The Eagle Hwy
is a very isolated track in the Gibson Desert. At the northern end it can take you to the Gary Highway or the Talawanna Track and the southern end finishes at the Gunbarrel Hwy
Leaving the Eagle Hwy track junction
with tracks to Gary Hwy
or the Talawanna Track, an abandoned 2040 metres deep oil well, Eagle Dragon No 1, drilled in late 1982 is the first stop.
Further south of Eagle Dragon No 1 is an abandoned 1.34 km long airstrip
and further south again is a turn off to the right to what is known as the Warri Site
. It was at this site the Eagle Oil Company had its camp. The remains of a shed, water tank
and windmill in a picturesque grove of trees are still evident.
Further south is the turn off to the Karrarinarri Claypan
. It was at this site that the last two aboriginal nomads in this part of the desert were found and then relocated. There is a cairn and plaque
commemorating the event.
Next stop is Eagle Hussar No 1 oil well
(abandoned) and a nearby, another abandoned oil company shed and airstrip
The track improves as you head south, allowing speeds of 10 to 45 kph and occasionally higher. Mungilli outstation
, (abandoned), is an interesting stopping place with the remains of many buildings, sheds and concrete pads.
Upon reaching the end of the Eagle Hwy
turn left to Mungilli Claypan
. When we visited it had a large sheet of water that attracted camels and birds.
Once at the bottom end of the Hwy the options are to travel east along the Gunbarrel Hwy
, south on the David Carnegie Road
to Tjukayirla Road House or west along the Gunbarrel to Carnegie
On the track there was the odd washaway and rocky outcrop; however it was mainly low scrub with belts of mulga and spinifex flats and very few sand hills.
How to Use this Trek Note
Click the "Map" tab below to see the route we've provided. Icons on the map are the POIs you'll need for navigation purposes. Be sure to check the list of Nearby Places
on each POI page.
If you'd like to save this information there are a couple of ways to go about it, depending on what you're actually after:-
- Ideal solution - download the ExplorOz Traveller App from Google Play or the App Store. The app enables you to carry the ExplorOz Places, Treks, & Maps data offline in your mobile device ready for your adventures. It is a complete mapping, navigation and tracking app. For more details, read our ExplorOz Traveller page.
- You can print a paper copy of the text using the print icon button shown above, near the social media buttons. For the best output it is advised to open each tab/section to load all images and artwork. You will still need to click open each Place page (listed in Where to Stay, What to See) to print off all available information.
- If you have a Hema Navigator or use Mapping Software such as OziExplorer, or TrackRanger AND you are an ExplorOz Member, then you can click the Download Trek button at the top of this page to obtain the raw data files (eg. GPX) for this Trek.
- If you're not a Member, or you'd like to batch download the entire Treks database you can obtain this by buying a product called EOTreks Route Files from our online shop.
The desert environment is pristine except for the remains of oil exploration camps, wells and airstrips. Recent rains had promoted a very green look to the spinifex. Although spinifex is the main vegetation, belts of mulga and low scrub are frequently encountered. It is very likely that Camels will be seen; they often frequent this part of the desert.
In the early 1980’s the Eagle Oil Company carried out a significant exploration and drilling programme in the area. The Eagle Hwy
, as it has since become known, was put in by them.Karrarinarri Claypan
is the site at which the last two aboriginal nomads in this part of the desert, Warri and Yatungka, were found and then relocated to Wiluna
in 1977. There is a cairn and plaque
at this site commemorating the event.