When you are on holiday or just travelling in Australia, pretty much anywhere you drive outside of the major metropolitan cities will require a 4WD or utility vehicle. We previously talked about 4WD destinations all over Australia. In this blog post, we will be concentrating on 4WD destinations in Queensland. Known for its magnificent coastline and for being the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is also home to rainforests, grassy plains, and inland is the outback desert.
Cape Palmerston National Park
Cape Palmerston National Park Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Mount Funnel in Cape Palmerston National Park Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
This rugged and beautiful park has rocky headlands, coastal woodlands, and secluded beaches with 344 metre high Mount Funnel as the focal point. The park is known to locals as a quiet and relaxing place to get away. Cape Palmerston National Park is a place to be one with nature.
Renting a 4WD Truck in Brisbane
Brisbane Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
Cape Palmerston National Park is located almost 300 km north of Brisbane on the coast of the Coral Sea. It is just north of the vacation mecca Mackay, but is a much quieter and rugged alternative. You can hire a 4WD vehicle in Brisbane or rent a truck in Mackay. No matter which direction you are coming from, there are plenty of places in Queensland where you can hire a truck
Carnarvon National Park
Grazing in Mount Moffatt, Carnarvon National Park Photo Credit: ExploreOz.com
View of Carnarvon Gorge from Takarakka Resort Photo Credit: Takaru.com.au
Carnarvon National Park is located in central Queensland east of Hervey Bay which is between Rockhampton and Sunshine Coast. It is one of the must see locations for 4 wheel driving. Camping is available in the park with a variety of accommodations. The park is filled with rugged gorges, magnificent views, bush camping locations, wildflowers (in season), and a host of wildlife to be on the lookout for. Most of all to remember here is that this land is rich in Aboriginal cultural history.
Fraser Island, Noosa, and Rainbow Beach
Fraser Island and surrounds Photo Credit: Google Maps
Rainbow Beach lives up to its name. Photo Credit: AustralianExplorer.com
Fraser Island Photo Credit: FraserExplorerTours.au
Noosa Beach in Great Sandy National Park Photo Credit: Wikipedia
If four-wheel driving on the beach is your idea of off road fun, then check out the area just south of Hervey Bay. There you will find Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach, and Great Sandy National Park. You can take the Ferry to Fraser Island, once there, you can find out of 4×4 off road tours or hiring a truck to go out on your own or hire a private tour guide. The rugged terrain of Fraser Island makes four-wheel-driving necessary. Do your research as to what types of permits and documentation you will need to bring with you if you plan on venturing out on your own in a vehicle. Have a grand adventure driving over the sand dunes and exploring the dramatic coastal cliffs.
Renting a 4WD Truck in Hervey Bay
Hervey Bay Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
You can hire a truck or 4WD vehicle in Hervey Bay on the coast and then head west to Carnarvon Gorge National Park for you 4WD adventure. Closer to Fraser Island and Great Sandy National Park is the Gympie Truck Rental location. If you are coming from further south, you can hire a 4WD vehicle in Sunshine Coast. Click the link to get a truck rental quote for the best prices on truck rentals in Queensland. Let your truck rental agent know your travel plans so that they can help you with maps and safety instructions or guidelines to keep you safe in the rugged outback of central Queensland.
Deepwater National Park
Deepwater National Park Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
For more beach four-wheel driving over sand dunes, check out Deepwater National Park up the coast north of Hervey Bay. The rugged beach terrain is both beautiful and adventurous with Deepwater Creek, forestry, and a magnificent coastline. While there you can camp at Wreck Rock. Because Deepwater is far enough away from many of the major, well-known holiday destinations, it is unspoilt and has one of the few remaining freshwater springs.
Hiring a Car near Deepwater National Park
Deepwater National Park Vehicle Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
Deepwater National Park is along the central coast of Queensland in between Bundaberg and Gladstone. Both of those cities have a Budget Truck location so you can rent a 4WD vehicle in Bundaberg or hire a truck in Gladstone. Bundaberg also has an airport truck rental location. When you let our experienced truck rental agents know your travel plans, they are fast to help you with maps and local tips.
Sundown National Park
Sundown National Park Map Photo credit: Google Maps
Sundown National Park Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Sundown National Park Photo Credit: nprsr.qld.gov.au
Sundown National Park is inland from Gold Coast Queensland or Byron Bay in New South Wales. It is right on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. This region of Queensland is much different from the coast, as you can see there are many national parks concentrated in this one area protecting the wild and rugged land here that is filled with waterholes, waterfalls, steep forges, plant life and animals. The 4WD tracks are a great adventure for the whole family. In this area, both Sundown National Park and Girraween National Park have 4WD track and off road driving opportunities.
Hiring a Car to get to Sundown National Park
Sundown National Park Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au
When planning a trip to the rugges inland national parks, you can hire a truck in Gold Coast, hire a 4WD vehicle in Brisbane, or the closest location is the Warwick Budget Trucks rental location. Be sure that you tell your truck rental agent where you are headed so that they can recommend the best truck or vehicle for your journey and offer tips on supplies you will need.
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