This winter, test your four-wheel driving skills on one of the most challenging, but most beautiful, tracks in Western Australia.
The trip between Broom and James Price point features sublime ocean and coastline scenery, and a strikingly vivid combination of nature’s brightest colours, including red cliffs against pure white sand and the electrifying blue of the Indian Ocean. Nature photographers will have no shortage of raw material in this stunning part of the country.
When the sun sets over the region’s beaches, the looming red cliffs are lit up in an otherworldly glow that you’re sure to remember for years to come. The Cape Leveque Road covers much of the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, with sections that are fairly secluded and out of the way – a bonus if you’re hoping to escape the crowds and enjoy an uninterrupted view of the ocean, but not so great if you’re new to four-wheel driving in the wilderness.
Manari Road includes sandy sections that can be tricky to maneuver, narrow sections and steep banks that make the need for precision driving paramount when passing oncoming vehicles. In fact, sections of the road are so notoriously challenging that plans to seal the road are rapidly underway. For this reason, if you’re up for a challenge that will test your four-wheel driving skills, it’s best to make the journey soon, before the Western Australian Government begins its redevelopment of the road.