With an abundance of abandoned mine tracks in the Golden Outback including some that aren’t even on the map, this region suits 4WDers with an itch to explore, suiting every level of 4WDers.
Originally, the Woodlines were light railways in the Goldfields built to transport timber to the mines. The abandoned railway sleepers and formations, combined with the remnants of old communities, create visually diverse 4WD tracks.
The paths following the Woodlines northeast of Norseman offers ghostly remains of old villages as well as an abundance of native wildlife, with access via several moderately difficult tracks leading off Eyre Highway out of Norseman.
Twilight Cove is a coastal highlight; consider a sunset picnic when the escarpment glows red. Eyre Bird Observatory, surrounded by Nuytsland Nature Reserve, is worth visiting.
Book ahead if you are looking to stay overnight to avoid missing out.
Mundaring Powerline Track
Closer to Perth, the Mundaring Powerline Track is more than 20km, starting in Sawyer Valley, and travels on through to York.
The route began as a service track for the power lines, but usage is allowed for 4WD enthusiasts.
Suited to a day’s drive, keep in mind it can get messy after rain. This is a great way to gain experience before hitting more remote and potentially difficult trails around the state.
John Holland Track
The John Holland Track was originally a cart road laid down in 1893, only to fall out of use, with parts re-established by 4WDing fans.
From Broomehill to Coolgardie, the drive is best tackled in drier weather (especially the 4WD-only section) because rain can result in ruts and holes that make for tougher travelling, especially if you end up bogged!
Wheatbelt Way trail
For a milder driving experience and a chance to revel in the history of the region, the Wheatbelt Way drive trail is especially beautiful during peak wildflower season in July to October.
There are twenty-four sites on the self-drive route, which can take three to five days, depending on how long you explore the sights.
A rough version of a loop that encompasses nine communities and a mix of sealed and unsealed roads, the first stop is Tin Dog Creek, the last Yelbeni Townsite and Museum.