Self-Drive trails traversing the red heart of Western Australia


Photo Credit Alex Cherney
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 the Murchison region has been chosen as the location for the world's largest telescope - the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).  Australia will share the project with South Africa and the construction of the telescope will help researchers and astronomers answer fundamental unanswered questions about our Universe.

The Gascoyne Murchison region was chosen, among other reasons, due to the low levels of radio frequency interference and the long term sustainability of the region as a radio quiet zone.

Star Trails in the Gascoyne Murchison

So, make sure you have a star gazing guide handy before you begin your travels of the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways and take advantage of the clear skies for some magnificent star gazing along your way.

For information about the Murchison Astronomy Festival held at the Murchison Settlement visit the Murchison Astrofest website:

Places to Stay

Outback accommodation

There are many accommodation options available while travelling the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways...

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Local Attractions


WildflowersLate July - September
Wildflowers adorn much of the Gascoyne Murchison in spring time after plentiful rains.

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Station Stays

Station StaysApril - October
Outback Australian station stays offer you a unique holiday experience. Friendly hosts welcome you onto their stations and homesteads for a taste of country life in the Aussie Outback.

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Bird lifeAll year round
Waterways are ideal locations to experience the harmonious sounds and colourful sights of hundreds of birds that dwell in the Gascoyne Murchison region.

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AstronomyAll year round
You've never seen the stars shine as brightly as they do in the Gascoyne Murchison.

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GeologyAll year round
You'll experience a unique feeling of timelessness as you travel through country that possesses some of the oldest rocks in the world.

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