Although our family has extensive 4x4 experience, we weren't quite sure what to expect when we arrived at Oz Buggy Tours. However, the 4x4 buggies looked awesomely fun - and as we soon discovered, they lived up to their first impression!
These 4x4 buggies were easy to drive, and an amazingly fun family day out!
Each of the 4x4 buggies is fully automatic, with power steering. For a family used to bouncing around, the comfort of the buggies was incredible. Even the often-dreaded corrugations barely registered as we followed Brad, our very informative guide, along the many offroad tracks of Landcruiser Mountain Park. Karen, another of Oz Buggy's tour guides, took the rear to ensure no buggy was left behind.
These Kawasaki buggies were surprisingly comfortable, even on the roughest terrain
Safety and comfort are Oz Buggy's top priorities, and this was evident right from the start of the day. We were given an extensive briefing and training on how to drive the buggies, and a range of helmets was available, from extra small to extra large. Each helmet had protective goggles that could slide up or down when necessary to keep the dust out of our eyes. We were also given hair nets to wear within the helmets, and a dust mask that fitted comfortably around our necks when we weren't using them.
While some of the buggies have windscreens, the goggles and dust masks allowed us to choose those that didn't which really added to the experience of being in the great outdoors. Children from the age of 10 can take park in Oz Buggy's tours, and drivers with probationary licenses (but not learners licenses) are permitted to drive the buggies.
Landcruiser Mountain Park is a 10000-acre wilderness 4x4 park that has more than 200Km of offroad tracks. These are varied, and although we started off on simple tracks, our guides supported our skills development during the afternoon so that we soon graduated to rocky, bumpy, and even muddy trails that left us exhilarated and our kids eager for more.
Although we began on easy trails, our guides soon upgraded our skills so we could take on some of the awesome challenges available in Landcruiser Mountain Park
The scenery within Landcruiser Mountain Park is spectacular, and our guides showed us the best of it. This included a swimming hole, a waterfall that flows after rain, and a beautiful lake that made an ideal lunchtime stop. The headwaters of the Brisbane River are also found within Landcruiser Mountain Park.
In summer this waterhole is a popular swimming spot
Oz Buggy Tours recommends that participants were long pants, sunglasses, a jacket, and sunscreen to protect them from the elements, and enclosed shoes are a must. We were also advised to bring a change of clothes in case we got wet during the creek crossings.
Participants are advised to wear clothing that protects them from the elements on these fantastic tours
It is also recommended that families bring a camera to record their adventures. My daughter took charge of much of the photography from the passenger seat while I drove, and the awesome guides were happy to take family photographs and videos as we explored as well. Families can also pack lunch to bring for a break halfway through the tour at a stunning lake.
Brad and Karen, our two super tour guides who offered to photograph and video our experiences as well
Oz Buggy Tours is a fantastic day out for families who just want to get away from it all and spend some quality time together. There is very little mobile reception at Landcruiser Mountain Park, so the only use for electronic devices here is the capturing of family memories.