Good old VIC’s got some top-notch 4WD tracks, perfect for everyone from beginners to seasoned pros. Below Ally explores some of the best 4WD tracks in Victoria for a big day (or weekend) out.

 

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Ready to rev your engines and explore some of the most breathtaking 4WD tracks Victoria has to offer? Whether you’re a seasoned off-roader or just getting your tyres dirty for the first time, we’ve got the lowdown on some of the best 4wDing tracks that’ll get ya heart racing and your Insta followers jealous.

Whether you’re looking for a day trip from Melbourne or planning a weekend camping under the stars, I’ve found options for all 4WD skill levels. From Lerderderg State Park (just an hour or so from Melbourne CBD), to the Victorian High Country and beyond, here are some of the best 4WD tracks across Victoria.

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9 Best 4WD Tracks Victoria

1. Lerderderg 4WD Track Via Blue Gum Track

Location: Lerderderg State Forest
Track Distance: 76km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Melbourne: 64km (1 hour)

Ready for some serious bush-bashing? Lerderderg State Park is your go-to! Kick off from Gisborne Rd and brace yourself for a bumpy ride. The track can be a bit wild, especially after rain, so keep that in mind. This track is pretty close to Melbourne so it’s an easy one for a day trip. If you want an overnighter, camping is available at Lerderderg Campground, and there are plenty of hikes if you want to extend your visit.

 

Photo thanks to @pfctdayelise via Flickr | Creative Commons

2. Billy Goat Bluff Track (Goat Track)

Location: Victorian High Country (Crooked River)
Track Distance: 125km
Difficulty: Advanced
Distance from Melbourne: 333km (5 hours 30 minutes)

Billy Goat Bluff 4WD Track (also known just as the Goat Track) in the Victorian High Country is not for Sunday drivers.

In fact, it’s one of the steepest, most challenging 4WD tracks in Victoria. With some super challenging terrain and steep drops – think 1,200m descent over just 7km – this track is legendary among 4WD enthusiasts. You’ll want your 4WD equipped with a winch, and some solid off-roading experience wouldn’t hurt either.

But the views of the High Country from the top? Absolutely worth the sweats.

 

Photo thanks to @felixdance via Flickr | Creative Commons

3. Mt Margaret Track

Location: Licola (Alpine region)
Track Distance: 66km
Difficulty: Intermediate-Advanced
Distance from Melbourne: 270km (4 hours 15 minutes)

Mt Margaret sits somewhere between intermediate to advanced 4WDing. It kicks off at Currawong Camp, just off Tamboritha Rd, which leads you onto the Mount Margaret Track.

Expect a few rocky bits to navigate along the way, but they’re worth it. The views are something else! And if you fancy turning your drive into a camping trip, there are a bunch of campgrounds along the way to bunk down for the night.

 

Currawong Camp | Photo thanks to @stephanridgway via Flickr

4. Blue Rag Range Track

Location: Victorian High Country (Dargo)
Track Distance: 15.9km
Difficulty: Advanced
Distance from Melbourne: 387km (5 hours 15 minutes)

Ready for a fun track? Well, fun if you like a challenge. Not so fun if you’re a beginner who doesn’t know what you’re in for (me!). However, for experienced drivers, the Blue Rag Range track is your ticket to some of Victoria’s most breathtaking vistas.

It’s remote and calls for a 4WD with decent clearance. The panoramic views from 1,726m up are out of this world. The track’s got its fair share of steep climbs, narrow bits, and rocky terrain, so it’s definitely only recommended for drivers with some 4WD know-how.

 

Approaching another epic lookout on the Blue Rag Range Track | Photo thanks to Victor Ashelford

5. Goldie Spur

Location: Buckland (Victorian High Country)
Track Distance: 26km
Difficulty: Beginner
Distance from Melbourne: 330km (4 hours)

Looking for something more laid-back and beginner-friendly? Mount Buffalo’s Goldie Spur Track’s got you covered. The track’s pretty easy-going being mostly gravel road, but it does throw in a moderately steep section just to keep things interesting.

Dry conditions are perfect for this drive, and after a bit of rain, it can get more exciting with some river crossings. You’ll finish up near Lake Buffalo – a great spot for a swim or picnic.

 

Photo thanks to @sydneyoats via Flickr | Creative Commons

6. Blue Range via Little Bunyip Track

Location: Bunyip State Forest
Track Distance: 15km
Difficulty: Intermediate
Distance from Melbourne: 90km (1 hour and 40 minutes)

For a 4WD trail that’s not too hard but not too easy, check out Blue Range via Little Bunyip Track. Starting from Black Snake Creek Rd, this 15km loop through Mountain Ash forest is great for 4WDing close to Melbourne city.

It’s got a bit of everything: stunning views, challenging terrains, and some flatter bits all rolled into one epic track. Plus, the heathlands along Bunyip River Rd at the end? Simply stunnin’.

7. The Ladder, Mount Disappointment

Location: Whittlesea (Mount Disappointment)
Track Distance: 2km
Difficulty: Beginner
Distance from Melbourne: 90km (1 hour and 40 minutes)

Don’t let the name fool you, Mount Disappointment is anything but disappointing for 4WDing beginners. With a range of tracks from easy to medium, it’s a great spot to cut your teeth on 4WDing. The Ladder Track is a must-try.

Hot tip! Have a good map app handy – this place is massive and you don’t wanna get lost!

8. James Barrett Nature Drive

Location: Wyperfeld National Park
Track Distance: 15km
Difficulty: Beginner
Distance from Melbourne: 436km (5 hours)  

If you’re just starting out, the James Barrett Nature Drive near Lake Brimin is a solid choice. This 15km gravel track is a gentle introduction to 4WDing, weaving through diverse landscapes with great views. To be fair, a 2WD with good clearance could probably manage this one too.

Highlights include climbing up Mt Mattingley and catching the sunrise at the Eastern Lookout. Plus, there are plenty of walking tracks nearby for when you want to step outta your rig and stretch your legs in nature.

 

9 Best 4WD Tracks Victoria, photo by Donald Hobern via Flickr, Wyperfeld National Park, Victoria

Photo thanks to @dhobern via Flickr | Creative Commons

9. Mount Hickey

Location: Tallarook State Forest
Track Distance: 2.7km
Difficult: Intermediate – Advanced
Distance from Melbourne: 107km (1 hour and 30 minutes)  

Ready for a steep climb? The Mount Hickey trail is both steep and rocky, but with some amazing views from the top. Starting from Main Rd, the trail heads straight up Mount Hickey in Tallarook State Forest.

It’s a short drive, but that doesn’t make it easy! Once you’re at the summit, you’ll be treated to some spectacular scenery that stretches right across the valley.

How Did WAE Create This List?

As a very new Melbournite and 4WD enthusiast, I’ve been keenly researching the best 4WD tracks across the state. I’ve personally tackled several of these tracks, and the rest of the list has been collated through extensive research, including dedicated 4WD blogs, forums, and personal recommendations from seasoned 4WDrivers.

 

The Best of the Best 4WD Tracks in Victoria

I don’t like playing favourites but I DO like giving run-downs or a ‘best of’ list, to help you find a 4WD track to suit your adventure vibe. After all, my idea of a fun 4WD track might not be yours. And that is A-OK.

  • Best 4WD tracks for beginners: Goldie Spur, The Ladder, James Barrett Nature Drive
  • Best 4WD tracks for people who want a challenge: Billy Goat Bluff, Blue Rag Range, Mt Margaret Track
  • Best 4WD tracks that double as walking trails: Mt Hickey
  • Best 4WD tracks if you don’t want to camp: Lerderderg 4WD Track, Blue Range, The Ladder, Mt Hickey
  • Best 4WD tracks where you can swim too: Goldie Spur
  • Best 4WD tracks for killer views: Blue Rag Range, Billy Goat, Mt Margaret, James Barrett Nature Drive
  • Best 4WD track closest to Melbourne: The Ladder, Mt Hickey, Lerderderg 4WD Track, Blue Range

Best 4WD Regions in Victoria

Our list above focuses on specific tracks, but if you’re looking for general areas, regions, or parks that are great for a 4WD adventure (among plenty of other things!), here’s where you’ll wanna head:

4WD Safety Tips

  • When you’re heading out, always bring a 4WD buddy. Why? Well, even the pros get bogged sometimes and you might need a winch rescue. Better safe than sorry
  • In your boot, pack some essentials like Maxtrax, a winch, a shovel, and a snatch strap. Oh, and don’t forget a UHF radio – it’s a lifesaver when there’s no mobile reception
  • Depending on where you’re off-roading, a tyre deflator can be super handy too
  • Wet weather and 4WDing (for beginners especially)? Not the best mix. If it’s looking rainy, maybe plan for another day

Read more: What Should You Carry In Your 4WD Rescue & Repair Kit?

 

4WD Essential Gear

Here’s a list of essential gear for 4WDing. Remember, the type and quantity of gear will depend on your trip, your rig, and personal needs. Always plan and pack accordingly, folks.

  • Recovery kit (including a snatch strap, D-shackles, and recovery points)
  • Tyre repair kit (and spare tyre)
  • Air compressor
  • Shovel (useful for digging out of bog holes or building up tracks)
  • Maxtrax
  • UHF radio (essential in areas with no reception)
  • First aid kit
  • Water, food, snacks
  • Map and compass or a GPS
  • Snatch block
  • Extra fuel
  • Snorkel (for water crossings and dust reduction)

4WD Tips for Beginners

New to the 4WD world? It’s an exciting ride, and it can be tempting to try and tackle some of the hardcore tracks, but honestly, safety comes first.  

First up, if you’ve got an AWD (all-wheel drive), it’s best not to attempt a 4WD track. Yeah, some beginner tracks look easy, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. 4WD track = 4WD rig. No exceptions. 

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Secondly, knowing how to 4WD is key. Sounds obvious, but there are people out there who’ll just dive head-first into it without actually knowing how to operate a 4WD. Take a course or get an experienced mate to show you the ropes. Again, you don’t want to get into a sticky situation you can’t get yourself (or your car) out of. 

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Best 4WD Tracks Victoria FAQs

What’s the hardest 4WD track in Victoria?

Looking for a seriously challenging 4WD track? Ellis Track in Wesburn is where it’s at. Crowned as Australia’s most hardcore 4WD track, it’s a rollercoaster of boulders, ruts, and wild terrain. Not for the faint-hearted, that’s for sure.

What’s the longest 4WD track in Australia?

The longest 4WD track in Australia is the Canning Stock Route, which stretches an epic 1,850km across Western Australia’s remote deserts. It’s a true adventure of dunes, historic wells, and unforgettable landscapes.

How long is the Blue Rag Range track?

The Blue Rag Range track is 15.9km. It starts at the Dargo High Plains Rd (about four hours from Melbourne) and concludes with a steep descent to the Wongungarra River. This rough, gravel track is one of the highest alpine tracks in the country – certainly one to brag about!

What’s the best 4WD track near Melbourne?

Near Melbourne and itching to 4WD (without driving hours to get there?) Toolangi’s good for some rocky challenges, Marysville offers the lushest of forests, Mount Disappointment mixes it up with varied terrain, Lerderderg and Wombat State Forests are great for some muddy fun, while the Otway National Park connects you to the iconic Great Ocean Road.

Can you 4WD in national parks?

You betcha! There are plenty of national parks in Victoria with some hectic 4WD trails. There are also many 4WD trails in state forests. Victoria is your 4WD oyster. 

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