenty of quiet, shaded and grassy areas to camp, it is rated one of the top ten camping areas of Southeast Queensland!

Although privately owned, the park should be viewed as a wilderness area. Camping facilities are simple and basic. Whenever you go off-roading, be sure to bring along basic safety supplies, such as a first aid kit, shovel and tow rope.

With the park’s rural wilderness comes an abundance of “wildlife along with freshwater fishing, swimming, bush walking, mountain climbing, bird watching and picturesque scenery”. With exceptionally fun driving tracks and awesome camping, LPM is an off-roader’s dream location.

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  1. Jade April 7, 2017

    Exactly what we needed to get out and moving

    1. David April 7, 2017

      Glad you enjoyed our article 🙂

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