The Ultimate Guide to Traveling the CREB Track

Located in northeast Queensland, in Australia, the CREB Track is one of the Australia’s most spectacular and challenging four-wheel-drive trails. Make sure you have advanced 4WD experience, all the necessary recovery gear, and a winch if attempting in the wet.

CREB Track

How long is CREB Track?

The track is 71km (44 miles) long and winds its way through the Daintree Rainforest from Daintree to Wujal Wujal. The CREB Track (Cairns Regional Electricity Board) was originally the service access track for the old powerline to Cooktown. This is definitely not a Sunday drive. It’s regarded as one of Australia’s most spectacular and challenging four-wheel-drive trails. The track becomes incredibly steep with ascending peaks leading into big descents and river crossings. The track crosses through the Burungu Aboriginal community. You should be mindful of this when accessing the track.

How challenging is CREB Track?

The track is very steep and very rough. A speed of between 15 and 20kmh is advised. This track requires low range, high ground clearance, traction aids and recovery gear. It’s suited for well-equipped 4WD vehicles and those with experience in vehicle self-recovery - it's easy to get bogged or stranded even after moderate rainfall so only use this track if you are confident that you can get yourself out of these situations. It is not suitable for trailers and motorists must take care and be vigilant for vehicles travelling in the opposite direction.

Challenging river crossings on the track

One of the most treacherous part of the drive is crossing cross the Daintree River. And the higher the water level is the more challenging. The CREB Track crosses several creeks and rivers, including the Bloomfield River, Donovan’s Creek, and Roaring Meg Creek. During the wet season, these crossings can become deep and fast-flowing, requiring careful navigation and often making the track impassable.

Is CREB Track open?

Road conditions are always changing. You should check local weather conditions before attempting to drive the track. It can be open from May-November. Other months is impassable as a result of high river crossings and slippery conditions. It’s closed during the wet season and at other times if the situation warrants it. During closures, you should not make any attempt to drive along the track. If you disobey a road sign and drive on the closed road, you risk an on-the-spot fine. Because of the hazardous conditions, Council may temporarily close the track without warning. Check track conditions in Council’s website.

Is CREB Track remote?

In case of a breakdown, there is very little in the way of passing traffic or inhabitants around, and no cell phone service in parts. It shouldn't be attempted after rain due to the red clay that makes up most of its length. The ride is rather remote, so you need to be prepared. Even after moderate rainfall, the track can become treacherous or impassable and vehicles easily become bogged or stranded. It is said to be one of the best adventurous four wheel drive tracks in the Cape York area.