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The Hinterland’s Best 4WD Tracks Near Brisbane

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Are you an explorer with a thirst for 4WD adventure? If you love cruising to otherwise inaccessible natural wonders, then check out these Brisbane hinterland 4WD tracks.

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Bellthorpe National Park

At the southern end of the Conondale Range, inland from the Glass House Mountains, you can access the 4wd wonderland of Bellthorpe National Park from three locations. The simplest track can be accessed from Stony Creek Road off the D’Aguilar Highway. The northern and eastern entry both provide a more challenging experience. All Bellthorpe 4wd tracks are signposted with difficulty ratings and consist of gravel, fire and forestry management roads. As expected from a national park, you will drive through a forest of greenery, meet water crossings, hill climbs and no doubt, spot a native animal or two.

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D'Aguilar National Park

D’Aguilar National Park is a serene natural setting, home to many 4wd treks close to Brisbane. Stretching from the Moreton Bay Region into the Sunshine Coast area, the D’Aguilar National Park’s subtropical rainforests, eucalypt woodlands and gum forests make for great picnic areas and visually stunning 4wd adventures. Currently, no permits are required to 4WD through this park. Explore the below sections of D’Aguilar National Park for the best 4wd tracks near Brisbane.

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TRACK 1: Somerset Trail

Although not usually considered a Brisbane hinterland 4wd track and instead known for its bushwalking treks, the Somerset Trail is open to horse-riding, trail biking and 4wding. With most of the tracks rated as ‘easy’, the Somerset Trails offer a few ‘moderate’ tracks and a smaller ‘difficult’ track. Refer to this forest trail and drive map for more information. The ‘easy’ Range Road forest drive is a 27km 4wd track near Brisbane that starts at The Gantry and winds through an open eucalypt forest and rainforest to Kluvers Lookout, the highest point in the range. After spending some time snapping some panoramic pics and enjoying the view, you can finish your drive by visiting the township of Dayboro.

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TRACK 2: Mount Mee Forest Drive

Starting from the Gantry Day Use Area, the Mount Mee Forest drive explores 16km of plantation forests before taking you through Bulls Falls to Falls Lookout. Rocky Hole is accessible via this track and can take you out toward Broadwater (a great picnic spot) and further north toward Woodford.

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TRACK 3: Western Escarpment Forest Drive

The shortest track within the Mount Mee section of the D’Aguilar Range, the Western Escarpment forest drive takes you through 14km of scribbly gum forest, passing by Somerset Lookout where you can stop to appreciate the beauty of Lakes Somerset and Wivenhoe.

Attractions in D’Aguilar

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The Gantry

A legacy of the old sawmill that operated in the area until 1981, The Gantry is the most easily accessible day use area in the Mount Mee section of the D’Aguilar National Park. A popular picnic spot, just 150m off Sellin Road, the Gantry offers picnic shelters, tables, barbeques and toilets. If you’re heading out in 4wd you can continue on the national park 4wd tracks. Alternatively, there are two excellent walking trails waiting to be explored.

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Rocky Hole

Take a family trip one of the most popular attractions in north Brisbane. Great for a summer’s day road trip, Rocky Hole can be found in the Mount Mee section of the D’Aguilar National Park and is only accessible by 4wd. If you’re heading to Rocky Hole from the Gantry Day Use Area, the 4wd track will take about 25 minutes. Additional access to Rocky Hole can be found in Woodford and Dayboro. Once there, you can spend a few hours swimming about with native fish, let the little one’s boulder hop or even explore by foot in the surrounding bushwalking tracks.

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Rochelle Lyons

With a background in content writing, social media management and marketing, Rochelle is an avid lover of all things food, book and dog-related, and thinks she's much better at sports than she really is. At only 5'3", she's usually always the shortest among a group of people but will make a point to tell you she's the tallest of all her family members.

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