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Outback Way

The Outback Way travelling through the Red Centre region is a great four-wheel driving adventure with legendary landscapes, bold colours and impressive night skies.

The Outback Way is Australia’s longest shortcut and is an adventure you’ll never forget. The drive is made up of seven inter-connecting roads that take you from Laverton, Western Australia, through to Alice Springs in the Northern Territory and finishes in Winton, Queensland.

The track cuts right through the middle of Australia covering a total of 2,800 kilometres. You will need a four-wheel-drive to complete this track as you mainly travel along unsealed roads. This route almost halves the trip time if you were to travel via sealed roads…who doesn’t love a shortcut?

The Outback Way passes through many different types of climates, landscapes and Australian scenery – so make sure you have your camera ready!

Outback Way top 5

  1. Fossick for gems at Gemtree
  2. Try a bush tucker tour in Alice Springs to sample local Indigenous foods
  3. Take a camel ride at sunset to witness the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta
  4. Enjoy a dinner under the stars with Uluru as the backdrop at the Sounds of Silence dinner
  5. Take a side trip from Alice Springs and explore the outback waterholes and hiking trails of Tjoritja/West MacDonnell National Park

Remember to plan your trip with these road safety tips before starting your Northern Territory drive adventure.

Suggested itinerary




Day 1

Winton to Boulia


Day 2

Boulia to Jervois Station


Day 3

Jervois Station to Alice Springs


Day 4

Alice Springs

Day 5

Alice Springs to Uluru


Day 6

Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Day 7

Uluru to Warburton


Day 8

Warburton to Laverton


Outback Way highlights

Drive routes in the NT



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