Great Central Road Permits, Fuel And Supplies. What You Need To Know
If you’re planning to travel the Great Central Road, you’ll need information on permits, fuel and supplies. Read on…
Note: This information is current as of November, 2018. Call a few of the communities before you leave to confirm they still have fuel and supplies, as they can close without notice.
Before you leave you’ll need one Transit Permit, as you’ll be travelling through Aboriginal land in the Northern Territory. It is:
- Permit to Transit Aboriginal Land for ULURU TO WA BORDER. Go here to apply.
This permit is free and easy to obtain online.
Make sure your permit is accessible on your phone or tablet so you can show it when required.
Permits are easy to get and are free of charge. People often moan about getting a permit, why they need one and so on. Well, you’re travelling through other peoples’ land. So to my way of thinking, a permit is perfectly reasonable.
Aboriginal land is no different to driving through a pastoral lease. You’d ask the station owner for permission to drive through their land, so why should Aboriginal land be any different?
One final comment to keep in mind. The permits last for three days.
Fuel And Supplies
Fuel is available at Laverton, Cosmo Newbery, Tjukayirla, Warburton, Warakurna, Docker River and Yulara. Be aware they all have unusual opening times and may close at lunchtime. Weekends, they are only open for a few hours.
Check opening times before you leave. All quality maps should have contact numbers. Call before you leave, if you’re concerned about opening times.
As expected fuel is expensive out here. Hardly surprising given the distances involved.
You can get basic supplies wherever you buy fuel. Keep in mind though, their supplies are solely reliant on the delivery truck arriving on schedule. And out here, a delivery truck can easily be delayed by several days. Therefore you shouldn’t rely on these stores.
Where To Camp?
If you’re looking for places to camp, we’ve compiled list of possible campsites along the Great Central Road here.
For more information on the Great Central Road Conditions, go here.
The Great Central Road permit is easy to apply for. Make sure you get one, otherwise you could be refused entry to a community where you intended to buy fuel or food.
If you find any additional places or changes, please let me know in the Comments below, and I’ll add them to this article.
Most importantly, Have a fantastic trip. It’s such a beautiful drive.
The Great Central Road passes through Tjalkanti, Ngaanyatjarra, Ngaanyatjarra, Mandjindja, Ngatatjara and Pitjantjatjara Country.
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