Got a 4WD but sick of driving it like a Toyota Corolla? Change it up and hit these off-road locations outside Sydney.

Do I need a permit to drive on the beach in NSW?

Yep, you do.

So if you’re planning to 4WD on a beach like Redhead or Stockton, you’ll need to sort out a permit. You can find more info online or just head to the closest servo to the beach you want to drive on.

1. Get Your 4WD Muddy in The Watagans

Location – Watagan State Forest

Just itchin’ to throw your shiny rig in the deep end? A short drive north of Sydney, the Watagan State Forest is ready to receive your rig. Just be careful of all the ditches and mud pits, it might not want to give it back!

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Hardcore 4WDing In Watagan State Forest, Henry Brydon, off-road, mud, water crossing, headlights, submerged

2. Find The Lost City in a Fourbie

Location – Clarence, Newnes Plateau

Get proper off-track with a drive to the Lost City. The maze of 4WD tracks on the Newnes Plateau will lead you to a bizarre collection of rock formations that you’d never expect only two hours from Sydney. Make sure you’ve got the skills to find your way out again when you’re done!

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4WD Adventure To The Lost City, Brooke Nolan, Lost City, valley

3. Drive And Camp on The Beach at Lake Macquarie

Location – Redhead Beach

Redhead Beach is one of the only places in NSW where you can drive your 4WD on the dunes, park up, and spend the night. If you’re looking for a sandy, all-Aussie driving adventure, this is one of the closest to Sydney.

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Feature image by @jimmyds