Getting the kids out of the house and away from technology can be hard. But perhaps a ride on the wild side might spark their imagination? Spring is the perfect time to escape the city and adventure off the beaten track onto some of Australia’s best off-road adventures. Australia is home to wondrous beaches, rocky ranges, rainforests and deserts as long as the eye can see. Set the scene and take your kids on the trip of a lifetime. Here are some of the best 4WD destinations across Queensland that will have your kids bursting to get out of the house.
1. Tangalooma Island Resort
Looking for a place to go 4WDing without your own car? Experience a thrill like no other as you take to white sandy beaches alongside the crystal blue coastline of Moreton Island. Choose from two bespoke 4WD safari tours exploring north to take in the picturesque views at Cape Morton Light house, Champagne Pools and Honeymoon Bay or south to witness the raw and rugged coastline along the expansive Eastern beaches. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, hire your own 4WD and create your own ultimate island adventure exploring the untouched National park of Moreton Island at your own pace. Only a short 75-minute ferry from Brisbane, both tours offer endless excitement and ‘wow’ moments for the whole family. Check out all the experiences you can have with the family, here: http://www.tangalooma.com/
2. Fraser Island
Fill up your 4WD and get ready for some sand-tastic adventures on the largest sand island on the planet! Cruise along the beach, swim in the fresh waters of Lake McKenzie, climb the impressive dunes at Lake Wabby. There’s plenty to keep the family entertained and the 4WD fun happening, without spending hours in the car. You can camp on the island, or stay in one of the resorts. Visit https://visitfraserisland.com.au
3. Rainbow Beach
Located north of the Sunshine Coast, Rainbow Beach is a must for any 4WD enthusiast! If you’re after a naturally refreshing 4WD adventure, Rainbow Beach offers spectacular views out to sea, and plenty of areas to explore with the family. Turn the wheel and visit the scenic hills of Carlo Sand Blow. There you’ll enjoy views of Double Point Island and Tin Can Bay. If your kids are more after an animal-spotting adventure continue heading up the sandy highway to Double Island Point Lighthouse where you can view a myriad of marine life, particularly turtles! To find out all the information you may need, visit http://rainbowbeachinfo.com.au/
4. Bribie Island
Take on an impressive feat, brimming with adventure at Bribie Island. Home to a protected stretch of little beach nooks, the island has a variety of areas you can take your 4WD and stop for the day with the family. Head to the east side of the island for popular 4WD areas such as Woorim to start your journey along the shoreline. If the family dog wants to come along for the trip, there are off leash areas they can explore as well. It may all be fun and games but remember to be mindful of the tides so you don’t get caught among the tree line as it rises. Find out more about visiting Bribie Island, here: www.visitbribieisland.com.au
5. Landcruiser National Park
Boasting 200 km of tracks, Landcruiser Mountain Park is a 10,000-acre Wilderness Camping and 4WD park located less than two hours from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. There’s plenty for the thrillseekers – with craggy terrain, river crossings, and spectacular scenery. Don’t have a 4WD? Oz Buggy Tours now offers a two-hour 4WD experience, for any licensed driver in one of their buggies. The tour is a two-hour experience, complete with a safety induction for the automatic buggies with power steering. Participants can drive alone, nominate two drivers, carry up to four passengers over the age of ten, or take the whole family out in the six-person buggy.