The Warlu Way

The Warlu Way follows the path of the warlu, or Dreamtime sea serpent, as it traverses North West Australia and the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia – ancient and sacred landscapes rich in natural beauty and enchanting Aboriginal stories. Your jourrney takes you back in time to the mystical Dreaming era when the warlu emerged from the sea and travelled through the pulsing red heart of the outback, forming magnificent waterways as he moved.

The Warlu Way Trail

Beginning on the shores of the world’s largest fringing reef, Ningaloo, the Warlu Way leads you 2,480 kilometres from sapphire seas to the lush oases, soaring gorges, rugged ranges and ancient Aboriginal art of North West Australia’s Pilbara and Kimberley regions. Interpretive signage along the drive opens your eyes to the secrets of this country and its historical, cultural and natural wonders. Click to view the Warlu Way map and road trip itinerary.

Warlu Way Highlights


Ningaloo Marine Park

Ningaloo Marine Park

Coral Bay and Exmouth are the gateways to Cape Range National Park and the dazzling marine life of the Ningaloo Reef.


Karijini National Park

Hancock Gorge Karijini National Park Australia

Deep in the Pilbara, the Warlu Way reaches Karijini National Park, an adventure playground of plunging gorges perfected over two billion years. Read more


Millstream Chichester

Python Pool, Millstream Chichester National Park

At Millstream Chichester National Park you enter the home of the warlu – a fairytale desert oasis of clear pools, water lilies and palm fronds. Read more


Burrup Peninsula

Burrup Peninsula Aboriginal rock art

On the Burrup Peninsula (Murujuga), just outside of Karratha, lies the world’s largest known collection of Indigenous rock art. Read more


Cossack and Roebourne

Roebourne Old Gaol

The historic towns of Cossack, and Roebourne boast rich and colourful gold rush, pastoral and Indigenous heritage, not to mention delicious seafood. Read more


Dampier Archipelago

Dampier Archipelago

Beyond the coastal towns of Onslow, Dampier and Karratha, your Warlu Way adventure brings you to one of WA’s most bio-diverse marine environments, the Dampier Archipelago. Read more


Port Hedland

Port Hedland

Gasp in ‘ore’ at BHP Billiton’s Port Hedland operations. Or visit the Royal Flying Doctor Service and School of the Air. Read more


Marble Bar

Marble Bar, Comet gold mine

Australia’s hottest town, Marble Bar is a unique example of a pioneering outback settlement established in the gold rush of the late 1800s. Read more

Eighty Mile Beach

Eighty Mile Beach

Dine and camp under a star-filled sky at Eighty Mile Beach and Cape Keraudren Nature Reserve before completing the final leg of your Warlu Way adventure. Read more



Cable Beach, Broome

Finishing in the exotic pearling town of Broome, drink in the sunsets at Cable Beach, or head to the Dampier Peninsula for more Indigenous cultural treats. Read more


Welcome to Country

The Warlu Way is a magical insight into Indigenous relationships, responsibilities and respect. It opens your eyes to the Indigenous people’s relationship and connection to the land. It acknowledges the ongoing responsibility Indigenous people have to their country. And it shares respect for Aboriginal beliefs and cultures. As a visitor, please travel thoughtfully and respect the wishes of your hosts.

Start planning

Click on the links to find out more about getting to North West Australia and travelling around the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia. View the Warlu Way Map. Check out the road trip itinerary. Download the Warlu Way brochure. Be aware of road safety and health and safety issues. And contact Australia’s North West or the local visitor centres to start planning your ultimate Warlu Way adventure.

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