Venture along the Miners Pathway and explore the wild prospecting towns that rocketed to the forefront of Western Australia’s gold rush in the 1800s, including Mt Magnet, Cue, Meekatharra and Sandstone. Embark on your Miners Pathway self drive adventure by purchasing the Gascoyne Murchison Outback Pathways Guidebook.
Day 1: Paynes Find – Meekatharra (340 kilometres/4 hours)
Enjoy the bright blooms of wildflowers (in spring only) before setting off along the Miners Pathway from Paynes Find towards Mt Magnet. Remnants of its gold mining history are evident in discarded mine shafts, the museum and heritage walk trails. Head north to Cue, famous for its stunning colonial buildings, many of which are classified by the National Trust.
Accommodation options: Motel, outback pub, bed and breakfast, station stay, caravan park, camping.
Day 2: Meekatharra – Sandstone (221 kilometres/2.5 hours)
Hit the dirt road south-east to Sandstone, keeping watch for local wildlife such as kangaroos and emus. The town takes its name from the many rust-stained natural rock formations that dot the surrounding landscape. Be sure to stop at London Bridge – a rock formation that was once wide enough for a horse and sulky to cross.
Accommodation options: Outback pub, bed and breakfast, caravan park, camping.
Day 3: Sandstone – Yalgoo (280 kilometres/3 hours)
The journey weaves through the vast open landscapes, crossing back through Mt Magnet to Yalgoo. Emus, wedge-tailed eagles and kangaroos are plentiful here. Visit Joker's Tunnel, carved through solid rock by early prospectors.
Accommodation options: Sheep stations, outback pub, caravan park, camping.
Day 4: Yalgoo – Paynes Find (260 kilometres/3 hours)
Head south-east to your starting point at Paynes Find. Visit the Gold Battery and Museum, which showcases the region's mining, pastoral and sandalwood industries.
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.
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.