People who visit the area often remark on the beauty of the countryside, particularly the stunning scenic views and the majestic, tall timbers. For those that love driving in the countryside there are seven 4WD trails to choose from. The directions are available below or from the Hampton Visitor Information Centre 8623 New England Hwy Hampton QLD 4352
This is “soft” 4WD driving at its best. Hampton nestles at the top of the Great Dividing Range. To the east are the steep gullies and ridges that lead to the coastal strip (Southeast Queensland bioregion). On the western side the range falls less sharply to the Darling Downs ( Brigalow Belt bioregion). The trails take advantage of these natural features. Each one follows gazetted roads or stock routes in the less visited areas. Every trail has magnificent views that range from extensive panoramas to little known vistas glimpsed through stately stands of Ironbarks or Blue Gums.
There are good picnic spots and lookouts on most trails and even in these dry times there’s still a quiet waterhole or two. Here the traveller can spend a bit of time skipping stones or watching colourful dragonflies hover over the water. If you’re lucky a carpet snake might be seen sunning itself on a warm rock.
For those who like birdwatching there is more information in the Crows Nest District bird trails, and other good birding spots en route are outlined in the trail notes. In the spring the sandstone hills abound with wildflowers that attract butterflies as well as birds.
All the trails start from the Hampton Visitor Information Centre and the brochures give specific directions with distances, and informative notes. Each trail is of about two hours duration. It is advisable to call in at the Centre for current road conditions.
The trails are on public roads, mostly gravel or formed earth. Some are in poor condition. A high clearance vehicle or 4WD is recommended. Leave gates as you find them.
Warning: Undertake these drives at your own risk. Conditions change unexpectedly. Routes may be untrafficable after storms and floods. Beware of stock on unfenced roads. GPS directions may be unreliable. Mobile phones may be out of range.