5 Best Beaches for 4WDs in Australia
Australia has plenty of beaches for swimming, surfing, diving, or merely just for beachcombing. Not all local and international tourists, however, love Australia’s coastline just for its watersports. Off-road drivers also enjoy bringing their 4WDs to the beaches and exploring the long sandy highways from their vehicles.
If you’re looking for the best beaches to take a 4WD tour, the following are the most recommended ones, primarily for the scenery, available tracks, and other facilities and things to do in the area.
Fraser Island (Queensland)
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. It is undeveloped, and the only access is via a barge from River Heads south of Hervey Bay. It’s listed as a World Heritage Site because of the island’s nature; being made of sand, it’s constantly changing.
Experienced drivers love to drive their 4WDs down 75 Mile Beach on the eastern part of Fraser Island. Unlike the Western part where the sand is soft and the water is gentle, it’s wild and pounding here, requiring a lot of expertise. Note though that not all 4WDs are allowed on Fraser. Only those that have the necessary clearance from the ground will be given a permit.
Cable Beach (Broome, Western Australia)
Cable Beach, in Broome of Kimberley region, is one of the most beautiful beach driving destinations in Australia. Its 22 kilometer-long white sand beach contrasts quite nicely with the red cliffs and the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean. It is a flat beach, and its gentle waves make it perfect for swimming and beachcombing.
Aside from camping and the watersports, you can also go camel riding or sunset watching along the beach. At the southern end, you will reach Gantheaume Point where you can see dinosaur footprints dating back 130 million years. There is also a lighthouse from where you can spot migrating whales in season.
Visitors who prefer to go au naturel would feel at home in Cable Beach as it is one of the very few driving beaches where clothing is optional.
Ninety Mile Beach (Gippsland Region, Victoria)
The Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria is, as its name says, over 90 miles long of pristine golden sand. It has one of the most natural and unspoiled beaches in Australia, if not the world.
A lot of tourists come to visit this third longest uninterrupted beach in the world on their 4WDs. They can go camping, beachcombing, swimming, fishing, and even whale-watching and dolphin-spotting. There is a national park nearby as well, providing a look at the rich indigenous history of the area.
North Stradbroke Island (Queensland)
Only 30 kilometers from Brisbane, Stradbroke Island is the second largest sand in the world, after Fraser. The kilometers of white sandy beaches and bush tracks on Flinders Beach and Main Beach are perfect for 4WD driving. It must be noted, though, that aside from these two beaches, 4WDs are not allowed in other areas for either the safety of beach users or for the protection of wildlife and their habitat.
Flinders Beach is best for new off-road drivers. There are three beach access points that are easy to spot: Amity Point, Flinders Township, and Adder Rock at Point Lookout. More experienced 4WD drivers can head to Main Beach, which is much longer than Flinders. The beach entry points are more difficult than at Flinders and 4WDs have been seen to get stuck in the area.
Esperance (Goldfields-Esperance Region, Western Australia)
Located in the Goldfields-Esperance region, Esperance has plenty of beaches and 4WD trails for driving enthusiasts. The most popular is the 50km trip from Esperance to Cape Le Grand National Park. It’s an almost unending stretch of sand and clear blue waters of the ocean, with the view of the mountains in the distance. Some areas feature a rocky coastline, making for a more adventurous ride.
Indeed, with its breathtaking scenery and seldom-seen wildlife, driving a 4WD on some of the longest and most beautiful beaches in Australia is certainly one of the most memorable experiences anyone can have.