Finke to Uluru via Old Gunbarrel

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesFinke (Aputula)
FinishAyers Rock (Uluru)
DifficultyDifficulty 2.5/5
Suitable for4WD AWD Camper Bike 
Distance538.23 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed78.58 km/hr
Driving Time6 hrs 50 mins
Page Updated: 23 Jun 2013


For many visitors to the Red Centre the drawcard of Ayres Rock pulls visitors year round from all corners of the country. For many self-drive adventurers in this region you're likely to be enjoying the dirt roads and camping experiences that got you this far. If your route has you passing through Finke, you can pick up this back route that will keep you away from those accessing Yulara from Alice Springs 'til you're almost there. You'll also get to follow an old stock route, stand at the planimetric centre of Australia, and drive a short section of the Old Gunbarrel Highway before intersecting with the main road into Yulara, which is the Lasseter Highway.

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Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park entry fees apply.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
4cyl 76 litres4cyl 87 litres4cyl 108 litres
6cyl 83 litres6cyl 87 litres *6cyl 95 litres
8cyl 83 litres8cyl 89 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

June - November

Closest Climatic Station

Distance from Trek Mid Point 64.53km SE
Mean Max. °C36.935.532.127.922.618.918.922.026.930.233.235.0
Mean Min. °C22.021.518.
Mean Rain mm28.836.831.513.412.316.212.48.915.922.125.032.8

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What to See

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Where to Stay

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For those who still prefer to bush camp rather than take the luxury of the camp ground or more upmarket accommodation available in the tourist resort at Yulara you need to stay out of town a little and pick a spot off to the side. Ensure that you have passed the "No Camping Allowed" zone that is clearly signed along the Lasseter Highway and follow any of the tracks off the main road until you find a site you like.

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LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Finke (Aputula) to Kulgera Finke Rd & Lambert Centre Tk20.14 kmSW244° 14 min
Kulgera Finke Rd & Lambert Centre Tk to Lambert Centre12.94 kmNW321° 13 min
Lambert Centre to Lilla Creek Station Turn Off28.03 kmS198° 27 min
Lilla Creek Station Turn Off to Bloodwood Bore1.97 kmSW223° 1 min
Bloodwood Bore to Umbeara Station Turn Off64.32 kmW254° 42 min
Umbeara Station Turn Off to Central Australian Railway, Kulgera Finke Rd31.24 kmW275° 20 min
Central Australian Railway, Kulgera Finke Rd to Kulgera12.87 kmNW293° 9 min
Kulgera to Stuart Hwy & Old Gunbarrel Hwy19.81 kmSW210° 22 min
Stuart Hwy & Old Gunbarrel Hwy to Victory Downs24.73 kmW270° 5 hr 8 min
Victory Downs to Mulga Park141.44 kmW274° 1 hr 30 min
Mulga Park to Lasseter Hwy & Mulga Park Rd66.25 kmN17° 38 min
Lasseter Hwy & Mulga Park Rd to Curtin Springs11.44 kmW292° 6 min
Curtin Springs to Yulara83.6 kmW276° 48 min
Yulara to Lasseter Hwy/Uluru Rd & Kata Tjuta Rd8.06 kmS164° 6 min
Lasseter Hwy/Uluru Rd & Kata Tjuta Rd to Ayers Rock (Uluru)11.4 kmSE144° 8 min
Finke (Aputula) to Ayers Rock (Uluru)538.23 km  6 hr 50 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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