Where do I find out about border/travel restrictions along the Outback Way?
As you can appreciate, it really depends where you’re coming from, where you want to travel along the Outback Way (which stretches from Queensland, through the Northern Territory and into Western Australia). Travel restrictions and quarantine requirements can change rapidly in response to the emerging COVID19 situation in different parts of Australia. Your best option is to keep up to date with official guidelines from Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia state governments. You’ll also need permits and to comply with covid entry regulations in the remote Aboriginal communities along the route: read more about permits here
What sections of the road are unsealed?
There are two main unsealed sections of the Outback Way. The majority of the road between Laverton in WA and Kata Tjuta in the NT is gravel (with small sections of seal intermittent along this section). The other major section of gravel is between Hart’s Range in the NT and Boulia in QLD.
Where do I find out about road conditions along the Outback Way?
The road conditions along the Outback Way can change quite quickly depending on traffic and weather, and can be quite different across the 2700km of road. Your best option will be to contact the following places along the route for updates closer to your departure dates. We also recommend contacting the Visitor Information Centres along the route for specific information about trip planning in that area.
- Laverton Visitor Information Centre: https://www.laverton.wa.gov.au/tourism/great-beyond-visitor-centre.aspx or phone (08) 9031 1361
- Tjukayirla Roadhouse: Phone (08) 9037 1108
- Warburton Roadhouse: Phone (08) 8956 7656 or email email@example.com
- Warakurna Roadhouse: Phone (08) 8956 7344
- Docker River General Store: Phone (08) 8956 7373
- Yulara Visitor Centre: Phone (08) 8957 7324
- Curtin Springs: Phone (08) 8956 2906
- Erldunda: Phone (08) 8956 0984
- Alice Springs Central Australia Tourism Information Centre: https://www.discovercentralaustralia.com/alice-springs-visitor-information-centre or phone 1800 645 199 or (08) 8952 5800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Gem Tree Phone: (08) 8956 9855
- Jervois Station Phone: (08) 8956 6307
- Tobermorey Station Phone: (07) 4748 4996 or email email@example.com
- Boulia Min Min Encounter Visitor Information Centre: https://www.boulia.qld.gov.au/tourism/min-min-encounter-tourist-centre or phone (07) 4746 3386 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Middleton Pub: Phone (07) 4657 3980
- Winton Waltzing Matilda Visitor Information Centre: https://www.experiencewinton.com.au/see-do/visitor-information-centre or phone (07) 4657 1466
Can I Take Dogs on the Outback Way – yes but keep them inside the van and tied up at night with in the campgrounds/ compounds in the western deserts.
How many km’s between fuel stops– There’s a maximum distance of 362km between fuel stops between Winton and Boulia, with the stretch between Laverton and Tjukayirla Roadhouse being 306km.
What are the time differences along the Outback Way– NT is 1/2 hr behind Qld and WA is 2 hrs behind Qld, please note Warakurna in WA operates on NT time – so don’t wind your clock back until you leave Warakurna.
What fuel is available- Diesel and Unleaded fuel is available all the way along the Outback Way. Opal fuel is used in Western Australia- Warakurna and Warburton, Tjukayirla Roadhouse as the equivalent to unleaded fuel.
Can I take a 2WD vehicle? We recommend a 4WD or a good All Wheel Drive vehicle- with some clearance.
Can I take a standard caravan? We would recommend an off road van or camper trailer – as it can be corrugated and some bull dust holes.
Can I drive on the road when it is wet? Please do not drive on a closed road or if it is wet- as this cuts up the road and makes a mess for the traffic after you when it dry’s out.
Are we still going to obtain passes to travel when the Outback Way is fully sealed? It will be several years yet before the full seal is finished so we will have to wait and see what transpires in that regard