Self-Drive trails traversing the red heart of Western Australia

Outback Pathways

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.

You can travel the Outback Pathways in any direction, in part, or as part of an entire Outback Pathways experience.

Take a copy of the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways Guidebook to help plan your journey and discover even more about this fascinating outback region. Or buy a special edition book with three bonus CDs to listen to stories about the region while you're on the road. The CDs feature a riotous line up of tales, told by the colourful characters who call the Gascoyne Murchison home.

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Payne's Find to Meekatharra
The Miners Pathway allows you to step back in time and discover the wild and heady days of the Murchison Gold Rush. The self-drive trail travels a figure eight journey through gold rush townships from Yalgoo north to Meekatharra, east to Sandstone and south to Paynes Find.

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Miners Pathway Map

Gascoyne Junction to Meekatharra
Follow in the wheel ruts of transport pioneer Charles Kingsford Smith along the Kingsford Smith Mail Run. Smithy, as he was known, once trundled along this very route on his mail run from Carnarvon east to Meekatharra, via Gascoyne Junction.

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Kingsford Smith Mail Run Map

Geraldton to Exmouth
Relive the adventures of the Gascoyne Murchison pastoral pioneers by setting out on the Wool Wagon Pathway. This self-drive journey from Pindar (near Mullewa) in the south through Gascoyne Junction and onto Exmouth in the north, retraces the history of the men and women who settled the region at the turn of the 20th century.

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Wool Wagon Pathway Map

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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.

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Places to Stay

Outback accommodation

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

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