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The top 3 off-road tracks in the Bundaberg region

OFF ROAD: Bundaberg 4WD Club trekking through Littabella National Park. Photo: contributed
OFF ROAD: Bundaberg 4WD Club trekking through Littabella National Park. Photo: contributed contributed

FROM National Parks to long sun-drenched sandy beaches, the Bundaberg region contains many fun and challenging areas for the four-wheel-driver.

Kinkuna National Park has tracks for beginners and veterans and Norval Park Beach offers 20km of beach driving along the southern section towards Miara.

Bundaberg 4WD Club secretary Brad Praed said one of the great attributes of the region for drivers was its proximity to bush and beach areas.

"We've got it all on our doorstep," he said.

A veteran of the 4WD scene, Praed said there were many benefits to be gained from joining a 4WD club.

"We have a lot of people that move here from out of town and don't know where to go," he said.

"That's why they join a club because we give them access to places they normally wouldn't go by themselves."

Here are Brad's top tracks within the Bundaberg region:

1. Goodnight Scrub National Park  

Rated easy: 25°17.1760 S 151°54.2986 E

How to get there:   In the Burnett Valley between Gin Gin and Gayndah - go about 14km south of Gin Gin along the Bruce Hwy and turn right at a sign-posted junction.

Why it's great:  Rated easy. Gravel roads suitable for conventional vehicles only in dry weather but can be treacherous even to four-wheel-drive vehicles in the wet. 

Tips:   The steep access road to One Tree Hill Lookout is four-wheel-drive only in dry conditions but provides an excellent view of the surrounding region. The bushland setting overlooking the Paradise Dam spillway is great for picnics or birdwatching with more than 166 species seen in the park.

 2. Wongi State Forest and Forest Reserve  

Rated medium: GPS 25°29.2680 S 152°20.8209 E

How to get there: From just south of Childers to about 20km north of Maryborough.  From Bundaberg, head 12.5km towards Childers on the Bruce Hwy then turn left at the signpost.

Why it's great:   The site is ideal for camping and includes facilities such as grassy camp areas, picnic tables, toilets, cold showers and sinks for washing up.

Tips:  Rated medium. The last reliable mobile phone reception is at the Bruce Hwy turnoff. Wongi is an Aboriginal word meaning snake, and Wongi itself is a string of waterholes surrounded by eucalypt forest and pine plantation.

3. Littabella National Park

Rated medium-difficult: 24°41.8107 S 151°57.6518 E

How to get there: Littabella National Park is just east of Rosedale and part of the Watalgan Range with access via Mullet Creek.

Why it's great:   Rated medium-difficult. Although not large, the state forest tracks on offer for the four-wheel-driver are mostly dirt with rocky sections. The tracks wind around and over some good-sized hills, making for interesting and challenging driving for both the novice and experienced.

Tips:   Check out the diverse area of tea tree forest, mahogany scrub and coastal heath dotted with lagoons and billabongs.

Topics:  4wd, outdoor-living




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