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Going outback 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 outback is considered the heartland of Australia. It is a place of exquisite beauty, wildness and vastness and Western Australia's outback is home to some of the best. 

It is an area of extremes, harsh terrain and conditions which sit side-by-side with lush inviting water pools. The people and land of the outback embody the distinctive characteristic of Australia. 

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.

Trials in the outback can be hugely rewarding and even with peak crowds, the vast open spaces mean you'll always find a peaceful corner to call your own. With these rewards there does come the need to be prepared. Soaring temperatures, limited services and risky terrain need to not just be considered, but well planned for. Each region and trail should be properly researched to ensure you have the safest and most enjoyable journey possible.


  • Gibb River Road
  • Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu
  • Escarpment Trail, Kennedy Range
  • Gorge Rim Walk and Dales Gorge Trail, Karijini NP
  • Hyden Rock Walk (Wave Rock)
  • Blackwood River Tourist Drive




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