Regional driving conditions

Western Australia is the largest state in the country and presents unique challenges for both local and visiting drivers.

Preparing for regional roads

A regional road trip can be an exciting and memorable journey. However, the roads and driving conditions in WA may be different than you are used to. You may encounter unsealed roads, fires, floods, wildlife or other extreme weather.

Before you drive in Regional WA, you need a plan. If you prepare beforehand, you can minimise your risk of accidents.   

  • Check road closures by visiting our Travel Map or calling us on 138 138.  
  • Write down emergency contact numbers, such local police stations, tourist information centres and local shires.  
  • Let someone know exactly where you are going and how long you will be gone.  
  • Know your vehicle and what it can handle.  
  • Check whether you need to bring extra fuel with you, if travelling long distance.  
  • Pack enough food and water to last 2-3 days past your intended travel time.  
  • Take emergency equipment such as a first aid and tool kit, fire extinguisher and satellite phone. Mobile reception in regional areas is often poor or unavailable.

Make sure you reach your destination safely every time. Know the road rules, prepare for the unexpected and plan ahead.
Read more information in our Driving Gibb River Road and other roads in the Kimberley brochure

What to expect in Regional WA

Acknowledgement of country

The Government of Western Australia acknowledges the traditional custodians throughout Western Australia and their continuing connection to the land, waters and community. We pay our respects to all members of the Aboriginal communities and their cultures; and to Elders both past and present.

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