Covering a million square kilometres Australia’s North West offers plenty of outback four wheel drive adventures, from a leisurely drive around Karijini National Park to the famous Gibb River Road and the challenging tracks of the Rudall River National Park.
Main town centres are easily reached on well maintained sealed roads and there are plenty of roadhouses and rest stops along the way. But for those seeking the thrill of a real four wheel drive outback challenge, check out these great North West tracks.
Gibb River Road
The Gibb River Road is one if the last true outback experiences. Spanning 660 kilometres between Derby and Kununurra, the track passes vast cattle stations, remote wildlife sanctuaries and stunning gorges. View more about the Gibb River Road.
Canning Stock Route
The Canning Stock Route is the longest stock route in the world and one of Australia’s most challenging four wheel drive routes, stretching for over 1700 kilometres with more than 800 sandy hills. Linking Wiluna to Halls Creek the Canning Stock Route passes through the Gibson, Great Sandy and Tanami deserts. View more about the Canning Stock Route.
The Savannah Way is one of Australia's ultimate adventure drives, linking Cairns in tropical north Queensland with the historic pearling town of Broome in Western Australia, it takes in the natural wonders of Katherine in the Northern Territory. View more about the Savannah Way.
The Warlu Way reveals the mysteries of the mystical warlu ‘sea serpent’ and other Indigenous legends by taking you on a 2480 kilometre self-drive journey through Western Australia’s Gascoyne, 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. View more about the Warlu Way.
The Kalumburu Road links the Kalumburu Mission and community to the outside world. Leading 267 kilometres north from the Gibb River Road and past the Mitchell River National Park, it travels through a spectacular but very remote part of the Kimberley. View more about the Kalumburu Road.
Travel in Luxury
Luxury coaches take you on guided journeys to the highlights of the Kimberley. Journey up the Dampier Peninsula, along the Gibb River Road, the Mitchell Plateau or into Kalumburu. Extended tours run from 2 to 21 days taking groups of 10 to 40 guests. Search for coach tours.
Guided Four Wheel Drive Tours
Guided four wheel drive tours (or tag-along tours) can allow you the comfort of your own vehicle, leading you off the beaten track with an experienced local guide, allowing you to discover places you might have just driven by. Search for guided four wheel drive tours.
A range of accommodation options are available to suit all from wilderness lodges, luxury safari tents and hotels to motels, caravan parks and designated camping areas. During the peak season June to September it is best to book well ahead to avoid disappointment. Search for accommodation.
Plan Ahead and Travel Safe
Parts of Australia's North West are very remote and require high clearance four wheel drive vehicles and plenty of planning. Contact the local visitor centre for details and road conditions, and check out Road safety and Important travel tips for useful information.