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 bikes, and/or illegal dumping of rubbish. 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 still legal to ride in. Also adhere to all legislation. For example, you need to be wearing a helmet and have a registered vehicle.
Join the local dirt bike club - DSMRA: Dual Sport Motorcycle Riders Association Townsville & Cairns or the four-wheel drive clubs.
Insulator Beach is access via the turn off at Crystal Creek service station.
Bowhunters / Gumlow / Becks Drive / Bohle River
Keelbottom Creek is located at the top of Hervey Range.
Toomulla is good for camping on the beach with the ability to ride bikes. Good place for beginners/to intermediate riders.
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.
About a 45 min drive south of Townsville.
Don River, Bowen
Don River is a bit of a drive but it may just be worth the effort.
Black River is a sandy river bed just north of Townsville.
Places that have been shut down
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 it's brother, the Dalberg area. A change of ownership and a new cattle station has loose ends to find another great camping place.