& Off Road Experience:
Julimar State Forest is hill country with gravel tracks and many clay
& dirt winding tracks in between.
Some of these tracks are very tight and
squeezing the Landcruiser through was a bit of a challenge in areas, even the
Jeep Wrangler had to really squeeze between the tighter sections.
There was plenty of evidence that 4wds have contacted a tree here and
there, slow driving in these areas is a must if you wish to keep your panels
intact but pin stripping is surprisingly not a problem even though its dense
We found an extreme hill in Julimar state forest which most 4wders would
give a miss; it is very long, very steep, rutted, slippery and covered in loose
jagged rocks with a very narrow opening at the top of the hill.
The Extreme Hill at Julimar State Forest.
This hill can be avoided by taking a very narrow winding track to the
base of the valley.
NOTE* we didn’t attempt the hill on the day & this hill
may only lead to a dead end or tracks too narrow for a 4wd, so if going
descending it make sure you are confident you can get back up or have a
winching vehicle along for the trip.
Further along the track a second steep hill appears, there
is no chicken track going around & it’s the only way down!
However it has
multiple entries and exits on the same hill which is very unusual and makes it
There are many of different lines to pick from and depending
on your 4wd picking the correct line is very important.
Walk the hill before
you attempt it and stick with your plan as changing your mind halfway down or
up could send you sideways in the loose rocks and angles.
This video is that
exact hill, the Landcruiser is taking the steep entry with big rock steeps and
the easy exit, the Jeep takes the entry without too many big rock steeps due to
having stock suspension and exits on the same part as the cruiser:
Apart from the two main hills in Julimar state forest there are plenty
of rutted tight bends and steep short sections to keep you amused along the way
until a big open area is reached, this open area has plenty of bog holes.
after weeks of no rain in late November there was water around in the bog holes
and plenty of crusty dried mud which has thick sticky mud just underneath.
thick mud under the dry crust caught me out yet again, I knew there was mud
under the crust but servilely underestimated the depth as it shallower the
driver side of the cruiser before I could say S&$t!
When I stepped out of
the cruiser I lost half my leg into the bog hole before I could pull myself
back up by grabbing the roof rack. My brand new boots were now clogs of mud.
Luck the Jeep had a winch installed just 2 weeks before
as there was no going forward with the cruisers winch with the front end buried
in thick mud; this saved us from hours of dirty recovery!
Remember To Bring Recovery Gear.
As for lunch stops etc. the bog holes at the end of the
track is a good place, but there is a few spots before that where it opens up a
bit, enough for 4 4WD’s at the most.
We wouldn’t recommend larger than 6 4WD
convoy in this area as there is not much room around the hill descents/climbs.
This was our first visit to Julimar and we will be going back to extend our
exploration of the area and make the track longer or create a second set of
SECOND VISIT TRACKS see this link: Julimar State Forest Challenge.
conditions and difficulty:
Medium to Extreme
The tracks are very tight and slow
going in areas and generally easy with lengthy rutted out sections some of them
are on some tight bends which makes for interesting situations.
The hill climbs
and descents can vary from medium to extreme depending on which way you choose
and in winter we would strongly recommend approaching with caution!
winch country, there is no place for snatch straps on those hills, however at
the bog holes there is plenty of room for snatching out bogged vehicles.
in convoy for these tracks.
Things to do:
- 4WD Explore Julimar State Forest
- 4WD Hill climb and bog hole challenges
- Enjoy a drive in the bush
Best time to go:
All year round, if chasing a muddy
adventure then late winter won’t disappoint as we still found bottom less mud
pits in late November 2013!
Julimar State Forest GPS Waypoints:
For information about How to enter the GPS Way-points into Google Earth see this video.
For information about How to enter the GPS Way-points into Google Earth
see this video.
version of the Julimar Track, for the more Challenging track see: Julimar State Forest
Julimar rd Entry Point:
Air down parking area:
After airing down head north along the main track for about 4kms
Extreme Hill Descent:
Not sure where the tracks lead to at the bottom of that extreme hill
descent, to continue on with the track simply follow the track around to the
Second Steep Hill Descent:
This one has multiple entries, choose wisely and take caution! Once at
the bottom follow the winding tracks until you reach the next way point.
Track Exit to the West
(turning left) or Bog hole area to the North:
& Bog Hole Intersection:
This area has multiple tracks peeling off and will be explored and
coved during our next visit out there.
Head South from this waypoint:
Y Junction keep left for the exit:
From here you will
past the entry of the tracks you just took on, keep heading south covering the
main track you entered from the high and air up at the air down parking area.
Easy version of the Julimar Track, for the more Challenging track see HERE: