Must Do – Camp, Tour, Fish And 4WD Adventures In QLD

1. Conondale National Park

Rating: Easy – may require high clearance

Distance: 78km

Starting Point: Kenilworth

This can be a pretty easy track that circles through Conondale National Park, however if your after more of a challenge there are more difficult 4WD tracks are on further south towards Jimna.

Conondale National Park is part of the mountainous Conondale Range, it is made up of and has creeks and tracks snaking through it.

Camping in Conondale National Park is a stunning place and you are close to Booloumba Creek.

NOTE: A condemned bridge between Peters Creek and Booloumba Creek day use areas means visitors cannot drive the loop track shown above in its entirety at present.

2. Cooloola Recreation Area

Rating: Easy – may require high clearance

Distance: 54km

Starting Point: Tewantin

Driving from Tewantin to Rainbow Beach ventures through the southern section of Great Sandy National Park, the northern section being that of Fraser Island –  you will need a vehicle access permit for Cooloola Recreation Area.

Starting with a barge trip across the Noosa River, the adventure really begins after reaching the beach – remembering to lower your tyre pressures for the drive ahead. What follows is 30km of pristine beach driving, before deviating inland along the Freshwater Road to head to Rainbow Beach.

Camping is available along the initial beach drive at Teewah Beach Camping and Freshwater Campground, while numerous inland walkers camps are available for those attempting the lengthy Cooloola Great Walk.

3. Sundown National Park

Rating: Difficult – requires low range and high ground clearance

Distance: 70km return

Starting point: Ballandean

Red, rocky and remote, Sundown National Park is an explorer’s dream, and one of the most difficult 4WD trips near Brisbane.

The first big attraction comes in the form of Red Rock Gorge, which is also the first of Sundown’s three camping grounds. A 200m walk from the camping area, the Red Rock Gorge lookout offers a perfect vantage point to take in this stunning sight.

The two other campgrounds in Sundown National Park are on the Severn River, which over time has formed the river flats, gorges and waterholes within the park. Both Red Rock Gorge and Reedy Waterhole have pit toilets, while the furthest campground from the park’s entrance, Burrows Waterhole Camping Area, offers bush camping only.

The Rats Castle track is for serious four-wheel drivers only, with the state of the track taking Sundown’s rugged reputation to a whole new level.

4. Condamine Gorge

Rating: Easy – may require high clearance

Distance: 128km return

Starting point: Boonah

Condamine Gorge Road is famous for the fact that it crosses the Condamine River no less than 14 times, though that point is only part of what makes this a worthwhile trip. The track itself is situated among the rugged mountains of the Great Dividing Range and the Scenic Rim, which means stunning lookouts, flowing waterfalls and beautiful scenery are an intrinsic part of the journey.

The river crossings along Condamine Gorge Road are not overly demanding in normal conditions, though decent rain predictably swells the Condamine to the point where they can easily become impassable. The riverbed is made up of water-smoothed rocks that offer a firm base for a 4WD, while the rocky track undulates through eucalypt forest and densely vegetated gullies that are worth taking your time to enjoy.

Camping is available at the various caravan parks within the area around Killarney: Queen Mary Falls Caravan Park, Boonah Show Society Caravan Park and Killarney View Cabins and Caravan Park, each with a long list of facilities within each park or close by.

5. Moreton Island North

Rating: Average – may require high ground clearance

Starting point: Tangalooma

Distance: 52km

Outside of Tangalooma, Moreton Island is almost totally devoid of bitumen, so getting around the island involves all kinds of sand driving.

There are a handful of major tracks around the northern half of the island outside of the beach runs, which collectively serve as a guide to all the major attractions.

At the northern end of Moreton is the oldest lighthouse in Queensland, while heading south down the eastern beach is the picturesque Blue Lagoon.

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