Warroora Station 4WD Tracks: What You NEED To Know

Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to stay at 14 Mile Beach Camp a number of times.  Since visiting, I’ve heard a number of fellow travellers ask what the roads into Warroora Station are like.  With this in mind, I thought I would share my experience travelling on these roads.

start of the 14 mile camp 4WD track warroora station
At the start of the northern access track into Warroora Station

Tracks into Warroora Station

There are two main tracks into Warroora Station, these are commonly known as the southern and northern access tracks into Warroora.  

Out of the two, I’ve only used the northern access track to enter the station, though once reaching the coast we’ve gone on a couple of day trips, both south along the coastal 4WD track to Warroora Station and also north up to Turtle Rock and then onto Coral Bay.

Northern access track into Warroora Station

Map of northern access track (Copyright WarrooraStation.com)

To help out fellow travellers I’ll try to cover common questions I’ve been asked about the northern track.

The start of the northern access track into Warroora Station

start of warroora station 14 mile 4WD track
The start of the norther access track into Warroora Station

When you turn off the Exmouth-Minilya Road the start of the track is wide enough for you to pull to the side and prep your vehicle.  Typical things I do here is to let my tires down, put the vehicle in 4WD and tie down any luggage etc that could come loose from the vibrations on the track.

signage at 14 mile 4wd track warroora station

Note, be sure to take your time to read through the signage which provides a good insight of where you are and the different camps and areas along the coast.

What is the condition of the northern access track like? 

termite mounds along 14 mile camp 4WD track
An insight to what the northern access track to Warroora Station looks like

All the times we’ve gone the track has been in pretty good condition, however like most coastal unsealed tracks the corrugations are pretty bad.  After a while, you get used to the constant vibration and shaking of the vehicle though at the start you may feel a tad uncomfortable.

There are a few sections with deeper ruts etc though as long as you take your time these are relatively easy to drive through. 

What can you expect to see along the northern access track?

large termite mound on 14 mile beach 4WD track
Watch out for the termite mounds next to the track – great photo opportunity!

To be honest, being a coastal track there isn’t too much to see apart from coastal scrub, however, one cool thing you will come across along the way are some large termite mounds.  The size of these things always amazes me and if you feel like a break they make a great photo!

How long does it take to travel in via the northern access track?

When we travel we like to take it nice and easy hence it took us around 1.5 – 2hrs from turning off the main road until we reached 14 Mile Beach Camp.  Please note there is also a 40 kph limit on the track.

Is the northern access track 2WD accessible?

This is something you see a lot of people ask and although the track is deemed accessible via 2WD and I’ve seen 2WDs go along the track, I wouldn’t be comfortable taking a 2WD on this track.  The reason I say this is that although the track isn’t particularly boggy there are a number of sections where there are some pretty deep ruts which I would expect 2WD vehicles to have issues going through.  

Also, when you reach 14 Mile Beach Campground you need a 4WD to go access the beach campsites or to travel south or north along the coastal 4WD track hence your options in a 2WD would definitely be limited.

However, you could access some of the campsites up behind the dunes where the ground is harder.

What else do I need to know about the northern access track?

view of 14 mile 4wd track at warroora station
Example of the northern access track in Warroora Station

As I’ve mentioned earlier, the corrugation is pretty bad so be prepared for this.  On our travels the constant vibration caused some of our roof rack bracket bolts to come loose and drop off, hence it’s worth being mindful of this and to check your roof racks and trailers etc for any loose movement during and after your journey.

Coastal track of Warroora Station

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Pulled up along the coastal track to admire the awesome views!

Whether you head in via the northern track or the southern track, once you reach the coast there is a coastal 4WD track that runs from the southern boundary of Warroora station all the way up to Coral Bay.

Blackmoon cliff sign at Warroora Station
Blackmoon Cliff camp area at Warroora Station

This track provides great access to all the coast campsites and attractions along the way.  When we were based at the 14 mile camp we used this track to travel south to spots such as Pelican Point, Black Moon cliff and also to drop into the main station building itself.

track up to Turtle Rock Coral Bay
4WD track heading into Turtle Rock near Coral Bay

Travelling north on the track, we visited Turtle Rock and then continued up along the track until we reached Coral Bay to stock up on supplies.

Southern access track into Warroora Station

Map of southern access track (Copyright WarrooraStation.com)

As mentioned above, I haven’t used the southern track into Warroora station so unfortunately I’m unable to provide feedback on the track.  However, based on what I’ve seen I would expect it to be similar to the northern track.

Closure of Warroora Station tracks

Note, depending on the weather conditions and how much rainfall some of the tracks have been closed in the past, hence prior to heading up to Warroora I would recommend contacting the station to check the conditions of the track and to ensure the track you plan to use is open.

Photo of the tracks within Warroora Station

To give you an insight of what the 4WD track is like please take a look at the photos below:

My Final Thoughts

I hope you found the above article useful and helps answer any questions you may have.  Please note, however, this is based on my experience using the tracks from May through July.  The conditions of the track are likely to vary depending on the time of the year and especially the amount of rainfall in the area during the time of your visit.

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