From gold mining towns and abandoned wells to shimmering salt lakes, the Western Australian outback is the perfect place to embark on an Aussie adventure.
The outback is famous for its rust-red soil, searing sun, soaring plains and endless surprises.
Here, brilliant blue skies meet ochre-red deserts; scorching days become chilly nights; the clear skies of day are ablaze with clusters of sparkling stars at night; and while landscape might be at times inhospitable, the people are the salt-of-the-earth.
Stock up on supplies and start with the 1,750 kilometre Canning Stock Route, which begins at Windich Spring in Wiluna and ends in Halls Creek.
This is raw, untouched terrain, home to fresh air, rugged landscapes, wild boars and poker-straight roads that disappear into the horizon.
The history of this stretch is fascinating - built in 1908, it carried Kimberley cattle down to the markets in the Goldfields and Perth, and today is still peppered with more than 54 wells.
Despite its wild, untamed beauty and majestic star-filled nights, the Canning Stock route is not for the faint-hearted.
Only experienced four wheel drivers at the helm of a reliable vehicle should tackle it during the winter months.
Extensive food, water and fuel supplies are needed, and a two-way radio transceiver is highly recommended.
As with all remote routes, always notify a reliable source before setting off on the journey.
The Nullabor Plain is considered Australia's great road journey.
You'll be hard-pressed to find a tract of wilderness so blissfully unspoiled.
The route officially begins in Perth and ends in Adelaide, traveling along the Eyre Highway.
The famous plains run for thousands of kilometres before coming to an abrupt end at sheer cliffs that drop hundreds of metres into the Southern Ocean.
Here, you can experience the sensation of literally standing on the edge of Australia.
Another iconic outback route is Perth to Alice Springs via the Gunbarrel Highway - approximately 1,800 kilometres.
The four wheel drive outback adventure begins in Laverton and continues through Warburton, Giles and Uluru.
The road travels through isolated and unpopulated parts of the Aussie outback including many Indigenous regions which require permits for visitors.
Towns and fuel stops are few and far between - so make sure you're well planned with sufficient supplies and communications gear.
Camping is the only accommodation option - bed down under a silent canopy of radiant stars and revel in the sound of silence.
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