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Why Western Australia is Jeep country

March, 2015

New South Wales has its architectural iconography, Victoria its ‘culture’. Queensland has cane toads and Clive Palmer, South Australia have their churches. Northern Territory has a big rock, Tasmania has a big mountain, and Canberra has a special house. Big deal

They don’t have the Gibb River Road, the Canning Stock route, or the Francois Peron National Park. They don’t have the biggest state in the country, home to some of the best four wheel driving the world has to offer. At John Hughes we understand the passion for four-wheel driving and we’ve got plenty of preowned vehicles for sale that can tackle Perth’s rugged landscape.

Let’s look at the three examples above. The Gibb River Road enjoys the reputation as the most spectacular four wheel drive route, and for good reason. Spanning close to 700 kms of dirt road, the Gibb River road snakes its way through one of Australia’s most magnificent of National Parks, the Kimberley. Home to iridescent waterfalls, dramatic cliffs and prehistoric reptiles, the Kimberley lies at the forefront of the Australian outdoors. Spectacular gorges and three different mountain ranges await, as does a litany of opportunities to camp, fish, swim, canoe, and of course, hit the rugged road in your John Hughes Jeep.

One of the more difficult four wheel drive trails, The Canning Stock Route is not for the faint hearted. Remote, the track enjoys a storied history, the path is lined with Indigenous art, a testament to the years of human history and habitation this piece of land is indebted to. Compared to the Gibb, notable attractions are sparse along the way – so don’t expect any roadside assistance!

The Gunbarrel Highway offers over a thousand km’s of traversable terrain, no less rugged than the Canning route. Cutting a path through the amorphous Australian wilderness, surveyor and road builder Len Beadell is the reason the Gunbarrel exists. Attempting to forge the straightest road possible, hence the name, Gunbarrel, Beadell set out on a recon mission – often by himself, to be followed by bulldozers and eventually a graded road.

If you’re planning on hitting the road close to Perth, there’s no shortage of options: Harvey Dam has a variety of tracks that splinter in varying directions like a maze, offering several scenic views of the recreational dam – activities like canoeing and hunting for Marron are available for those who choose to be intrepid. Only 100km north of the capital, the Seabird to Guilderton offers stunning beach locales, is suitable all year round and caters to the more inexperienced driver.

Wilbinga is closer to Perth still, situated only 70km from the capital. There are ample opportunities for beach runs and easy sand dunes to climb for those intent on improving their skills at negotiating dunes. The Mundaring Power Line track is only 40km from Perth. Not suited for novices or unkempt used cars, travelling alone is not advised, as the track is littered with tricky sections, especially after recent rainfall. Even the ‘chicken’ routes aren’t always easy.That’s just a taste. With versatility, quantity, and sheer beauty, there’s no reason any jeep-going enthusiast shouldn’t drop everything and get west. Western Australia is a lot of things. Jeep Country is one of them.



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