Payne's Find to

Geraldton to

Carnarvon to

The Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways feature three self-drive trails which traverse the red heart of Western Australia. Each trail is complemented by a series of roadside, interpretative signage, which opens your eyes to the wonders of this ancient landscape.

You may be driving by an area that was once home to a prehistoric seabed - fossils in the rocks bear tribute to this other age. Or perhaps you're driving alongside the wheel ruts of wool wagons that trundled these then remote areas at the turn of the 20th century. You may be at the site of a long abandoned gold rush township - crumbling buildings the only clue to the town's once bustling days. Or maybe you're at an area of special Aboriginal significance. Whatever the case, the Outback Pathways signage will reveal the region's natural, indigenous and historical secrets.

Follow the pathways

The 178-page full colour guidebook paints a colourful picture of the region - its history, nature and its charismatic characters following three self-drive trails through the Gascoyne-Murchison - the Wool Wagon Pathway, Miners Pathway and the Kingsford Smith Mail Run.


Star Trails in the Gascoyne Murchison


Astronomy Photo Credit Alex Cherney You've never seen the stars shine as brightly as they do in the Gascoyne Murchison. Due to the clear night skies typical of the area...


Geology The rocks in the Gascoyne Murchison region are amongst the oldest rocks in the world at over 2.7 billion years old. A wonderful feeling of timelessness is often felt...
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Station Stays

Station Stays While travelling the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways you will drive through a lot of beautiful station country. Many of these stations offer tourism experiences for visitors. Station Stays...
Galahs at a tree hollow


Birdlife Bird life is abundant in the Gascoyne Murchison region. Over 270 species of birds exist in the Carnarvon basin and of these, 162 species are known to breed in...

Wild Flowers

Wild Flowers The Gascoyne Murchison area is part of West Australia's internationally renowned region for spectacular wildflowers. Each year if the region experiences substaintial winter rains the red outback landscape...
Safety checklist

Safety checklist

While the Outback Pathways have opened the heart of the Gascoyne and Murchison to visitors, many areas on the self-drive trails remain remote and warrant extra travel precautions.

Safe Outback Travel

Safe Outback Travel

The Australian Outback offers spectacular scenery and the chance for great adventure. But it is important to be ready for the rigours of travelling in isolated areas.



  • Make sure you have good quality maps and plan your route
  • Be careful of how much you pack on your roof rack; a heavy load on top increases the chances of a roll-over

Listen to the tales of the land

Whilst travelling the region consider listening to the audio tracks which feature a riotous line up of tales, told by the colorful characters who call the Gascoyne Murchison home.