Travel Around the North West

Very few places in the world offer the sense of isolation and ruggedness as Australia's North West. You can explore this amazing wilderness area on a self-guided four wheel drive adventure or join a Kimberley tour or Pilbara tour.

Travel by Air

If you have limited time, a quick, easy and scenic way to travel around Australia’s North West is by air. North West Regional Airlines, Airnorth, Qantas and Virgin operate flights to Broome, Karratha, Kununurra and other North West towns as well as some major attractions. You can also charter a light aircraft. 

Travel by Road

The Great Northern Highway is the main sealed road linking all major North West towns. It stretches from Karratha, at the southern gateway to the Pilbara region, to Kununurra at the eastern gateway to the Kimberley.

But to really experience the wild open spaces of Australia’s North West you need to get off the beaten track and onto one of the region’s great four wheel drive routes.

See the Road safety and Important travel tips sections of this site to help you plan ahead for a safe trip. Also, check with the local Visitor Centre and get an update on local road and weather conditions from Main Roads Western Australia.

Vehicle Hire 

If you’d rather explore North West Australia at a more leisurely pace, to your own schedule, why not hire a vehicle and embark on a driving holiday of your own? Rental vehicles are available at major towns throughout Australia's North West. Search for hire companies.

Travel by Coach

Whether you’re planning a holiday in the Kimberley or the Pilbara, both regions are serviced by major coach operator, Greyhound Australia. They offer hop-on hop-off packages, allowing you to travel around Australia’s North West at your own pace. Contact a Visitor Centre for a timetable and booking assistance or visit the Greyhound Australia website.

Guided Tours

Guided tours are one of the easiest and safest ways to travel around Australia’s North West. There is a huge range of professional and friendly tour operators who will take you around Australia’s North West by land, air or sea.

Search for guided tours and experience the regions’ highlights with a knowledgeable local guide.

If you’re seeking a traditional outback adventure, take a fully guided four wheel drive tour or join a tag-a-long tour and follow an experienced guide in your own four-wheel drive. Search for guided four wheel drive tours.

Cruising the Coast

Enjoy a cruise and beach camping safari, or charter a private catamaran with an experienced crew. Board a luxury Kimberley cruise tour with a private on-board helicopter, or a 5-star Kimberley cruise liner which caters for extended travel with every modern comfort. Search for cruise tour operators.

 
 

 

Staircase to the Moon

Staircase to the Moon

Witness the breathtaking Staircase to the Moon from March to… View more

History and culture - Australias North West

Ancient Aboriginal rock art

Australia’s North West has a fascinating history. View more

Birds of the North West

The rare Gouldian finch

Over 300 species of birds can be found throughout Australia’s… View more

Also in this section