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FOR those who re­mem­ber City View 4WD Park, which has since closed, half of the tracks that were City View have been taken over by Swan Gully. There are more than 900 acres of camp­ing and 4WD tracks on of­fer, while an­other good thing about this place is that pets are al­lowed as long as they are kept un­der con­trol.

The park en­trance is al­most the same; you now con­tinue straight to the of­fice and, once signed in, go and find a camp­site, set up, air down, lock in the hubs and go check the place out.

Swan Gully ticks all the boxes when it comes to off-road play­grounds, cover­ing novice to com­pe­ti­tion-style rock crawl­ing and of­fer­ing driver train­ing. The tracks are rated, so com­mon sense pre­vails and smart de­ci­sions need to be made be­fore the harder tracks are tried to pre­vent un­nec­es­sary dam­age to the ve­hi­cles – no­body wants to go home on the back of a tow truck!

Hav­ing your 4WD main­tained is as im­por­tant as the ac­ces­sories on it. The tracks can be very steep, rocky, rut­ted and loose, so it helps to have a spot­ter call­ing you through, and this is where hand­held UHFS pay for them­selves.

The views at the top of the ridges are end­less and breath­tak­ing; it’s easy to pull up, have a few cold ones and just get lost look­ing at the spec­tac­u­lar scenery.

The camp­sites are cleared, main­tained and scat­tered through­out the park; the choice is yours. There are also level sites for mo­torhomes, but check avail­abil­ity be­fore you ar­rive. Fam­i­lies that don’t ap­pre­ci­ate rough­ing it needn’t worry, as ‘glamp­ing tents’ are on the plans. They’ll have proper beds and tim­ber floors, so keep an ear out for the an­nounce­ment of this per­fect ad­di­tion.

Some­thing else that’s com­ing soon to this awe­some place are SXS (side-by-side) bug­gies. These will be avail­able on guided tours of the park, and the own­ers are fi­nal­is­ing de­tails be­fore get­ting the go-ahead.

So this is not just your nor­mal 4WD park; there are other things on of­fer that will cater for ev­ery­one, and the own­ers are very ac­com­mo­dat­ing and invit­ing and love re­peat vis­i­tors. Swan Gully is the per­fect day trip or week­ender for Queens­lan­ders, so get on down there and ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self.


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