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The friendly outback town of Wiluna marks the start of two quintessential Australian bush adventures that are among the most challenging four wheel drive trails in the world - the Gunbarrel Highway and Canning Stock Route.

Located on the edge of the Western Desert, Wiluna is a seven and a half hour drive north of the Goldfields hub of Kalgoorlie.

Founded in the gold rush, after the precious metal was discovered here in the 1890s, Wiluna is now an outback administrative hub. As the gateway to the revered Gunbarrel Highway and Canning Stock Route drives, it's also a mecca for accomplished four wheel drive enthusiasts looking to test their skill and nerve.

The Gunbarrel Highway is considered one of Australia's most challenging roads. Extending 1,400 kilometres from Wiluna in Western Australia to Yulura in the Northern Territory, it was the first east-west road to cross the centre of Australia.

Following in the tracks of explorer and surveyor Len Beadell, the Gunbarrel takes in the arid beauty of the remote outback, stopping at spots such as Giles Weather Station, Banjo Creek, Lasseter's Cave and the Docker River on its way to the Red Centre.

Alternatively, test your off-road skills on the Canning Stock Route to Halls Creek, considered to be one of the longest and most remote stock routes on Earth. Originally surveyed in 1906 by Alfred Canning, the 2,000 kilometre trail traverses the Gibson Desert and Great Sandy Desert.

Join the growing band of contemporary pioneers who tackle this unique outback and survival experience, navigating the route's sand dunes, stony outcrops and corrugations through a desert landscape that's dotted with historic sites and Indigenous rock art.

Before you embark on your epic adventure, be sure to stock up on your supplies in Wiluna. You'll find a supermarket, post office and fuel, along with a caravan park and hotel-motel.


Wiluna: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Canning Stock Route

The Canning Stock Route was originally created by Albert Canning in 1908 for Kimberley cattlemen to take their stock to the southern markets. Covering some 51 wells and stretching 2,013 kilometres from Halls Creek to Wiluna, the Canning Stock Route now forms one of the most remote and challenging four wheel drive tracks in the world.

Those wishing to tackle the route should be extremely well prepared before setting out. Outback travel experience is required in conjunction with a very reliable and capable vehicle that has been specifically prepared for remote, long distance desert travel. Your vehicle will need to be extensively prepared for remote area travel, with all fuel, water, food, vehicle repair equipment and spare parts.

The route can be traversed either way from June to September, but access is totally weather dependant.

All vehicles, whether private or in commercial tours, are required to hold permits for travelling on the Canning Stock Route. Travellers should note that even with a permit, access is restricted to several sites, some located within the Canning Stock Route reserve.

Permits are available through the Western Desert Lands Aboriginal Corporation and the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council (ANFWDC).

Canning Stock Route
Halls Creek, WA, 6770

Located 1.2K from Wiluna

Wiluna: Travel Tips

Wiluna Shire Office

The town of Wiluna is 966 kilometres northeast of Perth and is situated on the edge of the desert at the gateway to the Canning Stock Route and Gunbarrel Highway. Facilities at Wiluna include a caravan park, hotel-motel, fuel, supermarket, police, hospital and post office.

The Canning Stock Route is one of the most isolated tracks on earth. This also makes it one of the most challenging 4-Wheel-Drive tracks anywhere in the world today. Every year many 4-Wheel-Drive enthusiasts take up the challenge to cross this harsh environment.

The Gunbarrel Highway is a popular 4-Wheel-Drive route that directly connects Western Australia to many popular tourist destinations in central Australia. The road travels through a very isolated and unpopulated part of the Australian outback, with towns and fuel stops far and few between.

Scotia Street
Wiluna, WA, 6646

Located 0.3K from Wiluna

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