Caravanning & 4WD Adventures around South East QLD
With such a diverse landscape in Queensland, you don’t have to travel far from home to experience some of the best camping, caravanning and 4WD tracks with your Winjana RV 5th wheeler. From beach drives to ancient rainforests, there are plenty of tracks close to Brisbane perfect for day and weekend trips. You will be surprised by just how much of a great adventure you can have in only 2-3 days exploring some of the truly magnificent locations around South East Queensland.
Photojournalist Danielle Lancaster from Blue Dog Photography has released a guide book ‘4WD Treks Close to Brisbane’ detailing 25 treks around South East Queensland. With her wealth of expertise, the book guides you to the best 4WD and camping destinations in the region and ensures you travel with complete confidence. The book includes concise route maps, detailed route information, things to see and do, and information on campsites/picnic areas.
Here we recommend four of the ‘easy’ 4WD treks from Danielle’s book, which are all accessible with a Winjana RV; however an offroad 5th wheeler would be best to enjoy the treks to their fullest:
Just 98 kilometres from Brisbane, the Scenic Rim is ideal for an easy day’s drive. Here you can tour a range of breathtaking mountains with bushwalking opportunities and a scenic drive. If you enjoy fishing or water activities then you must visit Lake Maroon, renowned as “South East Queensland’s best freshwater fly fishing destinations”. Located just outside of Boonah, make sure to stop at The Dugandan Hotel or ‘The Dugie’ to meet some of the colourful local characters in this ‘classic Queensland country pub’. Recommended campgrounds are located at Boonah, Lake Maroon Holiday Park, or the very scenic Mt Barney Lodge located just south of Rathdowney.
Stradbroke Island is ideal for a weekend trip in your Winjana RV 5th Wheeler with plenty of things to do and see. Here you can experience the beach lifestyle with the opportunity to surf, swim, fish, kayak and camp right next to the beach. In the colder months when the water becomes too cold for swimming, there are plenty of walking tracks and bush drives to explore with an abundance of wildlife. On the Island you must head to Amity Jetty in the afternoon to see the dolphins visit, as well as Point Lookout between June and November to watch the humpback whales come close to shore. Great caravan parks and camping spots are available on the island. Straddie Camping has all the details you need.
The Blackall Ranges
The route through the Blackall Ranges is a spectacular bush drive all year round. Along this AWD drive, there are short forest walks including the Bonyee Walk which is an easy 10-minute track ideal for children featuring a large bunya pine, rainforest and a piccabeen palm grove. Head east from this walk, along Cooloolabin Road to take a break at Cooloolabin Dam for lunch and then stop at Point Glorious to enjoy the marvellous views. Campground facilities are located at Gheerulla, or nearby on the Sunshine Coast.
Travelling through the western part of Cooloola and into the Great Sandy National Park, the Cooloola Bush to Beach track is accessible from Cooroy and can be completed in a day. Along the way, you can stop at the Doggrell Forest Trail, the Majestic Theatre in Pomona and Harry’s Hut on the banks of the Noosa River. Campsites are located at Boreen Point Campground, Harrys Camping Area and Poverty Point. This trek is better suited for 4WD vehicles, and those with an offroad van, like Winjana RV’s Ormiston 630 Offroad or Strzelecki 520 Offroad 5th wheelers.
For more detailed route information and maps on these destinations or other great treks in South East Queensland visit www.qld4wd.com to buy Danielle Lancaster’s book ‘4WD Treks Close to Brisbane’. The book is packed full of information on a wide-range of excellent day and weekend treks for you to explore.