Northern Goldfields drive routes

Northern Goldfields outback drive routes include some of Western Australia’s most thrilling outback driving holidays. Along the way you can discover fascinating Indigenous history, art and culture, and see an amazing variety of Australian outback wildlife, including the majestic wedge-tailed eagle.

When visiting Lake Ballard and Kookynie or travelling on the Outback Way, the roads are not sealed, but are well maintained and suitable for both two wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles.

To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable outback driving holiday, take a look at the Outback road safety tips. Start planning the journey of a lifetime and check out the Northern Goldfields outback drive routes below.

Golden Quest Discovery Trail

The Golden Quest Discovery Trail travels 965 kilometres through the desert landscape from Kalgoorlie-Boulder to Leonora and Laverton. Features include the Antony Gormley Sculptures at Lake Ballard and The Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame.  More information about the Golden Quest Discovery Trail is available by visiting the Australia’s Golden Outback website.

Nullarbor North West Short Cut

Save time and fuel by taking the new short cut between the Nullarbor Plain and Western Australia’s North West, visiting picturesque outback towns along the way. With the road now sealed between Leinster and Mt Magnet, the Goldfields Highway connects Norseman, Kalgoorlie, Leonora and Sandstone with Geraldton and the North West.

Outback Way

The Outback Way (formerley known as the Outback Highway) travels through the heart of Australia via the Northern Goldfields. It links Perth and Kalgoorlie in Western Australia with Uluru and Alice Springs in the Northern Territory then continues on to Queensland. More information about the Outback Way is available by visiting the Australia’s Golden Outback website.


The four wheel drive adventure trails of the Northern Goldfields can be very challenging and certain precautions must be taken to ensure your safety. Please refer to Outback Road Safety tips for more information.

Northern Goldfields Travel Planner

Download the Northern Goldfields Travel Planner, or order a copy to be sent to you by mail, and start planning your holiday in Western Australia's Northern Goldfields. View more


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