WA’s best outback adventures

The vast expanse that is the Western Australian outback beckons adventurers. The two billion year old landscape is home to one of the oldest surviving cultures on earth on and an array of Australian animals, from crocodiles to kangaroos.

The Pinnacles Desert

Feel like you’re walking on the moon at the Pinnacles Desert in Nambung National Park, two hours north of Perth. En route, stop at Cervantes to feast on fresh rock lobster, sand board down WA’s biggest sand dunes in Lancelin and see koalas and kangaroos in their natural habitat at Yanchep National Park.


Australia’s largest outback city, Kalgoorlie lies at the heart of WA’s Goldfields, 590km east of Perth. Its grand colonial architecture is a constant reminder of its mining heritage while modern operations continue to bring riches. Thanks to this, it has become a vibrant city, surrounded by wide-open desert, dotted with salt lakes and gold rush towns.

Gibb River Road

An epic road trip, Gibb River Road will take you through the heart of the Kimberly, through station country and past stunning rivers and gorges. Don’t miss El Questro Station – Chamberlain and Emma Gorges, Mount Barnett Station – Manning Gorge Waterfall Walk, King Leopold Conservation Park – Bell Gorge, Gibb River Station – Barnett River Gorge and Mornington Wilderness Park – Diamond Gorge. Beware of crocodiles.

The Bungle Bungle Range

Venture 850 kilometres east of Broome to find the National and World Heritage listed Purnululu National Park, home to the Bungle Bungle Range. This 350 million year old landscape has long been important for local Indigenous communities but remained hidden from the outside world until 1983. View the beehive like mounds from the air or hike into the Bungle Bungle Range to Cathedral Gorge, Echidna Chasm and other hidden gems.

Image credit: Tourism Western Australia & Aeyung Photography