5 of the Best 4×4 Adventures to Tackle in NSW 2022

By: arkcorporation.com Date: 10 June 2022

If you’re looking to explore your backyard in your 4WD, and you happen to live in NSW then you’re in luck. With everything from pristine soft-sand beaches to muddy rainforest tracks that’ll throw you a challenge, NSW has it all. Here’s our pick of the five best 4×4 adventures you can tackle in NSW!

Barraba Track & Mount Kaputar National Park

Located amongst volcanic mountains in Northern NSW near the towns of Barraba and Narrabri is one of NSW’s best kept secrets, Mount Kaputar National Park. This National Park is a sensational high-altitude destination with some of the greatest views in the state.

The Rocky Barraba track is a restricted track with only 8 4WDs per week permitted to traverse it, but it’s well worth it as it is accessible to most 4WDs and skill levels, and is possibly the best way to ascend to the top of Mount Kaputar at its height of roughly 1500m above seas level.  

The best campsite once you’ve traversed the track is Dawson’s Spring. Enjoy fully equipped accommodation with a variety of bbq options, walking tracks, picnic spots and more. 

barraba national park

Stockton Beach 

Stockton beach needs no introduction. It’s been a mainstay of 4×4 adventures in NSW for decades, and is the perfect summer adventure destination for those looking for the ultimate weekend away.

Located in the Worimi Conservation Lands north of Newcastle, and accessible from Williamtown in the south or Anna Bay in the north, Stockton Beach offers an expansive 19km of beachfront of sand-driving action. You’ll of course need to obtain a beach driving permit before heading there. This also allows you to test your 4×4’s sand driving capabilities in the Recreational Vehicle Area where you’ll discover some of the best dune driving you can experience in NSW.

To ensure you make the most of your time away, it’s crucial that you’re carrying a comprehensive range of recovery gear. When it comes to winching heavy loads or when you’re really stuck in sand, mud and the like, having a Snatch Block readily available will go a long way – this item is one of the most versatile tools to have in your recovery kit.

4x4 stockon beach

Watagans National Park

Located on the Central Coast of NSW, Watagans National Park is known to be one of the most challenging and exciting 4×4 destinations in NSW, and for good reason: it doesn’t matter how modified your 4WD is or how experienced you are beyond the wheel, there’s a track that will suit you – everything from mild to wild. 

Watagans National Park features several campgrounds that are easily accessible including the Bangalow and Gap Creek Campgrounds, both campgrounds offer bbq’s, fire rings and amenties. For those who are looking to tap further into their adventure side, there are lots of scenic look outs, bushwalking and mountain bike tracks waiting to be explored.

man at lookout watagans

Yalwal

South of Sydney, and within a stone’s throw of the south coast town of Nowra, Yalwal is home to one of the adventurous tracks in the country, Monkey Gum Fire Trial. 

With a range of iconic 4WD tracks, Monkey Gum is definitely a destination worth a visit. Make your way up the mountain and take advantage of a whole network of challenging courses – however, it is very technical. Be sure to carry a snatch strap at the absolute minimum. We recommend an electric winch to ensure you can get yourself out of any situation you may find yourself in along Monkey Gum. 

Unfortunately, the very popular camping ground at Danjera Dam remains closed. Although, there are plenty of other campgrounds in the local area.

4x4 adventuring yalwal

Blacksmiths Beach

Located just a few hours north of Sydney, Blacksmiths Beach is the ultimate spot to test out your 4WD’s off-road capabilities on the sand. This stretch of beach between Blacksmiths and Redhead is notoriously treacherous as it has some of the softest sand you’ll ever drive on, which means having the right recovery gear is an absolute must. Been umming and ahhing about getting that winch installed? Blacksmith’s is the reason you’ll want to get it in.

Camping on the frontal dunes is permitted, and is a popular weekend getaway spot for those with a capable 4WD. Blacksmith’s also offers some cracking fishing opportunities, so if you’re keen to wet a line after a day of testing your capabilities on the sand, the Blacksmith’s is the place for you!

blacksmiths redbeach aerial shot

At ARK, we Live & Breathe the Off-Road Life

For the team at ARK, exploring the country in a 4×4 and a camper trailer isn’t just a job, it’s a lifestyle. Not only do they have all the gear you need to ensure your time on the tracks and at camp are trouble-free, they do all their own real-world testing.

Get in touch with the team at ARK to see what they can do to ensure your next 4×4 adventure is one to remember!