When you travel through Australia, off-roading through rugged terrain is pretty common and part of the fun and adventure. Our Budget Trucks rental locations across Australia don’t only offer moving trucks, we also specialise in helping you find the right four wheel drive or off road vehicle that you need for your adventurous holiday. Each of our rental agents is also a local specialist that can help offer you tips and safety instructions to make the most out of your holiday and your 4WD vehicle rental. Here are 5 of the most popular off the beaten path holiday destinations where you will want to rent a 4WD vehicle to get around in.
Gunbarrel Highway in the Gibson Desert in Australia’s Northern Territory Photo Credit: AustralianGeographic.com.au
- Cape York Track / Old Telegraph Track
Cape York Track Map Photo Credit: CooktownandCapeYork.com
Cape York Track Photo Credit: AustralianGeographic.com.au
We are starting our list of off road holiday destinations at the top. By the top, we mean the northern most point on mainland Australia, often referred to as “The Tip” on the Cape York Peninsula. The Cape York Track is also known as the Old Telegraph Track. It takes you through the Far North of Queensland from Cooktown to Seisa. The track is a total of 848 kilometres. You can spend one week or a few weeks on this off road adventure and the best time of the year to do this is from May to October. This is late autumn and early winter in the tropical north, so it may not be too chilly; however, this is the dry season. The Cape York Track has several river crossings to be wary of, even during the dry season. Here are some of the places you should try to visit while on holiday in Cape York: Old Laura Station, Lakefield National Park, Weipa, Thursday Island, and Chili Beach.
Hiring a 4WD Vehicle in Cape York
Cape York Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
We have 3 truck rental locations in northern Queensland. You can hire a truck in Townsville, rent a 4WD in Cairns, or rent a vehicle in Port Douglas. You might choose a 4WD vehicle, a UTE or Utility Truck, depending on your needs. Our truck rental agents can help guide you to the right truck and also offer up maps and safety instructions for your journey. Follow the links to get a rate quote for the best truck hire rates in Australia.
- Gibb River Road
Gibb River Road Map Photo Credit: KimberleyAustralia.com
Gibb River Road Photo Credit: AustralianGeographic.com
The Gibb River Road trip is one of Australia’s most well-known road trips. It takes you across the Kimberley Region in Western Australia. The road trip is 930 kilometres long and runs between the city of Derby on the west coast and Kununurra near the Northern Territory border. The suggested minimum travel time to complete the road trip is 3 days, but of course you can take your time and explore the spectacular Kimberley region. Along this road trip there is so much to see and do including national parks, gorges, falls, swimming holes, and Aboriginal villages. This is a remote territory through rugged terrain and you will need the right vehicle to help get you through safely. The best time and safest time is during the winter dry season from May through September.
Hiring a 4WD Truck in the Kimberley
Kimberley Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
You can choose to rent a truck either in Kununurra or rent a truck in Broome, which is near Derby on the west coast. When travelling through this region, make sure to ask for emergency provisions, a spare tire, and keep extra water with you at all times.
- Binns Track
Binns Track Map Photo Credit: TravelOutbackAustralia.com
Binns Track Photo Credit: AustralianGeographic.com
Driving the Binns Track road trip takes you through the heart of the outback of the Northern Territory. This is some of the most rugged terrain in Australia. To illustrate that point, the minimum suggested travel time is 10 days over only 219 kilometres from the South Australia and Northern Territory border through the Simpson Desert in the Northern Territory. The road trip is slow going because of the mountains, valleys, plains, and desert terrain. Advanced 4WD and caution should be used when driving through the jagged rocks, dry riverbeds, bogs, etc.
Hiring a Truck for the Binns Track Road Trip
Northern Territory Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
There are two truck rental locations in Alice Springs. You can hire a 4WD vehicle in the city of Alice Springs or you can rent a truck right from the Alice Springs airport if you arrive there to start your outback road trip. Be sure to let your truck rental agent know where you are planning to go so that they can help guide you on your holiday road trip through the outback.
- Victorian High Country and Billy Goats Bluff
Victorian High Country and Billy Goats Bluff Map Photo Credit: Google Maps
Victorian High Country and Billy Goats Bluff Photo Credit: AustralianGeographic.com
For a change of pace from the rugged outback off-roading, this road trip in Victoria takes you over the mountains of the Australian Alps. The panoramic mountain views make this off-road trip a scenic adventure. The trip runs from Mansfield to Harrietville is a little over 300 kilometres. The mountain 4WD should take you at least 3 days to complete safely. Of course, you can take extra time for a mountain holiday, visit some of the old mining towns and camp out in the cool mountain air. Billy Goats Bluff is for experienced off-road or mountain drivers. Take care with the 1,480 elevation in only 6 kilometres in various road conditions.
Hiring a 4WD Vehicle in Victoria
Victoria Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
There are plenty of places where you can hire a truck or 4WD vehicle in Melbourne. From Melbourne, you can then head north east to start your off-road adventure in Mansfield. If you are driving in the winter, you will want to make sure that your vehicle has the right tires for snow or ice. Consult your truck rental agent for additional safety guidelines, maps, and insider touring tips.
- Stockton Beach
Stockton Beach Map Photo Credit: 4wdbdsmgetaway.net
Stockton Beach Photo Credit: AustralianGeographic.com
Our last 4WD adventure on our list today is one that is really more of just a day trip rather than a whole off-roading holiday. Stockton Beach on the coast of New South Wales is known for being a place to drive around in the sand and is accessible all year. There are sand dunes and steep obstacles and to top it off, you can spend part of your day or your holiday right on the beach, enjoying the surf and sand that Australia is famous for.
Renting a Truck in New South Wales
New South Wales Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
Newcastle is the closest location to Stockton Beach if you want to rent a 4WD vehicle specifically for spending the day off-roading in the sand there. There are two truck rental locations, you can rent a truck at the Newcastle Airport or hire a 4WD vehicle in the city of Newcastle. Of course, there are plenty of other nearby Budget Truck locations if you want to rent a truck closer to where you are staying and then travel to the New South Wales coast for this beachy off-road experience.
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