4wd day trips

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:23
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hi can anyone tell of some good 4wd, "easy to moderate" tracks out of sydney
for the family.not tag along tours thanks
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Reply By: chris_legend_25 - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:56

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 13:56
We just got back from a great day in the Jenolan State Forest, heading towards the 6 foot track. We left Sydney at about 9 am, got back at about 7:30pm or so.

Some of the tracks in there are amazing - they go up and down the sides of the mountains. One of the ones we did was a definite one-way only - very steep clay - the vehicles just slid straight down in the wheel ruts.

Other than that, north-west of Lithgow, in the Clarence area can be good too.

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Follow Up By: Redback - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 11:03

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 11:03
We did that track on the long weekend found a stricken 100s Cruiser on the hill with a broken rear diff pinion a mate in hid Disco snatch him out, that was Monday, we also did it on sunday too.

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Follow Up By: chris_legend_25 - Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 10:26

Wednesday, Jun 22, 2005 at 10:26
So you were the guys that got him out! Did you find out how they broke the axle? They said it snapped inside the actual housing. Doing doughnuts in the mud bowl was our guess.....

We met them just on dusk on the Sunday night, up at that large cross-roads near the 6 foot track camping area.

We had set up the barbie, and had some mighty cold little kids, so we had to leave them to it. They were gunna try the NRMA or something the next morning.I think a few, ummm, cleansing ales had been consumed by them at that stage as well, so we were a bit reluctant to follow them anywhere.

We had just come along the track about 4km east of the one they were stuck on (near the gate on the 6 foot track), and didn't fancy doing it in the dark!

Tell you what, some of those tracks in there are a bit hairy! One we did ended on the edge of one of those great thumping cliffs. We had to do a u-turn, on the loose gravel, on 30 degrees, about 2 metres from the edge of the 100m drop. The view was good though...
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Reply By: Member - Cocka - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:32

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 14:32
Think about joining a 4WD club. Besides offering driver training in aspects of handling 4WD's & recovery (should such be necessary) it's part of the membership, they also do short and long graded treks, ie A-B-C or D are degrees of difficulty. Also learn sand driving up at Stockton, it's a great outing. You'll meet a great bunch of family people with similar interests to you. It's money well spent for pleasure & safety.
Try this site where they take in all comers irrespective of vehicle make:

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Reply By: KiwiAngler - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 16:37

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 16:37
An excellent publication is " 4WD Treks Close to Sydney" by Craig Lewis and Cathy Savage - if you can find one. They are very hard to find and are no longer being published. A new 2005 version is due out any day as I understand it.

If you have a GPS go this website:


and d/l the waypoints from the ' 4wd Tracks of NSW" and if you have OziExplorer you can use them direct into that programme
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Reply By: Beddo - Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 21:28

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2005 at 21:28
North of Sydney there is the Wattagans - plenty of trails and great views, except dodge the trail bikes on the weekends. Other places are from Wisemans Ferry take the ferry across to the nortern side of the Hawkesbury - from there either turn right and head to a nice picinic & camping spot called Mill Creek in Dharug NP or turn left and stop and walk approx 700m up the Old Great North Road (OGNR) - fantastic convict engineering works - then continue up to St Albans for a beer at the Pub. From here travel up thru the St Albans Common to Mogo Camping Area (Yengo NP) - approx 600m further on there is a track off to the right that you can go along to another section of the OGNR called Circuit Flat Bridge - return back to the road and continue to George Downs Drive (Bitumen). From here turning RIGHT takes you back via Managrove Mtn to the F3 at Calga (near Mooney Mooney Bridge). If you turn LEFT heading in direction of Wollombi you will see a trail called the Mt Simpson track next to a Yengo NP sign - take this to the Boree track - turn left and go down to a carpark on the right - walk to a Aboriginal engraving site called Burragurra. Turn back again again & follow signs to Finchley lookout (great views) & more camping & Aboriginal engravings. From Finchley you can follow the Finchley track to Wollombi township or head west along Yango Track to Howes Valley to the Putty Road. Along the Yango track you will pass "Big Yango" (NPWS controlled access - need to obtain key first) - great camping or you can rent the homestead. Nice 24Km 4WD trail going around Mt Yengo - you will need low range and preferably not be in a Subaru (need ground clearance). To get key need to arrange key thru NPWS Gosford 43 204260 & plan it 2 weeks in advance as to ensure key arrives by mail in time.
Hope this helps.
The Old Settlers trail - is closed on the eastern end at Paynes Crossing by the property owners - you can come in from the Putty Rd end thru Yengo NP but the last 100m the property owners will not let you thru. Unfortunately a 4WD group had an argument with the local after they went back & forth thru the Ck crossing and chewed it up - the private property owners said I'll fix ya - and he did, now no one can go thu. By the way the guy that stuffed it was a cop.
Cheers - have fun.
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Reply By: brian - Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:15

Wednesday, Jun 15, 2005 at 08:15
Abercrombie river nat park has good camping easy to medium tracks on road from taralga to oberon road,also yerranderie township,or hill end in bathurst area see trip notes on this site .happy camping
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Reply By: lazylcd - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 10:23

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 10:23
hi Franksy,

Wollemi N.p. is pretty easy going, just out of Lithgow.

Incorporate the glow worm tunnel, the lost city, and blackfellows hand rock and you would have yourself a reasonable 2 day adventure.

Camping a bungleboori or Newnes, well worth a look, plenty of history at Newnes Platue for the kids too.

i agree the "4wd Treks close to sydney" is a great little book, but there is plenty of info on this site also :o)

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Reply By: Redback - Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 12:04

Thursday, Jun 16, 2005 at 12:04
A good day trip would be to the glow worm tunnel via the lost city, Bells line of road to Zig zag railway turn right follow to the glow worm tunnel road turn right follow to Blackfellows hand road turn left then left and follow to the lost city.

Back to Blackfellows then right you can have lunch at the pinic ground there then carry on down the glow worm tunnel rd to the glow worm tunnel and then drive home good day trip all easy.

Or you can follow Blackfellows hand to the end, a nice senic drive and there are Aboriginal drawings on Blackfellows near the end just after you go down a semi steep hill that turns left at the bottom, just after this in the open trail on the left, you have to walk up the small hill and they are in there.
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