Tanami Track Itinerary: What you need to know about the Tanami Track
The Tanami Road (aka Tanami Track) is an old stock route running over 1,000 kms through the Tanami Desert between Halls Creek in WA and Alice Springs in the NT.
Travelers will need to be completely self sufficient during the drive as water, fuel and food stops along the route are scarce and supply can be unreliable.
It is strongly recommended that additional fuel containers are filled and taken when traveling this route.
It is vital enough drinking water is taken to last the full distance, plus an additional 20% in case of emergency. There are bore water tanks along the route, however the may be dry or likely to contain unpotable water (unsafe for drinking).
There are no designated campsites along the Tanami Track, it is simply a matter of finding a suitable place to set up camp.
The scrub consists of salt bushes and spinifex, so it can be difficult to find a clear area. Often bore tanks or roadhouse locations provide the best places to spend the night.
The road condition along the Tanami is unpredicatble and changes with every wet season. The roads are graded and there may be areas of heavy corrugations.
Road trains and large trucks travel along the Tanami Road when transporting goods to remote communities and operational mines. As on all dirt roads, it is good practice to move to the far left side of the road and slow your speed right down – even coming to a complete stop if the oncoming traffic is a road train or truck carrying an oversized / wide load. This prevents kicking up dust which impares visibility for the oncoming traffic, and minimises the chance of stones breaking windows.
Tanami Track Itinerary: FUEL STOPS
168km from Halls Creek – 885km from Alice Springs
7am-12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 11am Sat
246 km from Halls Creek – 807km from Alice Springs
Note: Balgo is approximately 35km off Tanami Rd
Must call (08) 9168 8900 prior to entry
9am – 12noon & 2pm-4pm Mon to Fri
9am – 12noon Sat
754km from Halls Creek – 299km from Alice Springs
Note: Unreliable – be prepared for no fuel available.
8.30am – 1pm & 2pm – 5pm Mon to Fri
9.30am – 12noon Sat & Sun
854km from Halls Creek – 199km from Alice Springs
7am – 9pm 7 days per week
Rabbit Flat Roadhouse – PERMANENTLY CLOSED from December 31st 2010.
Only souvenir sales and weather reporting still in operation.
Halls Creek Visitors Information Centre
71 Thomas St
Ph (08) 9168 6007
Halls Creek Police Station
Lot 68 Great Northern Highway
Halls Creek WA 6770
Ph (08) 9168 9777
Alice Springs Visitors Information Centre
60 Gregory Terrace
Ph: (08) 8952 5800
Alice Springs Police Station
17 Bath St
Alice Springs NT 0870
Ph (08) 8951 8822
This information was correct at the time of writing – March 2017.
This Tanami Track Itinerary is to be used as a guide only and we strongly recommend you independently verify all the information relating to fuel, water, trading hours and road conditions to obtain accurate information for your dates of travel.