Wiluna is located on the Gunbarrel Highway. This road was the first east-west road to go across the centre of Australia.
The Gunbarrel Highway is a popular 4WD route that directly connects Western Australia to many popular tourist destinations in central Australia. The road travels through a very isolated and unpopulated part of the Australian outback, with towns and fuel stops far and few between.
When travelling through the region a number of precautions should be taken to ensure safe travel. The Royal Flying Doctor Service recommends the following precautions when travelling in remote Australia:
- Get good quality maps and plan your route.
- Be careful of how much you pack on your roof rack. A heavy load on top increases the chances of a roll-over.
- Wear your seatbelt.
- Check all water containers for leaks. Store water in small containers instead of one large tank.
- Pack a fire extinguisher.
- Carry an HF radio compatible with the RFDS. Mobile phones and CB radios will not work in remote areas. You can buy a Flying Doctor HF radio from most two-way communication centres or you can hire one from RFDS bases.
- Bring all medication and repeat scripts. See your doctor before you go. Get a summary of your medical history.
- Take a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Wear clothing appropriate for the climate and walking shoes. Take warmer clothes as it can get cold in the evenings.
- Don't travel in the hottest part of the year.
- Take plenty of water. Someone unaccustomed to the Outback might need one litre of water every hour.
- Do a first aid course and pack a first aid kit.
Safety on Unsealed Roads
- Reduce speed as traction often decreases and braking distances increase.
- Beware of hidden dangers such as dust filled holes, as well as soft and sloping edges.
- Take care on Outback tracks when overtaking as dust obscures vision – dangers may be hidden.
- To avoid sliding, slow right down before making a turn.
- The condition of unsealed roads varies according to the weather, usage and how often they are graded. Unsealed roads can be excellent just after grading but poor before the next grading. It is important to check road conditions before travelling.
- Watch out for animals on the road, the most dangerous times are at night, dusk and dawn.
- If you are driving a 4x4, it is recommended you engage 4x4 when travelling on unsealed roads. These vehicles have a high centre of gravity and control can be affected by strong winds.
More travel tips can be found of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Shire of Wiluna websites.