Four wheel driving
Victoria's diverse range of national and state parks are highly regarded by four wheel drive enthusiasts for the extensive track network and spectacular scenery.
There are many choices, from short day trips to extended four wheel drive touring experiences, ranging from desert, mountains, rainforest and snow, and catering for all levels of skill and expertise.
In addition to the state and national parks managed by Parks Victoria, there is an extensive network of tracks in state forests managed by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), including Wombat, Toolangi-Black Range, Mount Disappointment, Thompson River and East Gippsland forests.
Here are just a few suggestions:
Meet nature on its own terms in this park that protects the state’s highest mountains and pristine alpine environments. Some of the tracks deep in the park are for experienced four wheel drivers only, but there are many other tracks where you can get away, enjoy beautiful views, and appreciate the quiet wonder of the alps.
The exceptional natural condition, diversity of fauna and flora and high landscape values, creates a distinctive bush atmosphere to be explored and enjoyed. Covering 16,700 hectares of natural bushland, this park contains over 250 kilometres of roads and tracks, many of which cater for beginners and more experienced drivers alike.
One of Australia’s most magnificent parks, Croajingolong features forested foot hills and a stunning coastline. Several tracks lead to remote locations, while others offer touring routes through the park and adjoining state forest.
Majestic mountain ranges, rich Aboriginal history, spectacular wildflower displays and an abundance of easy to medium four wheel drive tracks beckon the enthusiast.
For your own safety and the preservation of our natural landscapes, seasonal road closures apply for some of these locations.
Protecting the bush
- Plan ahead and obtain a detailed map before you set off.
- Drive vehicles only on formed roads and vehicle tracks that are open to the public.
- Stay off tracks that are too wet, or have been recently graded.
- Avoid wheel spin and churning up the track surface.
- Remove fallen trees or limbs from roads; don’t create new tracks by driving around them.
- Cross rivers and streams only where river crossings are clearly marked. Check depths and cross slowly.
- Use a tree protector if winching is required and use wheel chains as a last resort.
The best way to enjoy four wheel driving is by joining one of the many four wheel driving clubs in Victoria. Contact Four Wheel Drive Victoria for more information or visit www.fwdvictoria.org.au