Australia is blessed with some of the world’s most pristine coastline and in turn some of its best beaches.
While many of these beaches are tourist hubs that easily accessible and well-visited, it’s often the case that Australia’s harder-to-reach shores are the most inviting.
One way to discover these hidden gems is with a guided 4WD tour, which can take travellers to unspoilt beaches away from the on-road crowd.
If you’re looking to experience Australia’s wildest 4WD-accessible coastline, then these off-road beach tours are the perfect solution.
Noosa to Rainbow Beach, QLD
The coastline between Noosa and Rainbow Beach is encapsulated within Great Sandy National Park, which gives visitors the chance to drive up the deserted foreshore of the Cooloola Coast without hordes of swimmers or beachside apartments to contend with.
The area combines this with sandy inland tracks, natural attractions like the stunning Coloured Sands, as well as plenty of postcard-worthy ocean views to marvel at.
Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours: greatbeachdrive4wdtours.com
Stockton Beach, NSW
A seemingly endless expanse of sand and undulating dunes, Stockton Beach is an off-road experience as well as an inimitable stretch of New South Wales coast. The beach’s depth, breadth, and topography make it a unique location, while also making it accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicle.
Featuring a sequestered ghost town called Tin City and shipwrecks embedded along the shoreline, there’s plenty to explore within the sandy expanse of Stockton Beach.
Sand Dune Safaris: portstephensadventure.com.au
Time and again, the beaches around Esperance have been recognised as some of the best in Australia, and a visit to them demonstrates that it’s not without reason.
Featuring cloistered bays and jagged coastline that protect white silica beaches and the electric blue waters that so typify this special region, exploring the coast around Esperance is an unforgettable experience.
Doing so in a 4WD allows visitors to head into the wilderness of Cape Le Grand National Park, which is crowned by the spectacular Lucky Bay and its western neighbours, a place known for its beach-going kangaroos.
Esperance Eco-Discovery Tours: esperancetours.com.au
Fleurieu Peninsula, SA
The beaches and dramatic rolling coastline of the Fleurieu Peninsula extend outwards into the Great Australian Bight and towards Kangaroo Island, giving travellers a sense of separation from the comparative bustle of Adelaide an hour north. The Fleurieu Peninsula is renowned for its raised cliffs that look out over long sandy beaches and crashing waves, the most isolated and scenic of which can only be accessed by 4WD.
Off Piste 4WD Tours: www.offpistetours.com.au
Cape York, QLD
Cape York is one of Australia’s most revered off-road destinations, though tours are available for those without a 4WD. From the northernmost tip of Australia’s mainland to the handful of idyllic tropical beaches that drape the peninsula, there is plenty of scenic beauty as well as cultural, geographical and historical significance to imbibe. While Cape York is a remote and rugged paradise that can be difficult to traverse, with an experienced guide and an off-road vehicle at the ready, the region will unfold itself to those willing to dive in.
Cape York 4WD Tours: loyaltybeach.com/cape-york-4wd
Alternatively, if you are an experienced four-wheel driver and you’d prefer to tackle the best Australian 4WD beaches without a tour, be sure to check out the Best Australian 4WD Beaches by Hema Maps.
James Jackson works for Hema Maps, a mapping, and digital navigation company focusing on off-road adventures in Australia, New Zealand& North America.