Trails: Outback

Going outback in Western Australia does not mean leaving the glorious waterways behind. Deep red earth leads to white sandy beaches and turquoise water - in some parts of Western Australia, the outback and coastline convene in an awesome display of natural beauty.

The legendary 700km Gibb River Road is an icon of outback adventure through the heart of the Kimberley in Western Australia’s north west. The dirt track passes through remote station country with magnificent scenery and plenty of opportunities to get out of your vehicle to discover one of the many fresh water gorges and trails including the Time Walk in Windjana Gorge which is one of the Top Trails.

The Golden Quest Discovery Trail runs through WA’s Goldfields from Coolgardie through to Laverton. This true adventure drive explores the 1890’s gold rush region to witness classic pubs, remnants of vibrant communities, deserted and reinvigorated mining spots and hotels that were once the centre of thriving populations and interesting natural landscapes.

“ This adventure highlights the natural beauty of the outback, including nature reserves, granite outcrops, woodlands and red earth and even an awesome art installation on a salt Lake by the English sculpture Antony Gormley.”

Sculpture on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail.

Outback Trails in Western Australia

Trail Name Top Trail Rating Region Time Length Difficulty
Bell Gorge Walk Trail, King Leopold Ranges North West 1-3 hours 4km Easy
Bird Walk, Giralia Station Coral Coast 1-3 hours 3.4km Easy
Breakers Trail, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour 1.4km Easy
Camel Trail, Chichester Ranges This is a Top Trail North West Full day 8km Moderate
Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu NP This is a Top Trail North West 1-3 hours 4 km Easy
Corella Trail, Cattle Pool - Goolinee, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour 2km Easy
Drapers Gorge Trail, Kennedy Range NP Coral Coast Less than 1 hour 1.6km Moderate
Edney’s Trail, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback Half day 6km Difficult
Emu Walk, Giralia Station Coral Coast 1-3 hours (Loop) 3.4km Easy
Escarpment Base Trail, Kennedy Range NP Coral Coast Half day 5.8km Moderate
Escarpment Trail, Kennedy Range NP Coral Coast Half day 3.4km Difficult
Flintstone Rock - Beedoboondu, Mount Augustus NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour .5km Easy
Gibb River Road This is a Top Trail North West Multiple day 700km Moderate
Gnamma Trail,  The Humps, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.2 km Easy
Golden Quest Discovery Trail, Goldfields This is a Top Trail Golden Outback Multiple day (Loop) 965km Easy
Goordgeela Lookout Trail, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 3km Difficult
Gorge Rim Walk, Dales Gorge, Karijini NP This is a Top Trail North West 1-3 hours 2km Moderate
Gum Grove Trail, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour 1km Easy
Hamersley Gorge Walk, Karijini NP North West 1-3 hours 1km Difficult
Hancock Gorge (with Kermits Pool), Karijini NP North West Half day 1.5km Difficult
Handrail Pool, Weano Gorge, Karijini NP North West 1-3 hours 1.5km Difficult
Hill Springs, Cape Arid National Park Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 0.5km Easy
Hippo’s Yawn, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.7km Easy
Homestead Walk, Millstream Chichester NP North West Less than 1 hour (Loop) .75km Easy
Honeycomb Gorge Trail, Kennedy Range NP Coral Coast Less than 1 hour 0.5km Easy
Hyden Rock Walk, Hyden Golden Outback Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.25km Easy
Kalari Trail, The Humps, Hyden Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 1.8km Moderate
Kangaroo Walk, Giralia Station Coral Coast 1-3 hours (Loop) 5km Easy
Kingsford Smith Mail Run, Carnarvon to Meekatharra This is a Top Trail Coral Coast, Golden Outback Multiple day 800km Easy
Knox Gorge Lookout, Karijini NP North West Less than 1 hour .2km Easy
Kotka Gorge Trail, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 2km Moderate
Len Otte Nature Trail, Cape Arid NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 1km Moderate
Lesueur Walk Trail, Lesueur NP This is a Top Trail Coral Coast Half day 8km Moderate
Mandu Mandu Walk, Cape Range NP, Exmouth Coral Coast 1-3 hours (Loop) 3km Moderate
Meeka Lookout, Meekatharra Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 2.5km Easy
Meeka Rangelands Discovery Trail, Meekatharra Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 3km Easy
Mt Bruce Summit, Karijini NP North West Half day 10km Difficult
Mt Nameless, Tom Price North West 1-3 hours 4.5km Difficult
Mt Ragged Walk Trail, Cape Arid NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 3km Difficult
Ooramboo Trail, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour .5km Easy
Ord River, Kununurra North West Multiple day 45km Moderate
Oxers Lookout, Karijini NP North West Less than 1 hour .5km Easy
Peak Charles Trail, Peak Charles NP, nr Esperance Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 2km Difficult
Pioneers Pathway, Toodyay to Merredin Golden Outback Full day 224km Easy
Saddle Trail - The Pound, Mt Augustus NP Golden Outback Less than 1 hour 1km Easy
Shark Bay Kayak Trail, Denham Coral Coast Multiple day 90km Difficult
Station Life Peron Homestead, Shark Bay Coral Coast Less than 1 hour (Loop) .6km Easy
Stockyard Gully Cave Trail, Stockyard Gully Reserve Coral Coast Less than 1 hour (Loop) 1.3km Easy
Summit Trail, Mt Augustus This is a Top Trail Golden Outback Full day 12km Difficult
Tagon Coastal Trail, Cape Arid NP Golden Outback Half day 14km Difficult
Temple Gorge Trail, Kennedy Range NP Coral Coast 1-3 hours 2km Moderate
Time Walk, Windjana Gorge NP This is a Top Trail North West 1-3 hours 2km Easy
Wave Rock Walk Circuit, Hyden Golden Outback 1-3 hours (Loop) 3.6km Easy
West Mt Barren, Fitzgerald River NP Golden Outback 1-3 hours 1.7km Moderate
Wheatbelt Way, Dowerin Golden Outback Multiple day (Loop) 1000km Easy
Yamaji Drive Trail, Greater Geraldton Coral Coast Multiple day 195km Easy