Officially Australia’s Longest Shortcut, the Outback Way extends from Laverton, Western Australia to Winton in Queensland via Central Australia.
As a self drive tour route, it passes through Central Australia’s deserts, Ayers Rock, the Olgas, Alice Springs, and a host of Outback Station stays, Roadhouses and fascinating places of interest.
The Outback Way is made up of seven inter connecting roads including the Great Central Road (WA); Tjukaruru Road, Lesseters Highway, Stuart Hwy and Plenty Highway (NT); and Donohue Highway and Min Min Byway (QLD). Collectively these are The Outback Way.
There are over thirty interpretive panels at the stop overs and places of interest that provide travellers with local knowledge of heritage, natural and cultural insights. The Outback Way is also home to ‘The Outback Way finder Geocache Trail’, the worlds longest treasure hunt where a hand held GPS enables travellers to locate 34 caches hidden at places of interest along the Outback Way.
Permits are required to travel from Laverton to Uluru. Permits can be applied for online or by contacting the following organisations:
Department of Indigenous Affairs (WA)
Phone: (08) 9235 8000
Search for an ‘Entry Permit’
Central Lands Council
Phone: (08) 8951 6211
Search for a “Transit Permit’
The Outback Way brochure is a first step for any traveller planning a trip via Australia’s Longest Shortcut. The brochure is available by downloading from the list below or from Visitor Centres, selected outlets along the Outback Way or by enquiring on line at the Outback Way website, www.outbackway.org.au
Travellers will find in-depth and valuable information in the Outback Way Atlas and Guidebook.
The Guidebook includes detailed maps; commentary, pre-trip planning tools and en route information that helps travellers experience the very best of the Outback Way.
Travellers can purchase the book at the Great Beyond Visitor Centre (download order form), or from stockists of Hema Maps.
Useful downloads on the Outback Way here or for more information visit the Outback Way Website:
Atlas & Guide Order Form http://www.outbackway.org.au/images/stories/downloads/guidebook%20_%20order%20forms.pdf
Outback Way Brochure http://www.outbackway.org.au/images/stories/downloads/outback%20way%20brochure.pdf
Outback Way at a glance http://www.outbackway.org.au/images/stories/downloads/outback%20way%20at%20a%20glance.pdf
Tips Hints & Insights http://www.outbackway.org.au/images/stories/downloads/tips%20hints%20insights.pdf
For more information on the Road Conditions, please contact the following:
Shire of Laverton
Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku http://www.ngaanyatjarraku.wa.gov.au/
The Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku’s latest report will be posted on their home page
Northern Territory http://www.ntlis.nt.gov.au/roadreport/
For information on the road from the WA/NT Border to Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) search for “Lasseters Highway.”
For information on the road from the Stuart Highway to the QLD Border, search for “Plenty Hwy.”
For information from the QLD Border to Boulia.