Great Central Road

Great Central Road

We tiptoed onto the dirt and toward camp. Eager to escape our city lives in Perth quickly we'd made an early start, and as day became night the excitement of a few weeks on the road kicked in.

Great Central Road

Connecting the magic of Central Australia with our stunning South-West is the shortcut known as the Great Central Road. At 1,126 kilometres it's not so short, but in comparison to it's bitumenised colleagues it's a clear winner.

Great Central Road

While the Great Central Road is far from a technical drive it is absolutely remote country. The Gibson Desert lies to the north, the Great Victoria Desert the south. 

Great Central Road

The side of the road is littered by hundreds of wrecks, both classics and modern. A combination of bingles and breakdowns in a place where the cost for recovery and removal is often too expensive. A push with the grader gets them clear of the road and then it's over to nature to attempt the slow job of breaking them down.

While some still navigate the Great Central Road in a 2WD, for us without LT construction tyres, 4WD spec shockies to absorb the corrugations, and a get out of gaol easy satellite phone - no thank you (soft I know!).

Great Central Road

Wiki Camps and HEMA guided us to some secluded camping spots along the way. Surrounded by stars and firewood - the desert camping out here is a solid pass! 

Great Central Road
Great Central Road

The Hoffman Range is a great place to stop and explore some of the early history of the landscape.

Great Central Road
Great Central Road

For the growth of tourism and the improvement of freight plans are well underway to bituminise the Great Central Road. Some sections have already been completes, so if you're after a more adventurous trip on this classic road, you may wish to grab a permit from the Ngaanyatjarra Council and go, sooner rather than later.

Great Central Road
Great Central Road
Great Central Road

Approaching the Northern Territory the Petermann Ranges jutted out of a landscape that for more than 1,000 kilometres had been flat, a sign of things to come.

Great Central Road
Great Central Road

Crossing from Western Australia into the Northern Territory our trip up the Great Central Road finished with a Kata Tjuta  sunset, it couldn't have been a better finish to a great road trip!

Great Central Road
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