Our pick of the top three off-road tracks in the Rockhampton region. Do you agree?
1. Sandy Point
THE popular Farnborough Beach, north of Yeppoon, may seem like a family's or recreational user's dream but it's also a gateway to places further up the Capricorn Coast.
Sandy Point lies about 12km north of Farnborough Beach and can only be accessed by a 4WD with a medium capacity. The trek would mean a laid-back drive along the beach. Dual range 4WD, off-road camper trailers are suitable for the drive.
How to get there: When you get to the third roundabout in Yeppoon-Rockhampton Road, take the first exit into Appleton Drive. Follow the road around into Anzac Parade. When you get to the next roundabout take the second exit into the Yeppoon-Byfield Road. At the Rydges roundabout, veer right towards Mercure Capricorn resort. Follow the road until you get to Hinz Avenue. Turn right into Hinz Ave until you get to Bangalee Beach where you begin your drive to Sandy Point.
Why it's great: A laid-back drive along the beach.
Tips: Pack a recovery kit for your 4WD. Check your tyre pressures. High clearance vehicles with all terrain or road tyres are preferred.
Watch out for: Other vehicles and pedestrians. Keep to designated tracks. Designated tracks off the beach are marked with a vehicle access symbol at the entrance to the track.
GPS co-ordinates: Sandy Point, Yeppoon, Queensland, Australia. Latitude : -23.127888. Longitude : 150.745366
2. Mt Morgan No. 7 dam
How to get there: The dam is about 2km from the centre of Mt Morgan. Coming from the north, turn left off the main (Burnett) highway (before Carmody Bridge) and follow along the Dee River.
Why it's great: 10-30km tracks, some steep in places, that wind through the back of the No 7 Dam at Mt Morgan. Many of the tracks offer an up-close view of the historic mine that was dug-out in the early 1900s.
Tips: Take a high-clearance vehicle or 4WD as some of the tracks are covered with loose rocks the size of soccer balls.
Pack a recovery kit for your 4WD. Proceed with caution as sharp, jagged rocks pose risks to your vehicle. Keep to designated tracks. Keep fuel levels topped up.
Watch out for: Secluded fishing spots along the side of the dam.
GPS co-ordinates: Mt Morgan No7 Dam, Mt Morgan, Queensland, Australia. Latitude: -23.635128. Longitude: 150.399353
3. Goodedulla National Park
GOODEDULLA National Park, about 52km north of Duaringa on the Capricorn Hwy, west of Rockhampton, is completely thwarted by its isolation.
How to get there: Goodedulla National Park is Accessible by 4WD only. Turn off the Capricorn Highway at Gogango and follow the signs north to Rookwood Station. Do not turn towards the house, but follow the park signs and head north. The track is rough, unsealed and traverses private property. It can take more than 45 minutes to traverse the final 10 km to the park. Leave all gates as you find them.
Why it's great: One of Rockhampton's best-kept 4WDing secrets. The park has camping areas (without facilities) at Wadlow Yards, Kings Dam and The Palms and is accessible by 4WD only.
Tips: You need to be self-sufficient if you go to Goodedulla National Park. The nearest shop and fuel supplies are at Westwood or Duaringa. Bring a first-aid kit, sufficient fuel, drinking water, recovery gear, sealable rubbish container, insect repellant, hat and sunscreen, stove and fuel.
Watch out for: The 26,025ha park conserves The only land zone of granites, acid volcanics and Permian sediments in the central Brigalow Belt.
GPS co-ordinates: Goodedulla National Park, Glenroy, Queensland, Australia. Latitude : -23.278816. Longitude : 149.737189