4WD tracks lead to ‘hidden gems’

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Brad and Leonie Courtney say four-wheel-driving is a good way to see the Mid West.
Camera IconBrad and Leonie Courtney say four-wheel-driving is a good way to see the Mid West. Credit: Geraldton Guardian, Reuben Carder, The Geraldton Guardian.

The Geraldton region is a haven for four-wheel-driving, according to Geraldton Four Wheel Drive Club president Leonie Courtney and husband Brad.

Leonie said Geraldton has “the best of both worlds” when it comes to the sport, with 4WD tracks to isolated fishing areas and trips to stations within reach.

“You’ve got access to some hidden gems around here,” Brad, the club’s trip co-ordinator said.

“You get access to places you can’t get to with a Commodore.”

They said they and the club had found Aboriginal paintings, which were now signposted, north of Bowes River.

“We’ve learned so much over the years from club trips,” Leonie said.

“We share places and share ideas.”

Station trips within reach of Geraldton include Gabyon and Wooramel.

They said people going to those stations can often find routes to drive, including to the beach.

People looking at 4WDs should figure out what they want to achieve, they said. Choosing a 4WD that’s durable and has parts that are easy to replace could help with outback driving.

Closer to town, other types of 4WDs could provide a lot of fun.

Upgrades such as more durable seats, long range fuel tanks, roll bars, and suspension and other mods can add to safety and enjoyment.

Owners of 4WDs can join the club on three trips before deciding if membership is for them.

Geraldton Four Wheel Drive club is on Facebook and at geraldton4wd.org.au.

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