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4WD Adventures in Australia Part One

4WD Adventures in Australia Part One

Budget Truck Rentals are not only used for moving. One of the most popular rental choices for our customers at Budget Trucks is hiring 4WD or all-terrain vehicles to traverse through some of Australia’s most rugged terrain. When you decide to holiday in Australia’s outback or a rugged national park, you need a 4WD vehicle to get to your adventure safely. One important thing to remember is that you don’t need a 4WD to get to all outback destinations, so if you are unsure, ask our knowledgeable agents. That is why we always say to share your itinerary with our agents when planning a car or truck hire for your holiday. We are here to help with the right vehicle recommendations and even travel tips. When you travel through remote areas in Australia, it is very important to plan ahead and pay close attention to the posted safety precautions, carry emergency supplies, protect your skin from the sun, keep plenty of drinking water on hand, and let someone not travelling with you know where you are going and when you are expected back. Here are three very different 4WD adventures throughout Australia.

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Stockton Beach Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) CC BY-SA 3.0, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5540357

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Gibb River Road Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By User: (WT-shared) Tensaibuta at wts wikivoyage – Own work, CC BY-SA 1.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23297397

Stockton Beach

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Stockton Beach Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Stockton Beach Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Horseback Riding on Stockton Beach Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

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Worimi Sand Dunes Near Stockton Beach Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Not every 4WD destination is in the outback. Some are located in National Parks and some are on the beach. This is one of those cases, the Stockton Beach drive runs from Williamtown to Anna Bay in New South Wales in alongside Worimi National Park. Stockton Beach is one of the most well-known 4WD beach driving locations. You can drive right along the beach and through other sections of Worimi National Park. While you are here, enjoy a beach picnic, take a dip in the ocean, surf the waves, fish from the beach or explore the shipwreck of the MV Sygna that is located just off the beach.

Hiring a Truck in Newcastle

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Stockton Beach Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Newcastle Truck Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

Newcastle is located 174 km north of Sydney in New South Wales. It takes about 2 hours to drive there from Sydney. You can hire a truck at one of two Newcastle Budget Truck locations including the Newcastle Airport Truck Hire   or Newcastle City Truck Rental location. While in New South Wales, in check out these other holiday ideas from our travel tips blog:

Best Scenic Drives in Australia: Greater Blue Mountains

Scenic Drives in the Snowy Mountains

Snow Valley Way: A Delicious Scenic Drive

Things to Do on Holiday in Sydney

Sydney Holiday Ideas for Families with Kids

Free Things to Do in Sydney

A Spectacular New Year’s Eve in Sydney

Places to See in and Around Sydney

5 Day Trips from Sydney

Sydney’s Famous and Secret Beaches

Scenic Drive from Sydney to Melbourne

Experience the Vast Beauty of Wollemi National Park

Royal National Park

Enjoy the Diversity of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Walking through Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park

Summertime is the Perfect Time for Sydney’s Outdoor Pools

Best Places to Celebrate Chinese New Year in Sydney

5 Must Do Walks in Sydney

Simpson Desert French Line

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Simpson Desert Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Robinsoncrusoe – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12606714

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Simpson Desert Big Red Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Phanly at English Wikipedia, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14526224

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Simpson Desert Dune at Andado Station Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Christopher Watson (http://www.comebirdwatching.blogspot.com/) – http://www.comebirdwatching.blogspot.com/?view=classic (CC-BY-SA 3.0 http://imgur.com/h6Loq), CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=23496321

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Emus in Simpson Desert Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Paul Flemons – http://www.flickr.com/photos/atlasoflivingaustralia/5929600211/, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20538374

The Simpson Desert French Line is a road trip through the red sands of the desert where a 4WD or all-terrain vehicle will definitely be required. It begins in Dalhousie Springs (also known as Edith Springs) South Australia and takes you northeast for 439 km across state lines into Queensland to the outback town of Birdsville. The suggested time to allow for this road trip is 3 days and the best time to travel is from May through September. A dune flag is recommended since some of the roads are one way and it is hard to see oncoming traffic over some of the rugged, tall sand dunes. Camping spots can be made in some of the flatter areas between the dunes. Besides the adventurous drive, you should plan to swim in the Dalhousie Hot Springs and enjoy the accommodations in Birdsville.

Hiring a 4WD for the Simpson Desert French Line

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Simpson Desert French Line Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

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Simpson Desert French Line Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com

The Simpson Desert French Line is pretty remote. The closest truck hire locations in South Australia are located in Coober Pedy and Moomba. You can rent a 4WD or truck in two different location in Coober Pedy at the airport  or at the Coober Pedy city location. Coober Pedy is southwest of Dalhousie Springs and Moomba is southeast of Dalhousie Springs. While in South Australia, here are some other travel ideas from our sister site’s travel tips blog:

The Beautiful City of Adelaide, South Australia

Things to Do in Adelaide, South Australia

Take a Cool Drive through the Adelaide Hills

Strangest Places to Visit in South Australia

Coober Pedy, South Australia

Best Places in Australia to Dive with Sharks

Hop on Over to Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Food Safari

A Getaway within a Getaway: Flinders Chase National Park

Visiting Barossa Valley

Bunda Cliffs

Murray River Region

The Coorong

Top 10 Nature Experience in Australia

The Southern Australian Loop Road Trip

The Arkaba Walk: A South Australian Walking Safari

Tasting Australia Culinary Festival in Adelaide South Australia

Gibb River Road

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Boab Tree on the Gibb River Road Photo Credit: WesternAustralia.com

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Gibb River Road Pentecost River Crossing to the Cockburn Range Photo Credit: KimberleyAustralia.com

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Bell Gorge Photo Credit: KimberleyAustralia.com

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Gibb River Road Galvans Gorge Photo Credit: KimberleyAustralia.com

The Gibb River Road is known as one of the best road trips in Australia. It takes drivers on an adventure across the Kimberley, a remote region in the northern section of Western Australia. You will need a 4WD vehicle to get to pretty much any location in The Kimberley and to drive the Gibb River Road. It is actually part of a larger road trip called the Savannah Way which takes you from the east coast to the west coast across northern Australia. This is the western section of the larger road trip that takes you 660 km from Derby to Kununurra. The only time you can take this road trip is during the dry season between May and September; but the shorter window doesn’t make this remote drive crowded. In fact, you likely won’t see many other people at all because this region is so remote and unexplored. The reward for traversing the rugged outback is all of the amazing scenery that is just breathtaking. Here are the landmarks to look for along the Gibb River Road:

  • Bell Gorge
  • Windjana Gorge
  • The Cockburn Range
  • Home Valley Station
  • The MItchell Plateau (Most of which can only can be seen from a scenic flight)
  • El-Questro Wilderness Park where you can stay overnight when not camping.

Hiring a Car in the Kimberley

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Gibb River Road Map Photo Credit: KimberleyAustralia.com

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Truck Rental Locations near Kimberley Region, WA Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

When travelling through the Kimberley, there are two main cities that have car hire locations: Broome, in the southwest corner of the region and Kununurra, in the northeast area of the region. You can hire a car at the Broome Airport, or rent a car and the Broome Downtown location. There are two car rental locations in Kununurra, one in the city and you can also hire a car at the Kununurra Airport. Most of the areas of the Kimberley region can only be accessed with a four wheel drive vehicle, so be sure to have the proper vehicle and emergency supplies when driving through this area. Keep in mind that since this is remote and rugged terrain, safety guidelines must be taken very seriously. Check with your car rental agent to get important guidelines, safety information, and driving maps. Here are some other adventurous ideas near the Kimberley region from our sister blog over at Budget Australia Car Rental:

The Gibb River Road Part One

The Gibb River Road Part Two

The Savannah Way Part One: Daintree Rainforest to Karumba, Queensland

The Savannah Way Part Two: Normanton to Katherine

The Savannah Way Part Three: Katherine to Broome

Most Picturesque Spots in the Kimberley

8 National Parks in the Kimberley

Mitchell River National Park

Rivers of the Kimberley in Western Australia

All about Broome

Australia’s Largest National Park Kakadu National Park

Rivers of Kakadu National Park

National Parks and Reserves in the Northern Territory Near Darwin

Outdoor Destinations in Northern Territory near Katherine

Things to Do Near Darwin

Nitmiluk National Park Carved by Nature

Experience a Remote Holiday at Bullo River Station

Journey to Judbarra / Gregory National Park in Beautiful Northern Australia

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