Golden Beaches & Mines

Golden Outback Way

20+ Days - Perth to Cairns


The western half of the Outback Way travels between Alice Springs and Perth. The trip should be undertaken in a 4WD vehicle or Motorhome and the best time to travel is April – June.

Day 1

Travel: Perth to Merredin – 262km, 3.5 hours

View remnants of the Meckering earthquake damage at the Memorial Park. Visit the magnificent number 3 Pump Station at Cunderdin.

Day 2

Travel: Merredin to Kalgoorlie – 339km, 4 hours

Drive onto Kellerberrin and view the countryside from its hilltop lookout. Explore the Wheatbelt township of Merredin. Stop at Karalee Rocks, some 50kms before Southern Cross. Stop in Coolgardie at the Goldfields Exhibition Museum.

Day 3

Spend the day exploring some of Kalgoorlie’s fabulous local attractions including: the Goldfields Museum, Town Hall, Hammond Park, Boulder, Hay Street district, Hannan’s North Tourist Mine.

Day 4

Travel: Kalgoorlie to Gormley Sculptures and Leonora - 341km, 4 hours

Today head north on the Golden Quest Discovery Trail to view the world famous Inside Australia exhibit featuring the Antony Gormley Sculptures. Drive north through Menzies before making your way to view the 51 Gormley Sculptures in a 10 square kilometre salt lake at Lake Ballard. Then make your way to Leonora. While in Leonora, explore the historic Gwalia Precinct - a real “ghost town” and stay at Hoover House, the home built by Herbert Hoover who later went on to become America’s 31st President.

Day 5

Travel: Leonora to Laverton to Tjukayirla Roadhouse - 425km, 5.5 hours

Early departure today, on the way visit the once famous Mt Windarra Nickel Mine, site along the Golden Quest Discovery Trail (presently subject to mining activity). Pick-up your supplies at Laverton before travelling the first 300km of dirt road to the Tjukayirla Roadhouse (roadhouse closes at 5pm).

Day 6

Travel: Tjukayirla Roadhouse to Warakurna - 479km, 6 hrs

Today spend the day travelling on unsealed roads through Australia’s Outback and visit the Warburton Cultural Centre.

Day 7

Travel: Warakurna to Uluru - 336km, 4hrs

Today part of the road will become sealed as you travel to Uluru (Ayers Rock). Visit the Giles Weather Stations and Pettermann Range.

Day 8

Travel: Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Enjoy a day discovering the wonders of Uluru and Kata Tjuta.

Day 9

Travel: Uluru to Alice Springs – 461km, 5hrs

Alice Springs Desert Park and the Alice Springs Reptile Centre are great places to visit. For a spectacular experience with a different type of view take a hot air balloon trip at dawn and you’ll see kangaroos grazing and the beauty of a sunrise over a red desert.

Day 10 +

Travel: Alice Springs – Cairns

For more information this and other driving routes visit www.australiasgoldenoutback.com.

Aboriginal Permits

Travellers must be well prepared for this self-drive adventure and must secure permits to traverse the Aboriginal communities before departing. Visit www.dia.wa.gov.au/en/Entry-Permits for information on permits.

Vehicle Condition

Ensure vehicles are suitable for the drive route and that provision of ample water, food, fuel, first aid equipment and blankets are stocked. A 4WD vehicle is recommended with multiple spare wheels/tyres. The road is sealed from Perth to Laverton and then unsealed for just over 1,000 kilometres from Laverton to Ayers Rock.

Outback Way-finder Geocache Trail

Geocaching is a relatively new global phenomenon that combines GPS technology, a treasure hunt and the great outdoors. The goal of geocaching is to find a ‘treasure’ that is hidden at a latitude / longitude coordinate, using a handheld GPS. Over 400,000 caches have been hidden in more than 195 countries and the coordinates for most caches are recorded on a global website. Coordinates for the ‘hidden treasures’ can be found at www.geocaching.com.

When booking a 4WD trip be sure to request permission from Apollo Motorhomes prior to your trip to certain restricted roads. For more information click HERE .