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From Perth to the Red Centre: The Wonders of The Outback Way

Category: Inspiration, MDRTNT, Date: 25 June 2024

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Have you always wanted to visit the NT? Now is the perfect time to explore the Northern Territory, with the dry season running May – October. What better way to get there than with Australia’s ‘longest shortcut’, The Outback Way? Starting in Western Australia and heading to the Red Centre, with the option to continue all the way to Winton in putback Queensland, this journey is a true Outback Australia adventure.

Travelling on the Outback Way to the mighty Red Centre is a legendary journey with red dirt roads, bold landscapes and clear, star-filled night skies. This is one adventure you’ll never forget, so what are you waiting for? Check it out!

The Outback Way

*It is important to note that the Outback Way is mostly gravel roads however, these are well maintained and suitable for 4WD and towing off-road caravans and trailers. Check road conditions before you travel here.

Perth to Kalgoorlie (approx. 600km)

The Outback Way begins in Laverton, WA, which is 12 hours’ drive from Perth. So, depending on your starting point, the first part of this adventure is getting to this fascinating gold rush town. If you’re coming from Perth, we recommend stopping in Kalgoorlie to break up the drive. Explore the charming gold mine region of Kalgoorlie, enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants and choose from a range of caravan parks to stay the night.

Kalgoorlie - The Outback Way
Kalgoorlie Credit: Tourism Australia

Kalgoorlie to Laverton (approx. 360km)

Next you are headed to Laverton, the gateway to the Outback Way. Laverton is a fascinating town with a rich mining history. While you’re here make sure you visit the Great Beyond Explorers Hall of Fame, a multi-million-dollar visual exhibit that educates visitors all about the early European explorers who passed through the region. You should also check out the Windarra mine site lookout for panoramic views over the famous nickel mine.

Before you head out of Laverton, pop in to the Great Beyond Visitor Centre for more information on the region and to learn about which aboriginal land permits you will need for your journey.

Laverton to Warburton (approx. 565km)

On the journey to Warburton, you will encounter vast salt lakes, scenic nature reserves, waterholes, natural springs and more. Enjoy the beautiful wildflowers of Yeo Lake Nature Reserve before continuing on to Warburton. This is a truly special part of Australia’s outback. While in Warburton, make sure you check out the Tjulyuru Regional Art Gallery for spectacular pieces of Indigenous art.

Warburton to Yulura (approx. 560km)

Next you will cross the Gibson Desert and leave WA behind for the NT! Enjoy the stunning desert terrain, vivid red soil, and desert oaks along this part of your adventure. Your destination is Yulura, known as the ‘Gateway to Uluru’. Savour the truly magical experience of seeing Uluru and Kata Tjuta appear on the horizon as your drive.

From here you can spend a few days exploring the stunning Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. Take a camel ride around Uluru, witness the unforgettable Field of Lights or enjoy a unique dining experience with the Sounds of Silence. For more information on things to do in the Red Centre, visit the Red Centre Visitor Information Centre.

Sounds of Silence, NT - The Outback Way
Sounds of Silence Credit: Tourism Australia

Uluru to Alice Springs (approx. 445km) 

No adventure to the Red Centre is complete without a trip to Alice Springs. This vibrant, outback town is full of great accommodation options, experiences, tours and attractions. Make this your base as you explore Kings Canyon or the West Macdonnell Ranges, and check out the Visitor Information Centre for more information on the exciting events and attractions in the region.  

If you’re not ready to end your journey here, you can continue along the Outback Way to outback Queensland, seeing highlights such as the Outdoor Gallery on Plenty Highway or, why not head North along the famous Stuart Highway and experience the magnificent NT’s Top End! 

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