4WDriving in the North-West

4WDriving in the North-West

Last Updated: 21 Sep 2018
Tian Sisak

The North-West provides a diverse range of 4WDing trails featuring stunning gorges, historical landmarks and natural parks.

The weather ranges from arid to monsoonal, depending on what time of year you’re travelling. This makes for diverse but exciting terrain for those exploring the north by 4WD.

Gibb River Road

The Gibb River Road is a beloved 4WDing choice, for which a high-clearance vehicle is recommended.

It’s recommended that you take at least 14 days to take in the attractions along the way such as the stunning Windjana Gorge, El Questro Wilderness park and Tunnel Creek to name a few. May to October is the best time to travel the 660km track but be sure to check ahead.


River Road

Gibb River Road

Kalumburu Road

If you add Kalumburu Road onto the Gibb River journey, you can also include Mitchell Plateau to the trip’s list of sights.

You’ll need a vehicle with high ground clearance to take on the Marble Bar Railway, a challenging route in the Pilbara region following two sections of the century-old derelict railway that’s very overgrown in some areas.

Canning Stock Route

From Halls Creek to Wiluna, the Canning Stock Route is an iconic West Australian adventure, being one of the most popular amongst experienced drivers

Covering around 2000km, the route is best tackled between May and September. Make sure you have the appropriate permits and have planned very carefully (in terms of water, food and fuel) since the route traverses some remote locations where help won’t be close at hand.

Canning Stock Route

Warlu Way Trail

The Warlu Way trail follows the Dreamtime sea serpent Warlu’s path through North West Australia and the Pilbarra and Kimberley region.

Crossing around 2500 km, it takes in some of the standout attractions of the region, like Ningaloo Marine Park, Eighty Mile Beach, and the Dampier Archipelago. The trail will be a humbling experience, learning about the rich history, cultural and natural wonders of the landscape.

Image Source: Cape Leveque Road - Tourism WA; Gibb River Road -  Gibb River Road - Shutterstock; Canning Stock Route - Waypoint 4x4

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