Warlu Way

The Warlu Way is a self-drive tour that spans across 2,500km of rich Australian outback. The drive route follows the journey of the Indigenous dreamtime Warlu or ‘sea serpent’ who emerged from the sea and travelled through what we now know as the Pilbara region.

The Warlu Way journey begins in Ningaloo, Exmouth before the Warlu travels east through Karijini National Park, Newman, Paraburdoo, and Tom Price.

The drive then turns west into Millstream Chichester National Park [link to page], which has crystal clear ponds, water lilies and dragonflies. The Fortescue River located in the Park is the home of the Warlu for which the drive is named after.

The journey then turns to Karratha and follows the coast. This section of the drive showcases some of the ancient and prestigious rock engravings scattered throughout WA.

From Karratha, the journey continues north east through towns including Cossack, Roebourne, Port Hedland and Marble Bar, each boasting colourful histories. The drive route ends in the historic and breathtaking Kimberley region.

The Warlu Way journey not only displays the beautiful landscapes and natural resources we are blessed with here in WA, but also highlights the deep connection Indigenous Australians hold to their land and country.

Visitors can choose to explore the Warlu Way in its entirety, or in sections by following the four interconnected routes - Coastal, Inland, Manuwarra Red Dog Highway and East Pilbara Geoheritage Routes.

Parts of the Warlu Way are very remote and require high clearance four-wheel-drive vehicles and plenty of planning. Contact the local visitor centre for maps and information before you embark on your trip.

To learn more about the Warlu Way, visit the Australia’s North West website.

Download the Warlu Way map here.