Head off road with your new 4x4 tyres
Posted by: Cal on 3/04/2014
If you've just invested in a brand new set of 4x4 tyres for your beloved vehicle, there's no better time to pack your bags and head out to one of Aussie's best off road tracks to test them out.
There are plenty of tracks across Australia, with routes, terrain and challenging spots for drivers to negotiate while experiencing just how good the right 4x4 tyres can be.
Here are some of the best off road tracks to try in Aussie:
Rover Trail 4wd Track
If you're after thrilling terrain complete with gorgeous scenery, this track near Coffs Harbour in NSW is the perfect option. It's just over 7km long, and 4wd Life Australia recommends completing it in around two hours - so it's not the longest of trails, but is packed with plenty of adventure to make up for it.
Along the trail you and your car will be tested with steep inclines and drops, rocky terrain, scrubland and rainforest to make your way through. The track can become notoriously slippery after rain, so use your best judgement when it comes to tackling the trails. On the way, you'll be treated to stunning views of Coffs Harbour and the surrounds, so don't forget to pack your camera!
For a four wheel driving experience to please the whole family, the Condamine Crossing track, located around two hours from Brisbane, is a great option. It's perfect for those looking for an easier track that still has plenty on thrills, and is great for mud 4wd and river crossings. Along the way, you'll find watering holes and prime camping spots, so don't be afraid to make a weekend of it and bring the kids along for the ride.
Along the track, drivers will get to cross the Condamine River 14 times, as well as traverse some muddy patches - your 4x4 tyres and vehicle will definitely need a good clean afterwards!
It is advisable that those looking to drive the Condamine Track check the weather before they leave, as rainfall can cause the river to swell and worsen muddy terrain. Choose from beginning the Condamine Track at either Boonah or Killarney - whichever suits you better!
Located within the picturesque landscape of Victoria's Alpine National Park, this scenic 4wd adventure is perfect for those looking for fun combined with history and challenges. You'll need to set aside two or three days to complete the 222 km loop, making it perfect for serious off-roaders on a weekend getaway. Easter is coming up - why not take your opportunity to head to the rugged mountain landscape?
Sights along the way include cattleman's huts, gold mining town ruins and breathtaking panoramic views over the Alps. Stick to your vehicle or make the most of some of the sights that can only be accessed by foot, such as the Pinnacles Lookout, where you'll get views of Mt Hotham, Gippsland Lakes and Wonnangatta Valley. Some parts of the track are classified as very difficult, so make sure you tackle this when you have a few easy 4wd tracks under your belt and a decent set of 4x4 tyres!
4x4 track essentials
When heading out on to a rugged 4x4 track, it's important to remember to do a few checks and bring a few essentials before you leave. Here's a list of what you'll need to do beforehand and some items you need to bring along:
• Mobile phone in case of emergency
• Lower your tyre pressure - this can help you when driving in sand and other soft terrain
• Tow rope
• First aid kit
• A sense of humour
• Friends and family
• Spare tyre and jack