The Tanami Track is essentially a handy short-cut linking the Red
Centre to the Kimberley of Western Australia (the alternative route is
to take the Stuart Highway to Dunmarra then strike north-west along the
Buchanan and Duncan Highways). Although once a notorious 4WD track, it
is now a graded dirt highway. Although the track traverses one of
Australia's great deserts - The Tanami Desert - it is in fact a
relatively easy route for travellers with 4WD and a comparatively safe
introduction to remote, arid area travel.
Fuel is available at Tilmouth Well, Yuendemu, Balgo and Billiluna,
with emergency fuel available at the Granites Mine if required. Rabbit
Flat Roadhouse was closed permanently from December 2010.
Note: Permits are required for visiting aboriginal communities for any reason other than purchasing fuel or supplies.
What You Will See
Located just off the Tanami Track in the Northern Territory, the Mt
Doreen station ruins provides visitors with an interesting place to
explore and even bush camp. The station was named after Doreen
Braitling, wife of Bill Braitling who ran the station in the 1920s. The
homestead was abandoned due to poor water supply and Bill died in 1959.
Located at Yuendumu, 300km northwest of Alice Springs, Yuendumu Art
Centre displays works by local Aboriginal artists. Paintings may be
The Wolfe Creek Crater is a well-preserved meteorite impact crater
150 km south of the town of Halls Creek. The second largest meteorite
crater in the world, it is central to the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater
National Park. The crater averages about 875 metres in diameter, 60
metres from rim to present crater floor and it is estimated that the
meteorite that formed it had a mass of about 50,000 tonnes, while the
age is estimated to be less than 300,000 years. It was brought to the
attention of science after being spotted during an aerial survey in
The local Djaru (Jaru) Aboriginal people refer to the crater as
Kandimalal. There are multiple Dreaming stories about the formation of
the crater. One such story describes the crater's round shape being
formed by the passage of a rainbow snake out of the earth, while
another snake formed the nearby Sturt Creek.