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Off-Roading on Queensland's Islands? Read this first.

  • Written by John Perry, co-owner JAWA Off Road Campers

Are you looking for new adventures in 2024? If you plan to off-road on Queensland's Islands, you've made a good choice! However, even experienced off-roaders should pause to do a bit of planning before packing up to hit the open road. There are rules, whether you plan to tackle K'gari or Bribie Island.

I'm John Perry from JAWA Campers. For the last decade, I've been designing off-road caravans - and I’ve been road-tripping for over 40 years! It’s fair to say I know a bit about the subject, especially around Queensland’s Islands.

Before you head to the Islands for some off-roading fun, you need to know how to do it safely and legally! Here are my top tips for some of Queensland’s island hotspots.


Formerly known as Fraser Island, K’gari is an exhilarating spot, but there are rules. Its unique terrain is precisely why there are so many road rules to learn! Queensland's normal rules of the road apply. That means there are speed limits. It's also only accessible via 4×4 so prepare yourself for the ride of your life! Beware of slippery sand and tides.

All vehicles must carry permits; you can simply apply on the Queensland National Parks website. If you plan to camp, you'll need a permit for that too, and while generators are allowed, you are not allowed to have a fire. You're required to bring a portable toilet which can be emptied at designated facilities. There are also designated areas to dispose of your rubbish.

There are formed tracks you should remain on. Follow the clearly displayed signposts to avoid any issues. You must watch out for wildlife (particularly dingos and kangaroos) and give way to pedestrians and oncoming vehicles.

Stradbroke Island

Stradbroke Island is a gem for off-road enthusiasts. The island isn't a 4WD-only domain, allowing you to drive on sealed roads and switch to 4WD tracks at your convenience. Sand tracks are generally easy but can get challenging depending on weather conditions.

Before entering soft, powdery beach access points, reduce tyre pressure and engage a low gear. Access from Flinders Beach is recommended as Amity Point often faces closure due to erosion. The Brown Lake trek is best suited for high-clearance 4WD vehicles. Driving on beaches is prohibited around high tide time. Permits are necessary for designated beach and bush areas, available online or on the island.

Bribie Island, Moreton Bay Region

You need a vehicle access permit to enter the area and this should be on display. All vehicles used on the island must be road-registered, whether a 4-wheeler or a 6-wheeler. 2WDs are not permitted. The standard speed limit for beach riding is 50km/hr unless otherwise signposted, and everywhere else is 30km/hr.

You will need a camping permit before you arrive, so complete this process well in advance of your visit. Pets and generators are not allowed. There are several locations across the island to purchase fuel and supplies. You need to secure your rubbish and take it with you when you go. Additionally, most camping areas require you to bring a portable toilet.

While none of these off-roading adventures require a sand flag, it's worth investing in one regardless; many areas require them, and safety is paramount.

Off-roading on the islands is not to be missed – and with quality off road caravans, Queensland adventurers can do it in style!

About the Author

John Perry, is an experienced business owner with 35 years automotive and transmission experience - and a passion for exceptional customer service. Finding a way to combine his love of camping and exploring the great outdoors with his expertise in the automotive industry has been a highlight of his career. A well-travelled, self-confessed family man, John is a wealth of knowledge and is always keen to share his handy hints and insider tips on the best places to go in Australia, and how to make the most of your outdoor camping adventures. John's off road camping experiences combined with is automotive background has enabled him to deliver high-quality, innovative, and award-winning hybrid caravans and campers designed specifically to withstand harsh Australian conditions.