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Default Graham Cahillís Favourite 4WD Locations By State


Any way you look at it, Australia is one mighty big island with a heck of a lot of variety. From deserts, to coasts to snowcapped mountains we are blessed to pretty much have it all at our disposal. Having seen a fair old chunk of the place, Iíve got to admit that Iím happy just about anywhere but if push comes to shove, I can name a favourite 4WD location in each state that always calls me back. Letís take a look.


Western Australia


Ok right off the mark Iím going to have to cheat here and drop two locations (come on, WA is a darn big state). Firstly my little neck of the woods, the Capes region of south west WA. Towns such as Margaret River, Yallingup and Dunsborough are well known but itís the pristine coastline, towering Karri forests and unspoilt countryside that ticks all the boxes for me. Ten minutes from my driveway and Iím locking hubs and hitting beaches away from the crowds with a sunset over the rugged Indian Ocean, perfect waves and great fishingÖyou get the idea I love the south west? Very quickly, my second location; Broome. There is something about that little tropical frontier town that I just canít escape. When you first drive down on to Cable Beach, park up and crack a beer I think you'll understand; make sure itís on your bucket list.


South Australia


Now if I was allowed to say two spots per state Iíd have to mention the Flinders Ranges but I can only say one so, Iím going to go with the beaches and coastline around Robe. The 4WDing is amazing as is the camping and I have even caught snapper off the beach! No trip is complete without checking the Cape Dombey Obelisk; worth it for the cliffs alone.


Victoria

Anyone who follows my travels will already have a pretty good idea of what Iím going to say next but ever since my very first visit many years ago, the Victorian High-country has blown me away and I just love it. The ability to get right up above the snow line and camp and drive amongst an alpine environment is just so unique. The huts, the stunted gums, the views, the rivers, the ultra-steep tracks, heck there is nothing I don't love about driving through the high country and Id literally live up there if it was feasible.


New South Wales

Iíve grown to really like NSW over the years and find myself being pleasantly surprised time after time but one location really gets me going; outback NSW. Itís a massive area but locations such as Kinchega NP and the Corner Country simply have to be experienced. 40,000 years of history can be found around Mungo NP and the Paroo-Darling will literally have you coming back time after time. All that said, the absolute best bit of western NSW for me just has to be the rich character and history of the outback pubs! Nothing beats a cold beer in an outback pub and western NSW does it better than anywhere else.


Queensland

This is an easy one thanks to some of the best experiences and greatest adventures Iíve ever had; of course Iím talking Lorella Springs. With over a million acres of unexplored and untouched wilderness right on the Gulf of Carpentaria you simply cannot go passed it for perhaps the last true adventure paradise in the country. Without a doubt put this right up the top of your list of places to head ASAP.


Northern Territory


Once again this is an easy one to answer because Arnhem Land stole my heart years ago and I cannot wait to go back this year. Untouched beauty all with zero crowds and ultra-friendly locals. Beaches that were made for postcards, perfect campsites and fishing to die for; Arnhem Land has got so much to offer. Delve into the rich cultural history while you are there and you will get an appreciation of just why the locals love the place so much.


Tasmania

Iíve yet to see a coastline as wild and rugged as the west coast of Tasmania. Catch this pristine part of the world on a good day and you'll be impressed with how harsh the place feels but get it when Mother Nature is in full fury and you'll be astonished and the brutality. This is a place as beautiful as it is harsh and it is because of this that I find it such an amazing place to visit. A word of warning though, Antarctica is just a stoneís throw to the south; take a jacket, even in summerÖ.trust me!


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I dunno how I missed this one.
I'm with him on Victoria, the High Country is the best and where I learnt to 4WD, in a little old hilux with a mountain of gear on board.

Seeing as Lorella Springs is 'just around the corner' from me it's now on my list, maybe while on my way to Arnem Land if I can get there, which has been on my list ever since my parents 'deserted' me (and other kids) in the 70's when we were touring the middle of NT and went there with the rest of the grown-ups.

I like Robe, but prefer the Coorong and around Coffin Bay - oh and Lake Eyre.The Coorong by all accounts is a shadow of its former self - haven't been there for probably 30 yaars or so

I agree about Western NSW too, fabulous place for a beer, although Wilcannia used to be pretty dodgy and I had a few bottles smashed on my head (for no reason) at the Louth races one year. Fortunately I've got a pretty hard head and very thick hair! I don't think I even bled.:D

Tasmania, too damn cold for me, I don't mind a bit of cold but something about Tassie I just don't get. Very pretty places though.
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