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The Great Central Road - Australia

The Great Central Road takes you from Uluru in the Northern Territory across to Leonora and Kalgoorlie in the Western Australian Goldfields.

It is the shortest route from Perth to Central Australia with a distance of around 1250 kilometers. and you will need two permits in order to travel on the road.

The road conditions are 'comfortable' and the trip has been undertaken by conventional vehicles although a four wheel drive is almost a must these days. Allow 2 to 3 or more days for your journey and allow for around 300 kilometers for the longest stretch without fuel supplies.

The route will take you through some spectacular desert countryside that has plenty of historical past, not least of which is the legend and mystique of Lasseter's Reef. 

In 1930 Lasseter set out with an expedition to find gold. He claimed that he did so, in the vicinity of Lake Christoper, unfortunately Lasseter perished on the return trip and the legendary reef was never charted and has never, to this day, been re found.

Later in the 50's Len Beadell, of the Anne Beadell Highway fame, was responsible for surveying and constructing many new roads in the region.

But the history of the region started long before any of this, around the early 1870's in fact, when Earnest Giles and William Gosse made multiple attempts to cross the desert from east to west. It was they who named Ayres Rock, now Uluru and The spectacular Olgas, now renamed Kata Tjuta.

It was on one of these trips in 1874 when one of Ernest Giles companions, Alf Gibson, died. Hence the Gibson Desert was named.

There will be more information on this region added soon.

Australian 4x4 Tag Along Tours operates a relaxed and informal 12 day 4wd Tag Along Tour that includes the Simpson, North Simpson, Hay River and several other iconic Outback places and regions in NSW, SA, NT, Qld.


The information provided on this web page is for use as a guide only. If you are planning to undertake this trip you must seek out other authorative advice and information. Desert and Outback travel can be very hazardous and should only be undertaken after lengthy and careful planning. The owners of this website shall not be held responsible for any damage or injury that you may experience during any conventional vehicle or four wheel drive trip, desert or otherwise. Distances between places mentioned on this page are as a guide only. You must verify these details yourself using professional maps and/or mapping equipment before you set out on a the trip. Do not attempt to access desert or other remote regions in an ill-prepared vehicle and without adequate communications equipment. Do not under estimate the
limited supply of fuel, water and provisions in these areas as well as the possibility of encountering extremely harsh elements and conditions.

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