Three MUST SEE FNQ Off-Road Destinations for the Adventurous Camper

Off Road Camping in Far North Queensland

Far North Queensland is a traveller’s paradise, with its diverse landscapes and stunning natural wonders. It’s where you can find everything from lush rainforests to rugged mountains, all waiting to be explored.

I’m the QPE Regional Travel Expert, John from JAWA Campers, and I’ve been traversing the vast expanse of Queensland for over 40 years, the last 10 of which have also been spent designing off-road campers that can take on any terrain this beautiful state offers.

With my experience and quest for knowledge, I’ve discovered some hidden gems perfect for an off-road camping adventure. So, what are you waiting for? Dust off that camper, grab your adventurer’s spirit, and let’s explore three of my favourite off-road tracks in Far North Queensland!

Mt Haig Circuit (aka The Tinaroo Range Roads)

Tucked away in the Tinaroo Ranges in Mareeba, the Mt Haig Circuit is an off-roader’s dream. As you pass the Emerald Creek Falls turn-off, the road starts climbing, leading you through tall rose gum and casuarina forests. The sandy-bottomed Emerald Creek meanders through the rainforest, offering plenty of exploration opportunities.

From the saddle between Mts Edith and Haig, a short, steep track leads to breathtaking Wet Tropics views. This 40 km circuit offers various route options, each promising a unique experience. Be mindful, though, that the road is locked during the wet season.

Herbert Range Roads

Outside Atherton, the Herbert Range Roads breathe new life into old forestry and mining trails, now a haven for mountain biking enthusiasts. The drive takes you up into the rainforest, leading to the summit of Mt Wallum, one of the highest drivable points in Queensland.

The main road continues south through dense rainforest before returning to the Atherton-Herberton Rd.

Mount Mulligan

This off-road trip might be a bit much for a day trip, but it’s worth the effort. Heading north from Dimbulah, the road follows parts of the old railway line to the Mt Mulligan mine, offering unique views unlike anything else in north Queensland.

The mine ruins are open for exploration but remember to respect the site and not take souvenirs. The route also crosses the Hodgkinson and Mitchell Rivers, with the latter offering camping options. Keep in mind this route should be avoided after heavy rain; it can get very dry and dusty when it’s not wet.

Get Ready for An Adventure

When it comes to caravans Queensland is certainly full of surprises, and these three FNQ travel destinations are just some treasures waiting to be discovered. So, pack up your off-road camper and get ready for an adventure that will leave you with unforgettable memories.


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