If you’re keen to test your mettle on some of the most challenging and thrilling 4WD tracks Western Australia has to offer, you’ve come to the right place! Your ultimate outback adventure will take you to remote, iconic 4WD tracks where you’ll pass plenty of native animals and sprawling wilderness along the way.
Gibb River Road
Possibly one of Australia’s most unique 4WD experiences, Gibb River Road spans 660 kilometres between Derby and Kununurra. You’ll travel through the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia’s North West where you’ll be surrounded by eye-catching scenery, and fresh water gorges.
Originally built for droving cattle from Wyndham to Derby, the Gibb now caters largely to four-wheel-drives and is home to some of the Kimberley’s most treasured attractions, including bell Gorge, El Questro Wilderness park, and the Cockburn Range.
Canning Stock Route
As the ultimate test of endurance and skill for expert four-wheel-drivers, the Canning Stock Route is one of the longest, most remote stock routes in Australia, and the world!
Albert Canning created this route back in 1908 so cattlemen in the Kimberley’s could take their stock to the southern markets. Nowadays, keen drivers traverse the track that stretches 2013 kilometres from Halls Creek to Wiluna, from June to September, depending on the weather conditions.
To tackle this route you’ll need a reliable vehicle that has been designed specifically for long distance desert travel, plenty of fuel, water food, and spare vehicle parts.
Drivers will also need to obtain the relevant permits, which are available from the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council (ANFWDC).
The Gunbarrel Highway is a cross-state adventure that is definitely one for the bucket list. Not one for the faint-hearted, this 1400 kilometre track covers remote desert landscapes that stretch from Wiluna in Western Australia, to Yulara in the Northern Territory.
While the journey itself is a memorable trip, climbing Mount Beadell is well worth the effort, as the views are simply spectacular!
Before setting out on this journey make sure you’re prepared! Speak to the Department of Indigenous Affairs about the relevant permits; make sure your 4WD is high clearance, and stock up on emergency equipment, appropriate communications gear and plenty of food and water. Travelling in a convoy is also recommended.
Starting in tropical North Queensland, this route will take you 3699 kilometres through the Northern Territory to the Kimberley wilderness and the exotic pearling port of Broome.
15 national parks, multiple world heritage-listed tropical savannahs and one of the world’s most unique ranges, the Bungle Bungle Ranges, makes this route a must! The ancient gorges will amaze you and the abundant wildlife and Aboriginal and pioneer heritage will keep you immersed, so much so you’ll want to stay on the road forever!
Western Australia is home to some of the most intense, yet enjoyable 4WD routes the country has to offer. So grab your swag, fill up your tank, and happy travelling!