The Wool Wagon Pathway, from Geraldton to Exmouth, is an Australian outback 4WD trail that packs a big adventure into just a few days. Following in the tracks of legendary pioneers, you’ll journey through spectacular wildflower country, outback desert and vast working stations to reach the bluest ocean and most amazing marine life encounters.
Geraldton to Pindar and Murchison Settlement
Total distance: 400 kilometres
Your outback wool country adventure begins in the port city of Geraldton (a five-hour drive north from Perth) where relics of shipwrecks reveal legendary tales of the region’s early shipping industry. Leave port and head east on the sealed road to Mullewa. In spring (June to September) this region dazzles its visitors with some of the most striking displays of wildflowers on Earth.
Continue to Pindar, where you’ll encounter the first of 23 interpretive sites and stories of the Wool Wagon Pathway at Pindar. Here, the road turns to gravel and travels north through wide-open desert landscapes to Murchison.
Your overnight stay can be your first real taste of life on this extraordinary land, find a caravan park or camp ground to settle into for the night.
Murchison to Gascoyne Junction
Total distance: 282 kilometres
Taking in more interpretive sites on your journey north, plan a rest stop at the tranquil natural spring at Bilung Pool. From here, you can opt to extend your adventure 200 kilometres (eight and a half hours) east to Mount Augustus and view the outback from the top of the world’s largest monolith – twice the size of Uluru. Or head straight to Gascoyne Junction to discover relics of the region’s pioneering history at the museum, and perhaps hear the stories of local legends at the town pub.
Gascoyne Junction is also your gateway to the spectacular cliffs, rugged canyons and outback wildlife of the Kennedy Range National Park. Stay an extra night to enjoy its striking beauty.
Gascoyne Junction to Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef
Total distance: 611 kilometres
The final stretch of the Wool Wagon Pathway leads you from Australia’s biggest expanse of outback to the largest fringing reef on Earth – World Heritage listed Ningaloo Reef.
Your last stop, Exmouth, puts you a short drive and swim away from close encounters with the 500 species of fish and 300 varieties of coral that call Ningaloo home. A glass-bottom boat, snorkel or dive tour will get you to the outer reef, where dolphins, turtles, dugongs and manta rays play.
You’re also in one of the best places in the world to take a swim with the largest fish in the ocean – the whale shark. Every year, between March and July, they visit these waters and Exmouth tours can give you an unforgettable moment with these gentle creatures. Search for tours online.
Follow the coast south to Coral Bay, Carnarvon, Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Kalbarri and return to your starting point at Geraldton.
Parts of the track are only suitable for high clearance 4WD vehicles and should only be attempted by confident drivers.
Driving times and distances are intended as a guide only, and may vary depending on the route taken.
Supplies and services are limited and driving conditions can vary, so plan ahead, stock up on food, water and fuel and contact the local visitor centre for the latest update on road conditions.
Permits are required to travel through private and Aboriginal Lands. Visit the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council for more information.