Outback Pathways

Outback PathwaysVast, rugged, beautiful and timeless, the Gascoyne Murchison region epitomises outback Australia.

Home to the Yamatji people for at least 30,000 years and to Europeans for more than 150, the region is rich with fascinating cultural experiences. Take the time to travel through this ancient land – there are many secrets to share.

Like an open door, the Outback Pathways provide ready access to natural and cultural wonders via historical routes. Each of the three pathways has a unique set of stories. This is available to the traveler through a series of interpretive sites. Here, panels and pictures enrich your experience, helping you understand this timeless landscape and the people who have met its rugged challenges.

The Kingsford Smith Mail Run – 800 km

From Carnarvon to Meekatharra via Mt Augustus- follow in the wheel ruts of Australia’s most famous pilot and learn about the mail runs that linked this landscape. Allow three days travel time. Kingsford Smith Mail Run.pdf

The Miner’s Pathway – 970km

From Paynes Find to Mt Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra, Sandstone and Yalgoo, then back to Paynes Find- experience the hectic heydays of the great Murchison gold rushes and the living heritage left behind. Allow three days travel time. The Miner’s Pathway.pdf

The Wool Wagon Pathway-1160km

From either Geraldton or Yalgoo via Murchison Settlement and Gascoyne Junction to Exmouth – explore the legendary pastoral country of the Gascoyne and Murchison Region. Allow four days travel time.The Wool Wagon Pathway.pdf


The ideal time to travel the Outback Pathways is between April and October when the weather is cooler (generally 20 -25C).

Plan your trip

The Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways is a self drive experience. Much of the journey is on unsealed roads through remote country. It is important that your vehicle is suitable, that you have enough fuel and water for the journey and that you let someone know your departure and arrival place and time.

You can find advice on preparing for your trip on the Outback Pathways website.

You can also purchase the 178 page colour guidebook to the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways from Visitor Centres throughout Western Australia and from the Department of Environment and Conservation website.