Four kids drive 4WD from Rockhampton to NSW

Clay Curtis
July 15, 2019

Four children packed fishing rods and money into a 4x4 before illegally driving themselves more than 900km (560 miles) across Australia, police say.

One of the kids left a note to their parents saying they were leaving and the quartet jumped in the 2004 Nissan Patrol and drove an astounding 924km from their home town of Gracemere, near Rockhampton, Queensland to Grafton in New South Wales.

During their escapades, the auto load of kids - driving a 2004 Nissan Patrol believed to belong to a family member - allegedly stole petrol from a service station in the small town of Banana in the early hours of Sunday.

Police said one of the kids had left a goodbye note for their family.

One of the 13-year-old boys was found in the driver's seat but A/Insp Williams believe the children took turns to drive.

But they only made it 140km before they realised they needed fuel and allegedly stole a tank of petrol from a service station in the Queensland town of Banana around dawn on Sunday.

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Four children took a stolen four-wheel drive on a 1 000km road trip across the Australian outback before being nabbed by police, officials said on Monday.

An employee there told Sydney's Daily Telegraph that security video had shown the vehicle driving in "like normal" before someone got out to fill up. However, officers stopped the chase due to concerns about the driver's age.

The four children took off from Gracemere overnight and are believed to be somewhere in New South Wales.

"It's a pretty big journey, and a long way for a young person", he said.

It was not clear which of the children had been behind the wheel, but Williams said it was likely they had shared the driving.

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