Outback self-drive routes

Select an outback self-drive route and hit the open road on the outback driving holiday of a lifetime. It’s a great way to experience the breathtaking scenery, wildflower trails and warm hospitality of Western Australia’s Golden Outback.

With a good network of sealed roads and gravel tracks, many drive routes can be undertaken with a conventional vehicle and even a caravan in tow. But those who would rather blaze a trail of sand and dirt will find plenty of challenging outback four wheel drive routes to choose from.

Many drive routes also include guide books to help you plan your itinerary and offer more detailed information about the areas you are visiting. Contact the local visitor centre to obtain a route guide. And to ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, be sure to take a look at Travel times and distances, Road safety and Important travel tips. If you have your camping gear or caravan in tow, check out the range of caravan parks and camping sites available in Australia’s Golden Outback.

Check out the outback self-drive routes below and start planning your Golden Outback driving holiday.

Golden Quest Discovery Trail 3 days

The Golden Quest Discovery Trail is a true Australian outback adventure - hit the road and discover ghost towns, explore rugged landscapes, meet local characters and visit the famous Antony Gormley sculptures. View more

Golden Quest Discovery Green Trail

Golden Quest Discovery Green Trail Linking in with the Golden Quest Discovery Trail, The Green Trail highlights sites in the View more

Esperance and Lakes Self Drive 2 days

The Esperance and Lakes Self Drive takes you on a journey through historic towns, picturesque farmland and outback wineries en route to the coastal town of Esperance. View more

Coastal and Esperance and Self Drive 3 days

Follow the Coastal and Esperance Self Drive from Perth to Esperance, travelling through quaint Wheatbelt towns to the breathtaking southern coastline of Western Australia. View more

Dryandra Forest Trail 3 days

Take the Dryandra Forest Trail and discover the unique Dryandra woodland View more

Golden Pipeline trail

Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail 3 days

The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail begins in the town of Mundaring in the Perth Hills and follows the route of the Golden Pipeline - built more than 100 years ago it is still the longest fresh water pipeline on Earth. View more

Merredin Town Hall

Pioneers Pathway Self Drive 3 days

Pioneers Pathway Self Drive follows in the footsteps of the early farming and gold mining pioneers who journeyed east into the Western Australian Wheatbelt to find their fortunes living on the land. View more

Pathways to Wave Rock 3 days

Pathways to Wave Rock visits one of Australia’s best known natural icons, Wave Rock, and takes you on a journey of discovery through the changing landscapes and charming farming communities of the Western Australian Wheatbelt. View more

Esperance and Wave Rock Self Drive 4 days

Take the Esperance and Wave Rock Self Drive and travel to Esperance via one of Australia’s most famous rock formations and spectacular woodlands country. View more

Eyre Highway and the Nullarbor Plain 2 days

Travel the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor Plain and you’ll experience the remoteness of the Great Victoria Desert, the pounding Southern Ocean of the Great Australian Bight and the beautiful Eyre Peninsula in South Australia. View more

Granite and Woodlands discovery 2 days

The Granite and Woodlands Discovery Trail links Hyden and Wave Rock to Norseman and explores one of the world’s greatest untouched temperate woodlands, with 16 designated stopping places. View more

Monsignor Hawes Trail 3 days

Follow the Monsignor Hawes Trail and discover the fascinating religious architecture of New Norcia and the stunning Catholic churches throughout the region, designed by the renowned Monsignor Hawes. View more

Golden Plains Run 2 days

The Golden Plains Run provides a real taste of life on the land, exploring the rural history, gold rush heritage and breathtaking landscapes of the northern Wheatbelt. View more


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