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 – Mount Augustus
(451 kilometres/6 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 Mount Augustus, a massive ancient monocline twice the size of Uluru. Arrive in time to watch the sun sink over the 1750 million-year-old landmark.
Accommodation options: Mount Augustus Tourist Park (caravan park, backpackers, camping, units)
Day 2: Mount Augustus – Mount Gould
(100 kilometres/1.5 hours)
Early morning spend some time at Mount Augustus exploring the rock formations, caves and Aboriginal rock art, as well as spring wildflowers. You'll want to make sure you carry enough water (at least 3-4 litres per person, per day), but to find out more on the various walking trails around Mount Augustus refer to the Department of Parks and Wildlife website.
From Mount Augustus 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: Mount Gould – Meekatharra
(160 kilometres/2.5 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.
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 not to scale and 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.