15 4WD Tracks in Western Australia That Are Worth A Trip

Western Australia has a wealth of 4WD track options for your to try. It’s amazing that there so much 4×4 adventure in WA that you can find tracks on any terrain, wether you fancy rocks, sand, jungles or mud.

We narrow down our 15 favorite tracks to try out in WA. Here is the list:

  • Mundaring Powerlines
  • Gibb River Road
  • Wildflower Drive
  • Captain Fawcett Track
  • Mount Nameless
  • Telephone Lane
  • John Holland Track
  • Fisheries Road
  • Mitchell Falls
  • Lancelin Sand Dunes
  • Brunswick Junction Challenge Track
  • 3 Bears Track
  • Yeagarup Dunes
  • Murchison House Station
  • Dwellingup

Remember to consult professionals and make contact with professional 4WD drivers or enthusiasts if you have very little experience with off-road adventuring.

So before you continue, If your new to 4WD and offroading or are not sure what equipment to take out with you on your adventures, make sure to check out the Off Road Aussies Essential 4×4 Equipment List where I have taken the time to review and recommend the equipment I use. If you kit yourself out correctly you will be able to tackle everything that your new adventures will throw at you.

Mundaring Powerlines

4wd Trip - Wandoo Country
Wandoo woodlands

Length: 24 KM

Difficulty: Moderate (Moderate-Hard during winter)

Notables: Mud, boulders and hard surfaces.

The Mundaring Powerlines Track lies 34 km east of Perth. It is a well-known track where you may find yourself amongst a few hundred drivers during long weekends. Just be careful when the track gets wet as there is a lot of mud in this course; it is not uncommon for certain 4WD’s to get stuck (although, most drivers are friendly enough to help out if things get hairy).

Terrain: Dirt, rock, heavy mud

How to get here:

Get onto the Great Eastern Highway; you’ll know you’re near the area when you come across a set of lights with a Hungry Jack’s and KFC flanking it. Turn right onto Hodgson St, then right at the very end onto Mundaring Weir Rd. You’re all set once you take a left from MccAllum Rd.

You can find more information about Mundaring Powerlines on this page here.

Gibb River Road (multi-day trek)

Length: 660 KM

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Notables: Scenic and sprawling with lots of places to stop.

Gibb River Road starts in Derby and winds through much of the northern section of Western Australia until it ends at Kununurra. It can take some people a week or longer to traverse the entire track because of the many scenic areas along the way; the track is home to several gorges (Bell Gorge, the most popular tourist attraction) and cuts through a few national parks. Notable hazards include fresh and saltwater crocodiles. Spare jerry cans highly recommended!

Terrain: Dirt, rock, mud, sand, some gravel, bush, river

How to get here:

The best way is to start from Derby. Alternatively, you can get in through any of the national parks that it crosses, or run it backwards from Kununurra (but be careful about the sparse gas stops if you run from Kununurra).

You can find more information about Gibb River Road on this page here.

Wildflower Drive

Length: 2.5 KM

Difficulty: Easy

Notables: Short, sweet and full of… wildflowers.

Located in Kondil Wildflower Park in Nannup (280 km south of Perth), this short off-road track is best explored in the spring time when all the wildflowers (its namesake) bloom. In addition, there are two walk trails in the park if you want to spend a more leisurely afternoon outside of the 4WD.

Terrain: Dirt, gravel, bush

How to get here:

From Nannup, get onto Warren Rd which becomes Vasse Highway going north. Take a left onto Mowen Rd and another left onto Barrabup Rd (past Beggars Rd); you should see signs then.

You can find more information about Wildflower Drive on this page here.

Captain Fawcett Track

Length: 105 KM

Difficulty: Moderate

Notables: Isolated, wet and plenty of wildlife.

Named after Captain Theo Fawcett, who created the track in the mid-to late 1800’s, this 4WD track is located in Dwellingup and runs all the way through to Quindanning. According to some user experiences, the track has several campsites along the route (which can be used for picnics, but not overnight camping), and no formal facilities. A huge plus with this track is navigation; it is very GPS-friendly so you don’t need a map! Because of the proclivity for some areas along the track to be flooded high or water-logged, this track is closed during the winter season.

Terrain: Dirt, rock, mud

How to get here:

Take the Southwest Highway towards North Dandalup, head down Del Park Rd towards Dwellingup and look for Lane Poole Reserve.

You can find more information about Captain Fawcett Track on this page here.

Mount Nameless

Length: 4.5 KM

Difficulty: Moderate

Notables: Quick and steep, but picturesque.

This 4WD track is located near the small mining town Tom Price, 1,455 km north of Perth. Mount Nameless is 1,128 meters above sea level, making it one of the highest off-road tracks in Western Australia so be prepared to swap into low-gear! The road surface is rocky and uneven, but should be of no great challenge (some steep climbs, notwithstanding). While the peak itself offers breathtaking views of the mining town, its sites and the landscape, it does tend to get very hot, so make sure you pack some water before exploring.

Terrain: Dirt, rock, gravel, sand

How to get here:

From Tom Price town center, get back onto Mine Rd and turn right onto Nameless Valley Rd. Take the second road from where you turned and keep following it until you reach the base of the mountain.

You can find more information about Mount Nameless on this page here.

Telephone Lane

Photo credits 4wding youtube

Length: 4 KM

Difficulty: Moderate (Hard during the winter or short periods after rain)

Notables: Easy, but recommended for experienced 4WD drivers if you come in the winter.

A fun and quick track that is manageable with the right weather, this 4 km stretch of road can be found about a 4-hour drive away from Perth. While the road hasn’t officially been closed off in the winter season, some online 4WD message boards highly recommend to bring at least 3 4WD vehicles in case you need help; the puddles that form with a little rain are deceptively deep.

Terrain: Dirt, gravel, mud (extremely heavy mud after rainy days or winter)

How to get here:

From Kwinana Town Center, get onto Wellard Rd heading south towards Rockingham Regional Memorial Park. Take the first right past the roundabout to stay on Wellard Rd and take a left on Telephone Lane. The actual track is the second road right, past St Albans Rd.

You can find more information about Telephone Lane on this page here.

John Holland Track (multi-day trek)

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Length: Approximately 700 KM

Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

Notables: Historical and winding with chicken tracks.

Pioneered in 1893 by John Holland, the Holland Track runs from Broomehill to Coolgardie in the Goldfields-Esperance region. Depending on what time of the year you decide to embark on an adventure here, you may have as many as 20 people off-roading alongside you, or not see anyone at all. It is recommended to keep your tires inflated to a minimum (about 20 PSI), as road conditions vary from wet and flooded (during the winter) to dusty and hot (during the summer). Be sure to pick up some travel brochures or packets as the history regarding the inception of the track makes the entire experience all the more so humbling.

Terrain: Dirt, gravel, mud, sand, bush

How to get here:

The track starts just north of Broomehill along the Great Southern Highway. There should be a big sign that says “HOLLAND TRACK”, you can’t miss it.

You can find more information about John Holland Track on this page here.

Fisheries Road

Israelite Bay: Credits

Length: 65 KM

Difficulty: Hard

Notables: Challenging, a wide variety of roads and salt.

Fisheries Road begins in Esperance and ends in the remote Israelite Bay. While the track is usually manageable during good weather, it gets closed after periods of rain; some portions of track are made up entirely of clay, so traction may become an issue. 4WD enthusiasts recommend at least two vehicles, just in case one gets bogged down in clay or the salt lake area. Israelite Bay doesn’t compete with the scenery in Esperance, but is known for being a great place to fish.

Terrain: Salt beds, sand, clay, gravel

How to get here:

From Esperance, head on to Harbor Rd towards South Coast Highway, then follow it east to Fisheries Rd. It should be a straight shot from here; you will pass by Condingup and Boyatup on the way over.

You can find more information about Fisheries Road on this page here.

Mitchell Falls (multi-day trek)

Length: Approximately 300 KM

Difficulty: Hard

Notables: A long, treacherous detour from Gibb River Road.

From the popular and scenic Gibb River Road, you will have to head off at about three quarters into the track to reach Mitchell Falls. You can’t actually bring your 4WD to the falls, as the only way to get to the area is by helicopter or on foot, but the destination is worth the amount of abuse you’ll bring to your 4WD. Drysdale River Station is typically the point where the road starts to become challenging from Gibb River Road to Mitchell Falls, also be prepared to cross the King Edward river (4WD snorkel highly recommended). It should also be noted that an 85 km stretch (known as the Mitchell Plateau, which you also need to pay a separate pass for) on the dangerous road to the Mitchell Falls campsite is classified as a “non-gazetted” road, so keep this in mind if you have 4WD insurance.

Terrain: Dirt (extremely corrugated in some areas), rock, gravel, river

How to get here:

From Drysdale River Station, head northwest on the Gibb River-Kalumburu Rd and be prepared to cross the King Edward River in your 4WD. Park at the Mitchell Falls campsite and be prepared to trek towards the falls on foot or pay some cash for a helicopter ride.

You can find more information about Mitchell Falls on this page here.

Lancelin Sand Dunes

Length: Approximately 2.2 sq KM

Difficulty: Easy

Notables: Easy sand dunes relatively close to Perth.

About two hours north of Perth, you can find the Lancelin Sand Dunes. It’s a very straightforward type of setting where you can expect to share your 4WD off-roading experience with motorbikes, quad bikes and ATV’s. The ranger in this area patrols frequently, so make sure your 4WD is off-road registered and check to make sure you’re in an area where you can drive. Careful when traversing the dunes; you’ll probably be greeted by a steep drop on the other end if you decide to drive to the top of one.

Terrain: Sand dunes, very soft sand in some areas

How to get here:

Look for Gingin Rd from Lancelin town center and follow it north. Gingin Rd ends in a T-junction, so turn left and you should be able to find an entrance to the sand dunes on your right.

You can find more information about Lancelin Sand Dunes on this page here.

Brunswick Junction Challenge Track

Length: 21 KM

Difficulty: Moderate-Hard (Hard during the winter)

Notables: A challenging track for the serious 4WD enthusiast.

Located 166 km south of Perth, the Brunswick Junction 4WD track is lined with steep hills and dirt. 4WD user reviews highly recommend bringing winching and recovery equipment as getting stuck or bogged down (in mud during the winter time) is not an uncommon occurrence. It is recommended to bring someone along who has significant 4WD off-road driving experience, as steep hills are abundant and some finicky wheel angle placement may be necessary in some places. Be careful if you drive here in the winter as the track can get excessively muddy.

Terrain: Dirt, gravel, heavy mud, rock

How to get here:

Take the Kwinana Freeway south and then get on Forrest Highway on the way to Bunbury. Take a left onto Clifton Rd which should lead you right onto Brunswick Junction.

You can find more information about Brunswick Junction Challenge Track on this page here.

3 Bears Track

Length: Approximately 25 KM

Difficulty: Easy

Notables: A scenic, nice-and-easy 4WD track down to the beach.

While not necessarily the most dynamic or engaging of all 4WD tracks, this nice drive down to the beach will require something more powerful and versatile than a sedan. Expect lots of sand and some rock. It is located in the tourist-y areas of Yallingup, Dunsborough and the Margaret River area, and gives you a great view of the coast. 3 Bears is also known to be a great place to catch some good waves, so bring a surfboard if you can.

Terrain: Rock, sand, gravel

How to get here:

The track can be completed from the south (Yallingup) to the north (Cape Naturaliste) or vice versa. If you come in from the south, keep an eye out for Caves Rd and just follow it straight to Dunsborough where you will make a left onto Cape Naturaliste Rd.

You can find more information about 3 Bears Track on this page here.

Yeagarup Dunes

Length: Approximately 30 sq KM

Difficulty: Easy-moderate (Hard for river crossings)

Notables: A massive beach with dunes and a nebulous Warren River.

The Yeagarup Dunes are a relatively easy 4WD track, extending all the way out to the Callcup area. A major landmark here is Callcup Hill; one of the largest dunes in the whole of Australia. It is recommended for people to have some experience driving 4WD in sand take over, as the sand in some parts of the track can be very soft; some drivers deflate their tires to as low as 10 or 8 PSI for traction. In addition, this side of the coast feeds the Warren River into the ocean, so be careful if you decide to power your way through; cases where vehicles being damaged or lost due to water damage happen more often than not.

Terrain: Sand dunes, sand (extremely soft in some areas), river

How to get here:

From Perth, head south to Bunbury via the Kwinana Freeway (which later becomes Forrest Highway), then exit onto the South Western Highway. Turn onto the Vasse Highway and exit onto Ritter Rd. Follow the Yeagarup Lake until you start seeing dunes.

You can find more information about Yeagarup Dunes on this page here.

Murchison House Station (multi-day trek, optional)

Length: Approximately 1400 sq KM

Difficulty: Easy-moderate

Notables: A large variety of scenery with an even larger area to explore.

Located near the popular resort town of Kalbarri, Murchison House Station is a less busy and quieter place to take in the scenery. It should be noted that some of the track contains very soft sand, while other parts have very sharp limestone, so have good quality tires on hand and check them regularly. The station itself is known for its goats and is closed from November to March for the staff to take care of said livestock. You can expect to see everything from cliffs, sand dunes, rock formations and gum trees, while the local fauna (apart from the goats) include kangaroos, lizards and a wide variety of birds.

Terrain: Dirt, gravel, rock, sand, bush

How to get here:

From Kalbarri, get onto Clotworthy St to enter Ajana-Kalbarri Road and take the third left (or until you see Kalbarri Quadbike Safaris). You should be able to see the homestead in under 5 km.

You can find more information about Murchison House Station on this page here.

Dwellingup (multi-day trek)

4wd Trip - Dwellinup Fencelines
A section of the Dwellingup Fencelines 4wd Trip

Length: Approximately 1000 sq KM

Difficulty: Moderate (Hard in some areas)

Notables: A must-try spot in WA with lots to do.

It’s difficult to pinpoint an exact location in Dwellingup for 4WD tracks as they are pretty much everywhere; make sure you bring camping gear and prepare to rough it, as camping in Dwellingup really adds to the overall experience. The area has lakes, places for mountain bikes, ATV’s and walk trails; it’s practically an outdoorsman’s playground. Be sure to check out the Bibbulmun track (starts in Kalamuna and ends in Albany) and the Munda Biddi Trail to get your off-road fix. Just make sure you ask permission from the local rangers if you decide to set up a campfire; there have been cases of major bushfires in Dwellingup in the past, so stay safe.

Terrain: Dirt, gravel, rock, mud, heavy mud

How to get here:

It’s about an hour away from Perth. Drive south down the Kwinana Freeway and get off at Pinjarra Rd. Take a left past Fancy Hollywood Nails and go right to get onto Pinjarra-Williams Rd. Follow this all the way down and you should hit Dwellingup in about 20 minutes.

You can find more information about Dwellingup on this page here.

Related Questions

What are some other great 4WD tracks that are found in WA?

Although the tracks above are our favorite there are more tracks to explore in Western Australia. Here are a few more that you might want to try out:

  • Waroona Dam
  • Ledge Point
  • Logue Brook to Harvey
  • Belvidere
  • Wedge Island

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