• Suggested Time: 4 days -
  • The Goldfields

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.

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.

Aboriginal Entry permits are required to travel on the Great Central Road.

You will need 2 permits for travelling for the WA section and 1 permit for the NT section. For the WA section apply online through the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage. Select permits for 'Great Central Road Laverton to Tjukayirla Roadhouse' and 'Great Central Road Tjukayirla Roadhouse to NT Border'. For the NT section, travellers driving along the Tjukaruru Rd between Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park and NT/ WA border can apply for a transit permit from the Central Land Council (NT).

For more information visit The Outback Way website.

Parts of the track are only suitable for high clearance four wheel drive vehicles and should only be attempted by confident drivers. Supplies and services are limited and road conditions can vary, so plan ahead, stock up on food, water and fuel and contact the local visitor centre for up-to-date track information.

Before heading off into the remote desert areas of Australia, you will need to obtain permits, enabling you to travel through private and Aboriginal Lands. Get more information about permits for Aboriginal Lands or visit the Australian National Four Wheel Drive Council. And to ensure you enjoy a safe and well-planned journey, be sure to take a look at Road safety and Important travel tips.

Driving times and distances are intended as a guide only and may vary depending on the exact route taken. Accommodation options are indicative as to what is available in the area.

The above map is intended as a guide only. It is highly recommended before heading out on your journey, you purchase the Hema Outback Way Guide and Atlas.