Curtis Island is great for 4wding.
Curtis Island is great for 4wding.

OPINION: More to Curtis Island than the LNG plants

G'day again fellow 4wder's.

Well I guess over the last few years we have all heard a lot about Curtis Island and the LNG projects being built on the island, but maybe some of you don't know that you can 4wd on Curtis Island and Facing Island.

This week I'll be covering 4wding on Curtis Island.

The barge leaves from the marina at least twice daily and costs $120 return to get to Curtis Island with your 4wd and driver, then $30 per passenger.

The trip takes around 45 minute and lands you at the township of Southend on Curtis Island. From where the barge landing is, you'll need to travel around 700m along South End Terrace to where the "Refuse Station" sign is and turn left here onto a dirt road (Seaview Esplanade).

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There are sealed roads around the town of Southend. About a 1km or so travelling along Seaview Esplanade you'll pass the "Refuse station" and keep following this road, it will lead you off into the 4wding tracks of the island and the camping grounds. Most of the tracks on Curtis Island are rated as easy, however, once in the centre of island there are some harder tracks which range from easy to moderate.

Camping permits are required and fees apply.

You must obtain your permit before leaving the mainland. Attach your camping tag to your tent in a visible position after setting up camp.

Be aware open fires are banned on Curtis so bring a gas barbeque.

There are a lot of tracks on the island, however some of these tracks are marked as "Private Property" and "No Entry" so just stick to the main tracks when traversing the island.

The tracks we did ranged from sand, hard clay to shale rocks. As a general rule, if you are about to drive muddy, sandy tracks or on the beach deflate your tyres to 18psi. This gives you a greater tyre footprint and you are less likely to become bogged or stuck.

We spent three days camping and four-wheel driving on the island and found a few days wasn't long enough to enjoy all Curtis Island has to offer. Hope to see you out on the tracks.



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