Self-Drive trails traversing the red heart of Western Australia

Shire of Wiluna

The Shire of Wiluna covers an enormous area of some 184,000 square kilometres, which is predominantly a mining and pastoral area. The weather conditions are very harsh in the area with average rainfall of approximately 250mm (10 inches) per annum and extreme temperature variations between summer (over 40 degrees) and winter (below freezing).

The town of Wiluna is the principal centre in the Shire, and there are also a number of mining villages and aboriginal communities. The township of Wiluna is 966 kilometres northeast of Perth and is situated on the edge of the desert at the gateway to the Canning Stock Route and Gunbarrel Highway.

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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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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.

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Local Attractions

Wildflowers

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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Birdlife

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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Astronomy

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

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Geology

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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