4 Wheel Driving on the South Coast

On the Rainbow Coast of Western Australia

4 Wheel Driving and off-road driving on the South Coast of Western Australia is great...

Western Australia has some of the best four wheel driving in the world and the Rainbow Coast offers much to the 4 Wheel Driver!

There are a variety of off road trails including Boat Harbour, Blue Hole, Rame Head, Peaceful Bay, Eagle Bluff, Parry Beach, West Cape Howe, The Long Point track including Long Point, Little Long Point and Hush Hush, plus Torbay Inlet to Cosy Corner.One of the most secluded and dramatic is Boat Harbour.

Some of the most accessible Four Wheel Driving tracks include Torbay Inlet (near Albany), Peaceful Bay (towards Walpole), and William Bay National Park's Mazzoletti Beach.

Probably the most challenging beach of all is Bornholm Beach at West Cape Howe. (Reported to be one of the most difficult beaches to access in all of Australia!)

4 Wheel Driving in Albany, Denmark & Walpole, Western Australia 4 Wheel Driving in Albany, Denmark & Walpole, Western Australia Western Australian Pelican

The freedom to go further than most...

"All vehicles are required to stay on established roads or tracks. Vehicles may only be used off a public road or track (e.g. a beach) if an area has been designated for such use. In the case of National Parks and conservation parks, this designation is generally conferred through the preparation of a management plan, which involves extensive public participation. Similarly, off-road vehicle use in all other reserves and State Forest is not permitted, unless so designated. In other words, ‘bush bashing' or travelling cross-country is not allowed."
~ Dept of Environment and Conservation

Take the time to plan thoroughly...

4 Wheel Driving can be dangerous to the inexperienced driver so please take the time and effort to thoroughly plan your adventure. 

If you are heading to remote areas notify someone of your trip and your estimated time of return and make sure that your vehicle is maintained in good working order before setting out.

Ensure you pack basic supplies such as water, food, first aid kit, extra fuel as well as vehicle maintenance equipment.
The minimum 4WD essentials kit would include: polarised sunglasses, air compressor with gauge, tow rope, strong attachment points on your chassis, bow or ‘D’ shackles, jack and a jack plate or air exhaust jack, vehicle tool kit, rigger’s gloves, recovery tracks, a shovel and a tarp.

Reduce your tyre pressure before entering off-road tracks and sandy beaches and reduce your driving speed to compensate for deflated tyres.  Ensure that they are re-inflated after off road driving.

If you get lost, stay where you are. You’ll be found sooner if you don’t stray from tracks. If your vehicle breaks down or becomes stuck, stay with your vehicle. A vehicle is much easier to spot from the air than a person.  EMERGENCY- Dial 000

Be respectful of our environment and others...

All normal road rules apply when driving in off-road areas. Always drive slowly with your seatbelt on. 

Use the existing Passing Points and slow down when passing other others.

No littering...If you bring it in then please bring it out again!

Beach driving has the potential to impact negatively on animals, please use care.  Nesting Shorebirds on sandy beaches, estuaries and wetlands are difficult to see.

There may also be reptiles lounging at the side of the tracks, as well as other wildlife and kangaroos. 

Protect from Dieback...

Vehicles can carry the pathogen and spread the disease Dieback.

Please clean any mud and soil off your vehicle, especially the tyres, wheels and underside, before and after your trip and keep to established tracks and roads. 

Avoid travelling in wet and mud conditions and respect current track closures. 

Environmental Note

4 Wheel Driving in Albany, Denmark & Walpole, Western Australia

South Coast 4 Wheel Driving Locations in Albany, Denmark, Walpole and Surrounds

4 Wheel Driving on the South Coast

Tap the markers for information about the locations on the Map below.

What's on the map? These are the locations plotted above:

Walpole-Nornalup National Park Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Expansive covering over twenty thousand hectares of the Walpole Wilderness Area. Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park
Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map
Map of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park Visit Walpole-Nornalup National Park Map
William Bay National Park William Bay National Park
Visit Greens Pool, Elephant Rocks, Mazzoletti Beach, Tower Hill, Madfish Bay and Waterfall Beach! Visit William Bay National Park
Mount Frankland Mount Frankland
Starting in the karri trees you wind up and through towards the summit of Mt Frankland way above the tree top canopy. Visit Mount Frankland
Torndirrup National Park Torndirrup National Park
Including The Gap, Natural Bridge, The Blowholes, Jimmy Newells Harbour, Stony Hill, Cable Beach & Stony Hill. Visit Torndirrup National Park
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park
Boat Harbour Boat Harbour
The path through Quarrum Nature Reserve which leads to Boat Harbour offers great views of the Southern Ocean. Visit Boat Harbour
Broke Inlet Broke Inlet
Broke Inlet is located in Dentrecasteaux National Park approximately 40km west northwest of Walpole Town. Visit Broke Inlet
Dentrecasteaux National Park Dentrecasteaux National Park
Dentrecasteaux National Park is filled with beaches, dunes, cliffs and forests west of Walpole. Visit Dentrecasteaux National Park
Gull Rock National Park Gull Rock National Park
25k east of Albany, Gull Rock National Park is a reserve for many endangered animals, trees and birds. Visit Gull Rock National Park
Mazzoletti Beach Mazzoletti Beach
Mazzoletti Beach stretches from Greens Pool in the East by foot to Parry Beach in the West by car where it crosses the Parry Inlet at Parry Beach Visit Mazzoletti Beach
Peaceful Bay Peaceful Bay
Peaceful Bay beach is split in two by the Irwin Inlet as it discharges into the ocean. Sand dunes abound. Visit Peaceful Bay
Sinker Reef Sinker Reef
It is easy to see why it was given this name as the jagged black rocks rise in rows along the entire stretch of coastline. Visit Sinker Reef
Taylor Inlet Taylor Inlet
Taylor Inlet near Nanarup is a winding Inlet, home to many species of waterbirds. Visit Taylor Inlet
Wilson Head Wilson Head
Wilson Head marks the eastern perimeter of Ratcliffe Bay, stretching out into the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Wilson Head

4WD tracks and trails: Boat Harbour Beach, Blue Hole Beach, Rame Head, Peaceful Bay Beach Access, Eagle Bluff, Parry Beach, West Cape Howe and Torbay Inlet to Cosy Corner. 

Resources for 4 Wheel Drivers on the South Coast; Albany, Denmark and Walpole

Code Off Road brochure, by Track Care WA:
A guide to safe and responsible 4WD driving
https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/sites/default/files/common/Code%20Off%20Road%20brochure.pdf

Western Australian Four Wheel Driving Association:
Useful information about 4WD driving and clubs in Western Australia
https://www.wa4wda.com.au

Parks and Wildlife Service:
Safety in the National Parks 
https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/know/safety

Rainbow Coast Regions:

Albany Region Albany Region
The Albany Region of Western Australia is a land of mountains and waterways. An amazing region to explore. Visit Albany Region
Denmark Region Denmark Region
The Denmark Region is gorgeous. Trees, hills, beaches, rocks, wildlife around the river and the inlet. Visit Denmark Region
Walpole Region Walpole Region
Walpole is the western end of the Rainbow Coast and is surrounded by National Park and forested wilderness. Visit Walpole Region

Main Attractions on the Coast:

Ocean Beach Ocean Beach
Ocean Beach is set between the Wilson Inlet and the Great Southern Ocean, and is the closest beach to Denmark Town. A popular surfing spot and lookout.. Visit Ocean Beach
Greens Pool Greens Pool
Almost completely sheltered from the waves of the Great Southern Ocean, Greens Pool is a paradise. Visit Greens Pool
Elephant Rocks Elephant Rocks
Giant rocks shaped like elephants stand together facing into the waves of the Great Southern Ocean Visit Elephant Rocks
Mount Frankland Mount Frankland
Starting in the karri trees you wind up and through towards the summit of Mt Frankland way above the tree top canopy. Visit Mount Frankland
Two Peoples Bay NP Two Peoples Bay NP
Located approximately 25 kilometres north-east of Albany. Rediscovery of the presumed extinct noisy scrub-bird. Visit Two Peoples Bay NP
West Cape Howe National Park West Cape Howe National Park
Containing the southernmost point of Western Australia this national park is astounding. Visit West Cape Howe National Park
Shelley Beach Shelley Beach
Turquoise waters, verdant surrounds and ocean breeze make this beach a popular yet remote destination. Visit Shelley Beach
The Gap The Gap
An impressive rugged granite channel carved by the waves of the Great Southern Ocean crashing against the granite coastline forming a spectacular sheer drop of almost twenty five metres. Visit The Gap
Natural Bridge Natural Bridge
The Natural Bridge is a granite formation caused by the gradual wearing away of the rock by the Great Southern Ocean. Visit Natural Bridge
Brig Amity Replica Brig Amity Replica
Experience the first settlers arrival in Albany, the first settlement in Western Australia, from onboard a replica of the Amity. Visit Brig Amity Replica
Middleton Beach Middleton Beach
The most popular beach in Albany. Swim or relax under the trees. Cafes and amenities. Visit Middleton Beach
Little Beach Little Beach
This gorgeous beach is approximately 25 kilometres north east of Albany in Two Peoples Bay National Park. Visit Little Beach
Albany Wind Farm Albany Wind Farm
Beautiful and productive green energy from the wind of the Torndirrup, just outside Albany City towards Frenchman Bay. Visit Albany Wind Farm
Ancient Empires Walk Ancient Empires Walk
The Ancient Empires Walk takes you through the forest at the base of the Giant Tingle Trees at the Treetop Walk. Visit Ancient Empires Walk
Bibbulmun Track Bibbulmun Track
The Bibbulmun Track stretches from Kalamunda in the Perth hills to Albany, through many locations in the heart of the Rainbow Coast. Visit Bibbulmun Track
Denmark Wineries Denmark Wineries
Denmark Wineries and Vineyards to visit while on holiday along the Rainbow Coast. Wineries with restaurants, music, cellar doors and more! Visit Denmark Wineries
Frenchman Bay Frenchman Bay
Located on the southern side of King George Sound this beautiful setting has a grassy picnic area, BBQs and boat launch. Ideal beachfront location for a great day out! Visit Frenchman Bay
Giant Tingle Tree Giant Tingle Tree
This Giant Tingle Tree is special because it the oldest living eucalypt in the world. It is an 800 metre walk from the car park to the Giant Tingle and back. Visit Giant Tingle Tree
Lights Beach Lights Beach
Inspiring lookout and beach offering spectacular views of William Bay from the east. A favourite local beach. Visit Lights Beach
Mandalay Beach Mandalay Beach
Spectacular views to Chatham Island, gorgeous white sandy beach it is a must-see... sometimes the shipwreck is visible too. Visit Mandalay Beach
Monkey Rock Monkey Rock
Spectacular elevated views over William Bay Nat. Park, Ratcliffe Bay, Ocean Beach and the Nullaki Peninsula. Visit Monkey Rock
Princess Royal Fortress Princess Royal Fortress
One of the best outdoor military museums in Australia. The Fortress is within the Albany Heritage Park, atop Mount Adelaide. Visit Princess Royal Fortress
Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
Valley of the Giants Valley of the Giants
The Valley of the Giants Wilderness Discovery Centre at the Treetop Walk is the most visited place on the Rainbow Coast. Visit Valley of the Giants