Experience the great Australian outback in a whole new way along the famous Outback Way.
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Tracking 2750km from Perth to Cairns, the Outback Way is Australia’s Longest Shortcut. The road (and this word is used loosely, as much of the track is in fact unsealed) begins at one end in the town of Laverton, WA, and end in Queensland in Winton, passing through numerous towns, icons and attractions along the way. The trip is not for the feint hearted, and will take many days, but those who do travels this historically and culturally significant trail will never forget it.
The list of places to stop off at and visit is seemingly endless. The Outback Way passes by famous landmarks like Uluru, Kata Tjuta (The Olga’s), the McDonnell Ranges and the Central Australia gem fields, and offers countless opportunities for bushwalking, wildlife spotting, bird watching, bush camping, 4WD side trips, and fishing. If you find yourself needing a little reprieve from the great outdoors, there are also a number of galleries and museums along the way, with some of the best opportunities to visit indigenous art galleries and workshops as well as rock art sites and sacred sites.
Laverton is the official beginning of the Outback Way, lying 956km north east from Perth. While you’re surely itching to get on your way, it’s worth spending a little time exploring the town itself, as it is filled with natural and cultural beauties. Visit the Laverton Outback Gallery to see local art and craft, wander the Windara Heritage Trail and see the site of a once famous nickel mine, head to Billy Goat Hill Lookout for panoramic views over the town, and visit the historic remains of Burtville Arch.
Located 231km east of Laverton, the White Cross is a special attraction along the Outback Way. The cross was constructed by local Aboriginal Christians in 1991 on a raised rocky range near a small, seasonal waterhole, which, when filled, attracts some lovely birdlife.
The plaque commemorates the construction of central desert roads and lists the crew members’ names as of April 1960. Len, along with his Gunbarrel Road Construction Party, opened up a myriad of tracks in Central Australia, some of which bear the names of his family: Anne Beadell Highway, Connie Sue Highway and Gary Junction Road. Even his construction crew get a mention with the Gunbarrel Highway. But despite being one of Australia’s great modern day explorers, there isn’t a road actually named after the man himself.
Located in Warburton, the Tjulyuru Art Gallery exhibits numerous works produced by the Ngaanyatjarra communities, and features original and authentic Aboriginal art and craft.
At the end of the road, Winton is waiting. The town is also well worth exploring, and features the Waltzing Matilda Centre, the Royal Open Air Theatre, Lark Quarry, which is the site of the world’s only known dinosaur stampede, and Opalton, one of Queensland’s largest opal fields and historic opal mining centres.
As many accommodation stops will obviously be needed along the Outback Way, various campgrounds and caravan parks exist to make your travels a lot smoother. The Pines is a great place to camp in Laverton, while Desert Surf Central offers a comfortable place to rest your head a few hundred kilometres further on.
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