Gunbarrel Highway

Start or End or the Gunbarrel Highway

Gunbarrel Highway

Mount Beadell

Gunbarrel Highway

Water bore at the Gunbarrel Highway

Gunbarrel Highway

A herd of Camels on the Gunbarrel Highway

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Gunbarrel Highway

The Gunbarrel Highway

  • One of the four-wheel-drive dream route for everyone, who loves the Australian outback.
  • A Tag-Along Tour with qualified tour guide
  • The tour is a unique combination with a visit to tourist highlights in the Red Center and the attraction of an off-road vehicle tour through the Old Gunbarrel Highway and the Gunbarrel Highway, a uniquely beautiful desert track in Western Australia.

All this can be safely enjoyed as a TAG-ALONG TOUR or as a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR guided by a very experienced tour guide.


Travel description

From Alice Springs it goes west via Larapinta Drive to Hermannsburg along the south of the West Macdonnell Range. The former German mission is worth a visit.

The first 4WD challenge is Palm Valley. Watarrka (Kings Canyon) is reached via the Mereenie Loop, which is subject to a permit. A 6 km tightrope walk along the rock edges is unforgettable.

The sunsets at Uluru (Ayers Rock) are uniquely beautiful, and the sunrise also promises to be a colorful experience.

After visiting Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), it goes on Tjukururu Road (Docker River Road) past Lasseter Cave and the native place Kaltukatjara (Docker River). To the West Australian border.

It is not far from here to Warakurna, the first roadhouse in WA. This is where the Old Gunbarrel Highway and Gunbarrel Highway begin. There are uniquely beautiful desert slopes for off-road vehicle enthusiasts.

Together they are about 1000 km long and lie between Warakurna Roadhouse on Great Central Road and Carnegie Station, about 350 km from Wiluna in Western Australia. The Gunbarrel Highway ends here. There is a lot to experience and learn: fauna and flora, unique landscapes, Australian history, and unique driving experience.

Travel style

Take Along Tour as, group tour in individual off-road vehicles for two people. You travel, drive and sleep in an off-road camper for no more than two people, equipped with everything you need.

Alternatively, an off-road vehicle with a roof tent can be organized. Participation in your private vehicle is also possible.

If you don’t want to drive yourself, you can book a ride.

Itnerary Gunbarrel Highway | Alice Springs to Perth | 11 Days

(Subject to change)

It is recommended that the participants arrive in good time before departure to sleep off a possible jet lag and to adapt to the local climate.

Day 1

All participants meet in Alice Springs for this adventure tour. It is time to make the necessary preparations. The vehicles are loaded and test-driven.

Day 2 to day 3 | Northern Territory

We leave Alice Springs in the early morning via Larapinta Drive, come to Simpsons Gap and Standley Chasm. The next stop is dedicated to the old German mission Hermannsburg before we get to the Palm Valley’s first 4WD challenge. Back on the main path, it is another 43 km on the Meerenie Loop towards Kings Canyon. After the tightrope walk on the rocks of Kings Canyon, the journey continues past Mt Conner Lookout to Curtin Springs. After a refreshing break, we continue on the Lasseter Highway to Yulara and Ayers Rock for the spectacular sunset.

Day 4

Early in the morning we enjoy the colorful sunrise, then we go to the Olgas. From here we come back on Gravel Road towards Docker River, visit Lasseter’s cave and approach the Western Australian border.

Day 5 to Day 8 | Western Australia

This is where the Great Central Road begins. After another 90 m, we come to Warakurna Roadhouse for a relaxing break and refuel here. Freshly strengthened, we continue west, and after 16 km, we turn right onto the Old Gunbarrel Highway. We have reached the actual Old Gunbarrel Highway. It is 308 km long and left to its own devices. We bypass the Aboriginal Community Warburton on a large scale. The Gibson Desert has been reached and, with its completely new landscapes. The next intersection is Everard Junction, where the Gary Highway branches north. Hunt Oil Road comes after another 32 km. Continuing south-west, the Eagle Highway branches off to the north after 53 km and David Carnegie Road, which runs south. After another 150 km, we reach Carnegie Station, the end of the Gunbarrel Highway. Refuel here again so that we can also reach Wiluna safely.

Day 9 | Carnegie Station to Wiluna

From now on everything is only a matter of form until Wiluna on a good gravel road. The lowland overgrown with Spinifex grass is behind us. In front of us, large pastures spread out with nutritious Mitchell Grass vegetation, the famous cattle country. We see the Princess and Wellington mountain ranges.

Day 10 to Day 11 | Wiluna to Perth

If you need fuel, you can refuel in Wiluna before we go on a good sand track. The gravel road has longer asphalted stretches for overtaking routes, on which road trains can be overtaken safely on our way to Meekatharra. From here, continue on the paved Great Northern Highway towards Cue, Mount Magnet, and Paynes Find. The last sightseeing point is New Norcia, the only Benedictine monastery village in Australia. In the early afternoon, we reach Perth.

Services Included

  • Guided self-drive tour in the Australian style of a tag-along tour
  • Permits
  • A qualified tour guide from Perth to Alice Springs, or vice versa.
  • Otto Schächtele has driven the tour more than 80 times, is an all-terrain vehicle trainer and Honorary Calm Officer
  • Fuel outside of the Canning Stock Route
  • Accommodation costs at Perth, Mt Magnet, Wiluna, Alice Springs campsites
  • Carries everything for a refreshing bush shower
  • Information material Canning Stock Route
  • Qualified breakdown assistance
  • Free of charge 2. Spare tires for loaning when needed
  • Communication with the Royal Flying Doctor Service via satellite telephone
  • All transit permits
  • CB radio equipment for every vehicle

Services NOT included

  • Rental of the 4WD Vehicle
  • Drinks and meals.
  • Personal optional activities
  • Personal expenses, and medication
  • Tips
  • Fuel

Special Instructions

  • A release and disclaimer must be signed before starting the tour.
  • For all participants, it is recommended to take out suitable travel insurance also covering cancellation and termination of the trip.
  • For German participants, the conclusion of an ARAG protection letter is also recommended. which is unfortunately not offered in other countries.

Travel Price excludes Vehicle Rental

On request, we can arrange a 4WD camper for you

  • 4WD camper with full equipment, 300km per day, liability insurance for the off-road vehicle with a deductible of AUD 8000.00. We recommend Comprehensive coverage.
  • On Tag-Along Tours with Otto Tours Australia, insurance coverage is available on all routes.
  • We can organize the following vehicle types. (subject to availability)
  • Apollo Trailfinder (other vehicles on request)

Surcharges (strongly recommended)

Fully comprehensive insurance without a deductible, valid on the CSR, per day, per vehicle, including prepaid refilling of the gas bottle, 1 x table, two camping chairs. (Just with a current rental request, we can determine the costs)

Payment and cancellation conditions

  • 20% of the travel price is due when booking
  • 80% of the travel price is due 60 days before the start of the trip.

In the event of a cancellation, the following cancellation conditions apply:

  • 20% of the travel price is due up to 60 days before the start of the trip
  • 40% of the travel price is due up to 40 days before the start of the trip,
  • 60% of the travel price is due up to 30 days before the start of the trip
  • 80% of the travel price is due up to 14 days before the start of the trip,
  • After that, 100% of the travel price is due

Travel Dates for the Gunbarrel Highway

(The Private Tour Guiding travel dates can be arranged to suit your timeframe)

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