Gibson Desert

Perth – Alice Springs


Next Tour: 23rd April – 7th May 2025


Rarely visited by tourists, The Gibson Desert is vast, with undulating sand plains, dune fields and gibber plains. The vegetation is mainly mulga and other mixed shrubs over spinifex.

On this 4WD adventure, we will travel on the iconic Len Beadell’s outback roads. But don’t let the ‘road” tag fool you; most of these roads are unkept outback tracks. Our trip will focus on the arid zone plants, birds, and other wildlife and the diverse geology and history of the track builders. We will visit remote Aboriginal communities and the occasional bores providing water in the heart of the desert country.

Join this small group and experience the country in almost the same natural state as the early explorers Carnegie and Giles saw it, but without the hardships they endured.

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Extended Trip Details



Perth - Mt Magnet

We depart Perth at around 7.30 am this morning for a full day's drive north via the Great Northern Highway to our campsite at Mt Magnet. Accommodation: Mt Magnet Caravan Park Campsite LD

Mt Magnet - Wiluna Area

Today we travel via Meekatharra to Wiluna, a small outback town and the gateway to the iconic Canning Stock Route and Gunbarrel Hwy. Wiluna is our last touch of civilisation for some time as we begin our journey on the Gunbarrel Highway (which officially started a few hundred km further east). After resupplying in Wiluna, we will head east to our bush camp. Accommodation: Bush Camp East of Wiluna BLD

Wiluna Area - Mingol Camp (Wongawol Station)

We start our main journey eastwards along the Gunbarrel Highway / Wongawol Road, stopping along the way for arid zone plants and wildlife sightings. Passing Wongawol Homestead, we head towards Lake Carnegie and our bush camp on the western edge of the Gibson Desert. Accommodation: Mingol Camp BLD

Mingol Camp - Carnegie - Mangkili Claypan Area

This morning we visit Carnegie Station and fuel up. We then travel on the Gunbarrel Highway, journeying into the Gibson Desert towards Mangkili Claypan Nature Reserve (also known as Mungilli Claypan). Accommodation: Mangkili Claypan Area Bush Camp BLD

Mangkili Claypan Area

We will spend today exploring the area that surrounds our campsite. After peak rains in February and March, the pan should still be holding water, so we expect to see various migratory birds. Late summer rains should also bring new life to the pan's vegetation. Accommodation: Mangkili Claypan Area Bush Camp BLD

Mangkili Claypan Area - Everard Junction

We continue along the Gunbarrel Highway to Everard Junction, the meeting point of the Gunbarrel Highway and Gary Highway; another track made by Len Beadell. Accommodation: Everard Junction Bush Camp BLD

Everard Junction

Today we leave the trailers behind at our camp and take a half-day excursion, heading north to Charlie’s Knob. This afternoon there will be free time at the camp to either explore the area around the camp, do some washing, catch up on your diary or just relax. Accommodation: Everard Junction Bush Camp BLD

Everard Junction - Bush Camp Heather Highway

Travelling on the Gunbarrel and Heather highways, we continue our journey towards the Great Central Road. This section of these “highways” is usually quite rough, resulting in slow progress. Accommodation: Campsite Warburton Roadhouse BLD

Heather Highway - Warburton - Giles (Warakurna)

This morning, we complete our trip along the Heather Highway and join the Great Central Road to the West of Warburton. After a quick refuel, we continue along the well-constructed Great Central Road. This afternoon, we will arrive at Warakurna and visit the Giles Meteorological Station. We should also have time for a hot shower, to do some laundry and relax at the campsite. Accommodation: Campsite Warakurna BLD
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Warakurna - Sandy Blight Junction Road

We will spend the next four days travelling and camping along Sandy Blight Junction Road. This should be a trip highlight due to the many ranges, dunes, desert Oaks, and spectacular scenery along the way. Len Beadell called this road his “Central Australian showcase”. There will be plenty of time to experience and enjoy this beautiful area. Accommodation: Bush Camps BLD

Sandy Blight Junction - Mt Liebig Area

This morning, we will call into Kintore (Walungurra) to refuel and re-stock before travelling on Gary Junction Road to the Mt Liebig area for our last bush camp. Accommodation: Bush Camp BLD

Mt Liebig Area - Alice Springs

Our last day of travel as we head into Alice Springs will take us into Papunya for fuel, then on the Gary Junction Road and Namatjira Drive. Our arrival into Alice Springs should be mid to late afternoon. Our outback adventure ends with a transfer to your chosen central Alice Springs accommodation. BL

NOTE: the above itinerary may be varied according to conditions and advice.


Places available on 23 April 2025


  • Two well-maintained 4WD vehicles
  • 2 crew members – a Naturalist/Driver Guide and Driver/Cook
  • Easy-to-erect tents and camp chairs with armrests
  • A self inflating air mattress and stretcher bed
  • All eating utensils
  • Meals as per itinerary: breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
  • Campsite fees
  • Morning teas
  • All national park entrance fees
  • Travel permits as required

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