11 Must-Drive 4WD Tracks In NSW

Australia’s NSW is a mixed bag of landscapes and terrains: there’s arid desert out west, rainforests near Queensland’s border, long, white stretches of beaches along the coastline and snow-capped mountain peaks to the south. This means great and diverse off-road tracks and trails perfect for both serious and casual 4WD enthusiasts.

We’ve combined a shortlist of our top 11 must-see 4WD tracks in NSW below; let us know what you think in the comments.

1. The Barraba Track

Barraba Track, Mount Kaputar National Park

Barraba Track, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: nationalparks.nsw.gov.au)

Location: Mt Kaputar National Park
Length: 8 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Year-round

A locked 4WD trail situated in northern New South Wales, this is a truly special experience that’ll make you feel like you’re the people on Earth! Only 8 vehicles a week are permitted entry, so you’ll be lucky to see another soul on the trail, and the location is absolutely superb: valleys and cliffs along a wilderness trail that eventually leads to an altiture of 1510m looking out over the incredibly ancient view.

Barraba Track, Mount Kaputar National Park

Barraba Track, Mount Kaputar National Park (Image: woolgoolgaoffroad.blogspot.com.au)

2. The Barrington Trail

Barrington Trail, Barrington Tops National Park

Location: Barrington Tops National Park (3 1/2 hours drive from Sydney)
Length: 15 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: October – May

Only relatively recently has the Barrington Trail been opened for drivers in what was once a foot traffic only area. It has brilliant views out over the mountains, is home to some of the oldest trees in Australia and has many nearby 4WD camp spots available – well worth the overnight stay!

3. Corner Country

Corner Country (Image: outbacknsw.com.au)

Location: Broken Hill To Cameron Corner
Length: 469 KM
Min Drive Time: 2 Days Recommended
When To Drive: Autumn – Spring

If you’re looking to get a true taste of the Aussie outback, look no further: the Corner Country track has you covered. Think wide open plains as far as the eyes can see, little timber outback townsand the Dingo Fence. It’s about as outback as you can get in NSW without hitting the NT. The track starts 1000km out of the west of Sydney and its best avoided in Summer as it’s ridiculously hot from November until the end of February.

4. Lobs Hole Ravine Trail

Lobs Hole Ravine 4WD drive, Kosciuszko National Park

Location: Lobs Hole Ravine Campgrounds, Snowy Mountains
Length: 22 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Year-round

Located in the Snowy Mountains, the Lobs Hole Ravine Trail should seriously be considered for the 4WD enthusiast. It’s a great piece of Australian history – a track in and out that was used for mountain gold miners in the 1800s! You can still see remnants of the past along the track giving you an excellent insight into Australia’s gold mining past (not to mention the mountain site is truly breathtaking)

5. England Track

England Road, Coffs Harbour (Image: YouTube)

Location: Just to the south of Coffs Harbour town centre, access is via Englands Road.
Length: Unknown
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Year-round

Not for the beginner, the England Track is a steep, slippery, difficult track that requires the best gear, huge tyres, recovery kit and all the other trimmings. If you’re up for a challenge and have a steady driving hand, this is for you -and you will be rewarded with amazing, sweeping mountain views.

6. Bridle Track

Bridle Track (Image: prospectingaustralia.com.au)

Location: Hill End NSW (see here)
Length: 47 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Spring to Autumn

The Bridle Track follows the Turon River and is one of the more picturesque tracks in NSW. Named after the route that stockmen used to tread with horses in the 1800s. Unfortunately a collapsed section of the track cut off some of the route at Monaghans Buff, but you can still reach Hill End and see the river (its just not a continuous drive).  There’s camp spots along the way should you want to kick back and enjoy the Valley and River views.

7. Stockton Beach

Tin City, Stockton Beach (Image: Newcastle Herald)

Location: Williamtown to Anna Bay
Length: 53 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Year-round

Arguably the best (if not the most popular) 4WD beach spot in NSW, Stockton Beach is especially epic in Summer when you can head out and take a dip to cool off. Located just north of Newcastle, while on this 4WD track you’ll see dunes of all sizes and going out onto the shore at low tide may spot Tank Traps from WWII and the MV Synga wreck.

 

8. Wombeyan Caves

Wombeyan Caves, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve

Location: Wombeyan Caves Reserve
Length: 83 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Year-round

Wombeyan Caves is a great spot for cave enthusiasts or those just wanting to experience something different. Reopened after repairs made in late 2015, its located around 180km to the South-West of Sydney. Capable to do in a single day trip, or better yet there are overnight accomodation options. There are five caves available to view, including guided tours of Wollondilly, Juntion, Mulwaree, and Kooringa Caves, and a DIY self-guided tour for Fig Tree Cave.

9. Levuka 4WD Park

Levuka 4WD Park (Image: levuka.com.au)

Location: Northern NSW
Length: 50 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Year-round

Camping, 4WDing, bush walking, biking, kayaking… all in one of NSW’s best 4WD parks? Yes, please. You’ll find it all at Levuka Rainforest Recreation Park. Located in Northern NSW, close to the QLD border, its a great family destination. For the avid 4x4 fan however, the off-road tracks vary from easy through to extreme, so there’s something for drivers of all levels.

10. Ados 4WD Course

Location: Near Dubbo
Length: 50 KM
Min Drive Time: 1 Day
When To Drive: Year-round

Located near Dubbo is a gem called Ado’s 4WD course. Situated on a working sheep and cattle property, the course lies in the Warrumbungle mountain range in the Central North of NSW and the winding mountain tracks rate at grade 3 and 4. You can also choose to stay onsite in the shearer’s quarters or head out to the nearby national park for a spot of camping.

11. The Dowling Track

The Dowling Track (Image: hummer4x4offroad.com)

Location: Bourke to Quilpe
Length: 560 KM
Min Drive Time: 3 Day
When To Drive: Spring – Autumn (dry season)

The ultimate outback adventure has to be The Dowling Track. A see all trek that spans from NSW to QLD follows the path of Vincent James Dowling, as he explored this great country throughout the 1860s. There are plenty of spots and towns to check out along the way including Bourke, one of our most famous outback towns, Fords Bridge, a tiny town along the Warrego River and many more.

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