Finke to Uluru via Old Gunbarrel

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesFinke (Aputula)
FinishUluru (Ayers Rock)
DifficultyDifficulty 2.5/5
Suitable ForAWD Motorbike 
Distance540.31 km
Minimum Days2
Average Speed76.8 km/hr
Travel Time7 hrs 2 mins
Page Updated: 17 Dec 2021


For many visitors to the Red Centre the drawcard of Uluru & Kata Tjuta 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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Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.


Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park entry fees apply.

Fuel Usage

4cyl 76 litres4cyl 87 litres4cyl 108 litres
6cyl 83 litres6cyl 88 litres *6cyl 95 litres
8cyl 83 litres8cyl 90 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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Finke (Aputula) to Kulgera Finke Rd & Lambert Centre Tk
Driving: 20.14 km
Heading: 244°
Avg Speed: 84 km/hr
EST Time: 14:23
Kulgera Finke Rd & Lambert Centre Tk to Lambert Centre
Driving: 12.94 km
Heading: 326°
Avg Speed: 59.7 km/hr
EST Time: 13:00
Lambert Centre to Lilla Creek Station Turn Off
Driving: 28.03 km
Heading: 200°
Avg Speed: 60.86 km/hr
EST Time: 27:38
Lilla Creek Station Turn Off to Bloodwood Bore
Driving: 1.97 km
Heading: 223°
Avg Speed: 92.33 km/hr
EST Time: 01:16
Bloodwood Bore to Umbeara Station Turn Off
Driving: 64.32 km
Heading: 254°
Avg Speed: 91.58 km/hr
EST Time: 42:08
Umbeara Station Turn Off to Central Australian Railway, Kulgera Finke Rd
Driving: 31.24 km
Heading: 275°
Avg Speed: 91.76 km/hr
EST Time: 20:25
Central Australian Railway, Kulgera Finke Rd to Kulgera
Driving: 12.87 km
Heading: 293°
Avg Speed: 81.77 km/hr
EST Time: 09:26
Kulgera to Stuart Hwy & Old Gunbarrel Hwy
Driving: 19.81 km
Heading: 210°
Avg Speed: 53.75 km/hr
EST Time: 22:06
Stuart Hwy & Old Gunbarrel Hwy to Victory Downs
Driving: 24.73 km
Heading: 270°
Avg Speed: 4.81 km/hr
EST Time: 05:08:28
Victory Downs to Mulga Park
Driving: 141.44 km
Heading: 274°
Avg Speed: 93.97 km/hr
EST Time: 01:30:18
Mulga Park to Lasseter Hwy & Mulga Park Rd
Driving: 66.25 km
Heading: 17°
Avg Speed: 102.83 km/hr
EST Time: 38:39
Lasseter Hwy & Mulga Park Rd to Curtin Springs
Driving: 11.65 km
Heading: 293°
Avg Speed: 94.05 km/hr
EST Time: 07:25
  • Drive northwest on Lasseter Highway/A4. for: 11.52 km time: 06:42
  • Turn right. for: 0.12 km time: 00:43
Curtin Springs to Yulara
Driving: 84 km
Heading: 275°
Avg Speed: 97.78 km/hr
EST Time: 51:32
  • Drive southwest. for: 0.12 km time: 00:37
  • Turn right onto Lasseter Highway/A4. for: 83.84 km time: 50:50
  • Keep left to take Yulara Drive toward Yulara. for: 0.03 km time: 00:05
Yulara to Lasseter Hwy/Uluru Rd & Kata Tjuta Rd
Driving: 9.52 km
Heading: 165°
Avg Speed: 60.06 km/hr
EST Time: 09:30
  • Drive east on Yulara Drive. for: 0.59 km time: 01:00
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 4th exit, onto Yulara Drive for: 0.62 km time: 01:03
  • Bear left onto Yulara Drive. for: 8.31 km time: 07:27
Lasseter Hwy/Uluru Rd & Kata Tjuta Rd to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Driving: 11.4 km
Heading: 142°
Avg Speed: 82.8 km/hr
EST Time: 08:15
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

What to See


Where to Stay

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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