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The Best 4WD Itineraries

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It's our 4WD motto to forget the plans. Make your journey a 'pick-a-path', and allow plenty of time to stop and enjoy your surroundings. If you want to follow the tracks of 4WD adventurers that have gone before, then here are some of the best itineraries in Australia.

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The Savannah Way – Across the Top of Australia

Start in Cairns and end in Broome
21–28 days (but you won’t want to rush)
Cairns to Darwin: 2,468km
Darwin to Broome: 1,879km
Total: 4,347km

Don’t be scared off by the distances, because there’s plenty to stop for. If you are looking for something special or asking yourself, “How can we do it all?” this supersize adventure provides the answer. 

Starting in tropical Cairns you’ll cross every type of landscape in Australia’s north. While there are plenty of iconic attractions like The Bungle Bungles, Kakadu, Mataranka springs, The Durack Homestead and Cable Beach, the key to this trip is that you’ll experience things that others will never experience: learning a bit about station life, camping (with permits) on Aboriginal land, witnessing some of the world's most breathtaking landscapes, catching wild barramundi, swimming in crystal clear pools and waterfalls, losing yourself in history and dipping into the melting pot culture of our unique north. 

Check out more self-drive ideas for QueenslandNorthern Territory and Western Australia.

Ningaloo to Shark Bay

Start and end in Perth
11 days
2,990km

Sure, there’s a lot of coast in Australia but if you wanted to compile a list of the best of the best locations, Ningaloo Reef would be right up there. 

While the total journey (round trip driving from Perth) is about 11 days, we guarantee you’ll want to stay longer once you get there – and the trip up is a bucket-list item all by itself. 

Stock up on supplies and sample ultra fresh seafood in Geraldton and don’t miss the red bluff beach at Kalbarri and the sublime swimming in Murchison River Gorge. 

Once you hit Ningaloo, you’ll know straight away we didn’t talk it up. You can swim with whale sharks, feed dolphins at Monkey Mia, snorkel, wave jump, fish, see history, walk and just have the privilege of living in an amazing world heritage wilderness. 

Where will you find somewhere better? Truthfully you’ll struggle. 

Check out more self-drive ideas for Western Australia.

Three Big Experiences in the West Kimberley

Start and end in Broome
4–5 days
1,125km

A horizontal waterfall and a prison tree? That’s just the start of this adventure that links three drive segments: Broome to Derby, Derby to Fitzroy Crossing and Geikie Gorge. How does that sound? 

The freshest of fresh seafood, from a place where the fish almost jump on the hook. History carved by European pioneers, Koori legend, and culture as old as much of the landscape itself. 

Cool river pools set against towering water-marked cliffs that look like an art installation; ancient cave systems that you can walk into like cathedrals, guided by traditional owners; spectacular camping options; and drives that you will never be bored by make this a sort of 'greatest hits' tour of the Kimberley. 

We’ve been to a few places, and we think it’s worth a look. 

Check out the self-drive ideas for Western Australia.

SA to NT the Interesting Way? Try the Binns Track

Start in Mt Dare (SA) and end in Timber Creek (NT)
8 days
2,311km

When Molly Clark complained to her husband that there was no road to Alice Springs from Andado Station he said, “There is the machinery. Build it yourself!” And today you can drive on the track she built. Despite the death of both her husband and children, Molly continued to run the station, finally opening it to tourists in 2008. 

This story sets the tone for this trip, which takes you through the 'golden middle' of the NT. What will you do? Lots: See ancient rock carvings at N’Dhala Gorge and the classic bush hotel at Noarlunga, take a helicopter flight, walk the Victoria escarpment, take in the spectacle of the Harts Range, fossick for gems and semi-precious stones, explore the history and faded dreams of mining, tour homesteads, discover Indigenous art and music, pristine swimming holes and legendary Barra fishing, and enjoy picnics at private roadside stops and legendary pub meals. 

So if you want to fit in a few of the biggies but do it in your own personal style we reckon Binns Track will deliver for you. 

Check out the self-drive ideas for Northern Territory. Please note: closest 4WD pick-up location is Alice Springs. If picking up in Adelaide, only 2WD vehicles are available. 

The Dampier Peninsula – Jewel of the Kimberley Coast

Start and end in Broome
5 days 
438km

Isolated, pristine and unchanged by time the Dampier Peninsula offers diverse experiences in a relatively compact area – at least by West Australian standards! 

You’ll start in the unique cultural mixture of Broome where resort sophistication melds with simple local lifestyles. Connect with the land’s indigenous custodians and see vibrant red rock meeting wild turquoise waters in a place you’ll never forget. 

Heading north from Broome you might see an altar made of mother of pearl, walk the reef, kayak or snorkel. Or you might make your own spear, hunt for mud crabs and cook and eat your catch with the local Bardi people. 

If, on the other hand, you feel like more of a 'lord of the universe' perspective, you can take a cruise or a scenic flight. That way you can bring back photos that will crush the puny efforts of your friends and make you look good on the pool room wall forever.

Check out the self-drive ideas for Western Australia.

If you're ready to go, make sure you browse our tips, hints and tricks for the ultimate 4WD experience in our 4WD hub and find out more about our vehicles: the Britz Outback 4WDBritz Scout 4WD and the Britz Safari Landcruiser 4WD.