Hit the Kingsford Smith Mail Run in your four wheel drive and head north on an outback camping adventure, following the original overland mail run to the magnificent Mt Augustus.
Embark on your Kingsford Smith Mail Run self drive adventure by purchasing the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways Guidebook.
Day 1: Carnarvon – Mt Augustus
(451 kilometres/5 hours)
Leaving the port town of Carnarvon, start your Kingsford Smith Mail Run adventure by heading east through pastoral land to Gascoyne Junction, where huge sheep stations dot the landscape. Travel on to Mt Augustus, a massive monolith twice the size of Uluru. Arrive in time to watch the sun sink over the 1750 million-year-old Mt Augustus.
Accommodation options: Mt Augustus Outback Tourist Park, caravan park, backpackers, camping
Day 2: Mt Augustus – Mt Gould
(100 kilometres/1.5 hours)
Spend some time exploring the rock formations, caves and Indigenous art scattered throughout the Mt Augustus area. As well as spring wildflowers and native wildlife viewing, this is also a popular spot for swimming, fishing and picnics. From here, head south to the Gascoyne River and Landor, famous for its races. Follow the current mail route via Mt Gould and the Mt Gould Lock Up.
Accommodation options: Camping under the night sky
Day 3: Mt Gould – Meekatharra
(160 kilometres/2 hours)
Journey south through the vast, timeless outback to the gold mining town of Meekatharra. Take the Meeka Rangelands Discovery Walk Trail and explore rocky outcrops, view native wildlife and marvel at the displays of spring wildflowers.
Parts of the track are only suitable for high clearance four wheel drive vehicles and should only be attempted by confident drivers. Supplies and services are limited and road conditions can vary, so plan ahead, stock up on food, water and fuel and contact the local visitor centre for up-to-date track information.
Before heading off into the remote desert areas of Australia, you will need to obtain permits, enabling you to travel through private and Aboriginal Lands. Get more information about permits for Aboriginal Lands or visit the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council. And to ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, be sure to take a look at Road safety and Important travel tips.
Driving times and distances intended as a guide only and may vary depending on exact route taken. Accommodation options are indicative as to what is available in the area.
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