SWAN GULLY PARK
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.
SWAN GULLY TICKS ALL THE BOXES WHEN IT COMES TO OFF-ROAD PLAYGROUNDS