Talawana Track

Talawana Track, one of Australia’s Toughest 4WD Tracks

The Talawana Track is a stunning isolated desert track with a length of 596 km (370 mi) located in Western Australia. This track connects Newman and the vast Pilbara Region with the middle of the Canning Stock Route, and then continues south to meet the Gary Highway at Windy Corner.

The unsealed drive is pretty remote. This is a remarkable road trip. The unpaved sections of the road can be impassable when wet. Supplies are very limited and facilities along the track are nil. It is often closed after rain. This isolated desert track needs to be driven with extreme caution. Due to road surface damage, weight restrictions apply and the track is in poor condition with average speeds of 20 - 30 kilometers per hour. 

Remember to bring your camera. Make sure you leave enough time to make plenty of stops along the way. The majority of the Talawana Track was built by Len Beadell and the Gunbarrel Road Construction Party in 1963, and was the final road they built. By any standard, this is a long and tough haul through very remote territory. The track varies from stony to sandy with corrugations, ruts, washaways and sometimes mud. Its isolation requires travellers to be totally self-sufficient with water, food and fuel. Talawana Track is shocking as corrugations make any speed uncomfortable. These corrugations must be the result of sustained travel by the trucks. 


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