• Suggested Time: 3 days.
  • Gascoyne Murchison Region

Have you heard of Charles Kingsford Smith? Follow in the wheel ruts of the transport pioneer along the Kingsford Smith Mail Run to discover the history of ‘Smithy’ as he was known, and how he once pushed his way along this exact route on his mail run from Carnarvon east to Meekatharra, via the Gascoyne Murchison.

There is a lot to discover about Kingsford Smith along this 3-day journey, you’ll learn about some of his larrikin antics, as well as discovering history surrounding early communication and transport. The trail will take you from the stunning coastline, through beautiful pastoral land, past the ginormous Mount Augustus and finishing in the heart of the outback. So, pack up your camping gear and your 4WD and set off on this epic Aussie journey.

This self-drive begins in Geraldton, meaning you’ll need to get yourself there first. This is a 9-hour drive from Perth, so depending on how fast you want to get there you can drive straight up in one day, breaking at a few rest stops, or split this day in 2. If you’re going to drive the 9 hour stretch in one day, we recommend heading off very early morning making sure you arrive before dark and find your accommodation. We’d suggest stopping into the coastal town of Geraldton after 4 hours to grab something for lunch, then finish off the last 5 hour stretch to Carnarvon, stopping for fuel and snacks on the way.

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.

To ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, take a look at our pages on Traveling to and Around the Golden Outback 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.

Above map is intended as a guide only. It is highly recommended before heading out on your journey, you purchase a detailed Western Australian road and track map available from the RAC, petrol stations or where good maps of Western Australia are sold.

Events along the way