DESERT TRACKS: EXPLORING THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK
Some of the best 4WDing tracks in Australia are in the outback, far away from civilisation, with red dust, empty tracks, amazing wildlife and endless views. The Australian outback is vast and breathtaking with a multitude of desert tracks to explore. Some of our favourites include the Oodnadatta Track, Gunbarrel Highway and the Gibb River Road.
Oodnadatta Track is the name given to the stretch of dirt road following a major Aboriginal trade route from Marree through to Oodnadatta. The track is home to a number of historical relics including the last remaining sleepers and ruins of the original Ghan railway that runs alongside the track from Marree to William Creek. There are a number of sights to see along the track including mound springs, Lake Eyre (Australia’s largest lake), Anna Creek Station (the biggest cattle station in the world) as well as the ever-changing scenery.
Gunbarrel Highway is an isolated desert track that connects Victory Downs to Carnegie Station, running through the Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia. The track consists of around 1,400km of washaways, heavy corrugations, stone, sand and flood plains. Part of the highway, known as the Old Gunbarrel Highway, is no longer maintained due to the construction of the Great Centre Road, which provides a more direct route. The Gunbarrel Highway is a tough, isolated track and should only be taken on if properly prepared and equipped.
Gibb River Road
Gibb River Road – stretches almost 660km and runs through the heart of the Kimberly Region, Western Australia. The track has scenic views of geological formations, remarkable ranges, superb rivers, vast savannahs of bushland, steep cliff faces and fascinating gorges that have been forged over millions of years. The track is often closed during the wet season due to flooding, which is typically November through to March, however; delays in re-opening the track have occurred.
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