NOTICE 23 MARCH 2020
Permits for the Outback Way (Great Central Road) and COVID-19
Due to health risks for community members, the issuing of permits to travel into Aboriginal Lands has
been reviewed and restricted. Our staff have received the following information in regards to travelling
the Outback Way; The Central Lands Council in the Northern Territory has prohibited all non-essential travel into
Aboriginal Lands. They advised that the only travel allowed along the Tjukaruru Road (WA Border to
Uluru) is for food delivery, police, health etc. No permits will be issued and permits recently issued
have been revoked, this will be in place for 30 days where it will then be reviewed, approx. 16th April
2020. Please see links below;
The Ngaanyatjarra Lands Council have advised today that for the protection of Remote Community
Members and Visitors, there will be no permits issued for non-essential travel to or through the
Refer to; https://www.mediastatements.wa.gov.au/Pages/McGowan/2020/03/COVID-19-caution-for-remotecommunities.
aspx We understand that these restrictions will drastically impact your travel plans and we sympathise with
you. There are still plenty of things to see and do in our area, please see our friendly staff to find out
what else our region has to offer.
The Outback Way is one of Australia’s great four wheel drive odysseys. Known as ‘Australia’s Longest Shortcut’, the route runs from Perth, Western Australia to Cairns in Queensland.
The Outback Way crosses central Australia and is fast becoming one of the must-see and must do drive routes, linking Laverton to Winton via Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Alice Springs.
The 2,800 kilometre Outback Way offers an awe-inspiring journey through some of the most attractive and remote desert areas. Learn about ancient Aboriginal culture, life in the Outback, and the natural environment of Australia’s central desert. The route itself is mostly gravel and it’s advisable to travel in a high clearance 4WD vehicle, as conditions can include sand drifts and corrugations. The Outback Way is graded regularly and is usually acceptable for towing offroad caravans and trailers.
Embark on your Outback Way adventure by purchasing The Outback Way Atlas and Guidebook from outbackway.org.au or from The Great Beyond Visitor Centre Laverton in Western Australia's Northern Goldfields.