The southwest has the best of both worlds with too many beaches to count on the coastline and countless towering forests to explore inland. Spring is the best time to 4WD down south whilst there is still plenty of mud and the wildflowers are in bloom.
Tims Thicket and White Hill are 4WD-accessible beaches within the City of Mandurah, close to Perth and perfect for a weekend adventure (especially since the fishing’s also great). Make sure you use the approved entry and exit points (there are 4WD tracks that lead to each beach), and keep in mind the dunes are off limits.
The Karri Forest Explorer Drive (starting just beyond Pemberton) is a nice way to take in some of the region’s drawcards like the Gloucester Tree, Big Brook Dam and, of course, stunning karri forests and renowned wineries.
Karri Forest Drive
If hitting the beach is more your thing, Yeagarup offers its famed 10km landlocked sand dunes, a drawcard for 4WD enthusiasts.
Remember to reduce tyre pressure, since you’ll be driving on soft sand. Consider the Leaning Marri campground by the lake in D’Entrecasteaux National Park
3 Bears surf break
Local surfers recommend the Three Bears Track, a 4WD trail running between Yallingup and Sugarloaf Rock.
An easier track than most of the others, consisting of mostly sand and a few rocky section, various trails throughout the park has limestones that may add a bit of a challenge.
The coastal scenery where the track lays is incredibly rewarding, with views of crystal blue waters, soft sand beaches and powerful waves crashing into rocks.
With copious amounts of things to see and do, including caving and surfing, you can afford to take your time.
Image Credits: Boranup Beach - Toursim WA; Karri Forest Drive - WA Holiday Gude; Yeagarup Beach - Ronny Dahl Photography; 3 Bears - 4WDing Australia
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