The Gascoyne Murchison region is rugged, unspoilt and truly remote. This is the perfect place for a 4WD adventure, or an epic trip north. You can explore the largest monocline in Australia, Mount Augustus, find historic ghost towns, see carpets of wildflowers and see ancient Aboriginal art. Kingsford Smith Mail Run 3 Days | Apr-Oct (wildflowers late July - Sep) | 4WD For a slice of Aussie outback history, jump into a 4WD and trace the original overland mail run used in the 1920s from Carnarvon to Meekatharra – and celebrate the pioneering spirit of Australia’s most famous pilot, Charles Kingsford Smith. A full itinerary can be viewed at www.outbackpathways.com Highlights • Carnarvon local produce • Kennedy Range National Park • Mount Augustus National Park • Mount Gould • Meeka Rangelands Discovery Walk Trail • Buttah Windee Barramundi Farm & Art Gallery • Wiluna Tjukurba Aboriginal Art Gallery Day 1: Carnarvon - Mount Augustus, 497km, 6 hrs From the historic port town of Carnarvon head east through pastoral land to Gascoyne Junction, where massive sheep stations dot the landscape. Enjoy lunch at the Gascoyne Junction pub before setting off for Mount Augustus, a massive monocline twice the size of Uluru. Arrive at Mount Augustus in time to watch the sun sink over the granite formation, thought to be 1,750 million years old. Don’t miss a photo at sunset - Emu Hill Lookout is one of the best spots. Overnight accommodation at Mt Augustus Tourist Park. Day 2: Mount Augustus - Mt Gould, 100km, 1.5hrs This morning spend some time exploring the rock formations, caves and Aboriginal art scattered throughout the area. Wildflowers, birds and wildlife, swimming, fishing and picnic spots make this a true outback adventure destination. Depart Mount Augustus, and watch it slowly disappear from the landscape as you head south for Gascoyne River at Landor. Follow the current mail route via Mount Gould and the Mount Gould Lock Up. Find a spot along the way and pitch your tent for a night spent under a brilliant night sky. Day 3: Mount Gould to Meekatharra, 160km, 2 hrs Journey south through the vast, timeless landscape, to the gold mining town of Meekatharra. Spend time learning more about the town’s mining past, as well as its indigenous heritage, on the Meeka Rangelands Discovery Walk Trail, and check out the Buttah Windee Barramundi Farm & Art Gallery near town (phone ahead). Rocky outcrops, native wildlife and wildflowers bring the town to life. WILUNA EXTENSION While in Meeka, why not drive the 182km to Wiluna, start of Canning Stock Route and Gunbarrel Hwy plus take its historic walk trail and view the Tjukurba Aboriginal Art Gallery and Canning-Gunbarrel Discovery Centre.
Miners Pathway 4 Days | Apr-Oct (wildflowers late July - Sep) 2WD & 4WD Capture the prospecting spirit on this trail through the Murchison’s gold rush days. In the late 1800s Mount Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra and Sandstone rocketed to the forefront of WA’s gold boom! A full itinerary can be viewed at www.outbackpathways.com Highlights • Springtime wildflowers • Mt Magnet Mining & Pastoral Museum • Walga Rock • Historic gold rush towns • London Bridge • Paynes Find Gold Battery • Station Stays Day 1: Paynes Find to Meekatharra, 340km, 4 hrs Enjoy the springtime wildflowers before setting off from Paynes Find towards Mt Magnet. Remnants of Mt Magnet’s gold mining history are evident in discarded mine shafts, museum and heritage walk trails – but you’ll find the mining industry is still alive and well. From here, head to Cue, famous for its stunning colonial architecture and Walga Rock. Day 2: Meekatharra to Sandstone, 221km, 2.5 hrs Hit the dirt road to Sandstone, keeping watch for wildlife including kangaroos and emus. Natural rock formations contrast with the rust stained sandstone which gives the town its name. Stop at London Bridge, an ancient rock formation that was once wide enough to allow a horse and sulky to cross. Day 3: Sandstone to Yalgoo, 280km, 3 hrs The journey weaves through the vast open landscape, crossing back to Mount Magnet to the town of Yalgoo. Emus, wedge-tailed eagles and kangaroos are plentiful around the town. Just south of Yalgoo is Joker’s Tunnel, carved through solid rock by early prospectors - and a great spot to see wildflowers. Day 4: Yalgoo to Paynes Find, 155km, 2 hrs Head south east across a dirt road to your starting point of Paynes Find. Make time to visit the Gold Battery and Museum, which showcases the region’s mining, pastoral and sandalwood industries.
93 | The Gascoyne-Murchison Wool Wagon Pathway 3 Days | Apr-Oct (wildflowers late July - Sep) | 4WD Offering the best of the Aussie outback and amazing marine adventures – this trail travels through some of WA’s legendary sheep and wool country before heading to the coast. Expect star-filled night skies, vivid sunsets and lively country characters. A full itinerary can be viewed at www.outbackpathways.com Highlights • Springtime wildflowers • Wooleen Station & Station Stays Unsealed Road Sealed Road PERTH WOOLWAGON PATHWAY KINGSFORD SMITHMAILRUN THEMINERS PATHWAY Day 1: Geraldton to Murchison Settlement, 355km, 4 hrs Leave the bustling port city of Geraldton behind as you head east through the town of Pindar. Hit the red dirt road and journey through a timeless landscape to Murchison Settlement. This is the ‘real’ Australian landscape – open space, historic homesteads and plenty of wildlife. Day 2: Murchison Settlement to Gascoyne Junction, 300km, 3 hrs Head north, stopping at the natural spring of Bilung Pool. Seashell fossils south of Gascoyne Junction point to the epic history of the natural landscape. Nestled on the banks of the Gascoyne River, the town is a centre for local sheep and wheat stations. Day 3: Gascoyne Junction to Exmouth, 611km, 7 hrs Take in the beauty of the Kennedy Ranges, which run north from Gascoyne Junction and boast springs, spectacular cliffs and canyons. Continue north, deviating towards the coast and the town of Exmouth. Here, coastal breezes and white beaches contrast against the rugged red earth. Explore stunning Ningaloo Reef, and spend a few days here relaxing on the beach - or from late April to June go swimming with whale sharks. • Murchison Museum • Gascoyne Junction • Kennedy Range National Park • Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef
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