Dirt Biking and Four-Wheel Driving places around Townsville, North Queensland

There has been several places to enjoy riding and four-wheel driving in the outback, however, many of the popular places have been shut down over the years. Here's a listing of places when you can get out and explore!

Dirt Biking and Four-Wheel Driving places around Townsville, North Queensland

Location - Townsville, North Queensland, Australia

Many of the popular places have been shut down over the recent years; Dalberg, Mount Louisa, Ollera Creek, Forestry Road to name a few. People acting like idiots, riding unregistered dirt bikes and quad bikes, and/or illegal dumping of rubbish are what gets these places closed. Respect the locals, the roads, and the beaches. Don't leave your rubbish behind. You bring it you take it.


Before you ride in these areas, do your own research and double-check that these areas are legal to ride in. See also our general disclaimer. Adhere to all legislation; for example, you need to be wearing a helmet and have a registered vehicle.

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Join the local dirt bike club - DSMRA: Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Association Townsville & Cairns or the four-wheel drive clubs.

For more information on four-wheel driving in North Queensland, see 4WD Central's website.

Big Bend, Burdekin River

Big Bend Hill

A small network of tracks with camping and fishing opportunities.

Flat Rock, Burdekin River

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A small area of dirt tracks that are popular with locals. Camping and fishing is possible.

Insulator Creek

Insulator Beach is accessed via the turnoff at Crystal Creek service station.

Gumlow / Bohle River

Powerline tracks and a maze of trails to explore. Access via Becks Drive / Bowhunters Road, or similar.

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Keelbottom Creek

Keelbottom Creek is located at the top of Hervey Range.

Purono Park

The salt pans and mudflats of Purono Park. It's a fairly small area located near Yabulu.

Toomulla Beach

Toomulla is good for camping on the beach with the ability to ride bikes. Good place for beginners to intermediate riders. The powerline track/Toomulla Beach is a great playground for what you're looking for.

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Mt Louisa

Mt Lousia

There's a bunch of tracks. Use to be far more before the walking tracks and the developers.

Zig Zag Station, Hidden Valley

Zig Zag is located near Running River in the Hidden Valley area. This is private property and requires permission. There is also paid camping now in designated areas.

Long Beach, Cungulla

About a 45 min drive south of Townsville. Drive along Long Beach to Salmon Creek (an official QPWS camping area - permit required). The main beach at Cungulla is easy to get to in a standard car.

Cocoa Creek & Chunda Bay

Launs Beach and Cocoa Creek (an official QPWS camping area - permit required).

Barratta Creek

an official QPWS camping area - permit required

Don River, Bowen

Don River is a bit of a drive, but it may just be worth the effort.

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Abergowrie State Forest

With the DSMRA club.

Black River

Black River is a sandy river bed just north of Townsville. The are many tracks throughout the nearby locals Bohle Plains, Deeragun, and Jensen.

Places that have been shut down or were never permitted

Salt pans near Cape Cleveland, Harvey's Range tunnels (Greenvale Line), Dalberg, Forestry Road (Bluewater Range Track), Ollera Creek.

Ollera Creek is no more. Fallen like its brother, the Dalberg area. A change of ownership and a new cattle station has loose ends to find another great camping place.

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