4WD Adventures in South Australia
Southern South Australia
The southern regions of the state offer numerous opportunities for exploring remote areas by 4WD vehicle. The Coorong Peninsula is probably the most well-known along the southern coastline, but other possibilities include Little Dip Conservation Park, near Robe and Canunda National Park further south. Driving along wild sandy beaches and through dunes can be challenging and care should always be taken with tidal movements. Please reduce tyre pressure to preserve the track conditions and keep to designated tracks. Coastal environments are fragile and can be easily threatened by careless visitors.
Situated along the mid-south coast of South Australia, this unique part of Australia is wildly beautiful. The Coorong is a narrow stretch of water bordered by the Younghusband peninsula on the seaward side. The unusual geography of the region creates an environment rich in wildlife. There are sand hills, salt lakes, wild beaches, woodlands and shallow waters. There are many tracks amongst the huge sand hills in the area. The bird watching is fabulous, and the fishing is equally satisfying.
There are a large number of designated camping areas, many are close to the pounding surf of the sea. National Park Rangers in Salt Creek can give you advice and information.
Canunda National Park
Stretching from Southend in the north to Carpenter Rocks in the south, this National Park covers another large area of the south-eastern coast of the state. Canunda is not as well known as the Coorong, but does offer some excellent 4WD tracks and camping. The sandy coastal dunes and beaches are amazing, while the inland waters of Lake Bonney SE offer a stark contrast. Camping is on the beach or behind the dunes. Fishing can be enjoyed anywhere along the never-ending stretches of wonderful white beaches. There are no facilities in the park, so be well prepared. Drive close to the high water line when you are on the beach and reduce tyre pressure.
Little Dip Conservation Park
Little Dip is a small but attractive park which protects the coastal ecology south of Robe in the South East. Once again the driving is predominantly along its beaches and over white dunes. It is certainly worth a visit and camping is allowed in a number of locations. Beachport Conservation Park just a little further south also has some challenging tracks and interesting scenery. It is possible to follow the track from Robe all the way down through Nora Creina and on to Beachport. The sand along the beaches in this region can be extremely soft and thick. It is advisable to be well prepared with recovery equipment and take care with an incoming tide.
Ngarkat, Mt Rescue and Scorpion Springs Conservation Parks
Most people are not aware of these three parks which together cover a very large area of natural scrub and bushland from east of Tintinara all the way to the Victorian border. The area might not be appealing to everyone, but if you are interested in birds and wildlife, then you will be rewarded. The mallee country has its own character, while the lower heathlands provide shelter for all kinds of native species. There are a number of camping areas, but no facilities, so be prepared with food, water and other supplies. Take care on the roads when they become even slightly wet because they become extremely slippery.
The Border Track
It is possible to drive along the South Australia/ Victoria border from Pinnaroo south to roughly Bordertown. The northern section of the track allows one way traffic only because it is narrow and hazardous when two vehicles meet head-on. The rough track covers about 280 km of mallee country and is not well maintained. It is very sandy in some places and trees overhang other parts of the track, so beware of scratches and scrapings on your car. The Border Track is a real getaway, with some remote camping, challenging driving and wonderful wildlife. Avoid travelling in this area in wet weather when the conditions become dangerous and the track may be impassable. Use low tyre pressure and there is a speed limit of 40 km/hr along the track.
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