Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku 1,542km north-east of Perth 550km north-east of Laverton
Places of interest The Outback Way
Yarla Kutjarra (rest stop) The Yarla Kutjarra wayside stop between Warburton and Warakurna has been provided by the Ngaanyatjarra people as a place where visitors can camp and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the Ngaanyatjarra Lands without disturbing any of the culturally significant places along the Great Central Road. Signage at the site provides information about the area. Surveyor General’s Corner The intersection of the borders of the Northern Territory and the states South Australia and Western Australia is known as the Surveyor General’s Corner. Access to the area is limited to guided tours and visitors require a special permit. Contact Wingellina Community Roadhouses form vital sources of water, fuel, food and accommodation along the Great Central Road. Two Roadhouses operate in the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku - Warburton Roadhouse and Warakurna Roadhouse. Both facilities operate 7 days per week (please check opening hours) and offer fuel, fast food and supplies, and motel or campground accommodation for travellers. Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku Great Central Road Warburton Community Postal Address: PMB 87, Kalgoorlie WA 6430 on (08) 8956 7566. Local Roadhouses
Driving the Great Central Road section of the Outback Way and traversing the middle of the Shire is a great eco-tourism experience, passing through the Rawlinson Ranges, Walter James Ranges, and Gill’s Pinnacle. Other sites of note along the way are Len Beadell’s Tree, the Giles Meteorological Station, and the Tjulyuru Cultural and Civic Centre which displays some of the finest Indigenous art works in Australia and is home to the world- renowned Warburton Arts Project. Break up your journey through spectacular sunsets and bright red sand with visits to these attractions: Tjulyuru Cultural and Civic Centre, Warburton The Tjulyuru Cultural Centre complex is a civic and cultural hub for visitors and locals based at the Warburton Community on the Great Central Road. Visitors to the area are encouraged to visit the Tjulyuru Regional Arts Gallery and check out the arts, crafts and publications for sale at the Warta Shop. Tjulyuru Regional Arts Gallery exhibitions draw from contemporary Ngaanyatjarra art practice in the region and the Warburton Art Collection - reputably the world’s largest collection of community-owned and controlled Aboriginal art. Giles Weather Station, Warakurna Giles Weather Station (est 1956) is a fully functioning meteorological observation station based at Warakurna Community. Visitors can view the daily release of the observation balloon at 8.45am CST from the Weather Station carpark.
The Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku encompasses an area of 159,948 square kilometres, making it the fourth largest Local Government by geographic area in Western Australia. The region itself is diverse in natural beauty from the magnificent Rawlinson Ranges to the red sandy plains of the Gibson and Great Victoria Deserts. The distinctive red sand and blue skies of the area form a spectacular context for a diverse array of desert rangelands and arid zone flora and fauna. Rocky escarpments and other landforms give texture to this beautiful country. The Shire is home to ten Indigenous communities scattered throughout the district with a total population of approximately 1,650 people, with the main regional centre being Warburton which is situated on the Great Central Road. The Shire offices are located here at the Tjulyuru Cultural and Civic Centre. The Great Central Road forms the main thoroughfare for the Shire of Ngaanyatjarraku. It is part of the ‘Outback Way’, a 2,800km trans-national link stretching from Laverton in Western Australia to Winton in Queensland. The Outback Way passes through some of Australia’s most spectacular outback country, including the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.