This giant state of Western Australia and its regions have a lot to offer the intrepid off-road traveller. From the rugged coastline of the south to the dramatic gorges of the Kimberley and the arid interior. Western Australia truly is full to the brim of four-wheel-drive adventures.
Criss-crossing the state are some of Australia’s best off-road tracks. These include the Gunbarrel Highway, Nyangumarta Highway, Connie Sue and Anne Beadell Highways. Not to be forgotten are the Tanami Track, the Gary Highway and Gary Junction Road. Then there’s the Gibb River Road and the drive into the spectacular Karlamilyi National Park.
The Kimberley in the north of the state is the jewel in the crown. And deservedly so. There are few places in Australia that can rival it. Craggy mountain ranges provide the backdrop to the unspoilt wilderness and picturesque landscapes.
If it’s not on your bucket list, it should be! The Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater is another must-see feature in the south of the Kimberley region.
In the Pilbara, Mid-West and Goldfields regions, there are a huge number of off-road tracks. These will take you through beautiful desert landscapes, including the appropriately named Great Sandy and Great Victoria Deserts.
Far from being endless featureless sandpits, these environments vary greatly and are packed full of animal life and diverse vegetation. If you want to truly experience ‘big sky’ country, these are the tracks to visit.
Seeking some history to go along with your off-road adventures? Then the Goldfields area in the south-east offers plenty. Mining history and abandoned ghost towns mix with the beauty of the natural environment.
Western Australia has the longest coastline in Australia, so it’s no surprise that it offers a huge variety of scenery. Whether you set up camp in a remote cove surrounded by sparkling turquoise water or join plenty of other travellers for a sundowner on Eighty Mile Beach, it is well worth exploring as much of the western seaboard as possible.
Despite the huge number of incredible off-road drives on offer in Western Australia, the Canning Stock Route is by far the most remote and challenging 4WD journey in the state (and the entire country). However, it is also one of the most spectacular and rewarding. Yes, It’s hard going and there are HUNDREDS of sand dunes to cross. But the sheer variety of landscapes, vegetation, scenery and campsites along the route is astounding. If you’re lucky enough to drive it when the wildflowers are in bloom, it is even more spectacular. Completing this epic expedition will definitely give you some true off-road credentials.
Due to the diversity of the regions, you could spend the rest of your life exploring Western Australia. You may never need to venture into another state!