Self-Drive trails traversing the red heart of Western Australia


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 the area. Waterways are ideal locations to experience the harmonious sounds and colourful sights of hundreds of birds. Finches, Native Pigeons, Pink and Grey Galahs, Parrots and Swans are sighted in the plenty.

Don't be surprised to spot numerous emus which are common in the Gascoyne Murchison region. Travelling the Outback Pathways also allows you the perfect opportunity to witness the spectacular sight of a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring above the mulga shrub land countryside as you drive along.

More rare sightings might include that of the Mallee Fowl - once plentiful in the Gascoyne Murchison area the species is now classed as 'vulnerable' and to spot one is an experience to be cherished. So, keep an eye out for the huge mounds of earth that they engineer to incubate their eggs.

Visit the 'bird guides' section of the Birdlife Australia website to access numerous bird guides relevant to the Gascoyne Murchison region.

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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.

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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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