New Terrain For Australia's Epic 7-Day Desert Race This Year

The 2014 Australasian Safari route will enter some particularly hot and rocky terrain known as the Pilbara, home to temperatures up to 120ºF and some of the Earth's oldest rocks.

The Pilbara is a 312,000 square mile chunk of north western Australia that few inhabit and even fewer visit, the latter of which will change dramatically for the week in September that the race invades the region.

The Australasian Safari is an amazing seven-day desert racing event that's far too unknown outside the South Pacific. With plenty of technical sections and unique hazards (you don't see many kangaroos on the Dakar route), Safari brings amazing competitors out ever year in cars, trucks, quads, buggies, and motorcycles.

"We're glad to be back in such a unique part of Australia, it has been seven years too long," said Event Director Justin Hunt.

"Competitors can expect the Pilbara addition of this year's route will take them through some amazing almost untouched wilderness areas with rugged and challenging terrain."

The 2014 route, which will be visiting four out of the five Western Australian tourism regions, will showcase the diversity of the WA landscapes to an international audience through the TV broadcast of the event.

This year's pre-race show in Perth, Western Australia is taking place on September 19, with competition wrapping up on the 27th.