Central Australia, also known as the Alice Springs Region, is one of the five regions in the Northern Territory that centres on Alice Springs. Sometimes referred to as Centralia, the region is located in the southern part of the Northern Territory spanning from the west on Western Australia Border and to the east on the Queensland border.

 

Rich in aboriginal culture and home to Australia’s most iconic natural landmark, Uluru, the Central Australia region is a must see destination for anyone wanting to experience true outback culture. Our Central Australia travel guide helps you discover some of the best things to see and do while there.



Central Australia Travel Information


Seatbelts

By Law, seatbelts must be worn and penalties will apply to drivers whose passengers, including children, are not restrained. A seatbelt can save your life or prevent serious injuries that can arise from a motor vehicle accident.

 

Fatigue

People who are not used to driving long distances in high temperatures will be affected by driver fatigue. As a general rule, you should stop for a 15 minute rest break every 2 hours of driving, change drivers if possible, take a walk around and drink some water.

 

Speed Limits

Maximum speed limits are clearly signed and must be obeyed at all times. The default speed limit on open roads is 110km/hr unless otherwise sign posted. You should always drive at a speed that suits the road, the vehicle and the weather conditions.

 

Keep Left

In Australia, vehicles travel on the LEFT hand side of the road

 

Lost or broken down

A missing vehicle is easier to locate than missing people so never leave your vehicle regardless of the circumstances. If you intend to leave a main road, let someone know of your plans and your expected time of arrival. Always carry plenty of water.

 

Road Trains

In the NT road trains can have three trailers, be over 50m long and 2.5m wide. When overtaking always have at least 1km of clear roads ahead and allow plenty of room before you overtake as they may sway. If you are being overtaken, don't move off the road and only slow down when the road train moves out to pass.

 

Stock and Wildlife

Many roads in Central Australia are not fenced. Stock and wildlife can wander across the road, often without warning. Try to avoid driving at dawn, dusk and after dark.

 

Fire, Flood and Dust

Under the NT bushfires act, cooking fires are permitted in designated areas or if the area has been cleared of flammable vegetation for a radius of four meters. Fires must be fully extinguished before being left. Despite the great climate, it does rain heavily from time to time in the centre. Unless you are sure of the water depth, flow rate and any road damage, do not attempt to cross flooded bridges or causeways. Dust on outback roads can pose a danger, obscuring vision of the road ahead. It is best to wait for it to settle and travel with headlights on.

 

Travelling with Pets

Dogs and cats cannot be taken into any national park and many caravan parks do not allow pets. The local Visitor Information Centre can provide advice about pet friendly alternatives.

 

Railway Crossings

There are over 200 level rail crossings in the NT. Some crossings have boom gates and some have flashing lights. When required, you should look both ways, listen and give way to any trains approaching on the railway line before proceeding to cross the track.