With large areas of Victoria designated as public land, including areas along the coast, in the mountains, through dense forests and outback plains, there is sure to be somewhere suitable for four wheel driving nearby.
Four wheel driving tracks can be found within certain areas of some national and state parks, catering for both novice and experienced drivers. These tracks cover a diverse range of terrain including rock, sand, clay, mud and river crossings. Suitable parks are listed below.
|Park||Nearby cities and towns|
|Alpine National Park||Benambra, Bonang, Bright, Cheshunt, Dargo, Dartmouth, Dinner Plain, Falls Creek, Gelantipy, Harrietville, Licola, Mansfield, Merrijig, Mitta Mitta, Mount Beauty, Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Omeo, Whitfield|
|Black Range State Park||Balmoral, Cavendish, Horsham|
|Budj Bim National Park||Heywood, Macarthur|
|Bunyip State Park||Bunyip, Garfield, Gembrook, Nar Nar Goon, Powelltown, Tonimbuk, Tynong, Yarra Junction|
|Burrowa-Pine Mountain National Park||Corryong, Cudgewa, Tintaldra, Walwa|
|Coopracambra National Park||Cann River, Genoa|
|Croajingolong National Park||Bemm River, Cann River, Genoa, Mallacoota|
|Errinundra National Park||Bonang, Cann River|
|Grampians National Park||Ararat, Cavendish, Dunkeld, Halls Gap, Hamilton, Horsham, Moyston, Pomonal, Stawell|
|Great Otway National Park||Aireys Inlet, Anglesea, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway, Colac, Forrest, Lavers Hill, Lorne, Princetown, Wye River|
|Hattah-Kulkyne National Park||Mildura, Ouyen, Robinvale|
|Lerderderg State Park||Bacchus Marsh, Blackwood, Gisborne, Melton, Trentham|
|Little Desert National Park||Dimboola, Goroke, Horsham, Kaniva, Natimuk, Nhill|
|Moondarra State Park||Erica, Moe, Yallourn North|
|Mount Arapiles-Tooan State Park||Natimuk|
|Murray-Sunset National Park||Meringur, Mildura, Murrayville, Ouyen, Underbool|
|Snowy River National Park||Bonang, Buchan, Gelantipy, Orbost|
|Wyperfeld National Park||Hopetoun, Ouyen, Patchewollock, Rainbow, Underbool, Walpeup, Yaapeet, Yanac|
Discover seven of Victoria's best four wheel driving tracks at Victoria's Iconic 4WD Adventures. The routes covered are:
During winter, some tracks throughout the state are closed to prevent damage due to wet conditions. It is always advisable to check whether tracks are open before planning a trip by contacting Parks Victoria. It's also advisable to carry recovery gear, especially in remote locations and on sandy or wet tracks, and to obtain a detailed map of the area to which you are planning to travel.
A four wheel drive track classification system has been developed jointly by government departments and four wheel drive groups. It is a four-level, colour-coded system alerting drivers to the degree of difficulty that can be expected on individual tracks, thus allowing the driver to decide whether they are equipped to tackle the track before setting out on it. View the 4WD Recreational Track Classification guide.
If you don't own a four wheel drive vehicle, or if you're not confident about travelling on your own, it is still possible to enjoy some of Victoria's off-road tracks by going on a guided tour. Personalised passenger tours and tag-along tours (where you take your own vehicle but travel with a group) are available.
Offering personalised tours of the high country where you can undertake four wheel drive touring, visit remote and historic areas, view Australia's unique wildlife, flora and fauna up close, go fishing, bushwalking or horseriding. Based on a scenic property near Mansfield and Merrijig.www.bushexperiences.com.au
Our local knowledge and passion allows us to create unique as well as distinctive nature based adventure experiences from our base at Halls Gap in the Grampians National Park. Choose from bushwalking, night walks, rock climbing, abseiling and 4WD tours.www.grampianstours.com
Experience a bespoke 4x4 adventure either in their vehicle or take a tagalong tour in your own vehicle at Anglesea Heath, Great Otway National Park or Otway Forest Park. See spectacular scenery including rainforests, gullies, swamps and waterfalls.www.greatoceanroadtagalongtours.com.au