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Western Australia boasts
some of the world’s finest
4WD tracks that wind
through stunning outback scenery
travellers can only experience off-road.
Close to home
Mundaring Powerlines (24km)
Popular with experienced drivers
only. Follows a powerline in Sawyers
Valley, with many obstacles on the
way. It will take on average five to six
hours to complete.
Wilbinga Located 70km north
of Perth, between Two Rocks
and Guilderton, this is the closest
beach-and-dune spot for 4WDing,
and is great for beginners. Bring
Captain Fawcett Track (105km)
Located in Dwellingup, this track is
of moderate difficulty in dry weather.
There are camping spots by the river.
Harvey Dam Just 136km from
Perth, Harvey Dam is great fun in
winter. The terrain constantly changes,
making it a challenging track for
Lancelin The dunes are open 8am-
7pm daily. Make sure you read the
signs and take precautions.
Brunswick 4x4 Challenge Track
(21km) Only suited to experienced
drivers. There are plenty of difficult
sections, including three river
crossings and two very steep hills.
Seabird to Guilderton (10km)
This one is great for beginners all
year round. The track is just 100km
north of Perth.
Gibb River Road (700km) This beauty
slices through the vast northern
landscapes, from Derby’s King Sound
to Wyndham’s Cambridge Gulf. Pass
by boab trees, rocky escarpments,
plunging gorges – including the
Windjana Gorge – and the King
Leopold and Cockburn ranges. Go
between May and October.
Kingsford Smith Mail Run (800km)
Want to get a real feel for the WA
outback and its history? This track is
great for beginners, taking you inland
from Carnarvon to Meekatharra.
Canning Stock Route (1900km)
The Canning Stock Route runs from
Halls Creek in the Kimberley to
Wiluna in the Goldfields. Experienced
drivers who have tackled it describe
it as a never-ending expanse of
acacia-fringed dirt. You’ll pass only
the Kunawarritji community, so
considerable planning and expert
skills are required. For more info, go
Cape Leveque road (206km) There’s
one road in and one road out on
this track to King Sound and the
Buccaneer Archipelago. It’s a mix of
deep sand and jarring corrugations,
and should take about three hours.
Go between May and September.
Cape Arid National Park (unlimited
kilometres) Navigating skills are
a must for this vast 280,000ha
expanse. Choose your track wisely and
stick to it, because it’s easy to get lost.
On the way, you’ll pass Mount Ragged,
Seal Creek and Poison Creek. You can
also venture out to Israelite Bay, where
you can spy the cliffs that signify the
start of the Great Australian Bight. Hit
the Cape from October to April.
Anne Beadell Highway (1350km)
If crossing the Nullarbor via Eyre
Highway sounds too easy, this one’s
for you. Striking out from Laverton,
the rarely used, narrow, twisty and
sandy ‘highway’ is a serious slog
across the Great Victoria Desert. You’ll
pass former atomic bomb test sites at
Woomera and Maralinda, rabbit- and
dog-fences, Aboriginal rock art, and
a biosphere reserve. Be prepared!
Warlu Way trail (2480km) This
track features serious eye candy for
nature junkies. You’ll weave through
the Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley
regions, with sights along the way
including Ningaloo Reef, Karijini
National Park, and Eighty Mile
Beach, as well as Cossack, Roebourne
and Marble Bar. The 95 per cent
graded road means you can stick to
the track with a high clearance 2WD,
but the opportunities for off-road
exploration are endless with 4WD.
Yeagarup Dunes (6km) Located
on the edge of a forest in
D’Entrecasteaux National Park, this
impressive, land-locked mobile dune
system is 10km long. Make sure you
reduce your tyre pressure before
taking to the sand (and adjust it back
afterwards). Take care, the slopes can
The Woodlines A group of 4WD
tracks throughout the Goldfields,
where remnants can be found of
the light railways, originally created
for timber transportation to mining
communities. Access is via moderately
difficult tracks branching off Eyre
Highway, out of Norseman.
Leonora Loop (665km) This track
explores remote station country across
vast, inhospitable land that was sieved
for gold more than 100 years ago. The
loop is split into two sections that can
be done separately or as one, ideally
in a clockwise direction. Local history
buffs can rev their engines along the
Agnew Loop, a 300km day drive that
reveals the struggles of those hunting
for nuggets. Aim to go between April
Boranup Beach (photography Tourism WA).
Driving near Imintji
Karijini National Park
(photography Tourism WA).
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