Feature

The top 3 4WD tracks in the Gladstone region

TOPS: Four-wheel-drive action in Krombit Tops National Park. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer
TOPS: Four-wheel-drive action in Krombit Tops National Park. Photo Luka Kauzlaric / The Observer Luka Kauzlaric

GARRISON Keillor once said intelligence was like a four-wheel-drive. It allows you to go to more remote places.

In Gladstone they are intertwined.

With every second vehicle in town surpassing adult height and bearing 30 inch tyres, it is time to use your vehicle's capability to test your aptitude in the wild.

Forget planning for weeks and seeking three days off work.

The beauty of our region is finding the secret spots, the option to rock hop to your desire and the mere minutes it takes to feel like you're nowhere.

1. Kroombit Tops National Park

GPS coordinates: 24.461526 S 150.863571 E

How to get there: After leaving Calliope continue west towards Biloela until turning left onto Gladstone-Monto Road. Look out for the right turn after approximately 500 metres - the entrance to Kroombit Tops National Park. 

Why it's great: The visually stunning, 45-minute trip west of Calliope is the unrivalled and undisputed gem of Gladstone. The plane wreckage of Beautiful Betsy is an absolute must. Constant changes in landscape, breathtaking views and a WWII Liberator Bomber lying idle in its 50 year old grave, the adventure offered in Kroombit Tops is like no other in Australia. Tracks are suitable for every type of four-wheel-drive and level of off road experience. Rock and moderately steep inclines.

Tips: Ensure petrol tanks are filled at Calliope, the last available stop. Check the department's website before embarking, Conditions are variable during wet weather and tracks may be closed to prevent damage.

Look out for: Leeches, usual rainforest suspects.

2. Lillies Beach

GPS Coordinates: 23.932132 S, 151.347828 E

How to get there: Access to Lillies Beach is gained via Handley Drive, from the Boyne Island Sewage Treatment Plant. 

Why it's great: One of the most popular spots for beach four wheel driving, Lillies remains one of the only sand options available in the greater Gladstone region.

Tips: A four wheel drive permit is required (a $25 pass will grant vehicle access for 12 months) and is well worth the price, taking only 20 minutes from Gladstone central. Deflate your tyres, otherwise you are just asking for trouble. 

Pack a recovery kit: Most drivers are more than happy to help a vehicle in trouble, as long as they don't have to use their own snatch strap. And take a shovel; even the most experienced beach goers get bogged.

Watch out for: The changing tides. Lillies Beach is impassable during high tide.

3. Bulburin National Park

GPS Coordinates: 24.6002778◦S, 151.5291667◦E

How to get there: Travelling south from Gladstone on the Bruce Highway; keep an eye out for your left turn at Blackman's Gap Road. Head right on the Gladstone-Monto Road before reaching Dalga Road, where you will turn right. Follow on to a left turn at Bulburin Forest Road, and be sure to stop at the lookout upon entry to the national park.

Why it's great: Lots of river crossings. Designated 20km 4WD loop. Granite Creek is an idyllic picnic spot to take a midday break, among the highest country of the Gladstone hinterland.

Tips: Take the whole day. A support vehicle is strongly recommended due to isolation. Get a national parks condition report, as wet weather impacts the park quite dramatically. 

Be sure to fill your petrol tanks at Miriam Vale to avoid an unnecessary radio for help.

Experience is recommended when venturing off road, terrain is rugged and challenging for those with moderate experience.

Watch out for: The largest sub-tropical rainforest in central Queensland, Bulburin National Park is paradise for bird watchers. Keep an eye out for carpet snakes and a host of wildlife. 

If you have the time, or are planning a weekend getaway; check out Dawes National Park for four wheel driving opportunities too. Dawes is relatively close in proximity and difficulty.

Topics:  4wd outdoor-living



Foodies' scavenger hunt: are you up for it?

IF YOU want to give your tastebuds the flavour sensations of a lifetime, here is the ultimate foodie’s scavenger hunt through Brisbane.

5 minutes with Israel Folau on footy, life and love

Israel Folau and Silver Fern netballer Maria Tutaia announced their engagement last last year.

WE CAUGHT up with football star and Brisbane ex-pat Israel Folau.

10 reasons to head to South Bank this summer

Head to the only inner-city beach in Australia!

South Bank has a ridiculous amount of fun things to do.

Five mammoth events you need in your life

No Caption

BRISBANE isn’t known for doing things by halves…

How to make your child's every dream come true...

Take a dip at South Bank in the inner-city beach.

‘I DON’T want to do fun things, Mum and Dad’… said no child ever!

How to do Eat Street the right way

Know where to start and where to end to avoid a huge food coma before you get to experience all the goodies!

EVERY Friday and Saturday night, Hamilton comes alive.

You can do WHAT in Brisbane?!

Talk about arriving in style! Take your pub crawl to the next level with a helicopter!

BET you didn't know you could do these things in Brisbane...

Local Partners

Why council workers will be peeking in Gladstone region yards

From January 30, council officers will spend six months visiting houses throughout the region to ensure all dogs are registered, desexed and microchipped.


New Year New Yard

Win $1000 Bunnings Voucher
Learn More

Puppetry of the Penis secrets revealed ahead of show

The famed Puppetry of the Penis is coming to the Sunshine Coast for shows in Noosa and Caloundra.

WARNING: This interview contains adult themes and traces of nuts

Noll meltdown won't affect Gympie Oz Day concert

Shannon Noll

Photo Contributed

Shannon Noll is still expected to perform in Gympie next Thursday

11 huge events coming to Gladstone in the next 6 months

Events coming up in Gladstone in 2017.

Your guide to exciting events coming to the Gladstone region

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Kylie Minogue will take husband's name

Kylie Minogue will take her fiancé Joshua Sasse's surname

Nicole reveals her biggest parenting challenges

Actress Nicole Kidman.

Nicole Kidman says her kids are ‘deeply attuned' to her moods.

Suicide Squad director reveals his regrets about the film

Margot Robbie in a scene from the movie Suicide Squad.

DIRECTOR of superhero flick on what he’d change about ‘flawed’ film.

Meet the new Marco on MasterChef Australia: Yotam Ottolenghi

Israeli-born, London-based chef Yotam Ottolenghi will be a guest chef for a week on the 2017 season of MasterChef Australia.

AFTER Marco’s defection to Seven, MasterChef signs a true food hero.

Stockland's $150m pitch: Build it and they will come

Gladstone Marina. The Gladstone Regional Council offers a range of exciting job opportunities. Photo Contributed: Murray Ware.

Here's why we need to see Stockland upgrade start soon.

By the water's edge

Secure your seachange

Gladstone market's confidence coming back for 2017

Core Logic property statistics reveal the region's median house price dropped 16.7% to $275,000 in the September quarter.

Region's median house price drops 16.7% to $275,000

HOT PROPERTY: Money to spend on land, buildings

File picture.

Sale, leasing of industrial real estate picks up in Mackay

Collapsed Coast company could owe up to $5 million

Staff, ATO, landlords among those out of pocket.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!