Welcome to Tanami Road (NT)
Welcome to one of the longest short cuts on the planet. Synonymous with isolated outback driving, the 1055km Tanami Rd connects the Stuart Hwy north of Alice Springs with Halls Creek in WA – the Red Centre with the Kimberley. The Tanami Desert and surrounding country are the homeland of the Warlpiri, Arrernte, Luritja and Pintupi peoples and much of the land has reverted to their traditional ownership. The three main attractions along the way (apart, of course, from the blissful sense of isolation) are the important Indigenous settlement of Yuendumu, the Newhaven Wildlife Sanctuary and Wolfe Creek Crater – the latter is on the WA side of the border. It's a long haul and only occasionally beautiful; watch for the termite mounds, up to 800 per hectare in places. But crossing the Tanami does have huge cachet and is a journey to remember.