Set off on the Gunbarrel Highway and experience one of Australia's most famous and challenging four wheel drive tracks. Built by surveyor Len Beadell, this 1,400 kilometre outback adventure is perfect for the confident four wheel drive enthusiast who can handle the challenge of washaways, heavy corrugations, stone, sand and flood plains.

Excellent bush camps, many with bores, dot the Gunbarrel Highway that runs from Wiluna in Western Australia’s Northern Goldfields to Yulara in the Northern Territory. Highlights of the highway include Giles Weather Station, Banjo Creek, Mt Beadell, Lasseter’s Cave and Docker River. Those who tackle this track will enjoy retelling the story of how they conquered the rugged and unforgiving “Gunbarrel”.

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.

For additional information about the Gunbarrel Highway, check out Shire of Wiluna website.