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Distances

From…….To…….

Distance in Kilometres

Perth to Cairns

4,615km

Perth to Laverton

954km

Cairns to Winton

941km

Winton to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

1,622km

Winton to Alice Springs   

1,179km

Laverton to Uluru (Ayers Rock)

1,098km

Laverton to Alice Springs

1,541km

Fuel

Unleaded petrol or unleaded substitute (OPAL) and diesel is available from BP Laverton. 

OPENING HOURS

Monday to Friday - 7am to 6pm

Saturday - 7am to 5pm

Sunday - 8am to 3pm

Public Holidays (Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day) - 10am to 3pm

Unleaded petrol or unleaded substitute (OPAL) and diesel is available at roadhouses approximately 250-350km apart. Most are open during daylight hours only. LPG is only available at Yulara & Alice Springs. It is recommended vehicles carry sufficient fuel to travel 500-600km. 

Accomodation

Motel rooms and cabins, some with ensuite, as well as caravan and tent / camper trailer sites are available at roadhouses.  Winton, Boulia and Laverton have motel, hotel and caravan park facilities. Yulara and Alice Springs have a wide variety of accommodation facilities.

Travel times

  • 35 hours Winton to Laverton (stopping for fuel only).
  • 42 hours Winton to Laverton (stopping for fuel & icon sites).
  • 21 hours Winton to Yulara (stopping for fuel only). 
  • 24 hours Winton to Yulara (stopping for fuel & icon sites). 
  • 14 hours Laverton to Yulara (stopping for fuel only).
  • 18 hours Laverton to Yulara (stopping for fuel & icon sites).

Best time of the year to travel

April to October. Cooler and less chance of road closures due to rain. 

Road Conditions

Unsealed roads Laverton to Yulara and Gemtree to Boulia.  Unsealed roads are mostly dual lane limestone, sandy or gravely surfaces with occasional corrugated, rutted and bulldust sections (some excellent, others can be rough). Road conditions can change due to local flooding, creek crossings and road maintenance, and travellers should enquire at roadhouses before proceeding. Driving at night is not recommended due to wildlife, stock and unsealed road surface conditions.

Corrugations along unsealed roads can increase the wear and tear upon vehicles, contributing to breakdowns. Vehicle repair services are limited along the Outback Way and should not be relied upon except in emergencies. It is essential that your 4WD/2WD is in good working order before departing. This may require booking it in for a service and/or making repairs. Best to leave nothing to chance!

Vehicle requirements

Unsealed sections are traversable in 2WD vehicles at slow speeds or in small low-clearance 4WD’s, however, the route is best travelled in higher-clearance AWD’s. Suitable for off-road caravans and trailers but not recommended for low-clearance caravans and trailers especially during November to March. (People are doing it with care)  Repair services are very limited, often not available. Road conditions are improving continuously, however road closures in the wet are still occurring.

Meals, food & provisions

Roadhouses stock snacks, drinks and essential food items. Community-based stores at Warburton, Warakurna, Docker River and Atitjere stock fresh produce and frozen foods.  Laverton, Boulia and Winton have general stores and/or supermarkets with a wide variety of groceries, fresh produce and essential foods.  Yulara and Alice Springs have a wide selection of stores offering meals, provisions and food items.

Activities 

Bird watching (i.e. at waterholes, wells, billabongs), nature walks (i.e. along/around ridges & breakaways, through mulga scrub / oak forest), wildlife spotting, geocaching (searching for hidden caches approximately 70-80km apart), viewing interpretive panels (located approximately 80-90km apart), viewing indigenous art galleries / workshops at select communities, 4WD side trips to known sites of interest, bush camping, picnic at roadside rest bays & river crossings, viewing panoramic landscapes from roadside crests and fossicking at gem fields.

Travel information

 Available from visitor centres at Laverton, Alice Springs, Boulia and Winton; Outback Way Atlas and Guidebook available from visitor centres, online and wherever HEMA maps are sold; Outback Way brochure available FREE online and from select visitor centres.  

ATM’s can sometimes be inoperable or unavailable in the outback. Travellers should have sufficient cash to refuel their vehicle 2-3 times and/or pay for accommodation and provisions. Similarly, vehicle repairs, if required, might be more easily arranged with cash than a credit card. 

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