Great Central Road
Central Road - Western Australia
The Great Central Road
from Uluru in the Northern Territory across to Leonora and Kalgoorlie
in the Western Australian Goldfields. It is the shortest route from
Perth to Central Australia with a distance of around 1250 kilometers.
The road conditions are 'comfortable' and the trip has been undertaken
by conventional vehicles although a four wheel drive is almost a must
these days. Allow 2 to 3 or more days for your journey and allow for
around 300 kilometers for the longest stretch without fuel supplies.
|The route will take you through some spectacular
countryside that has plenty of historical past, not least of which is
the legend and mystique of Lasseter's Reef.
In 1930 Lasseter set out with an expedition to find gold. He claimed
that he did so, in the vicinity of Lake Christoper, unfortunately
Lasseter perished on the return trip and the legendary reef was never
charted and has never, to this day, been re found.
Later in the 50's Len Beadell, of the Anne Beadell Highway fame, was
responsible for surveying and constructing many new roads in the region.
But the history of the region started long before any of this, around
the early 1870's in fact, when Earnest Giles and William Gosse made
multiple attempts to cross the desert from east to west. It was they
named Ayres Rock, now Uluru and The spectacular Olgas, now renamed Kata
It was on one of these trips in 1874 when on of Ernest Giles'
companions, Alf Gibson, died. Hence the Gibson Desert was named.
There will be more information on this region added soon.
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