You truly are spoilt for choice if you’re after the soft crunch of sand under your tyres!
We’ve compiled a list of some of Australia’s best beach drives, with varying levels of difficulty.
Before setting off, make sure you have any required permits and understand what restrictions (if any) may apply at the time. Be cautious when driving, remembering that normal road rules apply, and the police are regularly on the lookout for speeding or drink driving. Keep your eye out for children playing on the beach or near the water, and don’t drive between a fisherman and the water!
Always check tide charts (readily available from fishing shops and servos) before you travel and avoid driving on the beach two hours either side of high tide.
Keep to the hard sand below the high tide mark only as turtles and birds nest in dunes above the high tide mark and are easily crushed under the vehicle’s weight. Respecting the environment will help ensure that our beaches remain open to 4WDs for future generations to enjoy!
75 Mile Beach Road, Fraser Island, QLD
75 Mile Beach Road is a sand highway that runs the length of Fraser Island, ever popular with four-wheel drives as its one of the best coastal drives in the world!
From Indian Heads to the Maheno Shipwreck, to the Champagne Pools and Eli Creek, its full of iconic places to visit along the way! The road is open to traffic all year and has a smooth surface. The beautiful, clear blue waters will catch your eye, and the track’s sand humps and dips, as well as general sandy conditions, make for great cruising.
Dangerous currents and a large shark population mean that the beach itself is not a safe place to swim. Keep a watchful eye on the tide and don’t drive on the beach at high tide or for two hours either side of it. Keep an eye out for small streams, hidden bumps, dips, washouts, dingoes wandering along the shoreline, birdlife resting on the shore, and any light aircraft that may land! 75 Mile Beach Road is also a landing strip for light aircraft!
Cable Beach, Broome WA
22km of dazzling white, sandy beach that’s most famous for sunset camel rides, Cable Beach is also a 4WD enthusiast’s dream beach drive!
Restrictions apply during turtle nesting season between October and February.
Robe Beach, SA
A jewel in the crown of South Australia’s Limestone Coast, Robe Beach is a favourite with 4WDers.
The beach run between the historic ports of Robe and Beachport is renowned for its powder-soft sand, sharp rocks, steep dunes and tricky beach exits. It’s easy to lose the track, so grab a track brochure and fuel up at Robe before heading off.
Moreton Island, QLD
After a short 75-minute ferry trip from the Port of Brisbane, you’ll roll off the ferry and onto the world’s third largest sand island, Moreton Island!
Explore shipwrecks, war relics and freshwater lakes between some of Queensland’s best beach drives. Moreton Island is divided into five main camp zones. 420 kilometres of pure bliss. Be cautious of the tides! Traveling at low tide is ideal; avoid stopping in creek beds and travelling during high tide! Permits are required, and standard traffic laws apply!
Sandy Cape, TAS
The 12km Greenes Creek to Sandy Cape track on Tasmania’s west coast is one for experienced drivers. Travelling in convoy is essential due to the prevalence of quicksand.
Have your recovery gear ready, including a winch, and keep a constant eye on tidal movements.
Great Beach Drive, QLD
Great Beach Drive is a 380km 4WD adventure from Noosa to Hervey Bay, cruising the sandy highways of the Great Sandy National Park and K’gari (Fraser Island).
Rainbow Beach, QLD
Rainbow Beach is situated only a few hours from Brisbane, and from here, you can head up to Noosa on beaches that offer huge sand dunes, great fishing, and swimming.
North Stradbroke (Minjerribah), QLD
North Stradbroke (Minjerribah) is the world’s second largest sand island and driving is permitted along the beach from Amity Point to Point Lookout, and along Blue Lake Beach.
Stockton Beach, NSW
Known for its steep, rolling dunes and soft sand, Stockton Beach is longest beach in NSW, stretching between Newcastle and Port Stephens. Explore shipwrecks, WWII fortifications and Tin City.
Stockton Beach is located in the north of the Hunter River, and is 32km long, from Stockton to Anna bay. Visit many different sites of shipwrecks and aircraft crash sites from World War II.
Enter through the Worimi Conservation Lands in Port Stephens.
The long stretches of the beach allows for endless coastal views, with several different fish to catch, as well as the Bight Sand Dunes in Port Stephens, the Sand Dunes cover over 4,200 hectares, with heights of over 30 Meters with slopes of up to 60 degrees!
You will have hours of endless fun! Sandboarding across the Sand Dunes, swim, snorkel or surf! You can even get a 4WD Tour, with your choice of whatever you please! With some simple preparation, you will have the time of your life.
Once you arrive in Anna Bay, you can visit two great surfing beaches, Birubi Beach and One Mile Beach! Anna Bay is a place the whole family can experience, with the Tomaree National Park in the east – don’t forget your walking shoes, enjoy the perfect panoramic views! There are facilities for a barbecue anyway!
You can’t go wrong with a lifetime experience across Stockton beach to Anna Bay!
If you’re around Perth and like dune driving, the massive, white sand dunes of Lancelin are for you! Enjoy the world-famous dunes with the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean as your backdrop. Watch out for those sand boarding on the dunes also.
Cape Le Grand, WA
The 22km beach drive from Esperance’s Wylie Bay to Cape Le Grand boasts hard-packed, dazzling white sand bordered by beautiful turquoise blue water.
Ocean Beach, TAS
Ocean Beach, near Strahan, is Tasmania’s longest beach with its beautiful and rugged coastline stretching for more the 30kms, although only 15kms of which is accessible to 4WDs.
Fuel-up in nearby Strahan and stay below the high-tide mark as thousands of shearwaters breed here during summer. Beware of quicksand at the Henty River mouth.
Blacksmiths Beach, NSW
Experience soft sand beach driving only two hours north of Sydney, on the stretch between Red Head and Blacksmiths.
Bring your dog and enjoy the fishing!
Eyre Peninsula, SA
Enjoy tackling the ranges of Darke Peake (formerly known as Carappee), with the highest point on the Peninsula, being 489m above sea level! There are many great drives across the Eyre Peninsula, not only Beach tracks!
The Perlubie Beach, a slice of pure bliss which is approximately a 20km drive of Streaky Bay, the beach is full of white sands, and lots of adventures!
Lincoln National Park is a trip down the road from the Perlubie beach. The National Park oversees the Boston Bay with the largest natural harbor in Australia, and jaw-dropping granite headlands, scenic offshore islands and more! Want to hit the tracks?
The Sleaford-Wanna track offers some of the greatest driving experiences across the Eyre Peninsula, which allows some great scenery of massive wind-sculpted sand dunes and rugged cliffs.
Get out of your vehicle and stretch your legs with a walk, swim, canoe, kite surf or even fish!
Googs Track is another great drive to put on your four wheel driving bucket list! A must-see destination on a single vehicle track with 120kmh of red dirt, 40 km north of Ceduna, travel through Yumbarra Conservation Park and Yellabinna Regional Reserve enjoy the 363 east west sand dunes, With its great history, it has many sandhills, as well as rocky outcrops.
Don’t forget a device or camera so you can reshare your magical moment!
So, what are you waiting for? Pack your gear and make tracks!