Guilderton to Seabird Beach Drive

Guilderton to Seabird Beach Drive

Righto, so we’re following on from the Moore River 4wd Adventure today. As you may recall, our journey along the river met an unexpected end when the tracks we were set to follow dissipated into private property. Oh well, that’s all part of exploring I guess! Still, we had a second part to our weekend planned; and with that in mind we zipped across the highway and into the coastal community of Guilderton.

There really isn’t much in Guilderton. A couple of general stores, a cafe, caravan park and a golf course is about it. But it’s a pleasant little place, the caravan park looks like a nice place to stay; situated on the mouth of the Moore River where we chose to have lunch. But what you really wanna know is where the beach driving starts! Well you make your way to the beach via Mortimer Rd, to the northwest of the town. I did my usual and researched the area on Google Earth, and had a rough idea of how far we would be able to drive on the beach. What Google couldn’t tell me was how bloody soft the sand was!

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It turns out 16 psi in the tyres wasn’t low enough, and when the Patrol got bogged twice in 50 metres I decided to roll with 14 instead. I’m not sure if it was the time of year, or just that we were travelling at high tide; but the cliffs swallowed up all of the driveable beach much sooner than I expected. We pulled off the beach and up on top of the cliffs. This was a good move I think. I’m a sucker for views and although the top of the cliffs aren’t that high, there were some good views! We’re talking about rolling hills blanketed in green, yellow and grey scrub; hilltop views with tracks and campsites as far as the eye could see and of course the lookouts over the ocean from the very edge of the cliffs. Some A-grade shit! A bit windy though….

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We had agreed to meet Sam and Rachael somewhere north of Guilderton, but our afternoon of exploring tracks, taking in views and checking out campsites (all of which were LOADED with ticks) had lead us right the way up to Seabird. This place is like Guilderton, except even less facilities. A cafe, general store, tavern, private caravan park and a heap of holiday homes is about the extent of it. We managed to grab a bit of mobile reception and let them know to meet us there, and took a moment to revise our plans and look at the maps while we waited for them. Our new plan took us north of Seabird through the scrub and hills rather than along the beach; in search of a tick-free clearing to camp in.

At about 4pm we struck gold with a huge sandy clearing between the dunes. No vegetation meant no ticks! No need to think twice on this one, set up smack in the middle of it! But about an hour later a convoy of 5 vehicles rolled into the clearing, hopped out and mulled around for 10 minutes or so before approaching us. “Hi! We are wondering if you would mind to share this spot with us?” Said the apparently European woman. “we come out here specifically for this spot, we have more people meeting us here”. Doesn’t sounds like something you want to hear right? Well it got worse when she was fully truthful with us and declared that they like to drink and party; often until 4am. She didn’t believe that a youthful group such as ours did not party at camp, but I politely explained that we would likely be in bed by 9pm and that perhaps it were better if they moved on. Crisis averted!

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We did some sand boarding and sand kayaking in the dunes before settling in to a truly revolting meal of lamb’s kidneys on toast (you will see that in the video) and true to our word we had all retired to tents and swags by 10pm. We set off the next morning to find an access track to the beach to do a bit of fishing and swimming, and in our travels stumbled upon a run down trio of shacks. These shacks are awesome, slapped together out of whatever is laying around. Would have made for some great night photo’s if only I’d known about them yesterday! We also found a beach access, blocked by the group we moved on from our spot the day before. When we eventually did find an access it was steep and soft. We hit the beach and it was even softer, with the two Navara’s being bogged within a couple of minutes. We let tyres down to 10 psi, and tried again but sam’s D40 wouldn’t drive. It was in gear, the transfer case was in gear but the smell of clutch was unmistakable.

Our pleasant day on the beach turned into a 5 hour recovery mission. I won’t go into details here, you can see how that went down in the Video at the end of this post. I have never been in a recovery situation so stressful, exhausting, scary and at times utterly hopeless as that one. At one point I sat for about half an hour just wishing an army helicopter with a winch would pluck it off the beach and drop it off back home!

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Well I hope you’ve enjoyed the read, and the video. I’ve done my usual for those interested in undertaking the same trip and put downloadable Google Earth printoffs and GPS waypoints at the bottom of this post for subscribers. There are so many tracks you could take a look at, but hopefully this will give you a starting point!

Until next time!

Alex

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  1. Larry Ledford
    March 28, 23:49 Reply
    Another well done adventure. Enjoyed it immensely. I might have just left it on the beach, but, that's me.
  2. […] You can reach seabird by driving a combination of beach and dune tracks from the north of Guilderton. There is also beach access north of Seabird but I highly recommend leaving that one be, the beach is EXTREMELY soft and challenging. If you wish to know more about any of the beach and tracks from Guilderton to Seabird, including GPS waypoints and Google Earth image files; read our writeup HERE. […]
  3. Brian
    January 25, 18:16 Reply
    Hi Alex. Thanks for all the work you've put into providing this resource. I don't have a 4wd but ride a 660 adventure motorbike. Many of the trips you highlight would also be good for our bikes. Can you tell me how long the track from guilderton to seabird is and how much of this is really soft sand. As you can imagine handling a fairly large bike in soft sand is hard going but also great fun in reasonable sized portions.
    • Alex Garner
      February 01, 09:55 Reply
      Hey Brian, Thanks for having a read mate! Adventure motorbikes is something I would love to get into, I'm planning on getting my license shortly too. The track from guilderton to seabird is only about 12 kilometres or so, and you don't actually have to hit the sand at all. We followed the beach as far as we could before cliffs cut us off, and there are plenty of tracks through the scrub and along the clifftops. I think you'd enjoy the ride!
  4. will
    July 06, 23:33 Reply
    Hi Alex, nice video. I have a house in Seabird and i do the track from seabird to guilderton all the time in a stock 97 suzuki sierra. Thanks
    • Alex Garner
      July 11, 12:45 Reply
      That's a good way to get to and from the house instead of the highway route!

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