Enjoying Levuka 4x4 Park’s muddy playgrounds!
Levuka’s muddy off-road tracks cater for all 4x4ers, from seasoned pros to first-timers.
THE SCENIC Rim area of south-east Queensland is known for its amazing views over valleys and mountain ranges, and Levuka 4WD Park is ideally situated on the south-western edge, offering some spectacular scenery. Not only that, the park has an abundance of 4x4 tracks, ranging from easy to extreme, which pass through rocky gullies, sticky mud holes, hill climbs and ruts.
The park is accessible to 2WD and 4WD vehicles, which makes it easy for families looking for a nice scenic spot to go camping for a few nights. You can also bring the bikes for the kids, as they will have a ball just riding around the campsites. The four-legged children can also come with you as the park is dog-friendly, but as this is a working cattle farm it’s advised to have tick protection for your dogs before and after you visit.
A central location within the park is The Playground, where everyone can have a go at trying its different tracks and, like everywhere else, once a bit of rain falls it’s much more fun. There is a fair bit of space to park and watch, or you could be the one rolling in the mud having all the onlookers cheering you on.
Upon arrival at the park you are given a welcome pack, which contains a map of all the tracks. You have the choice of enjoying
mud holes, rainforest tracks, rocky tracks or hill climbs. Each track is rated, and it’s stipulated that all the ratings on the tracks will change dramatically once there’s been a bit of rain.
Most of the tracks are one-way, which is handy as you don’t have to worry about oncoming traffic – there is usually no room to pull over in any case. If you like exploring, there is a small waterfall within the rainforest where you can pull over to the side of the track. It’s not that far and you can clearly see a trodden path you can follow to get a nice scenic photo with the waterfall.
Serious off-roaders can attempt the Rock ’n’ Roll Gully, which can do some serious damage to your vehicle. It’s best if someone jumps out to guide you through, as you don’t want to be changing a CV along this little track. It’s an exciting track, with a very tight left-hand turn that requires an (almost) eight-point turn to get the vehicles between the two trees either side of the track. Following that, you’ve then got a monster hill to climb!
If you’re after another challenge, Havoc’s Crossing is a doozy, especially after rain. It doesn’t look like much at
first, but the steep decline to a tight left-hand turn that then leads to an equally steep ascent is difficult. Having no space for a run-up at the bottom throws a spanner in the works, but if you have a winch and a locker you’ll get up no problem.
Once the day of driving is done, head back to Levuka’s wellmaintained campsite and indulge in a hot shower. Choose your time wisely, though, as you may end up lining up with everyone else. It’s these small luxuries that make a camping trip just that little bit more enjoyable.
Levuka is one of the smaller 4WD parks we’ve been to and we completed the map quicker than we anticipated, but it still has a lot to offer for beginners and experienced drivers alike.
During the school holidays – especially Easter – helicopter flights are available, and on the last night of the Easter long weekend there’s a spectacular fireworks display. We set up camp right at the entrance of the park and had front-row seats of the fireworks – it was the best way to top off a great weekend.
Levuka’s tracks are mostly one-way; there’s rarely enough space for two-way traffic.
A short break from offroad thrills to explore the waterfall area. Fun in the mud on the challenging Havoc’s Crossing.
Taking in the views at the lookout. There are plenty of excellent campsites at Levuka.