A weekend at The Springs

A play pen for 4WD enthusiasts.

Just south of Warwick, off the New England Highway, is a hidden playground for 4WD enthusiasts. The Springs 4x4 Adventure Park is two and a half hours’ drive from Brisbane and is the setting for a perfect weekend getaway for the whole family, including your pets.

The tracks

 The park offers a variety of tracks over 283 hectares of scenic and varying terrain, ranging from ‘easy’ to ‘extreme’. Your choices will depend on your vehicle and the level of experience you have. All the tracks are signposted, named and graded for difficulty and a detailed map of the park is given to you on entry. If you are travelling in a convoy, use a UHF radio to communicate with each other along the way.

Tracks

The views

Drive to the top of the hills on the park to enjoy 360-degree panoramic view of the countryside and the Granite Belt. There are several locations where you can enjoy a picnic and take some photos. This is the perfect way to celebrate making it to the top of the hill too.

Views

Camping

Spend some time with family and friends camping under the stars. The campsites are large enough to cater for big groups or events, offer plenty of shade and are close to a modern shower and toilet block which has hot showers. Each campsite has a firepit for use and you can buy firewood from the office. Guests can enjoy a classic campfire roast, warm jaffle or toasted marshmallows over the fire. Best of all, the park is also dog-friendly. Ask the owners on arrival if any baiting has occurred in the region before letting them off-leash though.

 

Park facilities:

  • Small kiosk.
  • Swap N Go Gas cylinders.
  • Firewood.
  • EFTPOS.
  • Designated driver training areas.

Camp fire

Tips for 4WDing on bush tracks

  1. Always carry a spare tyre, preferably two.
  2. Keep a paper map in the car, as you might not have mobile phone reception.
  3. Use a UHF radio to communicate with other drivers.
  4. Take recovery gear, including a puncture repair kit and air compressor.
  5. Pack plenty of water, sun protection and food supplies.
  6. Pack a first aid kit.
  7. Wear closed-in shoes in case you need to recover a vehicle.
  8. Drive to the conditions of the road and keep a safe distance between vehicles. 
  9. Secure any loads before starting your trip.
  10. Get under-body protection such as a bash plate to avoid damage to your vehicle.

If you are keen to extend your road trip, drive a further 30 minutes south to Queensland’s premier food and wine region around Stanthorpe. Here are some other pet-friendly campsites close to Brisbane.