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4WD Destinations and Adventures Part 5

4WD Destinations and Adventures Part 5

Over the past two months we have been highlighting some of the best 4WD destinations and adventures in Australia. This is the 5th installment in our blog series. All Budget Trucks locations have a wide variety of vehicles available including 4WD and all terrain trucks that allow you to get to some of the most remote and rugged destinations in Australia. There are many tracks, adventurous road trips, and destinations in Australia where a four wheel drive vehicle is required and then others where one is recommended.

In part one of our blog series on 4WD Adventures in Australia, we featured Stockton Beach, the Simpson Desert French Line, and Gibb River Road. For part two of our 4WD destinations, we explored Canning Stock Route, the Gunbarrel Highway, the Birdsville Track and the Hay River Track. For part three, we highlighted  4WD adventures Cape York Track / Old Telegraph Track, Binns Track, and Victorian High Country and Billy Goat Bluff. For part four of our 4WD Destinations and Adventures, we took you on more 4WD adventures to the Nullarbor Plain, Cape Le Grand National Park, and Cape Leveque. For part five, there is still more rugged terrain to cover across Australia including the Great Central Road, Shark Bay, the Warlu Way, and the Oodnadatta Track.

Great Central Road

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Great Central Road Map Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Summerdrought – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47128581

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The Great Central Road Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Wikiprof at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5814086

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The Great Central Road Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Gazjo at English Wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons by Albinfo using CommonsHelper., Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5814071

The Great Central Road is a road trip through the outback. It begins in Laverton, Western Australia and takes you over 1100 km northeast into the Northern Territory. The road trip ends in Yulara, Northern Territory near Uluru and Katja Tjuta. A four wheel drive vehicle is strongly recommended for this route even though it has recently been rated for 2WD. Anytime you are travelling through remote outback territory like this, you should let someone not travelling with you where you are going and when you are expected back. Mobile phone coverage is not always reliable, so satellite phones and emergency supplies are recommended. With the rugged terrain, you should have a spare tyre, extra petrol, and plenty of drinking water. If you plan to pass through Aboriginal Lands, you will need to get a permit ahead of time.

Hiring a Truck in Western Australia for the Central Road Trip

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Perth Car Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

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The Great Central Road Photo Credit: Google Maps

There are plenty of truck rental locations in Perth  where you can hire a car so you will find a Budget car hire location that is convenient for wherever your travels are taking you. If you want to hire a truck closer to the start of the Central Road trip, then you can hire a 4WD vehicle in Kalgoorlie  or at the Kalgoorlie Airport.  When you are hiring a car, be sure to share your travel plans with the car rental agent so that they can give you the guidelines, roadmaps, safety restrictions, and holiday travel tips. This will ensure your best car rental experience in Western Australia. Click on any of the links to get a great rate quote for hiring a car or 4WD vehicle that will be the best one for getting around Western Australia’s rugged terrain. While exploring this region, check out some of our previous blog posts for ideas on what to do here:

The Pinnacles and Nambung National Park

Perth Road Trips: Rottnest Island and Lancelin

Visiting Perth on Holiday

Free Things to do on Holiday in Perth

Holiday Getaways near Perth and Surrounds

A Mountain Hiking Holiday in Stirling Range National Park

Biodiversity of D’Entrecasteaux National Park

Walking Among the Giants in Walpole – Nornalup National Park

Esperance: Scenic Views and Secluded Bays in Cape Le Grand National Park

Experience Coastal Wilderness of Cape Arid National Park

Fitzgerald River National Park Part One

Fitzgerald River National Park, A Botanical Wonderland Part Two

Recap of the National Parks near Albany and Esperance Western Australia

Here are our previous blogs on the National Parks and nature parks near Perth:

Part One: National Park Excursions near Perth

Part Two: National Park Excursions near Perth

Part Three: National Park Excursions near Perth

Part Four: Regional Parks near Perth

Part Five: Regional Parks near Perth

Part Six: Marine Parks near Perth Western Australia

Part Seven: Nature Reserves near Perth

Recap of the 7 part blog series on National Parks and Nature Parks near Perth

Hiring a 4WD Vehicle in Alice Springs, Northern Territory

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Alice Springs Trucks Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

You can hire a vehicle in Alice Springs and then head southwest on the Central Road. Click through the link for the best rate on car rentals in the Northern Territory. You can hire a car in Alice Springs, or rent a vehicle right at the Alice Springs Airport. 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. Looking for other destinations to visit with exploring the Northern Territory? Check out these other blog posts from our sister blog over at Budget.com.au:

The Larapinta Trail (Part One)

The Larapinta Trail (Part Two)

Alice Springs, the City in the Outback

Uluru / Ayer’s Rock

Highlights from Uluru and Surrounds

Glamping in Australia

Top 10 Wedding Destinations in Australia

The Great Walks of Australia (Recap Part One)

The Great Walks of Australia (Recap Part Two)

10 Best Walks of the Outback Part One

10 Best Walks of the Outback Part Two

Channel Country: The Outback of Queensland

Shark Bay

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Shark Bay Lagoons Photo Credit: SharkBay.org

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Shark Bay Photo Credit: SharkBay.org

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Shark Bay Photo Credit: SharkBay.org

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Shark Bay Photo Credit: SharkBay.org

Shark Bay is a beautiful place to visit with beautiful azure blue and turquoise waters. Despite the ominous sounding name, the shallow and calm waters are great for swimming in and exploring the ocean life below. All of the waterways, inlets, peninsulas, and surrounding islands make a natural barrier to many of the larger predators in deeper water. Five different endangered animals call the water and land in Shark Bay home. It is one of the reasons it is a World Heritage Listed site.  Other Shark Bay activities other than swimming include dolphin interactions on the beach at Monkey Mia Resort, camping, nearby national parks, and the Shark Bay Discovery Centre.  Shark Bay is surrounded by remote and rugged terrain so you will need a four wheel drive vehicle to get here

Hiring a Truck to Get to Shark Bay

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Carnarvon Car Rental Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

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Shark Bay Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

The Shark Bay area is located at the westernmost point in Australia in Western Australia. It is a little over 330 kilometres south of Carnarvon. You can hire a truck in Carnarvon and there is also an airport located there. It is a little over a four hour drive up the beautiful Coral Coast. If you are coming from the south, there are car rental locations in Geraldton  and the Geraldton Airport. The drive up to Shark Bay from Geraldton is a little bit longer; slightly over 400 kilometres and about a 5 hour drive up the coast. Please be sure to check with your truck rental agent for any helpful driving and safety tips and a list of restricted areas. Here are some other nearby holiday ideas from our Budget Travel Tips Blog:

Shark Bay

Kalbarri National Park

Broome Western Australia

Swimming Experience of a Lifetime at Ningaloo Reef

Coral Coast Road Trip

Glamping in Western Australia

Karijini National Park

Australia’s National Wonders

Oodnadatta Track

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Oodnadatta Track Map Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Summerdrought – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47455763

The Oodnadatta Track is located in South Australia and is a little over 600 km long between Maree and Marla. It is known as one of the easiest four wheel drives in Australia, so it is an excellent choice for beginners. The region is definitely remote outback though. The main attraction is Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre National Park.

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Mound Springs on the Oodnadatta Track Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By David Olsen, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=42456673

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Lake Eyre South from Oodnadatta Track Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Urban-b at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=38151864

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Oodnadatta Track Sign Photo Credit: WikiTravel

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Blanches Cup Mound Spring on the Oodnadatta Track Photo Credit: WikiTravel

Hiring a Car for the Oodnadatta Track

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Olympic Dam Truck Hire Map Photo Credit: BudgetTrucks.com.au

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Marree South Australia Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

The closest truck hire location for the Oodnadatta Track is the Olympic Dam Airport location  where you can hire a truck or four wheel drive vehicle.  Let our trusty agents know your travel plans so that they can recommend the best vehicle for your needs and give you travel tips for your road trip. Click on the links to get a great rate quote for your truck rental. 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

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