For central area permits which include the Tjukaruru Road from the Olgas to the WA border (where it becomes the Great Central Road
); the NT part of the Gary Junction Road
which in the NT is also known as the Kintore
Road; the NT section of the Sandy Blight Junction
Track and the Mereenie Loop Road
contact the Central Land Council. Please note that with respect to the NT parts of the Tjukaruru Road, the Gary Junction Road
and the Sandy Blight Junction Road
, permits are required from both the Central Land Council and the appropriate body in the WA (see WA article) if you intend crossing the WA/NT border during your transit.
Transit Permits will normally only be issued for a maximum period of transit of 21 days within the whole of Central Area. Central Land Council's transit permits are also self-issued, meaning; once the applicant completes the online "application for a transit permit", a permit will automatically be sent to the nominated email address (excludes the Mereenie Loop
Please note that you cannot obtain the Mereenie Loop
Mereenie Loop Road Pass:
Permits to travel the Mereenie Loop Road
are available for FREE over the counter at the Central Land Council building in Alice Springs
. Not available online. They can also be obtained over the counter from the Alice Springs
Visitor Information Office for $5; from the Glen Helen Homestead
at a charge of $6; from the Kings Canyon Resort
at a charge of $5.50, and it is also available from Hermannsburg
at a charge of $6.50. The Mereenie Loop
pass can be valid for a period of three (3) days. Comes with an informative colour booklet.
You need to apply to the Central Land Council for a permit to transit the Tjukaruru Road (also known as the Docker River Road) from west of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park boundary to the WA border via the Docker River Community. (This is the second of the two permits needed when transiting the Docker River Road. For the other permit see the Western Australia
pdf and refer to Central Reserves
Area). The Docker River Community offer travellers a pleasant little camping area a short way out of the Community. It is clearly signposted on the left as you are heading west.
If you are entering Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock and the Olgas) for the sole purpose of a transit to the Tjukaruru Road and you do not intend to stop anywhere within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, then you are not required to pay the normal entry fee. You will however be asked to produce your Permit, and you will be given explicit instructions that you are not permitted to stop anywhere within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Sandy Blight Junction Road
Permits to transit the NT section of the Sandy Blight Junction Road
are once again being issued by the Central Land Council, but no camping is permitted anywhere along the NT section of the road. In the case of an emergency, camping is permitted within fifty (50) metres from the middle of the road on either side. (Also see the comments on the Sandy Blight Junction Road
under the WA information).
Please note that permits to transit the Colson Track from the French Line in the Simpson Desert
to Numery Station are simply not being issued. (Again, this is due to past problems with damage caused to a number of sacred sites contained within the aboriginal land through which the track runs). Access is not permitted to the Colson Track NORTH of Madigan's Camp 5 (CLC also issues permits for the Madigan Line). Applicants will need to complete the "application for an entry permit" via the Central Land Council website.