Four wheel driving in Shark Bay

4WDing on Dirk Hartog Island

Many of the spectacular natural attractions of Shark Bay are only accessible by 4WD. Steep Point, Dirk Hartog Island and most of Francois Peron National Park are all 4WD destinations of high renown and worthy of days of exploration. Visit each of these destinations in out visitor guide for more information on access, permits and highlights for each site. Our 4WD itineraries outline some of the better sites to investigate.

Remote travel and being prepared

Soft tracks are a problem for drivers in Francois Peron National Park

Shark Bay is in a remote part of Australia. The 4WD destinations in Shark Bay are fantastic holiday locations but can be inherently risky especially if you are poorly prepared or inexperienced. The aridity of the area and high summer temperatures could mean a few hours stuck in a remote destination could turn into a catastrophe. Make sure you are well prepared!

Please study the 'Four wheel driving in Shark Bay' information sheet and remember these key considerations when visiting Shark Bay:
  • Tyre pressure is a key factor. Dropping your tyre pressure will prevent you from getting bogged, give a smoother ride and help protect the tracks. Know your vehicle and the best tyre pressure for sand driving before you go.
  • Facilities are limited across Shark Bay and there is virtually no water except in the main tourist areas of Denham and Monkey Mia. Take all your own supplies with you including extra fuel just in case!
  • The remoteness of many sites means that you will need recovery equipment, sufficient spares and a good communication system.
Download a checklist of camping equipment for a 4WD trip to Shark Bay.


Australian National 4WD Council's Code of Ethics

4WDing at Little Lagoon

You can assist the Department of Parks and Wildlife to protect our natural heritage by observing and applying this code of ethics:

  1. Obey the laws and regulations for recreational vehicles that apply to public lands.
  2. Respect the cultural, heritage and environmental values of private/public land, by obeying restrictions that may apply.
  3. Respect our flora and fauna. Stop and look, but never disturb.
  4. Keep to formed vehicle tracks.
  5. Keep the environment clean. Carry your own, and any other, rubbish out.
  6. Keep your vehicle mechanically sound and clean to reduce the environmental impact.
  7. Adopt minimal impact camping and driving practices.
  8. Seek permission before driving on private land. Do not disturb livestock or watering points, leave gates as found.
  9. Take adequate water, food, fuel, basic spares and a first aid kit on trips. In remote areas travel with another vehicle and have Royal Flying Doctor Service, or equivalent, radio contact.
  10. Enjoy your recreation and respect the rights of others.
  11. Plan ahead and lodge trip details with a responsible person.
  12. Support 4WD touring as a responsible and legitimate family recreational activity. Consider joining an affiliated 4WD club.