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.
Travel Alert: The Kaltukatjara (Docker River) community, located 670 km south west of Alice Springs, is closed to non-essential travellers. This restricts access for visitors driving the WA/NT border section of the Outback Way. Please check with the Central Land Council (CLC) for the latest advice.
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
- Fossick for gems at Gemtree
- Try a bush tucker tour in Alice Springs to sample local Indigenous foods
- Take a camel ride at sunset to witness the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjuta
- Enjoy a dinner under the stars with Uluru as the backdrop at the Sounds of Silence dinner
- 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.
Winton to Boulia
Boulia to Jervois Station
Jervois Station to Alice Springs
Alice Springs to Uluru
Uluru and Kata Tjuta
Uluru to Warburton
Warburton to Laverton
Outback Way highlights
Drive routes in the NT
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