Ilkurlka Roadhouse camping area
Ilkurlka Roadhouse camping area is on the northern side of the Anne Beadell Hwy. Opposite the roadhouse, 173 km east of Neale Junction and 169 km west of the WA–SA border, it provides travellers through the Great Victoria Desert between Laverton and Coober Pedy with a few basic facilities while they experience a real outback adventure.
Who to contact: Ilkurlka Roadhouse (08) 9037 1147 Camping fees: fees payable at roadhouse
Who to contact: DEC Kalgoorlie (08) 9080 5555; or Ngaanyatjarra Council (08) 8950 1711 Road conditions: Shire of Laverton (08) 9031 1202
This campsite is located in Anne Beadell Highway
Traversing some of the most remote terrain Australia has to offer, the Anne Beadell Hwy was constructed by Len Beadell over a period of 9 years, commencing in 1953. He named the highway after his wife, Anne. However, the description ‘highway’ is a little misleading as the track is often very narrow, twisting and sandy, stretching from Laverton through the Great Victoria Desert to Coober Pedy in SA. There are several places along the way that are suitable for camping but few or no facilities are provided. You need to carry your own firewood and drinking water. The longest stretch without fuel is about 750 km from Coober Pedy to the Ilkurlka Roadhouse. Travellers need to be well-prepared and totally self-sufficient. The following permits are required for travel through this region.
WA: permit required to travel through Cosmo Newberry Aboriginal land (East), Reserve No. 20396, and Cosmo Newberry Aboriginal land (South), Reserve No. 25050; permit from Aboriginal Lands Trust in Perth (08) 9235 8000 or www.dia.wa.gov.au ; allow up to 4 weeks for delivery of the free permit
SA: over the WA border, a camping permit is required to enter Unnamed Conservation Park; contact Parks SA Ceduna (08) 8625 3144; a permit is required to enter Maralinga Tjarutja land; contact Maralinga Tjarutja Inc (08) 8625 2946; a travel permit is required to travel through Woomera Prohibited Area; contact Defence Support Centre at Woomera (08) 8674 2311; a Desert Parks Pass is required to travel through Tallaringa Conservation Park 1800 816 078.
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