Leave Them In The Dust

 

Image courtesy of: @2ndlow4x4

 

Leave them in the dust this summer with desert tracks all over Aus! It’s time folks. Round up the crew and let’s get to some of the best, dusty, 4WD desert tracks in Australia. We’re ready for an adventure, let’s get ready.

 

Dusty 4wd tracks

 

Some of the best 4WDing tracks in Australia are in the outback, far away from civilisation, with red dust, empty tracks, amazing wildlife and endless views. The Australian outback is vast and breathtaking with a multitude of desert tracks to explore. So we’ve rounded up the troops, where should we go?

 

Anne Beadell Highway, WA

 

The Anne Beadell Highway is less travelled than the Canning Stock Route, and it is largely untouched. You can expect dunes for over 1300 kilometres from Laverton to Coober Pedy.  This track is extremely challenging, and should be attempted only by experienced four-wheel drivers. Experienced four-wheel drivers will also need to take fuel into consideration when tackling this track, as there is little to no fuel available.

 

Strzelecki Track, SA

 

4x4 Australia rank this as one of the best desert tracks to go and explore, saying that “this track and its surrounding environment has a lot more to offer should you take the time to camp along the route and explore the many interesting attractions and tracks that connect to this dusty desert highway.” You can read more about that here.

 

Madigan Line

 

The Madigan Line is located in the remote northern section of the Simpson Desert. The Line follows the marked camps of Dr Cecil Madigan’s 1939 expedition, which resulted in a rugged and direct route across the Simpson Desert. Read ‘Ten Things I Learned Crossing the Madigan Line’.

 

TIME OF YEAR: WHEN is best?

 

When chasing a dusty, dry four wheel driving adventure, it’s best not to choose summer months. Aim for the dryer winter months but be sure to remember your sunscreen, water and insect repellent!

 

desert driving TIPS AND TRICKS

 

  • Adjust your tyre pressures. Gravel and dirt outback roads around 28-30 psi and 20-25 psi for dune and sand, depending on vehicle load.
  • Drive to the conditions and speed limits.
  • Keep your wheels on hard surfaces where possible to keep your 4WD well controlled.
  • Keep out of another vehicle’s dust cloud – maintain your vision on the road ahead.
  • Slow down for cattle grids – they can have sharp edges
  • When navigating up and over dunes, always go straight up and down with no sideways trajectory.
  • Decelerate when you reach the crest of dunes. 
  • Which tyres are best?

 

When it comes to dusty desert tracks, you can really get away with our all-terrain tyres, the MAT 38 and the ATZ P3.

 

Featuring a new open, lateral and circumferential void tread pattern, particular silica based compound and a high tensile construction. The Mickey Thompson All-Terrain 38 tyre is an excellent upgrade for your 4WD or SUV for traction and strength on all terrains. 

 

The new ATZP3 heralds a new breed of performance in an all-terrain tyre as it combines unique design elements, technology and engineering. With that combination this tyre crosses between being an all-terrain and mud terrain tyre to give you the grip and performance when you need it while retaining remarkable on-road traction and low noise characteristics to get you down the road in comfort.